Saturday, October 16, 2021


 I read somewhere that tonight, Oct. 16, is International Observer the Moon night.  Here is how it looked tonight from our back yard here on Bonaire.

Saturday, October 09, 2021

Moon and Venus Tonight

 The Moon is near Venus tonight, Oct. 9.  Here is a shot showing about how they look to the naked eye (actually they look brighter than they do in the first picture) and one zoomed in on the Moon and Venus.

Thursday, September 02, 2021

Perseid Meteors

 Here are a few shots of Perseid meteors from my Aug. 11 session at Kunuku Rooi Lamoenchi. I didn't see any of these with my naked eye, probably blinked at the wrong time. I'll bet i would have seen more if I had stayed up later. Perseus was just rising above the horizon when i headed home at 1am. I think the same meteor shows up in two of the shots - I had two cameras going at the same time.


Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Star Trails Timelapse

 Here is a version that shows the star trails from Aug. 11 forming over time.

Star Trails

 Here is another way to view the 260 astro-photography images from Rooi Lamoenchi on Aug. 11.



Rooi Lamoenchi Time Lapse Sequence

 Here's a time lapse from Aug. 11, when I was out at Kunuku Rooi Lamoenchi. It covers about two hours of time and 260 pictures that I triggered manually, 'cause I couldn't find my second interval timer. I'll process this again later, to try to remove some of the flicker, but it is still cool to see the movement of the stars over the two hours. The North Star is just over the small building in the middle of the picture. The little dipper extends upward and curves to the left from the North Star. You can see the handle of the Big Dipper on the left side at the start of the sequence. There must have been some haze because there is a glow around these bright stars.



Thursday, August 19, 2021

I caught a Meteor, barely.


Here's a view of the main house at Kunuku Rooi Lamoenchi, from Aug. 11. The little streak peaking above the roof at the right end of the house is a Perseid meteor. The fuzzy oblong thing above the left side of the big cactus at the right side of the image is the Andromeda Galaxy, M33. The Double Cluster between Perseus and Cassiopeia is visible above the Meteor as you rise up towards the middle of the frame vertically.


Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Perseid Meteor Madness

 I was out 'till about 12:30 last Wednesday, but didn't see much in the way of meteors.  Perseus was just coming up over the horizon when i left, so it might have gotten better in the wee hours of the morning.  Perseus is far enough to the North that I typically don't see much meteor activity here in the Tropics.  I took a ton of pictures that i haven't looked at yet.  I also shot a few scenes that caught my eye.  Here is one from the entrance to Kunuku Rooi Lamoenchi.

Cacti Milky Way

Here's another shot from last Wednesday. If i can remember where I shot this, I'd like to go back some time with a normal lens instead of a wide angle one. The cactus silhouettes put emphasis on the Milky Way and I'd like to see more MW detail. I think there was enough room so i could back up and still get the cacti in the frame.


Friday, August 13, 2021

Karpata, July 29

 Here is another shot from Karpata on the night of the 29th.