Wednesday, December 3, 2008

New Site:

well as you can tell I pretty much stopped using this site. I have my photo updates at, and sometimes at

I will be expanding this coming January to a multipage site.

So instead of looking at this blog, my updates are at

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tonights Sky update

well its no longer, its

Only other update is that I got Photoshop, so images will be better processed now. Nothing new for photos though its been cloudy/dreary the last few days and will be for a while, hopefully at some point ill get some foliage colors of fall, but who knows when.


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Tonights Sky

I have created a blog for events in the night sky called, Tonights Sky. I'll be updating this site daily, so be sure to tell EVERYONE, depending on how this goes for a few months, I might be buying a domain, and a real site. I know, I dreaming of creating a rival to spaceweather, probably wont turn out to be much, but Im going to try. Ill be spending a lot of time getting the site going, so be sure to check it out every so often, in fact if your into astronomy check it everyday! Hope this will be a success. Oh yeah- ill still be undating this blog, dont worry.

Oh yes, the Link, for now the domain is

Thanks everyone.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Trip Downtown

Well yesterday, being bored and all, I decided to head out and look for autumn colors around town. So I drove west to these railroad tracks near grenta that I thought would have some color. nope. So I continued driving, past gretna, and I saw the interstate, and I thought Id just take hwy 50 home, so I continued. Of course, I dont remember where I am and end up in louisville, about 20 miles south of where I thought I was. lol. So I Keep thinking of what I could do with the rest of the day, and then I think, the new pedestrian bridge! So I go downtown, and get my first shots of the Omaha Skyline. I missed getting there at sunset though, Ill have to make a trip out there on saturday evening.


This one is on the pedestrian Bridge on the Iowa side...


This one is a little over exposed, But I kinda like that you can actually see the shape of most of the buildings...


Saturday, October 4, 2008

NEW image Gallery

I just set up a Pbase account, where I will store most of the photos on this blog. So if you wanna find one of the photos I took a few months ago, just check out the gallery. I have not yet uploaded all the images that I want to display, this probably wont be complete until mid october, so check back, and there will be more images soon.

I have also posted a bunch on there from a few months ago, so you've never seen them. You should check them out.

The link is But I will be making a nice HTML graphic with a link, but I dont have the time right now. anyways just check it out, and be sure to send an email for an questions/concerns you might have.


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

So much, So little time

Well the last few days, I've been taking a lot of images, and haven't had time to post any yet. First, on Monday night a thunderstorm rolled in at midnight, got a few good photos of that storm heres one...

Then earlier today I went out to camp, and worked till 5 took some pictures around camp. Just to show you a little bit of what it looks like here...

The Maintenace shed, and the entrance

At 7 I went into Fremont, got some dinner, then drove south to find a good foreground to shoot stars from, Stupidly I thought that the foreground would be luminated, but of course I wouldn't realize that until it was dark. So I ended up going to this place called otoe creek on highway 77. I set up here only to leave soon. Here is what it looked like...

Soon, it started getting dark, and the crescent moon and Venus were setting so I tried to get a good image of that, but at 55mm it doesn't look that great...

I left shortly after to get in a better spot. I had looked at's light pollution map, to decide where to go, it's pretty cool, there is a link to overlay it on Google earth, you should check it out... click on a state, then an observatory near you then look at the table, it'll say light pollution, click that, and there is a link that says Google earth overlay. I found a cool spot with hay bails, then realized that you wouldn't be able to tell what they were. To get out of wahoo's light pollution I drove on county road Q to near Colon, Nebraska. The skies were very dark as you can see here...

The first image has an iridium flare in it.

Thanks for checking it out! hopefully october will be a fun month!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Night Sky in Yutan

I drove to Yutan, Nebraska at 10:45pm on the 27th to get some late season summer milkyway shots before Jupiter starts to set, The stuff I came up with is the best focused I have gotten ever for night sky shots. I am pleased with how it came out, but I wish the skies were darker. Hopefully when I go to North platte, Ill get some nicely focused shots of Orion and the pleaides. Anyways for now here is the best one... I also took some Macro shots a few days ago I'm thinking about posting so maybe tommarow, but I gotta go to bed.


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

First Sunset of Fall

got a good sunset on a day I dont work. It had many stages too, so now im going to have to post a few images. The pleaides moon occultation was okay, but the light pollution basically makes all astronomical viewing crap. So I can't wait to go to North Platte, and Minnesota this fall. Well here are some of the best ones...

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Harvest Moon

Here are a few images from today, The harvest moon, shot through the telescope, which is pretty blurry, but I couldnt do much about that. But Its pretty good, I need to get a camera adapter for it, to get the best shots.

Just messin around with light graffiti eariler in the day, here's a few pictures. Im going to North platte in November, But I just realized that it'll be nearly a full moon, so Ill have to wake up at 4am to get good pictures of Orion then, but itll be worth it!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Update: September 13

Latey everything has been boring, its been raining for 48 hours now, and just stopped, as for photos, I saw a volcanic sunset again, but didnt get to my camera in time cause I was at work. Oh yeah, I might not get as many good photos, cause Im working a lot more, but that will pay off with better photos later, with the new lens. I will still keep the D40 in my car though, cause you never know what will happen.

I pretty much ready for school to be over, I stayed home on wednesday and it felt great (ironic?)
No but not going to school was good. I need time to speed up, I just got a check from work, but have to wait for two more to get out of debt. Thats a month :( as soon as I do though, ill be flying through, to the laptop working 30 hours a week.

Not sure if anyone saw the link on the side of the page, for the recent photos... heres one as well... Recent photos 2008
those are roughly the best of 2008, actually, im going to put some more up there right now, cause I know I got some better lightning pictures than that.

looking into the future, another murray hill trip might happen on friday, it would be more observing, over pictures, but im going to take some. Might even see orion rise early enough for some nebulae observing, otherwise, I really want to see andromeda galaxy.

Also, in October, ill be going back to rivercrest for a retreat, so im bound to have some night shots, as long as its not cloudy. Other than that their are no plans, except for probably christmas in Minnesota, not even sure that'll happen though.

you should definately check out the links to the right, because they are all amazing photographers, but check back soon, hopefully we'll get something going here...

Just came across this photo from July thunderstorm it has great contrast...

crazy RFD


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