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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. 

Moon and Earthshine

Submitted by jimwcoleman

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

Submitted by jimwcoleman

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.

Flashback: Total Lunar Eclipse, February 20, 2008

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Here's a look back at the total lunar eclipse of 2008. It's hard to believe it was nine years ago already! 

I have seen a number of total lunar eclipses and this was my favorite. The moon was framed by Saturn and Regulus, making the experience all the more magical. 

Click through for a photo gallery.

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....