Horsehead and Flame nebula in Orion

We had a couple of clear nights with a late rising moon this week so I was able to get a couple of hours of exposure on these famous deep sky objects. They are visible through binoculars or a small telescope but the eye can’t see colors in very dim images. These...

Orion Nebula

I took a quick black & white image of Orion during a very brief interval of clear skies Thursday night. I posted it on Astrobin – a popular site for astrophotographers to share images. You can click here to see it along with annotations that Astrobin...

A Christmas comet

Ken and I have been trying to grab photos of Comet C/2021 A1 (Leonard) over the past week and finally had success last night. In case you have not heard, comet Leonard is a very long period comet and only circles the Sun about every 80,000 years. It was discovered by...

Try to see Comet Leonard

If you want to get up early and have a clear view of the eastern horizon you might want to try and get a glimpse of comet C/2021 A1 Leonard. Check this link for details on when and where to see it. It’s not bright enough to be visible to the naked eye but should...

Blood moon

I managed to grab some pictures this morning around maximum eclipse. Since this was partial eclipse, a tiny sliver of the moon is still getting almost full sunlight. The rest is only illuminated by “Earth shine” which is sunlight that is filtered by the...

Partial lunar eclipse Friday morning

Set your clocks for 3:00 AM! The earths shadow will cover all but a small sliver of the moon and you can see a “blood moon” at maximum around 4:00 AM which is a for real thing and not some made up name for the full moon. The moon will be about 45 degrees...