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

Posts tagged “solar system

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.


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.

The Moon…


…during the day.

Walking on the Moon


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