Happy Solstice, Milky Way Season, Plus a Photo of NGC 6231 from June 2019

06.21.20 – Whether you are in the northern longest day or the southern longest night, I hope you enjoy your extra sunlight or starlight…

The Setting New Moon and Mt. Tom

Tues. 02.28.17 – Last evening I went out to my photography corner of Brockman Lane and Dixon Lane*, so that I could take photos of the New Moon as it set behind Mt. Tom to the west. I used the US Navy Observatory Moon rise and set calculator to figure out when it would set and when civil twilight would be so I could take the above new moon photo and attempt to take a photo of the Mars & Uranus conjunction

Dusk Tonight or The Almost Super Moon

Sun 11.13.16 – Late this afternoon, I drove down to the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve Station at the corner of Bolsa Chica Ave and…

Cassiopeia and the Red Hill Cinder Cone

Thurs 06.09.16 – Photo of the Red Hill Cinder Cone and the northern sky with Cassiopeia the Constellation taken by Ms. Jen with her…

From One Not-So-Great Photo, Three Good Photos – or How Astrophotography pushes me to up my Lightroom Skills

Sun 11.01.15 – Those of you who have read this blog and/or have spoken to me in person about photography know that I get…

The Pre-Dawn Waning Crescent Moon Conjunct Mars and Jupiter, with Venus and Regulus

Fri 10.09.15 – Yesterday morning we had a pre-dawn cloudy conjunction of the waning crescent moon with Venus, this morning’s pre-dawn show was the…

Just Before Dawn, in Color and in Black-and-White

Fri. 09.11.15 – Due to the hot, humid, sub-tropical September (*evil*) weather we have been having here at Black Phoebe Central wherein it is…