Gregg's Astronomy & Astrophotography
Recent Images 8/24/2017
Eclipse compositeTotal solar eclipse - August 21, 2017.  No other astronomical event since the moon landing in 1969 has garnered as much attention as the total eclipse that spanned the US on August 21. Eclipses have amazed and intrigued humans since the beginnings of history. An estimated 12 million people were close to the path of totality, making the eclipse the most viewed event of its type in history.  Clear or partly cloudy skies allowed viewing along most of the path of totality.  Even those not in the path were treated to great views of a partial eclipse.  More information and images from the event can be found on the NASA web site and at Space.com.
This image is was taken during totality from near Festus MO with a Canon 50D and Tamron 70-200 lens.  The solar corona is visible with the first magnitude star Regulus in the field. More of my images can be found by clicking the thumbnail below.
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This page illustrates what can be photographed using amateur telescopes and a CCD camera.  I currently use an SBIG STL11000M camera and have previously used SBIG and Starlight Xpress cameras, as well as a Cookbook 245 camera that I built myself.  Most of the images in this web site were taken from my backyard near a busy street with several street lights.  Not only is the CCD camera a great imaging tool, but it allows "real time" observation of objects not normally visible in areas with moderate-severe light pollution.