Second attempt at Saturn but through my bigger 6" scope (biggest I had at the time). I held the camera by hand though as this was before I got The SteadyPix Deluxe camera mount.
Jupiter and a rising Wanning Crescent Moon. Taken Early morning on June 27th 2011.
First goodish pic of the Moon I got. Done through a 6" table top Newt using a 11mm Explore Scientific 82 Degree Eyepiece.
My new to me XT10i!
The Dark area to the right is Mare Fecunditatis. The big crater in that dark area is Langrenus. The big crater to the upper left is Petavius. Taken through an Orion XT10i and barlowed 8.8mm Explore Scientific 82 degree Eypiece (I think!).
Taken through an Orion XT10i and an 8.8mm Explore Scientific 82 degree Eypiece (I think!). The big dark spot at the bottom is Mare Crisium. Above it is Mare Tranquillitatis & Mare Serenitatis (to the right). To the lower left is the area in the other pictures from this evening.
The Petavius Crater. It has mountains in the middle and deep fracture that looks like someone drew a line in there. Taken through an Orion XT10i and barlowed 8.8mm Explore Scientific 82 degree Eypiece (I think!).
My First attempt at shooting Jupiter. The vary faint Moons left to right are: Ganymede, Europa & Io. Also note the Barge (storm) to the right in the Southern Equatorial Belt (South is up).
A pic of Rupes Recta "The Straight Wall" on the Moon I took last night. It is the line in the Crater at the bottom of the photo. It looks like someone wrote a line with a marker on the Moon. More info on it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rupes_Recta . Taken through an Orion XT10i and barlowed 8.8mm Explore Scientific 82 degree Eypiece (I think!).
The Great Orion Nebula (M42) is right in the middle. Note the redish haze around the bright star in the middle. I did this with a point and shoot on a tripod. I edited it in some photo software to bring down the noise a bit.
Almost direct center is the Pleiades Star Cluster (M45). Below and to the left of that is the bright orange Star Aldebaran in the constellation of Taurus. The Hyades Star Cluster is just to the right of Aldebaran. Upper left is the Constellation of Auriga which contains the bright Star Capella. Directly above the Pleiades is part of the constellation Perseus and to the right of the Pleiades are constellations Triangulum and Aries. The bright thing at the far right is Jupiter. I did this with a point and shoot on a tripod pointed almost straight up. I edited it in photo software to reduce noise and bring out the star colors a little more.
My sharpest photo of the moon yet. Done through XT10i and a 14mm ES 82 Eyepiece.
The crater Copernicus right at the terminator.
My DIY Solar Filters attached to the front of the 6" Orion StarBlast and the 9x50 RACI Finder scope. This is special film for safe solar observing that lets through 0.00001 % of the Suns light.
First Good attempt at Solar photos. Notice the area of active sun spots. These are areas of the sun's surface that are cooler than the rest. This is at about 54x.
First Good attempt at Solar photos.Close up of the most active area. This is at about 108x.
Venus Transit 2012. Clouds! 54x.
Just to show you the cloud cover we were dealing with during the Venus Transit.
The scope setup for the Venus transit 2012. Notice the plastic bag on the ground which I would cover the scope and table with when it would rain.