Long Exposure Astrophotography [Get A Drive Motor]

Long exposure astrophotography without a GoTo Mount has been a fun challenge for me. Over the past few months, I’ve posted a few of my results on Reddit to some cheers and many questions. One area I took for granted is that

Wide Field Astrophotography and First Light with My Orion ST-80 [Andromeda Galaxy]

Because it’s small and great for wide field astrophotography picked up an Orion ST-80 telescope. The ST stands for Short Tube. In case you’re wondering, first light, simply means the first use of a telescope to take an image. I purchased it

My Polar Alignment Methods [Telescope Setup]

Finding True North

When I search the internet for deep space photos like this, I am marveled by what many amateurs are able to accomplish. Individuals like Trevor of Astrobackyard have technical tools to help them setup their telescopes. They achieve pin point stars and

Messier 51 On The RRRT [Whirlpool Galaxy]

M51 Whirlpool Galaxy_RRRT

Remember my last article? You know the one about my experience at the Fan Mountain Observatory in April 2019. The outcome was to target Messier 51 or the Whirlpool Galaxy with the RRRT (Rapid Response Robotic Telescope). Well the results are in

Dark Sky Astrophotography [Smokey Mountain Getaway]

Smokey Mountain Planets Photo

August is a busy month for my family, and we took a weekend to visit the Smokey Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  Wow what a great opportunity to do dark sky astrophotography with my Google Pixel.  I was so excited I didn’t know

Mars: The Red Planet on Display in Summer 2018 [Dust Storm]

During the last star party at The Virginia Living Museum, I laid eyes on Mars for the first time this year.  It rose above the horizon to become the fitting end to the night’s event.  Venus started the activities and Mars finished