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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. 

C2015 V2 (Johnson) - Wide field view of comet

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Here is a widefield view (positive and negative images) of comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) in Bootes. Tonight, the comet was at magnitude 6.9, fainter than last night. This is a stack of 40x20sec subs. The images were acquired at prime focus using a modded Canon T3i at ISO 1600 with an AstroTech AT72ED refractor on a Celestron AVX mount.

C/2015 V2 Johnson - A spectacular comet

Submitted by jimwcoleman

While most people in my home town of Port Orchard, Washington slept, a couple of amazing comets crossed the sky overhead. One of them, comet C/2015 V2 Johnson, is pictured here in all its glory.

This was photographed with an 8" Meade LX200R with a Canon 60D at prime focus. No filters or reducers were used. 90x65 second subs, stacked with manual 1-star alignment using Maxim DL software.

Orion at dusk

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Here is a quick shot I got of Orion as it skimmed the tops of the trees in my Port Orchard, Washington back yard. I used the Star Adventurer sidereal drive atop a sturdy camera tripod with a Canon 60D to get the shot. It's one of only two shots I've been able to get all winter long - the last few months were very wet, always overcast and unusually dreary in the Seattle area. I'm so ready for the skies to clear but looking at the forecast, I think this photo is going to have to hold me for a while ...

Orion in the Seattle skyglow

Submitted by jimwcoleman

This is a 4.5 minute (9 30-second subs, stacked, ISO 1600, f5.6) exposure of Orion. You can clearly see the Flame Nebula and M42, the Great Orion Nebula. The fir trees in the foreground are blurred as the camera was tracking the sidereal motion of the stars. The ghastly, icky green color you see is Seattle light pollution reflected from high clouds.

NGC 6888 - The Crescent Nebula

Submitted by jimwcoleman

A photo of the Crescent Nebula taken from my back yard in Port Orchard, Washington. This is not that great a shot, but best I could do in the conditions, with high hazy cloud cover (thickening, intermittently, making guiding problematic) and bad batteries in the camera shutter control. But I did what I could.

NGC 6992 - The Veil Nebula

Submitted by jimwcoleman

After inadvertently seriously disabling my Meade 8" LX200R last night out (necessitating these repairs), I set out tonight to prove that my repair work is solid.

Having been disassembled, the scope was completely out of collimation and out of alignment. After some star collimation and alignment work, I slewed to the Veil Nebula and started shooting.

This was the final result, and is good enough to certify the repair. It's great to be back in business!

The Sun

Submitted by swingin

The first 2 pictures are a fast moving prom, it got so big I removed the camera and the daughter & I watched it through the eyepiece, it got almost 3 times bigger than the pic's. You could almost see it grow with your own eyes it moved so fast. I'm not to savy on what type of prom, flare, filament, CME it actually is, but feel free to clarify if you know.

One thing about our nearest star is that every day it changes, unlike the night sky, enjoy.

All taken with a Coronado Solarmax II 90 from my back yard, Gig Harbor WA