Tag Archives: January

Comet C/2016 R2 in Taurus

Here is an image of comet C/2016 R2 taken last evening in the constellation Taurus. The star Gamma Tauri was causing some interference on my focal reducer that I didn’t pick up on until the images were processed, you can see some of the noise and light ring below and to the left of the comet. The comet is near its closest approach to Earth and near its maximum brightness.

Comet C/2016 R2 in Taurus

Tech Specs: Meade 12” LX90, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, Canon 6D stock camera, ISO 3200, 18 x 60 seconds using Backyard EOS with darks, flats and bias frames, guided using an Orion 60mm guide scope with an attached ZWO ASI290MC camera. Image Date: January 6, 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory in Weatherly, PA.

…Tom

Sirius in the Clouds

Sirius – photographed last evening during a brief break in the clouds, just coming up and over some bare trees in the back yard.


Tech Specs: Canon 6D with a Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens tripod mounted. Single 10 second exposure, ISO 3200, 70mm, f/2.8, Tiffen star filter. Imaging was done on January 31, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

…Tom

Antares in the Morning Sky on January 30, 2017

Antares in the morning sky! The summer stars are starting to emerge into the morning skies led by Antares. This photo was taken this morning, January 30, 2017 from Hickory Run State Park in Pennsylvania.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF17-40mm f/4L lens, ISO 3200, 25 seconds, f/4, 21mm, tripod mounted, Tiffen star filter.

…Tom

Eudoxus Crater – January 7, 2017

Eudoxis Crater (Lunar) – diameter is 70 km, named after the Greek astronomer (c. 408-355 BC). Noted for the terraced slopes on the interior walls (that you can make out in my image) and not having a central peak.

Tech Specs: ZWO ASI290MC camera and Meade 12” LX90 telescope mounted on a Celestron CGEM-DX mount. Software used included Sharpcap v2.9, AutoStakkert! Alpha Version 2.3.0.21, ImagesPlus v5.75a, and Registax v6.1.0.8. Photographed on January 7, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

…Tom

The Planet Venus on January 25, 2017

Here is a view of the planet Venus taken on January 25, 2017, now at 43% full and it will be progressively getting narrower and larger over the next few weeks.

Tech Specs: Meade LX90 12” Telescope, ZWO ASI290MC camera at prime focus, best 2,000 frames of 10,000 frames sampled. Taken from Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Software included SharpCap 2.9, Registax, and Adobe Lightroom.

…Tom

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