Saw 9 between 4:30 and 5:30 seemed a really slow rate. The last was nice and bright. Also saw a half dozen satellites including one nice one that flared. |
Watched another Falcon 9 launch from home. Fog started to roll in just before launch so pictures didnt come out. Was able to follow it really high. |
|Mars is freaking huge|
Made an attempt to find Uranus. Didnt, nothing in the area to guide me. Mars however is bright and its disk is huge. Also got a great view of M33 Triangulum Galaxy in the binoculars don't ever remember it being so interesting. |
Like clockwork it clouded over every night this week except Sunday right at sunset and right in the area where the comet was. It was finally visible tonight, again just at the edge of naked eye but very good in binoculars. |
Had to get up three mornings in a row to see this. There is a brief window between it rising above the tree and it being to bright to see the comet. Also was looking to far south the first two nights. It is visible to the naked eye but not impressive. A nice binocular comet however.
Went down to try and see Demo-2. Canceled at the last minute because of lighting. If it had been able to launch 10 min later they could have done it. Lies about light turn out, people were every where. |
|Venus and Mercury|
Took some pictures of Venus and Mercury since it was clear. They will be closer in a few days but the weather probably wont be as good. Mercury is just above the trees.|
A wonderfully clear night. Caught site of the rocket at 1:40 behind the trees. Really red tonight. Started the camera a bit too early, only get 15 seconds of shot and it finished before it cleared the trees. Also was aimed right at the church lights. Deleted the photo since it was so bad. Was able to follow it to around 5 minutes but it was to faint to pick up with the camera. |
|Transit of Mercury|
Watched the transit of Mercury off and on from start to finish today. It was nice and clear. No pictures I really dont have to capacity to take photos with the telescope any more.|
Watched the SpaceX Starlink launch from the yard. Fist Falcon 9 I've seen form there. Interestingly it was clear enough to see the exhaust trail not just a single bright light.
Hopefully I have a timed exposure photo coming.
|Added some photos|
Finally got back the photos. The camera place did a horrible job. First no one actually develops film anymore they send it off to Texas. Then they came back and they tried to tell me they were all blank. They clearly arent if you have a human look at them. Told them to put them on CD anyway, and 2 weeks later still hadnt heard from them. Went to go get them. Yes they scanned them and seemingly with some automated process that lightened everything because they didnt even bother to have a human look at them. So roughly a month later and way to expensive got back some horrible digital images I have to reprocess.
The SpaceX DM1 launch from March 1.
I there are also some from the total lunar eclipse from Sept 27 2015. Having someone rescan them with black backgrounds.
Since I was only an hour away went to the Cape to see the 2:49am launch of the Dragon Capsule. There was some lighting in the east as I drove over but it wasn't close enough to effect the launch. Went to the rocket viewing area on 401 just outside the base. Could have done without the flood light but other than that was a pretty good spot.
Rocket went up without problems. Also saw the firing for the first stage to return to the drone ship. More photos to come.
|Total Eclipse of moon|
Watched eclipse to the beginning of totality last night. Got CeCe out use the telescope and she was able to find it without problems. it was cold so didnt hand around for the end.|
Found it last night from Harrys under a bad quarter moon. I dont think its naked eye except under the best conditions just a faint smudge in the 6in scope.|
|Atlas V launch|
Was able to see the Atlas V launch from the house. It cleared the trees, then vanished for a few seconds behind clouds then reappeared and moved into Orion before curving lower and vanishing behind the trees again.|
|I saw Parker Solar Probe from my house!|
Got up at 3:20 for the Perseids but also was lucky since they postponed last night Parker Solar probe launch. Was able to see the Delta IV rocket clear the trees between the church and cell tower when standing next to the sycamore. Got the crappiest photo of a rocket ever. Thats it up and to the left of the row of lights on the church building. Its only visible for a minute or two. Photo is at 3:34 3 minutes after launch.
Also saw 8 Perseids in the 40 mins outside.
Very good night. Able to see double cluster, Andromeda and M38 w naked eye. Also found M103 and M33 easily with binoculars. 7 Geminids (on while looking for M103 in binoculars) and 1 sporadic in about 45 min.|
Spent an hour outside, 11 meteors. One of the brightest was clearly a Geminid not a Leonid however. It started off well 4 in the first couple minutes but then slowed down. Fog was starting to roll in at the end. This muted the church lights across the pasture which have gotten worse, they put up a new building with more 24 hour lights.|
I have now seen the effects of a total eclipse. I havent seen an eclipse however. Went to Highlands, NC to be under the path of totality a 7 hour drive. Eclipse started at 1:07. Clouds moved in at 12:30 covering everything. Totality was at 2:35, it cleared up about 5 minutes before that just enough to get a photo.
Then clouded back over for totality. Could still tell when it started and ended. Totality is not more of the same of a partial eclipse. Started packing up when totality ended. Got everything packed, and it cleared up enough to see the rest off and on.
Then the nightmare started. Left Highlands apr 3:30. Left Mountain City at 7pm. It had taken 40 minutes to go from Mountain City to Highlands on the way up. Sat in traffic for over 3 hours to move 8 miles because the Rabun county sherrifs dept were not smart enough to open more lanes southbound, despite 2 empty northbound lanes being available until after I passed the bottleneck at 7pm. Passed over I-85 at Commerce, 70 miles from Atlanta at 8:30. It was stopped as far as I could see in both directions. Ended up stopping at Cordelle and spending the night at 12:30am.
Weather was horrible as usual. Moon rose clear and bright at midnight despite clouds. There was a clear spell around 2:30 am and I saw seven but it clouded over completely soon after that. It must have cleared up later because its all blue sky this morning.|