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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Zodiacal Light Bolivia Astrophotography

Zodiacal light - Bolivia Astrophotography - 2 hours after sunset (elevation: 4020 m / 13190 feet). Jupiter is on the top of the image. Photo was done near Hotel Jardines De Mallku Cueva, Bolivia. New Moon. Canon EOS 60Da, 25 sec., Canon Lens EF16-35mm, f/2.8, ISO 6400, panorama of 3 images. Digital cameras are more capable in collecting light, but even visually the Zodiacal light was clearly visible to the naked eye.

Zodiacal Light Bolivia Astrophotography

Zodiacal light is a faint, diffuse, and roughly triangular glow that is visible in the good dark night sky far from any light pollution and appears to extend from the Sun's direction and along the zodiac. The zodiacal light appears as a column, brighter at the horizon, tilted at the angle of the ecliptic. The light scattered from extremely small dust particles. The source of the dust probably originated from the tails of active comets.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Acadia National Park, Maine USA - Astrophotography

Acadia National Park is one of the darkest place on the East Coast. It is amazing how good sky is here - amazing airglow and shadow from Milky Way. I not even expected something like this on the East Coast of US.


Acadia Astrophotography - Panorama of 4 Images Milky Way over Sand Beach
Canon 60Da, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, 25.0 sec;  f/2.8;  ISO 6400 - Four photos, Panorama

Acadia Astrophptography  Milky Way Night Landscape
Canon 60Da, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, 30.0 sec;  f/2.8;  ISO 12800 - One photo
Black and White Acadia Astrophotography
Canon 60Da, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, 30.0 sec;  f/2.8;  ISO 12800 - One photo

Night Landscape Canon Astrophotography Panorama Milky Way Acadia National Park Maine USA
Canon 60Da, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, 25.0 sec;  f/2.8;  ISO 6400 - 6 photos

Chasing the Milky Way - Acadia National Park

Rainbow Milky Way - Maine Astrophotography, Acadia National Park

Canon 60Da, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, 25.0 sec;  f/2.8;  ISO 6400 - Panorama of 20 photos


I derived with my family and friends from New York to Acadia National Park about 10 hours. There was new moon and weather forecast for this night was good.  It was chance to get good dark sky.

While Mount Desert Island is not heavily populated and is remote, but some light pollution exists. So, some places in Acadia National Park are just with good dark sky. But some places are having amazing sky! Sand Beach, while just a 290-yard-long beach inlet between granite mountains, has a spectacular view of the night sky. On the Bortle Dark-Sky Scale, this place has “Class 1” (out of 9) is absolutely, naturally dark — the darkest skies on earth! Such darkness sky in the Sand Beach can be attributed to two factors: location and park lighting. Newport cove protects the beach from most of the sky glow from major population centers on the island. The beach faces out to the dark open ocean. The surrounding topography blocks the line of sight from Bar Harbor preventing residual sky glow. Park lighting were design to minimized light pollution.

The Sand Beach was good choice.  The Galactic center region of the Milky Way casts obvious diffuse shadows on the ground. Airglow is readily apparent. The presence of Jupiter in the sky seems to degrade dark adaptation. Its big contrast between New York sky and Acadia National Park.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Mauna Kea Observatories, Big Island Hawaii

The purpose of life is the investigation of 
the Sun, the Moon, and the heavens.
— Anaxagoras, Philosopher

Mauna Kea is one of the best places in the planet for an astronomical observation. The elevation is about 4,200 meters (13,800 ft). The atmosphere above the mountain is extremely dry and cloud-free, the proportion of clear nights is among the highest in the world with minimum optical turbulence.

Subaru Telescope Hawaii Mauna Kea Observatories

From left to right the Smithsonian Submillimeter Array, the Subaru Telescope, the twin Keck I and II telescopes, and the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility - Hawaii Mauna Kea Observatories
Note, that the Submillimeter Array is important component of the Event Horizon Telescope, which made photo of the Black Hole Shadow at the center of Messier 87 Galaxy.

