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Newly Published

An image of M67 taken at the Niteskys Observatory was published in the June 2019 issue of Astronomy Magazine.

The image can be seen on page 45 in the article "The Outer Limits Universe".

Posted on May 6, 2019 by Niteskys Photography

All Sky Camera

As some of you may have noticed, the All Sky Camera page has been blank since October 2018. The old camera had died after many years of service and I could not find a direct replacement for it. This gave me the opportunity to build a better camera than before with more resolution and time exposure capabilities.

I settled on a ZWO-ASI120MC coupled to a Arecont Vision 1.55mm F2.0 lens. I reused the Arecont Vision dome hardware from the old camera and put it on a plastic electrical box just big enough to hold a Extreme USB Rex. AllSkEye software runs the data acquisition.

With the new All Sky Camera I am hopeful to capture better all sky images than before. The camera is online and producing images from 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise.

Posted on April 18, 2019 by Niteskys Photography

2019 Quadrantids

The first meteor shower of 2019 came and went in the early hours of January 4, 2019. The Quandrantids were billed to be one of the two best opportunities to see a meteor shower in 2019. The other is the Eta Aquariids in early May. This is because the more well known Perseid, Leonid, and Geminid showers will be spoiled by bright moonlight in 2019.

A bright Quadrantid can be seen in this image posing between the Big and Little Dippers.

Posted on January 28, 2019 by Niteskys Photography

Lunar Eclipse

A total lunar eclipse was seen in the sky over Niteskys Observatory last evening.

The eclipse started with the moon entering the Earth's penumbra shadow at 7:35 PM and exiting the shadow at 12:50 AM. The event timings for the eclipse were: Partial Eclipse Begins - 8:34 PM, Total Eclipse Begins - 9:41 PM, Mid Eclipse - 10:12 PM, Total Eclipse Ends - 10:44 PM, and Partial Eclipse Ends - 11:51 PM. All times are in MST.

This eclipse occurred within 14 hours of lunar perigee. Because the moon is closer to the earth, it appears a bit larger than normal. This is sometimes called a "super moon."

Local weather for the eclipse started out cloudy, cleared towards mid eclipse, and then returned to overcast at the end of the eclipse. Temps were steady around 30 degrees Fahrenheit with a humidity level of 75%.

Posted on January 21, 2019 by Niteskys Photography

Newly Published

An image of M35 taken at the Niteskys Observatory was published in the Febuary 2019 issue of Astronomy Magazine.

The image can be seen on page 64 in the article "Treats in Taurus".

Posted on January 14, 2019 by Niteskys Photography

A New Look

A new year and a new look for Niteskys Photography. The fixed width pumpkin theme is being phased out and replaced with a modern fluid interface.

This will be the fourth update of the web site since it went online in 2004.

I expect it will take most of the year to update the approximately 250 pages on the site. Please be patient while the site is "under construction."

Posted on January 1, 2019 by Niteskys Photography