• Astronomy
  • Painting the Horsehead Nebula

    This is one I have attempted to view through the telescope but which is fairly difficult to view. Through the telescope and in any image taken in the visual spectrum the Horsehead nebula is a dark patch of dust and gas against the glowing background nebula. This painting is based on an image taken by […]

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  • Painting the Lagoon Neblua

    My first effort at using the iPad and Procreate to paint was the Eagle Nebula. To be honest I started that first project assuming I would not get very far. I'd never painted and expected it would be a huge mess. But it wasn't half bad and I enjoyed the process far more than I […]

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  • Finishing the Herschel I program

    In the fall of 2012 I bought my first telescope since having one as a kid. I wasn't sure how much use I'd get out of it but I wanted to give it a go. I suspected I'd not regret the purchase. Within the first couple of weeks I'd become obsessed. I went out each […]

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  • Looking at other galaxies

    One of the best things about living under really dark skies and having a decent telescope is viewing other galaxies. While I equally enjoy the many beautiful objects in our own galaxy such as nebulae and globular clusters, the hunt for distant galaxies has a meditative quality for me. Sometimes the finding is a bit […]

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  • Painting the Orion Nebula

    In the fall of 2012 I had my first ever look at the Orion Nebula through a telescope. Like many people I'd seen Hubble images which are obviously stunning. Also, like many that know their constellations, I had seen it with my naked eyes as one of the stars in the sword of Orion. But […]

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  • Painting the Eagle Nebula

    A couple months back I started to see quite a few mentions of an iPad app called Procreate. It had been out for a couple of years but with Apple’s release of the iPad Pro and Pencil, Procreate was getting some new attention because it is an app specifically designed for painting on the iPad. […]

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  • Observing Mars

    Mars. The Red Planet. We’ve made great progress learning about our neighbor in recent decades. We’ve currently got two active robots performing experiments and have had others. Imagery from Curiosity is incredibly detailed as is the science coming in from it’s ongoing collecting and processing of samples. I’ve mentioned before how easy it is to […]

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  • Gravitational Waves Discovered

    In case you missed it: LIGO announced the detection of Gravitational Waves For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented window onto the cosmos. Gravitational waves were detected by the […]