Unremarkable shot of Venus

Submitted by jimwcoleman

And most of them are ... unless it is in a crescent phase.

We can learn something here, though. When viewing Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and all the other 'outer' planets, we always see them as round objects - spheres in space. One face is always illuminated by the sun because they are further from the sun than we are.  The Earth is between the sun and those planets, so we always see them as fully illuminated.

Moon and Earthshine

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I grabbed a few quickie shots of the moon this morning, using my AT72ED AstroTech refractor with Canon 60D at prime focus. One shot  shows the crescent moon and the other shows earthshine - the light on the moon that is reflected back from Earth!

Widefield view of Sadr

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Here are some wide-field views of my favorite star, Sadr. Located in the constellation of Cygnus, Sadr is high overhead in the late evening this time of year. Deep in the heart of the Milky Way, Sadr is surrounded to all sides by nebulosity. Significant nebulae like the North American and Pelican Nebula are in the region. Photos were taken with an AstroTech AT72ED refractor, using a Canon 60D at prime focus, 13x2 min subs, ISO 1600.

Today's sunspots - September 3, 2017

Submitted by jimwcoleman

I really need to get me a good solar scope - with this fascination I've always had with the sun. One of these days...

Meanwhile,  back on planet Earth, this is how the sun looks today, at 11:30 a.m., from Port Orchard, Washington. Lot's more sunspot activity than I expected.

And it's sunny here near Seattle, too. Get out and enjoy it!

M45 - The Seven Sisters

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This was a fun photo to get in the wee hours  of the morning, Saturday, Sept. 2. The image was acquired from a back yard in Port Orchard, Washington between the hours of 2 and 4 a.m.

Telescope: AstroTech AT72ED Camera: Canon 60D, ISO 1600, 8x120 sec subs Mount: Celestron AVX Stacked with Maxim DL. Enjoy!