Sorrows of Light

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October 29th, 2018, 6:00 a.m. local time

A melancholy view of the early predawn sky brooded over the parking lot.  Two demon eyes joined a larger hoard spreading their sickly orange blight to mask the remarkable luminescence above.

Most unfortunate is that the blinding unshielded lamps and dearth star field were exactly all that could be seen through the glare.

On a small screen, you should be able to see Sirius, brightest star in all our skies, to the left.  The full-sized image will reveal the constellation Orion in the middle, and in the upper right is the famous star of Taurus, Aldebaran.

Late Crescent Moon, October 2018

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October 15th, 2018, 7:25 p.m. local time

Wonderful stargazing weather.  That is how I would describe last night, though I am sure some would disagree because it was a little on the chilly side.  For me, the colder the better, as it keeps the bugs away.  Clear sky and just a little breeze made for a great chance to see this October’s Southern showcase of Saturn, the Moon, and Mars.

I took this picture of the Moon with my phone through my 10″ Dobsonian.  It had been some time since I used this equipment setup, as I have been opting to use primarily my digital camera.  But for the Moon, afocal photography with a smartphone allows for the entire surface, and then some, to be captured in one image.

On a side note, afterward I used the light cannon on different parts of the sky, observing the Summer Triangle, Sagittarius, and Cassiopeia.

Old Moon Gloomy Morning

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October 4th, 2018, 06:25 a.m. local time

It may have been a depressing view for some, with an early Fall chill, high winds, and fast-moving cloud cover.  But I knew the very Waning Moon was out there, somewhere through all that muck above.  And sure enough, in fits and spurts the sliver of the old Moon would pierce the early morning clouds for brief moments.  Today’s picture is a capture of one of those windows as I looked East from my backyard.