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

Submitted by jimwcoleman

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!

Caldwell 33: The Veil Nebula

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Captured from Port Orchard, Washington on a beautiful August evening.

Scope: AstroTech AT72ED Camera: Canon 60D (prime focus), ISO 1600, 12x120 sec subs, 5 darks Mount: Celestron AVX Stacking software: Maxim DL

I forgot to use my coma corrector. Once I realized that, I stopped the capturing sequence, realizing that the photos would not be what I had envisioned. But the stacked image isn't that bad. Additional subs would have brought the nebula out more.... 

Time-lapse solar eclipse video from Ucon, Idaho

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Watch the total solar eclipse from the farmlands of Idaho! Including time lapse videos of the actual eclipse, and also from a stationary camera that captures the landscape and environment during the eclipse, this video shows some of what it was like. Of course, as the saying goes, you had to be there. No video can truly capture the magic of that event.

Milky Way over field in Ucon, Idaho

Submitted by jimwcoleman

This is a composite photo. It was taken on August 20, 2017 - the night before the total solar eclipse of 2017.

The Milky Way was captured using a Canon 60D at f2.8 with a 10mm lens, ISO 1600 for 30 seconds, unguided.  The foreground is a family member's front yard in Ucon, Idaho. There is a field across the street and stacked bales of hay can be seen in the distance.

The skies in Idaho are truly magical!