W. M. Keck Observatory - Hawaii Mauna Kea Observatories
Big Island Hawaii Mauna Kea Observatories - W. M. Keck Observatory

Very Long Baseline Array Radio Telescope on Hawaii - Mauna Kea Observatories

NASA Infrared Telescope Facility Hawaii Observatory
Above the Clouds - Hawaii Mauna Kea Big Island

Skydriving  Hawaii Mauna Kea
Sunset Hawai Mauna Kea
Stargazing and Astrophotography near  MaunaKea Visitor Information Station

Night Sky MaunaKea Visitor Information Station

MaunaKea Visitor Information Station is located at the 9,300-foot (2,800 m) elevation, south of the summit.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Hawaii Lunar Eclipse Jan 20 2019

One more photo from vacation. In this case vacation was during full moon :(, but it also was total lunar eclipse :). Hawaii Lunar Eclipse Jan 20 2019.

Hawaii Lunar Eclipse Jan 20 2019

Canon EOS 60D, EF200mm f/2.8L II USM, f/4.5;   ISO 1000

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Tupper Lake New York Adirondack Mountains Astrophotography

Adirondack Mountains, Tupper Lake, Canon 60Da, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, 30.0 sec;  f/2.8;  ISO 6400

Tupper Lake New York Milky Way Astrophotography
Canon 60Da, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, 30.0 sec;  f/2.8;  ISO 6400

Adirondack Mountains Tupper Lake Big Dipper New York Astrophotography
Canon 60Da, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, 30.0 sec;  f/2.8;  ISO 6400
Pleiades over Tupper Lake - Adirondack Mountains Astrophotography
Canon 60Da, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, 30.0 sec;  f/2.8;  ISO 6400

Reflection of Big Dipper - Tupper Lake Astrophotography


Monday, September 24, 2018

Adirondack Public Observatory

Adirondack Public Observatory (Tupper Lake, New York) -  is one of the best places in New York State (and East Cost) for sky observation.

Adirondack Public Observatory and Milky Way
Adirondack Public Observatory in the day time
Adirondack Public Observatory -Tupper Lake - New York

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Northeast Astronomy Forum NEAF 2018

The immense distances to the stars 
and the galaxies mean 
that we see everything in space in the past, 
some as they were before the Earth came to be. 
Telescopes are time machines.
- Carl Sagan

Astronomy & Space Expo 2018 New York


NEAF 2018
Sky and Telescope Astronomy Tours  NEAF 2018
America the Beatiful at Night NEAF 2018
Classic Telescopes NEAF 2018
Explore Scientific Telescope NEAF2018
Solar Filters DayStar NEAF 2018
Binocular NEAF 2018
New iOptron SkyTracker NEAF 2018
Glatter Parallizer NEAF 2018
Diffraction Spikes Telescopes NEAF 2018
Coronado Telescope NEAF 2018
Telescope NEAF 2018




Thursday, April 19, 2018

Antelope Canyon at Night - Astrophotography Arizona

One more night photo from my Arizona trip.

Antelope Canyon at Night - Astrophotography Arizona
Canon EOS 60Da, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, 30.0 sec; f/2.8; ISO 6400

And photo near Antelope Canyon - Horseshoe Bend SunSet

Horseshoe Bend SunSet

Monday, April 16, 2018

Night Storm Grand Canyon Arizona Astrophotography

I had only one night at Grand Canyon. The weather was not good, but as minimum I tried. Canon EOS 60Da, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, 96 sec, f/2.8; ISO 6400.Mather Point, South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona.

Night Storm Grand Canyon Arizona Astrophotography
Canon EOS 60Da, EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, 30 sec, f/2.8; ISO 6400

Cloudy Night Grand Canyon Astrophotography Arizona

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Lowell Astronomical Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona

One of the oldest observatories in the United States - Lowell Observatory.

Lowell Astronomical Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona
Lowell Observatory -  Entrance Gate
Lowell Observatory - Cat Sculpture
Lowell Observatory - Old Telescope
Lowell Observatory - Pluto Telescope - 13-inch Astrograph
Lowell Observatory Spectrograph
Lowell Observatory Art
Welcome to Lowell Observatory

Lowell Observatory Today Program

Lowell Observatory Elementary and Middle School classes
Lowell Observatory SunDial
Lowell Observatory Saturn Lamp
Lowell Observatory Old  Car
Lowell Observatory Sculpture
Lowell Observatory Store
Lowell Observatory Store 2
Lowell Observatory Store 3
Lowell Observatory Electrical Calculator  Millionaire