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2016 Harvest Moon

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Last night, I ventured to higher ground to photograph the 2016 Harvest Moon.  The forecast called for partly cloudy skies, with rain on the way later that night.  I knew it was a long-shot, but I figured that at least Rudy would get a walk out of the deal.  The Harvest Moon was slated to appear at approximately 7:33pm from my location, so I arrived at the park at about 7:00pm.  If you prefer to jump straight to the video, go ahead and scroll down to the end of the post!   Photographing the 2016 Harvest Moon   The equipment I chose to use for this phot…

Camping under the stars

Finding Darker Skies

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Astrophotography in late August and early Septemeber feature ideal conditions for spending a full night photographing the stars. The nights are longer, the temperature is warm, yet cool at night, and the breathtaking Milky Way core continues to stretch upwards into the night, as nightfall sets in. Right now, some of the first stars to "pop" after the sun has receded behind the Earth are Vega, Altair, Deneb, and Arcturus. Even more noticeably present are the intense glowing "wanderers" known as Mars and Saturn in our Solar System. As the end of summer approaches, so does our nightly showin…

AstroBackyard

Summer in the AstroBackyard

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This is one summer that I will never forget.  The addition of my new telescope, the growth of AstroBackyard and the explosion of my YouTube channel has given me an astronomical boost in motivation and passion for astrophotography.  This has not come without hard work, it has been extremely busy in terms of both astrophotography and my day job.  The common sacrifice between the two has been sleep, of course.  The battle between day and night is a struggle astrophotographers know all too well.  I take comfort in the fact that the winter season will have many cloudy night…

Perseid meteor shower photo

Perseid Meteor shower 2016

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This year's Perseid meteor shower could be the best in years! Update: Perseid Meteor Shower Photo shot on August 11, 2016 [caption id="attachment_3286" align="aligncenter" width="688"] Perseid Meteor photographed from my backyard the Night of August 10th-11th[/caption] August 11, 2016 I captured a photo of a small meteor the night of August 10th-11th, 2016 from my backyard.  I piggybacked my Canon 7D DSLR camera on my astrophotography telescope and equatorial mount so that I could take advantage of auto guiding for longer exposures.  This is a manual stack of 6 x 1.5-minute exposures…

Delta Aquarid meteor shower 2016

Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower 2016

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The Delta Aquarid meteor shower is heading towards it's peak at the end of this month.  But let me make one thing clear right away, this is not going to be a dazzling show of constant meteors that light up the night sky.  This meteor shower is not known to be  a great performer, although these celestial events have been known to be somewhat unpredictable.  July 28th and 29th offer the best chance at catching a few "fireballs" in the night sky.  The Delta Aquarid meteor shower begins on July 12, and runs until August 23rd.  If you are watching the Perseid meteor shower in early August…