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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.