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Sunspot activity 2022

Posted by dbock1 on March 20, 2022 at 12:00 AM

The Sun's activity has been increasing for some time, so I've setup my Celestron 6" f/10 SCT with a white light solar filter.

Here is a couple of images from two days. February 8th and 9th. 2022

November 6-7, 2021 Comet run

Posted by dbock1 on November 8, 2021 at 9:35 AM

The night of November 6th, I setup a run to acquire data of 6 different comets throughout the night. This required staggering the run so that the objects were up far enough to move to the next one during the night.

The comet list was as follows but not necessarily in this order


  • Comet 4P (FAYE)
  • Comet 29P Schwassmann-Wachmann
  • Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko
  • Comet C-2021 A1 (Leonard)
  • Comet L3 (ATLAS)
  • Comet_132P_...
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2021 Okie-Tex Star Party results

Posted by dbock1 on November 3, 2021 at 1:05 PM

We headed to the Okie-Tex star party which was held October 1-9, 2021

It is located near the village of Kenton, Oklahoma.

Here is the album of astrophotos taken during that week.

Imaging with a 300mm prime lens

Posted by dbock1 on June 18, 2021 at 5:20 PM

I've been using a 300mm f/4 prime lens that I'm borrowing for a bit, with my ZWO asi071mc pro camera.

Some interesting results

The Trifid and Lagoon Nebulas. 2 hours of data taken on June 15-16, 2021 at the Northern Cross Observatory

Comet C/2020 M3 (ATLAS)

Posted by dbock1 on November 19, 2020 at 2:30 PM

November 8, 2020 

Comet C/2020 M3 (ATLAS) near closest approach to Earth." target="_blank">http://

45 x 30 second frames, stacked on the core of the comet.

In addition, a short video." target="_blank">http://

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Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) - July 23, 2020

Posted by dbock1 on August 1, 2020 at 12:05 AM

While at the Boon Hill Observatory I setup to take images of Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)

Data taken on 7/23, 2020

Location: Boon Hill Observatory

Processed 7/26, 2020. First stack of 9 x 90 second frames (cropped)

Stacked on the core only so there are trailing stars.

No darks, so there is a lot of noise.

Canon T3i, 75mm @ f/4.5, ISO 1600, 90 second subs

Ioptron SkyTracker

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Comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN) May 2020

Posted by dbock1 on May 12, 2020 at 12:30 AM

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
A time lapse of Comet C2017 T2 on December 21 2019


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