June 28, 2015

The Incredible Expanding Beer Drinking Squirrel
Joshua Tree Hiking/Camping/Night Sky Photography Event
June 12-14, 2015

On our second day of camping, a squirrel made its way into our camp in search of water.


It came across one of our hanging trash-bags of recyclables.


This particular bag was used for the beer bottles.


Apparently some of the bottles still held some beer which gathered at the botto...

June 20, 2015

Joshua Tree Hiking/Camping/Milky Way & Astrophotography Workshop

Indian Cove Campground

June 12-14, 2015


After Action Report


What an awesome, exciting and hot event!


With such a large group, coordinating began weeks before the actual event. From rides to reschedules, everything was done to make the event as seamless as possible. 


Day 1 - Milky Way/Nightscapes


When June 12th arrived. Everyone knew wh...

May 26, 2015

Scouting Joshua Tree National Park - StarDude Astronomy

Black Rock Campground

May 16-17, 2015


This event was different from my usual events in that I had the honor of being invited by a local Cub Scout pack (Den 9, Pack 766) to join them on a camping trip up to Joshua Tree National Park and be their guide to the night sky! I was more than happy to accept.


I packed all my gear into B.O.B. (Big Orange...

May 7, 2015

Hey everyone! My friend Debra Christofferson asked me a great question about color and images of space.


Where does the color in these photos come from?


Are they caused by the way our camera pick up the light? Is there color in space?


Actually there is color in space. To answer your question we need to cover what "color" is. What the human eye perceives as color is merely the excitation of certain...

May 3, 2015

Last night's Full Moon event was awesome!!


Thank you all for coming! It was great to see so many familiar faces, as well as meet and make new friends! Thank you Diana for the coffee, much appreciated by all!


The Moon looked great last night. A few clouds scrolled by but nothing to worry about. If anything, it helped to teach the use of shutter speed. Otherwise seeing was perfect! We all captured s...

April 21, 2015



About midafternoon on Friday, 4/17, the group met up and headed out on our journey up Palomar Mountain to the Observatory Campground. Upon arrival, we set up our tents and camping gear. With time left to spare we thought we would try our luck and see if we could go up to visit the Observatory. The public entrance was closed, but the "Authorized Personal Only" gate wa...

April 18, 2015

Batteries are all charged, all SD cards are empty, cooler is full of goodies and B.O.B. (my Honda Element - Big Orange Beast) is full of gas for tomorrow's excursion to the Mt. Palomar Observatory Campground!


Got an awesome group of 13 people coming along for 2 nights of widefield night time photography, landscape photography and astrophotography!!!

The fun doesn't end there, we will be doing some...

April 10, 2015

The actual sizes of various different deep space objects. If they were brighter, this is how they would appear in our night sky. The images are in scale with one another, including the Moon, but not to the Milky Way background.


1. The Moon.
2. Andromeda Galaxy.
3. Triangulum Galaxy.
4. Orion Nebula.
5. Lagoon Nebula.
6. Pinwheel Galaxy.
7. Sculptor Galaxy.
8. Supernova remnant 1006.
9. Veil Nebula...

April 6, 2015

Since January of this year, I have been hosting Full Moon viewing and photography events. They have all been very fun and allowed me the chance to meet some awesome people and share with them some astronomy knowledge, photography knowledge and the chance to take some up close images of the full moon through my Stellarvue SV105 Telescope.

April 3/4th's full Moon was a special one in that it was a...

March 7, 2015

Last night's Full Moon Photography/Viewing Event was awesome!!!


Nothing better than hanging out with cool people. Also, thank you Diana for bring along coffee and tea. That certainly helped keep everyone warm.


We put the new Nikon adapter as well as the Canon adapter to use! Everyone got a chance to get some great shots of the The Great Orion Nebula, Jupiter and of course the Moon!


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