Astrophotography

Venus Transit 2012

Venus Transit 2012

I was lucky enough to have the right gear and the right weather to capture the rare Venus Transit of 2012.  This is where Venus would travel directly in front of the Sun from our view point, the tiny disc of Venus would eclipse the sun.  It […]

Solar Imaging

Solar Imaging

Currently I’m working with two setups to do solar imaging: a Meade 4.5″ ETX with a Baader filter connected to a Philips SPC900 webcam using SharpCap for capture and then AVIStack2 to stack and post process.   The main problem with this setup is you’ll […]

Planetary Observing

Planetary Observing

All of these were taken with a Meade LX90 10-inch with Philips sp900 modified webcam      

Meade 1209 Focuser Controller

Meade 1209 Focuser Controller

The Meade 1209 zero shift micro focuser (very difficult to find by the way, here’s the manual too) that I purchased was the latest version that did NOT have the handbox controller for it.  The latest version is only compatible with the LX200 series where […]

M57 Ring Nebula

M57 Ring Nebula

M57 – Ring nebula with visible central white dwarf

M2 Cluster

M2 Cluster

M2 cluster

Comet Lovejoy Time Sequence

Comet Lovejoy Time Sequence

On comet Lovejoy’s journey towards the sun I managed to get a set of time lapse images as it moved near a reference star.  

NASA Presentation – Astrophotography in the Classroom

NASA Presentation – Astrophotography in the Classroom

For the past few years I’ve been lucky to have acquired enough equipment and hard-fought knowledge to incorporate astrophotography into my Astronomy curriculum.  I figured out ways to offer students the same learning with or without access to a telescope, AND do real science that […]