Another shot of the Milky Way from the Paint Mines Open Space in Calhan, Colorado, last night, my favorite and most visited site for photographing our galaxy. I light painted the foreground with an iPhone and blended it with a second exposure of the sky. This shot was taken with a Canon 6D DSLR camera with a Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm F2.8 Ultra Wide Lens.

After having not imaged the Milky Way all summer, I went to the Paint Mines Open Space in Calhan, Colorado, last night, determined to get a photo before the core sets for the year. Here is our home galaxy rising above two hoodoos in the Paint Mines. Interestingly, we ran into another Milky Way photographer already set up in the park. He wasn't sure how to get into the rockier sections of the Paint Mines, so we all went together and ended up spending a couple hours imaging together.

I took this photo of Saturn and four of its moons back in 2013, when I lived in Arkansas, on a night of incredible seeing. I captured this image by taking two exposures, one for the planet and a second for the moons, and then combining them into a single composite shot. I used a Celestron C6 SCT telescope on a CG-4 mount and an ASI120MC planetary/lunar imaging camera.

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The largest sunspot in 24 years occurred in late October 2014. I managed to photograph it on October 27, 2014, using a Canon T3i DSLR camera and TMB92L refractor telescope equipped with a white light filter. The sunspot is comparable to Jupiter in size. A sunspot is a cooler area on the surface of the sun caused by fluctuating magnetic fields. 

Here is the Milky Way, our home galaxy, as seen from a field near the Paint Mines Open Space in Calhan, Colorado. I took this long exposure photo with a Canon 70D DSLR camera and a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX lens.

M51, popularly known as the Whirlpool Galaxy, is a face-on spiral galaxy in the constellation of Canes Venatici. A smaller galaxy, NGC 5195, can be seen interacting with it as the two galaxies pass each other, tidally interacting and distorting one of the spiral arms of M51. Both galaxies lie more than 31 million light-years from our own galaxy. I took this image with a TMB92L refractor telescope, a Hutech-modified Canon T3i DSLR, a Orion SSAG autoguider and 50mm guidescope, all on a Celestron AVX mount.

This photo shows the one day old moon setting above the silhouette of Pikes Peak, as seen from a small bluff behind my old apartment complex in Colorado Springs. You can see earth shineon the moon, the phenomenon in which the light of the sun is first reflected by the day side of Earth and back on the otherwise dark face of the crescent moon, illuminating it, too, allowing us to see detail on its surface. I used a Canon 70D and a Canon EF-S 17-55mm lens to capture this image. 

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I photographed the entire 2017 solar eclipse from Colorado Springs, Colorado, where the sun was 90 percent eclipsed at its height. (I'd had plans to travel to Missouri to photograph the total eclipse, but sadly my plans didn't work out.) Here is a photo of the eclipse at its 90 percent maximum I took with a Canon 70D camera through a TMB92L refractor telescope equipped with a white light filter.

M22, or Messier 22, is a bright globular cluster in the constellation of Sagittarius that is readily visible in binoculars in the summer sky. The dense star cluster is one of the nearest of the roughly 150 globular clusters surrounding the Milky Way. M22 was the first globular cluster ever discovered, back in 1665. I took this photo with a TMB92L refractor telescope, an unmodified Canon T3i DSLR camera, and a Celestron CG-4 mount equipped with a tracking motor. 

The Orion Nebula in the constellation of Orion, otherwise known as M42/M43. The Orion Nebula is the brightest nebula visible in the Northern Hemisphere. Even under moderately light polluted skies, the nebula is visible to the naked eye as a faint cloud below the three stars forming Orion's belt, at the tip of the constellation's "sword." In this image, you can also make out the so-called Running Man Nebula, named after its resemblance to a jogger mid-stride.