Category Archives: Astrophotography

A View of Clavius Crater

Clavius is a large crater found on the southern side of the moon, it measures approximately 136 miles across. The crater was named after Christoph Klau (or Christophorus Clavius) a 16th century German mathematician and astronomer.

Tech Specs: Meade 12” LX90, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, ASI290MC, best 2.5k of 5k frames, AutoStakkert! V3.0.14 (x64), FireCapture v2.5.10 x64 and Registax v6. Photographed on July 4, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

…Tom

Venus, Moon, Hyades and Pleiades in the Morning

Here is another view of the morning conjunction of Venus and the crescent moon from July 20, 2017, this view includes a wider angle shot showing the Hyades and Pleiades clusters in the constellation Taurus.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, tripod mounted, 8 seconds, 70mm, ISO 3200. Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Date: July 20, 2017.

…Tom

Venus and Moon Morning Conjunction – July 20, 2017

This morning has a special visual treat, a conjunction of the planet Venus, a thin crescent moon and the star Aldebaran (upper right corner).  This scene was captured at 4:00 am local time, light eastern clouds added to the scene. Look farther above this celestial event for the Seven Sisters, the Pleiades Cluster, looking down above them.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, tripod mounted, 3.2 seconds, 200mm, ISO 3200. Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Date: July 20, 2017.

…Tom

Morning Crescent Moon and the Planet Venus

Here is a view of this morning’s crescent moon and the planet Venus through light fog. Watch tomorrow morning for the close conjunction of these two objects in the early morning sky.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, tripod mounted, ⅓ second, 70mm, ISO 3200. Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Date: July 19, 2017.

…Tom

Active Region (AR) 2665 – July 16, 2017

False color image of active region (AR) 2665 from July 16, 2017 a quick view before it slips around to the other side of the sun.  

Tech Specs: Celestron C6-A SCT, black polymer filter sheet made by Thousand Oaks Optical, iOptron ZEQ25GT mount. Best 2500 frames of 5000 frames captured using an ZWO ASI290MC, AutoStakkert! V3.0.14 (x64), FireCapture v2.5.10 x64 and Registax v6. Photographed on July 16, 2017 (late afternoon) from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

Check out this NASA video showing this active region rotating into view. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/nasas-sdo-watches-a-sunspot-turn-toward-earth

…Tom

%d bloggers like this: