282 Photos - Jan 31, 2012
Photo: Comet C2013 X1 (Panstarrs)Photo: Comet C2013 X1 (Panstarrs)Photo: Comet C2013 X1 (Panstarrs)Photo: Comet C2013 X1 (Panstarrs)Photo: Centaurus APhoto: Jewel BoxPhoto: MoonPhoto: MarsPhoto: JupiterPhoto: SaturnPhoto: Eta Carinae NebulaPhoto: MarsPhoto: MarsPhoto: MarsPhoto: SaturnPhoto: SaturnPhoto: SaturnPhoto: SaturnPhoto: JupiterPhoto: MarsPhoto: The Sun with Giant Sunspot AR2546Photo: Sun & Giant Sunspot AR2546Photo: Setting SunPhoto: Setting Sun
Also Showing Giant Sunspot AR2546Photo: Setting Sun
Also Showing Giant Sunspot AR2546Photo: Photo: Mars, Rho Ophiucus, Antares, M4Photo: Centaurus A & Omega CentauriPhoto: Southern Cross (Crux) and the Coal Sack Dark NebulaPhoto: Northern Star TrailsPhoto: Mars (top left), Saturn (bottom left), Rho Ophiucus Dark Nebulosity, Antares and Messier 4Photo: The Pointers and the Coal SackPhoto: The PointersPhoto: Omega CentauriPhoto: Suburban Star TrailsPhoto: Jupiter (mag. -2.4) riding high in the constellation of Leo. The light pollution of the Sydney metropolis is beyond.Photo: Red TrailsPhoto: The Stars are Coming OutPhoto: Telescope SunsetPhoto: At The Ready!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Southern Star TrailsPhoto: Photo: Flare from Iridium Satellite 25Photo: CanopusPhoto: 2016-01-17 FQ MoonPhoto: Taurus, Orion Canis Major & Monoceros ConstellationsPhoto: Xmas Full MoonPhoto: GeminidPhoto: Geminid Wide AnglePhoto: Andromeda Galaxy M31 WidefieldPhoto: Pleiades Star ClusterPhoto: Triffid Nebula
M20Photo: Messier 42
Nebula In OrionPhoto: Tarantula Nebula 30 DoradusPhoto: Wide Starfield with Comet C2013 US10 CatalinaPhoto: Milky WayPhoto: Milky WayPhoto: Milky WayPhoto: Milky WayPhoto: Milky WayPhoto: Saturn Nebula NGC 7009Photo: Small Magellanic CloudPhoto: 2015-08-08 Comet C2013 US10 CatalinaPhoto: Comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina)Photo: Comet C/2014 Q1 (Panstarrs)Photo: Comet C/2014 Q1 (Panstarrs)Photo: Moon, Venus, Reguls, Jupiter & a Sydney bound aircraftPhoto: 2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter SettingPhoto: 2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter SettingPhoto: 2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter SettingPhoto: 2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter in TelescopePhoto: 2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter & MoonsPhoto: 2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter In WestPhoto: 2015-07-01 Venus & JupiterPhoto: 2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter with Aircraft flybyPhoto: 2015-07-01 Venus & JupiterPhoto: 2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter Wide AnglePhoto: 2015-06-29 Venus-Jupiter Conjuction With CloudsPhoto: 2015-06-28 Venus Jupiter CGJIE ConjunctionPhoto: Venus & Jupiter Nearing ConjunctionPhoto: 2015-06-27 Venus Jupiter SunsetPhoto: 2015-06-20 Moon Venus Jupiter 105mm.Photo: 2015-06-20 Moon Venus Jupiter 18mmPhoto: Omega Centauri and region of Cent APhoto: 2015-05-16 Comet C2015 G2 (Master)Photo: MoonPhoto: Comet C/2015 G2 (Master)Photo: The Jewel BoxPhoto: M42Photo: Omega CentauriPhoto: Jupiter 4xPhoto: Jupiter 1xPhoto: Messier 42 - The Orion NebulaPhoto: Southern Cross and MorePhoto: Go Away, Clouds!Photo: TwilightPhoto: TwilightPhoto: TwilightPhoto: VenusPhoto: VenusPhoto: VenusPhoto: Venus Returns To The Evening SkyPhoto: The Moon in The TwilightPhoto: Just Past First QuarterPhoto: CoronaPhoto: Twilight Aircraft TrailPhoto: Pleiades and Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)Photo: M42 in OrionPhoto: Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)Photo: JupiterPhoto: Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)Photo: Globular Cluster 47 TucanaePhoto: Globular Cluster 47 TucanaePhoto: First Quarter MoonPhoto: First Quarter MoonPhoto: Moonlit Western SkyPhoto: A Moonlit Night In The SuburbsPhoto: ScorpiusPhoto: ScorpiusPhoto: ScorpiusPhoto: Ophiuchus & SagittariusPhoto: ScorpiusPhoto: Lunar Eclipse 2nd Ocober 2014 Wide AnglePhoto: Lunar Eclipse 8th October 2014 with UranusPhoto: ScorpiusPhoto: ScorpiusPhoto: ScorpiusPhoto: Southern SkyPhoto: Western SkyPhoto: Lunar TerminatorPhoto: Lunar TerminatorPhoto: First Quarter MoonPhoto: Double Star AlberioPhoto: 3 Day Lunar CrescentPhoto: SaturnPhoto: 5 Day Lunar CrescentPhoto: International Space Station PassoverPhoto: Sun Setting Over Sydney's Blue MountainsPhoto: Occultation of Saturn.Photo: Occultation of SaturnPhoto: Partial Solar Eclipse just before sunset on 29th April 2014, as seen from the Macarthur Region of NSW.

