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Comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN) May 2020

Posted by dbock1 on May 12, 2020 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN) is coming north right now in May 2020. Here is a video of it's path from May 12 - 30, 2020 in the morning sky.

It will also be visible in the Evening sky after the 25th of May as it moves north. This is f rom Michigan skies, i.e. 42+ degrees north latitude.

Comet C2017 T2 December 21 2019

Posted by dbock1 on December 30, 2019 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)
A time lapse of Comet C2017 T2 on December 21 2019

Galaxy's of the past two years

Posted by dbock1 on December 18, 2019 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I've made a collage of some of the galaxies I've imaged this past year or two.

Asteroid 162082 1998 HL1 on October 25 2019

Posted by dbock1 on October 29, 2019 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

On October 25, 2019 I imaged asteroid 162082 1998 HL1 for about two hours.

This was through high cirrus clouds. I've made a video of the event.

Segment 1 is the Asteroid 162082 1998 HL1, segment 2 is the sky I was shooting through.

Segment one: 10" f/8 RC, ZWO asi071mc PRO camera cooled to -5C, 30 second frames at gain 500.

Segment two: Canon T3i w/10mm lens at f/5.6, 30 second frames at ISO 1600.

Doug Bock

2019 Astronomy at the Beach

Posted by dbock1 on September 13, 2019 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Astronomy at the Beach this year, is September 13, and 14, 2019 at the Island Lake State Park Kent lake beach.

For more info.

Latest imaging work at NCO

Posted by dbock1 on July 26, 2019 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I've been imaging over the past few months, some galaxies, abell clusters and the summer Milky Way nebula.

Check out the images here at my FLICKR site.

Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto

Posted by dbock1 on March 3, 2019 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)
I managed to capture images of Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto on February 18, February 22, and March 3, 2019. Those were the last clear nights we've had. You can review a few comet images at the flickr account.

Lunar Eclipse January 20-21, 2018

Posted by dbock1 on December 24, 2018 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

We have a lunar eclipse coming up on January 20, 2018 that will be visible in North and South America.

It will start the evening of the 20th and run overnight into the morning of the 21st.

From Detroit, Michigan the Partial eclipse starts at about 10:33pm, with totality begining about 11:41pm on the 20th. Mid eclipse is at 12:12 am on the 21st, and totality ends at 12:43am. The partials finish up at 1:50am on the 21st.

So this will be well positioned overhead for us in Michigan. All we need is clear weather.

You can practice taking pictures of the moon over the next 4 weeks to get some practice in. Exposures, etc. for the various phases are a good indicator for the partial phases of an eclipse. With digital cameras, the feedback is immediate, but it is always good to practice ahead of time, to make sure you have all your equipment you need, and it is in running order.