My last chance to see the green comet before it flies away on its 50,000-year orbit was last night. Fortunately, a break in the clouds gave me the chance to capture it in the same field of view as Mars. Here are C/2022 E3 (ZTF) and Mars.
A rare triangle formed by bright Aldebaran, Mars, and the Pleiades.
A wide angle view of Orion next to a winter arrangement of bright Aldebaran, Mars, and the Pleiades.
It was a cloudy evening as we kicked off 2023. The moon was near Mars, but the clouds threatened to destroy any chance of photographing them. However, something else happened. The moon created a rainbow-like ring in the clouds and Mars punched through a thin opening. This moonring was created by combining a fast exposure (for the moon detail) with a slow exposure.
A brief glimpse of Mars as the year comes to an end.
Another pass at the red planet.
Mars makes an appearance amongst the clouds in Washington, D.C. The Monument has eyes only for Mars!
A view of the predawn sky the morning we left the Cayman Islands.
A clear wide-angle view of the predawn sky on Grand Cayman.
A first look (in detail) at the Red Planet.
Capturing the rare proximity of Mars to M45, the Pleiades.
Mars: it's more than just a red dot.
Yes, that is the red planet.
A visual tour of Orion and nearby deep sky objects Aldebaran, Mars, and the Pleiades. From 12mm wide field shots of the night sky to 1645mm ultra close-ups of nebulae, this journey ties some of my favorite images together and shows just how interconnected objects in space can be. Includes shots of M42: the Great Orion Nebula, M43: de Mairan's Nebula, NGC1977 The Running Man Nebula, NGC2024 The Flame Nebula, NGC2023, IC434 The Horsehead Nebula, M45: The Pleiades, Mars, Aldebaran, Betelgeuse and Rigel.
2022-01-12 00:00:00 +0000
A timelapse look at the Pleiades, the double cluster in Perseus, Mars, and other winter sky objects. Taken with a Sony Alpha 6300 and a Samyang 12mm MF f/2 lens on a Sky Watcher Star Adventurer GTi.
2022-11-20 00:00:00 +0000
On December 14th I pointed my telescope to the sky. I captured Mars, Jupiter, and the moon with my planetary QHY5III462C before I switched to the deep sky ASI294MC Pro. After setting up an advanced script in N.I.N.A., I let it run all night and used the results to create my best picture of the Crab Nebula to date. It's all documented including setting up and balancing my rig.
2022-12-17 00:00:00 +0000
Join me for a night of viewing. I observed several nebulae (the Iris Nebula, the Dumbbell Nebula, and the Eagle Nebula) and the moon all night until 3am when the planets Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter appeared in that order.
2022-05-22 00:00:00 +0000
Collage of planets, galaxies, nebulae, and more that I captured in 2022. From Saturn and Andromeda to Thor's Helmet and the Milky Way.
2022-12-20 00:00:00 +0000
My adventures in Grand Cayman photographing Mars, the Pleiades, Cassiopeia, Cygnus, Orion, M31: the Andromeda Galaxy and M33: the Triangulum Galaxy using my Sony Alpha 6300 mirrorless camera with 12mm and 50mm Samyang lenses, the Svbony sv503 70ED 420mm doublet refractor, and using the Sky Watcher Star Adventurer GTi mount.
2022-10-25 00:00:00 +0000
Hold on to your hats! We're going for a ride. 2023 was a breakout year for my astrophotography as I had my first access to dark sites, refined my Milky Way technique, got closer to the moon and started working with planets, processed my first comet, made my first solar filter to take solar shots, and a lot of new and improved targets with the addition of narrowband filters.
2023-12-14 00:00:00 +0000