The forecast was cloudy and the Sun was nearing the horizon so and I did not expect to get an image at all - but I eventually managed this shot in during a cloud-break. Not the best of solar shots but I was happy under the circumstances.

This image was taken as the eclipse was still "waxing". Taken with my Lunt 60mm Solarscope.Photo: Partial Solar Eclipse 2014-04-29Photo: Lunar Crescent 5 DaysPhoto: I was very proud to have several of my images selected for display at the Macarthur Astronomical Society Photographic Exhibition, Magnitude III, at the University of Western Sydney today.

That's three of my modest attempts at astrophotography, The Ring Nebula (M57) (top), Comet Lemmon (centre) and the setting crescent Moon (bottom).

Thanks for taking the shot on my camera, Rob Moscrop. Thanks for selecting them, +Chris MalikoffPhoto: Northern Star TrailsPhoto: Twilight StarscapePhoto: Orion RegionPhoto: Ganymede, Jupiter, Io, Europa, CallistoPhoto: Veiled MoonPhoto: Small Magellanic CloudPhoto: M31 RegionPhoto: Bushfire MoonPhoto: Full Moon RisingPhoto: Moon Venus & AntaresPhoto: Milky Way in ScorpiusPhoto: Milky Way in SagittariusPhoto: Antares/Rho Ophiucus RegionPhoto: Southern CrossPhoto: Southern TwilightPhoto: Large Magellanic CloudPhoto: Orion ConstellationPhoto: Southern Twilight VistaPhoto: Southern Star TrailsPhoto: ISS FlybyPhoto: ISS FlybyPhoto: ISS FlybyPhoto: ISS FlybyPhoto: ISS FlybyPhoto: Cloudy EarthshinePhoto: Sunset over the Blue Mountains, NSW.Photo: The triple planetary conjuntion - Day 3.

Jupiter (top); Venus (lower left); and Mercury (lower right). A passing jet streaks across a beautful planetary triangle!

No horizon this time, those are dark clouds, so I had to image a little earlier with the planets higher and the sky still light and I was surprised to catch Mercury against the light background.Photo: The triple planetary conjuntion - Day 2.

Venus moved up towards Jupiter but little Mercury is overtaking it at speed. Jupiter is top, Venus left, Mercury is setting right.Photo: This is the first night I have been able to observe the current triple planetary conjunction thanks to the weather.

The image was taken at 5.46 pm this evening, showing Jupiter (top right, four degrees above the horizon); Venus (lower centre, one degree above); and tiny Mercury (lower right, just above planet Earth, between the sillouetted roof fans, 1/4 degree above the horizon).

