Nearly Full Moon Rising

July 16, 2019 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Our moon is especially beautiful and bright tonight. Notes: AstroTech 6" Ritchey–Chrétien f/9 1350mm, Nikon D750 32 x 1/500 sec, ISO 3200, stacked in AutoStakkert 3.0.14.

What's cool, is Jupiter is just up along the ecliptic from the moon, and I swung the same setup there and captured a very dim shot of our system's largest planet along with three moons, Europa, Io, and Ganymede.

Another one from earlier this evening, a plane flying through while I was setting the focus on the Nikon/AstroTech.

Lunar Photography

April 17, 2019 - Reading time: ~1 minute

There’s a beautiful moon out tonight. I shot this with the Nikon D750 + AstroTech AT6RC 1350mm f/9. A nearly full moon always makes deep sky astrophotography difficult, but that’s when you pair a full frame DSLR with a 6" Ritchey-Chrétien. The rest of the sky can wait for the new moon. 

Total Lunar Eclipse 2019

January 21, 2019 - Reading time: ~1 minute

A terrible night for a total lunar eclipse--it's freakin' cold (5°F / -15C) and cloudy, but here's a sequence going into the total.

It's very cloudy out there tonight, but I did manage to capture the lunar eclipse in progress. Not a great shot, but was through the cloud layer.

Astro Session - February 27, 2018

February 27, 2018 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Our moon is looking especially beautiful tonight, even if it's making it difficult to do some deep space imaging. This is a single frame with the William Optics GT81 refractor and Atik 414EX CCD camera and a Celestron UHC/LPR filter that's been sitting in its box for a couple years--so I thought I'd give it a try. I also added a subtle RGB color layer from a few months back.