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28 Nights and a day with the Moon was my first substantial astrophotography project and the original inspiration for this web site. While working on my Astronomical League Lunar Observing award, I noticed that it was sometimes difficult to reconcile what I saw in the lunar atlases with what I saw in the telescope. I decided to capture a high resolution image of the Moon for every day of the lunar month. I hope that they are as useful to other observers as they have been for me when I prepare to navigate the lunar terrain for an observing session. This would not be here without the encouragement of my friend Larry Martin.
Celestial events, including conjunctions, eclipses, transits and occultations, are exciting to photograph. These images can give a sense of scale and the relationships of solar system objects missing from individual images. These alignments of heavenly bodies can be once in a lifetime events, but one kind or another seems to come along every few months. Multiple targets - often greatly different in distance, size, and apparent brightness - are a challenge to image and often require special techniques. Events that occur within a small field of view are great for telescopes, while larger scale events call for a camera with an appropriate lens. Different filters, tracking, panoramic, and time lapse techniques may also be used.
The Sun is the brightest star in our sky. Every day sunrise and sunset provides an opportunity to see the interaction of sunlight with our atmosphere. Sunspots change every day and vary with an 11 year cycle. Atmospheric turbulence can make detailed images of the Sun a challenge. Solar and lunar eclipses and planetary transits are exceptional events that provide great opportunities for photographers.
The Moon gives us our closest view of another world. Craters, seas, and mountains can seen by the unaided eye, but are spectacular in the telescope. The daily changes in the lunar phase as it revolves around the earth, bring new details into relief daily. I specialize in detailed high dynamic range full disk images of the Moon with earthshine illuminating the lunar night.
The moons of Jupiter and Saturn are in constant motion and provide opportunities to see moon and shadow transits, occultations, and eclipses. When Mars is close the polar caps and dark surface features are in easy reach. Venus shows phases similar to the Moon and Mercury is a challenge to see just before dawn or just after sunset. I enjoy making HDR images with multiple targets: occultations, shadow transits, planets with their moons, and planetary conjunctions.
The Sun, Moon, comets and planets of the solar system make wonderful objects for telescopic observation. They are great targets for urban observers, little affected by sky glow except for targets like dim comets and asteroids.
Deep space objects include galaxies, bright and dark nebulae, open and globular clusters. DSOs are a challenge to image on a small scope, but can be spectacular.
Landscape images including the night sky and astronomical images can capture the beauty of the heavens juxtaposed with beautiful landscapes. Single exposure images taken at dark sky locations can be quite beautiful with care and minimal equipment. All that is required is a camera, lens, and a tripod. Adding a tracking mount can bring extended deep sky objects into view.
03 Earthshine on the Waxing Crescent Moon
04 Crescent Moon with earthshine
12 Waxing Gibbous Moon 160321 stills with silent shutter
13 Christmas Eve nearly full Moon
14 Merry Christmas (La Befana) Full Moon
16 Waning Gibbous Moon the Terminator is Back!
22 Moon Waning Crescent 140818
23 Waning Crescent Moon with Earthshine
25 Moon Waning Crescent with Earthshine
27 Moon Thin Waning Crescent 140823
28 Old Crescent Moon in the Sun's last grasp 140725
2017 Great American Eclipse Revisited, put a ring on it
Jet gets a close view of Solar Eclipse
Conjunction of Jupiter, Venus, & Mercury
Mercury & the Moon with Earthshine
Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter
Conjunction of Jupiter and Venus
Jupiter with Ganymede and its shadow
Jupiter with Ganymede Io(transiting) & Europa
Earthshine on a waxing crescent Moon
Summer Solstice Full Moon from Austin
Clavius Tycho Moretus region of the Moon
Copernicus in the early morning
Clavius and the Southern Highlands of the Moon
January Earthshine Crescent Moon
Spring Waning Crescent Moon with Earthshine
April Fools' eve Moon with earthshine
Mars just before 2020 opposition
Mars before opposition May 2016 - Revisited
Mars with Syrtis Major in view
Jupiter and the Galilean Moons
Jupiter imaged with a Raspberry Pi Camera
Saturn with five moons 2016-06-09
Saturn with five moons 2016-06-18
Jupiter transited by Io & its shadow - Revisited
Jupiter at opposition 2017 - Revisited
Sweet Home Alabama Jupiter with Io transit & Europa
North America & Pelican Nebulae
Bubble Nebula and Nova 2021 Cas
Bode (M81) & Cigar (M82) Nebulae
Ghost town Omega Centauri Revisited
Great Hercules Globular Cluster M13
North America & Pelican Nebulae
Elephant Trunk Nebula with the Garnet Star
Heart of the Milky Way from ALMA OSF
Geminid Meteor and holiday lit trees
Moon setting Pulpit Rock Garden of the Gods
Perseid Meteor shower with the Andromeda Galaxy