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Solar Eclipse and Sunspot AR2192

Solar Eclipse and Sunspot AR2192

Solar eclipse and AR2192 on the 23rd of October, 2014. The prominent giant sunspot AR2192 faces directly at earth and was emitting M and X class solar flares. Without a solar filter, I added my neutral density filter that cut the light by nine f stops.(ND400) I still needed to reduce the brightness a bit more, so I put on a polarizer. It would be nice to get the light cut down by another six f stops or so. I'm putting a solar filter on my shopping list.

Posted in Submitted by keith on Sun, 10/26/2014 - 12:19.

Quadrantid Meteor 2014

Quadrantid Meteor 2014

Quadrantid meteor from 2 January, 2014.
Photo location: California Sierra Nevada Mountains in Amador County.
Camera gear: Canon 5D Mark III, Rokinon 14mm f2.8 Exposure: 30 seconds, ISO 3200, f2.8


ISS Flyby of the Moon

ISS Flyby of the Moon

The International Space Station(ISS) passing overhead by the Moon. Photo was taken using a Canon 50D with a Canon 300mmL IS f2.8 plus a 1.4X Extender tripod mounted and remote shutter release. The ISS is very bright and easy to see when it makes a pass overhead. It looks big because of the reflectivity, but when compared to the size of the Moon it's size becomes more obvious. Think of photographing a football field from 200-300 miles away and that's what you are up against.

Posted in Submitted by keith on Thu, 04/04/2013 - 12:26.

Earthshine on the Waxing Moon

Earthshine on the Waxing Moon

The Waxing Moon (Crescent Moon) and Earthshine. Taken just after sunset, exposed for the Earthshine(light reflected from earth) which is normally very faint to the human eye. I set the Canon 5D Mark III to ISO 2000 with a one half second exposure. I set the Canon 300mmL f2.8(with a 1.4X Extender) to f4.5 and selected live view for critical focus. The camera was mounted on a Wimberley tripod head and triggered with a Canon remote shutter release. I cropped the photo tight for web viewing.


New Dangers From Asteroid 2012 DA14 / 6 February 2013

New Dangers From Asteroid 2012 DA14 / 6 February 2013

WHAT WE ARE NOT TOLD about asteroid 2012 DA14 and the implications...

Asteroid 2012 DA14 is about half the size of a football field and appears to be "just a big rock". Yes, it will pass by 17,200 miles from Earth and below the outer geosynchronous satellite orbits of 22,000 miles. Yes, the chances of the "rock" hitting a satellite is very remote as it transverses their orbits.

Posted in Submitted by keith on Fri, 02/08/2013 - 15:07.