Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Oct 2017 recap

We had decent weather all through October.Temps were warm and rainfall was minimal.Thanksgiving weekend was warm and the day of the dinner was spent socializing in the front yard at the homestead in the country before the feast.....ya gotta like that! ! Hallowe'en night was comfortable for the 'Trick or Treaters' need to bundle up with temps around 7°C during the evening.
The leaves are dropping more now but mid-month the trees were colorful and full.Still a lot of green leaves then,too. Here's a couple taken along the Mersey in the Trestle Trail / Pine Grove Park area on Oct 14th.

Not a lot happening in the skies over Oct.The annual Orionids were a bust here.The automated camera that shoots all night only picked up a few over a couple of nights......nothing at all like was advertised and expected.

I did capture a really bright Iridium flare:

and an evening pass of the ISS almost intersecting with a plane to make a somewhat interesting shot:

That's all for now.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Iridium flare

Nice and clear last night.Northern Lights were weak while I was out but did get a nice shot of one of the Iridium satellites flaring over Liverpool,Nova Scotia.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Sept 2017 recap

   Sept was a 'slow' month for sky imaging here.Clouds were an issue for 3/4 of the 30 days due mostly to Hurricanes Jose and Maria.Neither storm had any significant impact here other than a little rain,some wind and a number of days and nights of very warm and humid conditions.All that is behind us now and the month ended,as it began, with clear skies.Temps are now returning to 'normal' with daytime highs in the 20°C range and cool nights in the upper single digits.

   I did have the automated Canon PowerShot A-610 set up for a few nights and caught a few stray meteors:

That's all for now.

Al ( )

Sunday, August 27, 2017

August meteors

Summer is winding down.With that comes cooler nights and clearer skies so hoping to capture more meteors in Sept with the A-610.

We have one clear night left for this month according to the forecast:

Besides the Perseids I posted previously,here's a couple of more small August meteors.The camera was looking West when it captured these:


Monday, August 21, 2017

The 2017 solar eclipse.

Just a partial eclipse here.Had to leave home before the peak but shot a few pics at the beginning...
taken with an Olympus E-PL1 set at ISO 50,F-stop at 22 and 1/2000 sec exposure using the stock M.Zuiko 14 to 42mm lens.The 'solar filter' is comprised of 2 exposed 35mm negatives.It worked OK.First pic is at 14mm,second at 42mm.Both are cropped.


Sunday, August 20, 2017


Some Perseids over the past few weeks....unfortunately we were under the clouds during the peak.
The camera is currently shooting away.Maybe we'll catch a meteor or two tonight.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Back to better weather...and clear skies!

  Haven't posted for a while....working 2 jobs and doing a few other things are taking up a good deal of my time.

  Anyways,the weather has changed for the better...almost in the blink of an eye.One week ago it was cold,raining and windy.A day or so later and summer weather arrives with lots of sunshine and temps in the 30°Cs for highs.It's a little cooler today at 22°C and low humidity.One could call this a perfect day....the light breeze is an added bonus.
  As with everything,all good things must end.Some rainy weather is on the way starting tomorrow evening.Temps will still remain warm.

  Some pics I took over the past little while on the clear nights.Most have details included in the image:

  Hoping for more clear skies throughout the upcoming summer nights.

Al C