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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. 

Post-eclipse sun from Port Orchard, Washington

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Since I got so much experience shooting the sun the last week or so, I decided to have another go at it, but this time to use the 8" Meade LX200 scope. Much different setup and experience, but I did manage to get a tight focus and some pics. I like watching the evolution of the sun spots over the surface...

Time-lapse solar eclipse video from Ucon, Idaho

Submitted by jimwcoleman
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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!

NGC 6946 - The Fireworks Galaxy

Submitted by jimwcoleman

NGC 6946 (also tentatively known as the Fireworks Galaxy) is an intermediate spiral galaxy about 22 million light-years away,[3] in the constellations of Cepheus and Cygnus. It was discovered by William Herschel on 9 September 1798. NGC 6946 is highly obscured by interstellar matter of the Milky Way galaxy, as it is quite close to the galactic plane. It's apparent magnitude is -9.6 making it a faint object, but not out of reach of mid- to large-aperture scopes.

Messier 27 - The Dumbbell Nebula

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Always a favorite target, the Dumbbell Nebula (M27) is climbing high into the northeastern sky after dark. The Dumbbell Nebula is a planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula, at a distance of about 1,360 light-years. This object was the first planetary nebula to be discovered; by Charles Messier in 1764. The nebula is 1,360 light years from Earth.

Image was acquired with an 8" Meade LX200 with a Canon 60D at prime focus (ISO 1600, 13x60sec subs). Stacked with Maxim DSLR.