Thursday, November 28th, 2013

A Sad Day For Comet Lovers & Cheeseheads

The most hyped comet of all time is now the most disappointing comet of all time. Comet ISON did not survive its close encounter with the Sun a few hours ago. It appears that about all remaining from the ISON saga are a lot of disappointed people. Late this afternoon, reports starting coming in that ISON Read more... you know you want to.

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Comet ISON No-Show

After several days of clouds, we finally had a clear, though very cold, morning. I was hoping for a glimpse of Comet ISON in the early twilight. Mercury and Saturn shone brightly, but the comet was a no-show through 8x binoculars. Those of you lucky enough to view in very dark skies under perfectly clear conditions Read more... you know you want to.

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Update On Comet ISON

Back in April, I daydreamed of photographing a spectacular comet around this time. All the guestimates about Comet ISON at that time suggested that by mid-November it would be a naked-eye-visibility comet by this time, on its way to becoming the Comet of the Century. Fortunately, I knew better than to let the hype affect me. Read more... you know you want to.

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Update On Comet ISON Post

I received a message from Tim Williams after the recent post about Comet ISON. Tim knows his stuff and caught some misleading statements I had made about the visibility of the comet during perihelion and shortly afterward. I try very hard to make sure all the information I present is accurate, but unfortunately I am Read more... you know you want to.

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Viewing & Photographing Comet ISON

You ready to photograph the most spectacular comet in Earth’s history? Me too, but unfortunately, I don’t have a clue when such a comet might show itself. What about Comet ISON? Soon after it was discovered about a year ago, some folks were calling it the “Comet of the Century” and saying it would be as Read more... you know you want to.

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Comet PanSTARRS and False Advertising

Comet PanSTARRS

I'm not a big fan of traditional advertising techniques, especially those that insult my intelligence, or lack thereof. Show me a baby that Warren Buffet turns to for investment advice, or try to play on the fact that I’m an ignorant redneck in order to get me to drink your watery excuse for a beer, Read more... you know you want to.

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

How To Photograph Comet Pan-STARRS

Comet PanSTARRS

The first of two comets in 2013 is just around the corner for Northern Hemisphere viewers. Comet Ison won’t light up the sky until November, but now is the time to start the detailed planning for photographing Comet Pan-STARRS. The best time for photography is probably going to be between March 8-20, with the peak Read more... you know you want to.

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Comet Ison, Comet Panstarrs, & Aurora Borealis – Oh My!

2013 is promising to be a terrific year for night photographers! We’re moving full-swing into the solar maximum cycle for sunspots, so the aurora borealis should be spectacular this year, and two comets are approaching, Ison and Panstarrs, that should really stir things up. I’m already making plans for all three. Astronomers Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok Read more... you know you want to.