Over the next few evenings Jupiter will appear lower and Venus & Mercury will appear higher. Best view will be 27th and 28th, immediately after sunset in the WNW, when the three planets will form a close triangle.Photo: Partial Solar Eclipse, 10th May 2013, taken with Meade LX-90 fitted with solar filter.Photo: Partial Solar Eclipse, 10th May 2013, taken with 60mm Lunt solarscope.Photo: The Pointers (Centaurus)Photo: Comet C2011 L4 PanstarrsPhoto: Eta CarinaPhoto: Eta CarinaPhoto: LMC & CanopusPhoto: The Moon and Jupiter from SW Sydney tonight. This exposure was too short to bring out Jupiters Moon's.Photo: Moon & Jupiter & Galilean Moons GJICEPhoto: Comet 2012 F6 LEMMON, in Octans, taken 8th February 2013. The image is in inverted black and white to reveal the extent of the tail. Five minutes exposure, Canon 60D with 135mm lens on Polarie mount, f/2 @ ISO 3200. There is some high flying cloud spoiling the image.Photo: Tail forming on Comet 2012 F6 Lemmon in the southernmost constellation of Octans, taken on 3rd February 2013. Polarie mount, Canon 60D camera, 200mm lens, 6' 40" exposure, f/4.5, ISO 1600.Photo: Comet C2006 F6 (Lemmon) passing through the constellation Musca on 24th January 2013. Canon 60D with fixed 135 mm lens on Polarie mount. 7 minutes exposure f/3.2 ISO 640.

The comet is moving from left to right and is about to pass between Alpha Muscae (above right) and Beta Muscae (below right).Photo: Comet C/2012 F6 (LEMMON) passing near Gamma Crucis (centre left). Image taken with Canon 60D on Polarie mount, with 135 mm fixed lens f/2.8, 10 seconds, ISO 800.Photo: Lunar CoronaPhoto: Tonight's four day old Crescent Moon, with Earthshine, colourful clouds, an aircraft  heading towards Sydney's Mascot Airport and some star trails. Taken with Canon 60D and 135mm fixed lens (f/3.5 10 sec, ISO 200).Photo: The tiny, smudgy coma of Comet C/2012 K5 Linear is clearly visible (centre right). Not a spectacular image but I wanted to see if I could image it with my camera on a tripod, with Polarie mount.  I caught it first with a fixed 50mm f/1.4 lens and zooming in with a fixed 135 mm f/2 lens for this image, I almost lost it over the edge! The comet was moving fast in Taurus. Further details: http://roger.blogs.exetel.com.au/index.php?/archives/287-Astro-Photography-Without-a-Telescope-11.htmlPhoto: Macarthur Astronomical Society's first member's observing night of the year. Clear day-time sky followed by a cloud dominated night. Nothing's changed since last year!

This southern vista was taken as the clouds rolled in at sunset. Constellations visiible are Carina, Hydrus and Tucana.Photo: The Scorpius and Sagittarius region of the Milky Way, featuring M6, M7 and M8. Taken with my tripod mounted Canon 60D, with fixed 50mm lens @f/1.4, ISO 1600. 13x8 second exposures. This night, with Macarthur Astronomical Society, I planned to test my Vixen Polarie camera mount - but I accidentally left it at home! Without the Polarie, anything over 8 seconds started to trail. Not a brilliant image but I was pleased with the performance of the new Sigma 50 mm f/1.4 lens!Photo: Wide-field image of the Crux region of the Milky Way. Crux and the Coal Sack are near the centre.
3 x 25 Seconds f3.5 ISO 2500 10mm, camera static on tripod.
Taken from the Macarthur Astronomical Society dark sky site at The Oaks, NSW, Australia.Photo: "Ghost of Jupiter" planetary nebula NGC 3242 in Hydra.Photo: I took this south-facing, wide-angle, image, from the Macarthur Astronomical "dark sky" site at The Oaks, NSW last week. The observing field is behind a sportsground and unfortunately the local rugby team had a game on. The floodlights are 200m behind the camera but clearly illuminated the trees 100m ahead of the camera!

Despite this, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds are easily visible. The brightest star is Canopus.

