This image of the Black Eye galaxy was one of my better ones taken with my Celestron C8 that I’ve been having since 1983. It won a contest on the astro forums I frequent back in 2006.
One of my better Mars images from the 2005 apparition.
This was taken way back in 2005 with my then, brand new Canon Digital Rebel (the old 300D,) which was my first digital SLR camera. It was a 25 second exposure at ISO 400 with a 28-70 Sigma zoom lens set at the lowest focal length and ratio.
Since this image was taken, the trees have grown considerably and the light pollution is twice as bad as it used to be. Oh, well. At least I still have the original RAW image files to play with. lol
Probably the biggest comet I’ve ever seen, Comet Hykutake in 1996 was truly something extraordinary. I remember being at a rest stop that was being constructed on I-49, north of Opelousas, LA. It was a perfect place since it was so dark. But, a few people would drive in and pass by me. A couple cars stopped and asked what I was seeing. I told one group to get out the car and look up. Hyakutake stretched half-way across the sky – a huge comet with a tremendous tail. It was breathtaking from a dark sky location. They were dumbstruck after seeing it, not realizing that a magnificent comet was right over their heads and they never noticed it.
Here’s a few more images: