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  • Image of total solar eclipse

    The 2017 total solar eclipse was a major event for most of the United States. This photo was taken from Ucon, Idaho!

  • Photo of Orion refractor

    There are many different types of scopes, each best suited for specific uses. Learn about which is best for you!

  • Photo of Orion Atlas mount

    Learn about different mounts and telescope configurations. Exchange ideas with fellow astronomy enthusiasts!

  • Photo of the International Space Station crossing disc of the sun

    In this image from Port Orchard, Washington, the International Space Station crosses the disc of the sun.

  • Image of Jovian transit

    Double transit of Jupiter: In this photo collage, you can see the moons (Io and Callisto) as they move across the Jovian surface. 

Ready for Neowise

Submitted by jimwcoleman

All set up and ready to try to catch the comet again. Neowise has dimmed significantly so this time I going after it with the 120mm APO rather than with a camera and lens. I bought this rig specifically for wide-field sky surveys and comets have long been my target of choice. Normally I would use an SCT to acquire comet images but as Neowise is still such a dominating target, the refractor is a better choice. Skies are clear and we're ready to go...

Sadr

Submitted by swingin

This is the star Sadr with a bunch of HA nebulosity around it. These are 1 min exposures with an L-enhance Optolong filter. The filter has 3 bandwidth's HA, HB, and OIII. Sadr is in the constellation Cygnus, in the eastern sky this time of year. Taken from my backyard in Gig Harbor WA, Enjoy!

Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) over Manchester

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Usually, I go after very dim comets, but we are currently presented with a very rare treat - a bright comet in the northeast sky! I've been trying to get Neowise all week but the Seattle skies have been typically cloudy. This morning, however, the skies were clear as a bell. I woke up before 1 a.m and was on the Manchester beach (across from Seattle) by 2 a.m.

M-106

Submitted by swingin

Another shot of M-106 from last night. This is 60 shots with 56 stacked in DSS. ISO 1600. I had 60 shots but a few had satilites in them so they get removed. All of my prosesing is done with free software, DeepSkyStacker and Gimp. Taken from my back yard in Gig Harbor WA, Enjoy. 

Comet ATLAS (C/2019 Y4)

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

This is a photo of Comet Atlas (Y4) from Port Orchard, Washington on April 16, 2020. The comet, currently magnitude 9.3, is in the constellation  Camelopardalis. As it approaches the sun, the comet is beginning to disintegrate. A careful look at this photo shows several brighter spots near the comet's head which suggest that fragmentation.

Meade LX200, 8x2min subs, 3600ISO, Canon 60D, Optec Lepus 6.3 reducer, Maxim DSLR.

What a bad night looks like

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

The 8" LX200 hasn't been used in so long that I've basically forgotten how to use it ... I am now favoring equatorial-mounted scopes rather than fork mounted. That said, the LX200 does sit on a Milburn wedge and, in my opinion, there is not a finer wedge on the market. But even with that, I couldn't get a good polar alignment last night no matter what I tried. Several times, I did the two-star alignment, only to get reasonably close on go-to's and tracking accuracy only down to about 15 seconds. We all know that one can't really work with this.