Category: Astrophotography

New AAA class introduces Astro-Imaging

A new class was introduced to the AAA line up this spring—Astrophotography through telescopes. See images of the class in the field and more info on the class.

UACNJ site open to AAA members

AAA is a member club of the UACNJ (United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey) and that all AAA members are welcome to their observing site when public programs are held. Find out more here!

Zooming into Deep Space Targets

December, 2018, Will Field and John Bills tried a different approach to shooting objects in the sky. Both used variations of zooming into or out of an image to show details in objects and also relative distances from each other or to get a sense of where things are in the sky. Then they combined those images into animation videos. See how they did it!

There Was a Blood Moon On The Rise

The recent lunar eclipse of January 20-21st, 2019 was turning out to be a catch 22 situation in New York City. It would either be below freezing, cloudy with no wind, and thus no visible Moon, or windy with passing clouds that open ‘sucker holes,’ i.e., intermittent clear skies with an Arctic blast due to the wind chill—but it would be possible to image the eclipse. Thankfully, and somewhat painfully, it turned out to be the latter.

Imaging the Elusive Comet 46P/Wirtanen From the East Cost

Comet 46P/Wirtanen is making a swing through the inner solar system and AAA Astrophotographers were out trying their best to photograph the faint orb. It began to show up in photos as more than a green dot in mid-November to those with large telescopes. While advertised as about magnitude 5 or less, the diffuse comet wasn’t really visible to the naked eye.