Saturday, April 18, 2009

Astrostuff


While I'm getting ready for my Buzzard Coulee meteorite search I thought I'd throw together some images for my latest post, images of cool stuff I've been doing but didn't really know what to do with them, so I thought group them together all in one post.

The image above is my latest Micrometeorite, taken about a month ago. Image taken with my Celestron Digital Microscope at 200x.





The image above is a Sigma Leonid meteor taken last night, this shower generally has a peak of 1 or 2 an hour, kind of boring unless you're going out to try and image one, like me.






Was lucky to capture another double halo with circumzenithal arc from the roof of the mall I work at a month or so ago.

What Jupiter looks like through an average amateur astronomer type scope, looking through charts for the date this image was taken, the moons appear to be Callisto and Europa, Europa being the closest to.


Image above was taken March 8, the conjunction of the Beehive star cluster in the Constellation Cancer and the Moon.


Last but not least, I'd thought I'd throw this one in. It is one of my first images taken with my new Camera before I got a telephoto lens. It is an image of a Moon Antares conjunction February 2008, the second dimmer star is omi sco, in the constellation Scorpius, reminds me of the Lunar Venus Jupiter conjunction of December 1 last year which Priyank got a shot of, image below.

I'll leave you now with a couple blended images done in photoshop, then animated, one of a Moon Rise and one of my favorite Star Clusters, the Double Star Cluster in the constellation Perseus for my fantasy conjunction.

57 comments:

Final_Transit said...

Cool compilation, Bob :)

Will said...

Great shots all, Bob! How does something get a name like "Buzzard Coulee" or "Beehive Cluster"?

Summer weather is starting to tease us now. Soon we will be able to lay outside at night watching the sky for "shooting stars" and such. We are not as committed as you as we wait for the nice weather to stargaze!

My latest post indicates that within about 20 years we all will "know" everything. It will be strange to instantly know the answer to any thought or question we might have on any subject known to humans. We will all be astronomy, health, photography, etc. experts. What a boring world it will be when we no longer have anything left to learn.

Stephanie B said...

I particularly liked your animated red moon picture.

Cashmere said...

Hi Bob!

Love the pictures...
Great collection, very nice! :)

Peter said...

Hi! In the race to discover new worlds, perhaps we should the take time to look right under our noses to find what matters most, as you have in your first image.

In doing so can we come to understand the true beauty of where we live, then try to grab hold of it, care for it, share it with others, so that future generations can appreciate it.

For if we don't, the race to find other stars with life like ours will be a total waste.

Take Care,
Peter

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Priyank, your conjunction smiley face is one of my all time favs.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Lol Will, Buzzard Coulee is a name given to a landscape in Saskatchewan, since the meteor landed there they named the meteorite after it, the beehive cluster got it's name from it resembling a swarm of bees. Wow, Will that would be boring to know everything, I'll have to take a look at your latest post.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Stephanie, one of my favorite colored Moons I imaged.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Cashmere.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

So true Peter, very good observation.\m/\m/

kRiZ cPEc said...

cool! you made a great decision in grouping these all in one post. :)

AngelBaby said...

Beautiful pictures, Just awesome. I love coming over to see the latest pictures and I am never disappointed they are always amazing. Thanks for sharing these.

Love and Blessings,
AngelBaby

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks kRiZ cPEc, thought it might be a cool thing to do, thanks for dropping by.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks AngelBaby, glad you like the latest compilation, thanks for dropping by.\m/\m/

Anne Vis said...

Wow!!! Stunners again, Bob! :-)

Ruth said...

Thank you, because this is the only place I get to see things like this, beyond my own sky gazing. Jupiter is soooo cool, and you know which moons!

Bob, I don't mean to be a pushy blog friend, and I know you live way up there in Saskatoon, but when is it going to stop snowing and Blackholes and astrostuff?

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks so much Anne, glad you like the pics.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Ruth,lol, don't like the snow? I was using it for the meteor effect it brings, having said that I was going to remove the snow when it stops snowing here, which is usually June July,lol I probably should remove it earlier.\m/\m/

Swubird said...

Bob:

Fabulous images. I especially love those micrometeorite pictures. And I remember the story of how you gathered up your on micrometeorites on the roof of the mall. Amazing.

