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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. 

Orion ( shows its true colors - and they're not pretty

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Orion ( shows its true colors - and they're not pretty

Most of you know that I recently purchased an Orion EON 115mm ED triplet Apochromatic refractor from I have purchased many Orion products in the past and was, in fact, going to mount this scope on an Orion Atlas EQ-G mount.

First light - Orion 10087 EON 115mm ED Triplet Apochromatic Refractor

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Yesterday, I got a notification that there would be an ISS Transit of the moon at 6:38 p.m. Having just set this new telescope up in the observatory, I decided to take it for a trial run. What better way to flex its muscles than to try to catch a transit?

Read why I am returning this telescope after only one use

As it turned out, I had misread the notification. It was a transit of the sun, not a transit of the moon. And here I was, all prepared to catch a lunar transit.

M64 - Black Eye Galaxy

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Pictured here is the Black Eye Galaxy (Messier 64). The Black Eye Galaxy (also called Evil Eye Galaxy and designated Messier 64, M64, or NGC 4826) is a relatively isolated spiral galaxy located 17 million light years away in the northern constellation of Coma Berenices.

It is high overhead in the night sky this time of year and a pleasing target for telescopes.

In this case, I used the smallest telescope in my collection - an AstroTech AT72ED refractor. Total exposure time was 17 minutes, 30 seconds at ISO 1600. Three dark frames were subtracted.

03/31/2019 - A little more solar activity today

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

I was doing high-powered solar surface detail work today when, right before closing the observatory, I decided to move the telescope around the limb of the sun in the off chance a prominence had sprung up. Good thing I did, as you can see in this photo. Not a huge prominence, but pretty self-respectable so far as prominences go. :)

This photo was shot just before noon  on March 31, 2019 from Port Orchard, Washington.

Enjoy the sunshine!  

03/30/2019 - The Sun at solar minimum

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

The sun shone brightly over Port Orchard, Washington today. After a long, unseasonably snowy and cold winter, it was nice to get out under the sun and soak up its warmth.

I got some photos of the sun today but haven't been able to look at most of the images. The most difficult part of astrophotography is the processing, and I've not had time to process any but just this one of the images I got. I hope to post more in the coming days.

07/29/2018 - Seeing was very good this morning

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

Seeing was very good this morning ... and to think that I almost didn't set up the scope. I got a lot of video to process later but don't have the time today. I did do a rather quick processing job here just to make sure I got some good data. 

I'll post more once I have time to review and process the data acquisition.

Enjoy. Its in the 90's today. And you can blame this thing here... :)

Solar disk - 07/21/2018

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

Trying out some new equipment today ... using a ZWO ASI183 cam with the 90mm Coronado SolarMax II on an Atlas EQ-G mount.  So far, so good ... except for all the darn clouds that popped up as soon as I started my imaging session ...

Here is a image of the full solar disk that I got this morning. As you can see, there's not much going on. In fact, there have been no sunspots for three weeks! That's rare .... and frustrating to solar observers. There is some action on the sun's surface, though ... primarily some active filaments, so it's not a total lost cause.