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Sharing the Wonders of the Night Skies, an Amateur Astronomers endeavors to capture and share the Night Skies on Film and Digital Media.

Astronomy Clubs

Temecula Valley Astronomers (TVA)

Orange County Astronomers (OCA)    

Riverside Astronomical Society (RAS)

The Astronomical League   (Search for Clubs)

Mount Palomar Observatory – A private facility owned and operated by California Institute of Technology (Caltech).  The Facility has a great Visitors Center, and amenities.  It is one of the only Working Observatories  to offer Guided Tours .  If you live in or visit Southern California you must see The 200″ Hale Telescope .

1st Quarter Moon Video

1st Quarter Moon video, View from Binoculars (7x) zoomed in to

1st Quarter Moon video, using different cameras and telescopes. Staring from view of entire 1st quarter as seen through binoculars (7x) and ending in a zoomed in view of craters Theophilus (Top) Cyrillus (Middle) Catharina (Bottom). Theophilus is the most prominent and youngest crater,62.14 miles in diameter and 2 miles deep with a central peak of 2.74 miles. The other two craters are much older and more worn, Catharina is 62 miles in diameter and 1.92 miles deep; Cyrillus is 98 km in diameter and only 1.92 miles deep.

Jupiter July 19, 2020

Image of Jupiter taken with a Celestron C14 at f/27

Jupiter Celestron C14

Image of Jupiter Taken with Celestron C14 at f/27 with ZWO ASI120MC camera. FeatherTouch focuser and Starizona MicroTouch Autofocuser. Taken near Anza, California at 4200′. Several imaging runs averaging 1.2 GB of data then processed & graded. Best images used in final processing. Thousands of frames stacked using AutoStakkkert, RegiStax6 & Photoshop 6.

Mercury Transit 11/11/2019

Mercury Transit 11/11/2019; 8:20:50 AM PT
Mercury Transit 11/11/2019; 8:20:50 AM PT Canon EOS 7D II
Mercury Transit 11/11/2019 08:23:53 PT
Mercury Transit 11/11/2019 08:23:53 PT

Transit of Mercury across the Sun 11/11/2109 8:23:53 am (PT)

The small dot is Mercury 1/2 way out to the 2 O’clock position from center.

Next Mercury Transit won’t occur until 2032

Orbital period 87.97 days, it is tidally locked to the Sun like our Moon is to Earth. Only one side of Mercury always faces the Sun. It is only safe to look at Mercury when it is away from the Sun and Only after the sun has completely set or before it starts to rise! Always Use appropriate, Commercially made Sun Filters for viewing at any other time.

Average on temperature on Mercury during the day is 800 degrees F and at night drops to -300 F. Mercury stays 35,980,000 miles from the Sun (Earth is 93,000,000 miles)

Mars Images 09/05/2005

Mars - 9/05/2005 A, Celestron 11" SCT f/25Losmandy, G11 Mount & Phillips ToUcam
Mars A- 9/05/2005, Celestron 11″ SCT f/25Losmandy, G11 Mount & Phillips ToUcam
Mars - 9/05/2005 B , Celestron 11" SCT f/25 & ToUcam
Mars B- 9/05/2005 , Celestron 11″ SCT f/25 & ToUcam
Mars - 9/05/2005 C, Celestron 11" SCT f/25Losmandy, G11 Mount & Phillips ToUcam
Mars C- 9/05/2005, Celestron 11″ SCT f/25Losmandy, G11 Mount & Phillips ToUcam

I Mars Images 09/05/2005,captured using A Phillips ToUcam. The imaging platform consisted of a Celestron 11″ Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope and Losmandy G11 mount. The fourteen avi files (video clips) of Mars were finally captured after several hours of work. Registax was used to process the video avi files. Registax is able to select the best frames and because of this a sharper image of Mars is possible. The processing in Registax vastly increases the signal to noise level so sharper images are possible. This was my 1st attempt to image Mars with a Webcam. It is amazing how stacking images compensated for Earth’s turbulent atmosphere.

The Mars Images 09/05/2005, were taken from a Dark Site called “Eagles Rest”, South of Dexter, Or.; 2557′.

Mars orbits our Sun in 687 earth days at an average distance of 142 million miles. a day on mars lasts 24 hours 37 minutes. This fourth planet from the Sun has a diameter of only 4,220 miles thus having .375 the gravity of Earth. Mars more distant than Earth from the Sun because of this, it’s average surface temperature is -81 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mars offer the possibility of colonization, therefore NASA is vigorously exploring Mars.