Here’s an image of Comet 178P (Hug-Bell) just 3 nights shy of 14 years after discovery at Farpoint. The 30 x 1 minute stacked image was taken 12-7-13 with the 22″ reflector at Sandlot Observatory. There’s a faint but obvious coma extension to the West North-West ( PA ~ 285). It’ll stay just under 18th [...]
Here’s a quick image of Comet ISON as of 9-30-13 Its a composite of ten – 1 minute images shifted according to the speed and direction the comet was moving. (thus the trailed stars) 22″ f4.8 scope, the image is cropped to just a few arc minutes.
Gary, here are the pics of the altazimuth tool. It’s about 4 ft. in diameter, but it rolls since its round. Note the attachments. There are 360 cm around the table, making each cm 1 degree, and each mm .1 degree or 6 arc min. A person needs a Polar alignment finder scope to get [...]
During the last part of May, three planets will be dancing around each other low in the west after sunset. Venus, Jupiter and Mercury will give a vivid illustration of the origin of the word “planet”, which means “wanderer”. If you ever wanted a demonstration of how planets move against the background stars, this is [...]