30 seconds at ISO 2000, f/3.5, focal length: 10 mm, FOV: 108deg (diag).Photo: Transit of Venus, 6th June 2012.Photo: Partial Lunar Eclipse, 4th June 2012Photo: Two day old crescent Moon.Photo: The Setting SunPhoto: Milky Way in Scorpius. Canon 60D on tripod.Photo: The Crescent VenusPhoto: Today's waning crescent Moon.Photo: The Southern Milky Way, stretching right across the south-western Sydney sky. Wide angle shot, taken from the Macarthur Astronomical Society dark sky site at The Oaks, NSW. Best seen ENLARGED. Shows the constellations (l to r) Centaurus, Crux, Carina, Volans, Dorado and more.Photo: Almost First Quarter MoonPhoto: Venus (mag -3.9), lower and Jupiter (mag -1.7) upper. Look carefully to see one of Jupiter's satellites.Photo: The International Space Station shooting across Macarthur recently.Photo: Venus & Jupiter in the Western Twilight. Aldebaran and the Horns of Taurus are top right if you view ENLARGED.Photo: The spectacular emission Nebula NGC 3372 in CarinaPhoto: A two day-old Lunar crescent in the evening twilight.Photo: The majestic globular cluster Omega CentauriPhoto: SaturnPhoto: Orion's Belt, The Flame Nebula, The Horsehead Nebula (just) andM78 (right)Photo: The Southern Cross (Crux), The Milky Way & The Coal SackPhoto: The Large Magellanic CloudPhoto: The SunPhoto: My new Lunt 60mm solar telescope, complete with grey skies.Photo: Total Lunar Eclipse.Photo: Moon aged 20 daysPhoto: Lunar observing with my Meade LX-90 telescopePhoto: Setting two day old Lunar crescent with Sunshine and Earth shinePhoto: The Pleiedes in TaurusPhoto: Alpha& Beta Crux and NGC 4755: The Jewel Box clusterPhoto: Globular cluster 47 Tucanae.Photo: Flame Nebula and Horsehead Nebula (just)Photo: Betelgeuse - A Red SupergiantPhoto: M42, the Orion NebulaPhoto: UranusPhoto: The Planet UranusPhoto: JupiterPhoto: Setting SunPhoto: Setting Lunar crescentPhoto: Photo: CONJUNCTION
The approaching conjunction of Venus, Mercury and Jupiter - taken on 8th August 2016.
Jupiter (top), Mercury (Centre) & Venus (bottom). Canon 60D on tripod, 50mm, 1.0 sec, ISO 320.Photo: Photo: Photo: CONJUNCTION
Whilst this wide angle sky image, which I took 11th August 2016, is hardly a spectacular looking shot, if you enlarge it you will be able to see all of the five "naked eye" planets in one photograph, something I have never achieved previously.
Six out of eight planets if you include Earth :)
Diagonally, from bottom left to top right: Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, (Spica), (Moon), Mars, Saturn (Antares).
The angular distance between Venus and Saturn was about 93° and is narrowing daily as Venus rises.
(2016-08-11 Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Spica, Moon, Mars, Saturn & Antares. 
Canon 60D on tripod, 10mm, 2.5 sec, ISO 320).Photo: Mercury (top left), Jupiter (top right) and Venus (bottom). Imaged from Campbelltown Rotary Observatory.Photo: Mercury (left), Jupiter (right). Imaged from Campbelltown Rotary Observatory.Photo: Moonrise over the City of Campbelltown, NSW. Imaged from Campbelltown Rotary Observatory.Photo: Three Planets:
Venus (brightest)
Jupiter & Moons (above Venus)
Mercury Top leftPhoto: PThe Ring Nebula
Messier 57
Planetary Nebula in LyraPhoto: Venus & The Moon With Earthshine.Photo: The Sculptor Galaxy
NGC 253Photo: Centaurus A
Galaxy in CentaurusPhoto: Messier 27 
Dumbbell Nebula in VulpeculaPhoto: Milky Way Wide FieldPhoto: 47-Tucanae
Globular ClusterPhoto: SaturnPhoto: Moonset at SunrisePhoto: Crescent MoonPhoto: Andromeda Galaxy M31Photo: Photo: Photo: Southern Star TrailsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: