The life of a photographer who likes to shoot just about anything.

Posts tagged “astronomy

To Boldly Go…….

Full Moon

Partial view of a full moon.
Photographed using a Celestron 8 inch telescope.

Searching the Heavens

Radio Telescope, VLA, Very Large Array, Astronomy

A radio telescope, part of the Very Large Array, in Socorro, New Mexico.

Badlands Milky Way Universe

Badlands National Park, Milky Way Galaxy

The image is of the Milky Way Galaxy, photographed in the Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

Listening to the Heavens

Radio Telescope, VLA, Very Large Array, Astronomy

A radio telescope, part of the Very Large Array, in Socorro, New Mexico.

Sun Halo over Reykjavik

Iceland, Reykjavik, Sun Halo

I was standing in front of the Reykjavik Parliament building waiting for the right moment to take my photograph when I looked up (never forget to look up) and I spotted the ring. Never having seen one before, I excitedly motioned to people around me to also look up.
FYI – the ring is caused by sunlight passing through ice crystals in cirrus clouds within the Earth’s atmosphere.

Nighttime in Moab

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah, Nighttime, Night, Stars, Universe

The Universe and the Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Utah.

One Small Step For Man…

Full Moon

…One Giant Leap For Mankind.
July 20, 1969
47 Years ago today.

Searching the Heavens

Radio Telescope, VLA, Very Large Array, Astronomy

A radio telescope, part of the Very Large Array, in Socorro, New Mexico.

Mercury Transit

Mercury, Sun, Sunspots, Planets, Solar System, Planet, Solar, Astronomy

On May 9th, the planet Mercury crossed in front of the sun.
This was the first time since 2006 that such a transit was visible from Earth.
Using my telescope and camera, I captured an image.
Also photographed were some sunspots.

The Universe

Milky  Way Galaxy, Dinosaur National Monument, Utah, Astronomy, Night sky, Stars

A view of our Milky Way Galaxy from Dinosaur National Monument in Utah.
On the left side, the dotted light is a plane.
On the right side, the white line was a meteor burning up in Earth’s atmosphere.


VLA, Very Large Array, New Mexico, Radio Telescopes, Astronomy

VLA – The Very Large Array.
Radio Telescopes in New Mexico scan the heavens.

Badlands Milky Way Galaxy

Badlands National Park, Milky Way Galaxy

Last week I posted on my other blog taking a portrait photo of my daughter in the Badlands National Park while we waited for the sky to darken and the Milky Way Galaxy to appear so we could take photos. (The post I am referencing – Portrait in the Badlands.)

The image above is one of the Milky Way Galaxy photos I made. Let me add, it’s not easy when the only practice I get taking astronomical photos is once a year “IF” I make a trip out west. Really dark skies for this type of photography isn’t easy to come by in New Jersey. I have photographed the moon and a comet, but those images didn’t present the challenge the photograph above presented.

Comet Hale-Bopp

Comet Hale-Bopp - 1997

A friend asked me if I took photos of the SuperMoon/Lunar eclipse on Sunday (9-27-15). I had to tell her that I didn’t. I have been CURSED for years! Whenever there is an astronomical event on a specific day, it has “almost” always been OVERCAST. And, on Sunday, it was TOTALLY overcast again. The last time I took a lunar eclipse photo, and I’m not exaggerating, was in 1989.
In 1997 I was able to take photos of Comet Halle-Bopp because comets don’t come and go in 1 night. I had my Olympus OM-1 camera loaded with B&W film connected to my telescope. I took a series of shots, and not being sure of the exposure, timed them from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Also timing those exposures was done the old-fashioned way because I didn’t have a watch with a second hand. I had to count  – 1 mississippi, 2 mississippi, etc. The film was developed and the photo printed in my darkroom.

Stars Over Cape Cod

Night time, Night sky, Provincetown, Cape Cod

The night sky overlooking several cottages on the
border of North Truro and Provincetown, Cape Cod.

Searching for Aliens

VLA, Very Large Array, New Mexico, Radio Astronomy, Satelite Dishes

The Very Large Array in New Mexico.
As an amateur astronomer, I have a telescope,
I have wanted to see the VLA for years.
I finally made it in August. I spent several
hours there, just staring at the radio telescopes.

The Night Sky…

Provincetown, Cape Cod, Stars, Night Sky, Universe, Nighttime

…over Provincetown, Cape Cod, Mass.

The Moon…


…during the day.

The Tree & The Moon

Tree, Moon, Blue Sky

Photograph made in Sunset Crater, Arizona.

Meteor Crater…

Meteor Crater, Arizona

…in Arizona.
Thank God I wasn’t around when
the meteor hit about 50,000 years ago.

Scanning the Heavens

Radio Telescope, VLA, Very Large Array, Astronomy

A radio telescope, part of the Very Large Array, in Socorro, New Mexico.

Radio Telescopes…

Very Large Array, VLA, astronomy, Radio Telescopes, Science, Outer space

…known as the Very Large Array (VLA).
Just outside Socorro, New Mexico.
As someone with an interest in astronomy,
(I have my own telescope)
I have wanted to see these telescopes for years.
I finally made. And it was “up close, and personal”.
And it was at sunset.

The Night Sky…

night sky, stars, astronomy

…out my back door.

Walking on the Moon


Today is the 45th Anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s walk on the Moon.

Lunar Eclipse

lunar-eclipse, blood moon

I’m a student of astronomy. I have my own telescope, great astronomy software – Starry Night – and look forward to those “special events” when they happen. Unfortunately, what seems like 99% of the time, it’s overcast when they occur by me. Case in point – the “Blood Moon” lunar eclipse that occurred the other night. When I learned of the impending eclipse, my first thought was, “Overcast”. And, sure enough, it was. And raining.

I saw and photographed a lunar eclipse once – in 1989. That’s when I took the photograph above. And probably the last time the sky wasn’t overcast. (Actually I’m kidding with that comment. I did also photograph Comet Hale-Bopp in 1997. THAT was the last time the skies weren’t overcast.)