Happy trails.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks swubird, lots of fun collecting micrometeorites, cool thing is you can do it from your backyard!\m/\m/

Susanne49 said...

The picture of Jupiter is fascinating, Bob! I can see even the ring of Jupiter, wow!

Thanks for your interesting post!
Susanne

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John Maslowski said...

Your images are spectacular Bob with such stunning clarity and sharpness. Excellent series of shots.

betchai said...

another great collection of astrostuff photos.

Roger said...

Aw Bob you know what to do with spare time! Great job on this post. Sorry I haven't been around lately, crazy busy. But hopefully I have some breathing room know. :D

Ivanhoe said...

Oh Bob, I'm loving that Jupiter shot. I can totally see its stripes! :o)

Max said...

Hey Lord of the Astropics,

The first image (the micrometeorite) is so mysterious: I liked its effect. Did you do something special with it, or did you take it like this exactly?

The double halo is beautiful! It is amazing the things that nature produces, isn't it?

I liked the Jupiter + Europa + Callisto image: pretty cool, Bob :D!

I must congratulate you for your animated photo: it looks dreamy! It invokes fantasy! Thanks for this gift :D!

What a way to start my blogging week, Bob: way to go!! :D

I wish you a fantastic week, full of new Astro possibilities!

Cheers

Sadia Hussain said...

Great pictures Bob! I love the one with the double halo !
Take care.

Sherer said...

Bob,

Very cool pics. I really like the jupiter shot - captured the colors nicely. I was just out last night showing some friends Saturn. I tried also to see M81 and M82, but no luck I couldnt see a thing. Any tips on those guys? \m/

Jesse

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Susanne, the rings do look very cool, especially live in a telescope.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks a lot John, and thanks for dropping by.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks a lot betchai.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Roger, hey it's good to be busy, great to see you again.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Ivanhoe, cool aren't they.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks a lot Max, the micrometeorite is as it actually looks, the effect is just some parts of it's background being not focused,giving it the blurry effect, it is really hard because of the micrometeorite's size to get everything in perfect focus with a microscope.

Glad you like the images and animation Max, have a great week too!\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks a lot Sadia, I have only seen the double halo a few times in my life, they are my favorite winter image and effect.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Jesse. Well you have to make sure you have very little light interference, even though they are some of the brightest galaxies around for us amateur astronomers you still need a lot of light protection, like no Moon, and no street lights.

You still see them with street lights if you have a computerized scope that takes you there automatically, then you will see them, but to find them in a light polluted sky is tough.

I have a telrad finder and charts with a telrad finder template that I put on the charts, and just compare the two, quite fast and easy that way.\m/\m/

The Earth said...

Wonderful posts.I was really stunned.keep going!!

Marvin the Martian said...

#211 is a great shot!

Ruth said...

That's ok. It serves to remind me that it does snow up there in June/July. That, and it's nice to picture them as meteors. :D

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks The Earth, and thanks for dropping by.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Lol Marvin, Priyank called it that.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Hi Ruth, I'll probably still take it off in a while.\m/\m/

L. Venkata Subramaniam said...

Cool set of pictures. I guess you had to draw those shapes on the pictures as they are not really that obvious. I always think that astronomers are the most creative people because they can see these wonderful shapes in the sky by joining all the little dots :)

Nancy J Locke said...

Excellent images!!! Jeff and I soooo want to buy a telescope. Hopefully within the next year. :D

Am going to Twitter your blog today. Want to show others what a great place this is!!!

Cheers! JJ/Nancy J

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks L. Venkata. When you're out as much as me the brain puts the lines in automatically,lol.\m/\m/

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks so much Nancy, good luck with the telescope purchase, if you need any help just email me.\m/\m/

Anna said...

Wow Bob this is some cool stuff you have from the sky, you know what you doing man!!! Anna :) BTW I like halo images, and everything else too.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks a lot Anna, and it's fun too, unless it's -40c then it's not.\m/\m/

Lynda Lehmann said...

All interesting stuff, Bob! How do you know SO much about all this? Did you ever study it in school, prior to your blogging years?

A better question: how do you REMEMBER it all? I know I could not retain all this information!

Interesting post and presentation, and another mesmerizing animation, Bob!

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I especially like your red moon animated image.
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Love the picture ...
A great collection, very good! :)
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