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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. 

Comet C/2014 Q3 Borisov

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

Here is a photo of Comet C/2014 Q3 Borisov. It is currently magnitude 13.2, which makes it a very dim object in the sky. In this photo (click to enlarge photo of necessary), you can see a “fuzzy blob” near the center of the photo. That is the comet. Orion 8 Astrograph Newtonian, Baader MPCC coma corrector, Canon T3i (modified) at prime focus, f3.9, ISO 1600, 5×23 subs, 3 darks.

IC1396 "The Elephant’s Trunk"

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

The Elephant’s Trunk nebula is a concentration of interstellar gas and dust within the much larger ionized gas region IC 1396 located in the constellation Cepheus about 2,400 light years away from Earth.[1] The piece of the nebula shown here is the dark, dense globule IC 1396A; it is commonly called the Elephant’s Trunk nebula because of its appearance at visible light wavelengths, where there is a dark patch with a bright, sinuous rim. Orion 8 Astrograph Newtonian, Baader MPCC coma corrector, Canon T3i (modified) at prime focus, f3.9, ISO 1600, 17×23 subs, 2 darks.

The Great Orion Nebula

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

This is Messier 42 (The Great Orion Nebula), a very easy target in the constellation Orion. This time of year, Orion rises over the eastern horizon and is well into the sky by 8 p.m. (Canon T3i at prime focus on an Orion 8″ Astrograph Newtonian, Baader MPCC coma corrector, 10×15 sec subs, ISO 1600, DeepSkyStacker).

First of tonight's photos ... our moon!

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

This is the first of tonight’s photos. This photo was taken at 4:24 p.m. The moon is gorgeous tonight. The current temperature is 30 degrees and falling fast. Skies look clear (not sure about transparency yet) and there is a good breeze of 12 to 15 mph. Scope is balanced – it’s the breeze I’m more worried about tonight than the cold…

Set up to catch a comet!

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

Here’s the basic setup … I found a great spot near the Bremerton National Airport and I’m all ready for darkfall – except that a keen eye will notice I’ve yet to add the counterweights to the AVX mount … It may sound odd to do astrophotography near the end of an airport runway but this is a heavily forested area of the country and it’s hard to find a spot with clear views of all horizons. And it’s a small airport, so there aren’t a lot of lights or air traffic to deal with. Where’s YOUR favorite or most unusual observing spot?

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy from Port Orchard, WA

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

Here are some of many photos I got of Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy. The photos were taken Wednesday night, January 8, 2015, from my backyard astronomical observatory in Port Orchard, Washington. The comet passed closest to Earth yesterday, January 7. These photos were taken through a high, thin cloud layer, using a Canon T3i at prime focus on an Orion 8″ Astrograph Newtonian telescope with an MPCC coma corrector. The comet is climbing rapidly in the East and currently is due south of a point between the constellations Taurus and Orion.

NGC 7023: The Iris Nebula

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

The Iris Nebula, also NGC 7023 and Caldwell 4, is a bright reflection nebula and Caldwell object in the constellation Cepheus. NGC 7023 is actually the cluster within the nebula, LBN 487, and the nebula is lit by a magnitude +7 star, SAO 19158.[1] It shines at magnitude +6.8. It is located near the Mira-type variable star T Cephei, and near the bright magnitude +3.23 variable star Beta Cephei (Alphirk). It lies 1,300 light-years away and is six light-years across. (Source: Wikipedia).

Comet Lovejoy’s C/2014 Q2 time lapse sequence

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

This my second Lovejoy comet to image. Here are six stacked photos of Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy as it races over Seattle. To show how fast the comet is moving against the star field, these six photos were 8-second exposures with roughly five minute intervals. The images were captured with a Canon 60D at ISO 1600, 70mm lens. 6 x 8 subs, DeepSkyStacker). The photo sequence was shot at the Bremerton National Airport in Washington State. The comet should brighten and move higher in the sky in January, 2015.