OS X Lion – The Missing Galaxy

OS X Lion – The Missing Galaxy

August 21, 2011
For full disclosure, I need to share that I had a photo in the running for the Lion background image. The photo that has that honor is way better than mine. I knew something was up! Like everyone else, when they unveiled the new Andromeda Galaxy (aka Messier 31) image used for the default OS X Lion …
Live View Focusing for Astrophotography

Live View Focusing for Astrophotography

August 15, 2010
If you are an astrophotographer that uses a digital SLR, I hope your camera has a live view capability.  It's a game changer for quickly focusing your telescope & camera combo and getting great shots.  Here's a great article on using live view for astrophotography focusing: http://www.astropix.c…
Milky Way Stop Motion

Milky Way Stop Motion

June 19, 2010
Graeme Devine of Santa Cruz, CA recently posted a gorgeous video made from several hours worth of exposures of the Milky Way.  He took the shots from his front porch.  His work really shows off what you can do with a DSLR hooked to a computer. Most DSLRs come with software that lets you take timed e…
Celestron Hand Controller Problems Fixed!

Celestron Hand Controller Problems Fixed!

May 16, 2010
For several years, my Celestron telescope's NexStar hand controller has been getting fussier & fussier.  On my last dark sky trip (many hours from home), the hand controller stopped responding.  I messed with it in the field for about 5 hours that night...cycling power, attempting realignments, …
STS-130 Launched!

STS-130 Launched!

February 8, 2010
Despite being "no-go" for weather until nearly the last minute, Space Shuttle Endeavour launched this morning for STS-130.  Seconds after launch, they punched through a thin cloud deck - reminding me of the launch of STS-123 in March, 2008.  Main engine cutoff (MECO) happened about 4:22am EST and En…
Canon 5D Mark II Firmware 1.2.4 Is Out

Canon 5D Mark II Firmware 1.2.4 Is Out

February 8, 2010
The DSLR that I use for astrophotography is the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.  It's an amazing daytime camera and it has great low light capabilities.  Canon recently released new firmware for the 5D Mk II, version 1.2.4.  Among other things, this update includes fixes for problems with noise in long exposu…
Winter targets – Pleiades, Orion and Rosette

Winter targets – Pleiades, Orion and Rosette

February 7, 2010
Winter is a wonderful time of year for viewing.  Winter brings air with low absolute humidity and great deep space targets.  If you're into astrophotography, the colder temps will help keep the noise down in long exposures of your digital camera.  The down side is that cold winter air tries its best…
Building AstronomyNightly.com

Building AstronomyNightly.com

February 6, 2010
Astronomy Nightly is on the way.  We've installed our backend software and are in the process of customizing the look & feel of the site.  A forum will be up soon too. Check back soon!…