Introducing NINA: An astrophotography sequencing suite

I have been involved in a new opensource project over the past several months called Nighttime Imaging ‘N’ Astronomy (“NINA”). NINA is ground-breaking both in the hobby of amateur astrophotography and personally. An artifact of several historical reasons, the world of computer-controlled astrophotography is dominated by Windows applications. As such, Read More …

New telescope purchased for solar viewing

Last week I purchased a Coronado Filters Personal Solar Telescope. This telescope is made specificially for sun viewing and incorporates a filter that bandpasses the hydrogen-α wavelength, allowing clear views of the sun’s chromosphere.

Fiery tail, riding high

Want to see a comet? Alright, here's how. Around 8:30pm, go outside and look at the west-southwest horizon. Look almost 90° upwards (okay, 81° to be exact) You're now looking at comet Machholz C/2004 Q2. This comet will be rising in the south eastern sky before nightfall and make its Read More …