The Ink Spot and open cluster NGC 6520
It’s Saturn season again!
The seventh planet from the Sun.
The eighth and outermost planet
My sharpest image so far…
A twilight view of Mercury, Spica & Venus with the asteroid Vesta in attendance.
Io Casts a Shadow
Why do we only see Venus in the West?
A good time for planets.
Planetary conjunction: Mars & Uranus.
Planetary conjunction, wide Field View
Get ready for a close encounter!
The Seventh Planet
A break in the clouds reveals the Moon and two planets.
Mars at opposition.
With its largest Moon, Titan
Jupiter with moons Ganymede and Io.
Amateur astro-photography is not always about imaging the most beautiful wide nebulae.
This is my DSLR image taken a few minutes after Saturn reappeared following its occultation by the Moon. Here in … More
Next week will bring a challenging photo opportunity, with Saturn due to be occulted by the Moon. Here in Macarthur … More
No astrophotography for the last few weeks for me, (mostly thanks to 90% cloudy nights) but also probably none for … More
This image of Mars was composed from a 4.8 minute video exposure, using the digital crop feature of my DSLR … More
First image of Jupiter with the ZWO 290 camera. Moons: Ganymede (left); Io (right). Object Details: Jupiter. Apparent diameter: 44.3 … More
The crescent Moon and the planet Venus. The dark side of the Moon is illuminated by sunlight reflecting off the … More
Our neighbouring planet Venus recently returned to the evening sky and will dominate the Western sky after sunset until Ocober. … More
No, that really isn’t the Moon. It’s a planet – Venus. It’s summer here in Sydney and the late sunsets … More
I love planetary conjunctions and watching the Solar System in action as the planets follow their orbits across the sky. … More
Magnificent Venus returned to the evening sky in July 2016 and will remain dominant in the Western sky until March … More
All images © R.Powell
The planetary conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and Mercury is just about over but tonight the two day old crescent Moon … More
Jupiter, Saturn and Mars are riding high in the Northern sky at the moment. All images © R.Powell
2016-03-05 Jupiter (above) processed from video via Registax All images © R.Powell
Having begun to understand how to process planetary images using video clip frames stacked in Registax, I went back into … More
Mars is at its closest point to Earth this month and I took the opportunity to learn the technique of … More
I was hoping to see comets during this observing session but while the sky looked clear, we had high haze, making narrow … More
Click on an image for slide show of my planetary images taken in 2012: All images © R.Powell
This year I imaged the Sun and the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus: All images © R.Powell
My 2010 images of beautiful Venus All images © R.Powell
My best Solar System images taken in 2010 ….and some interesting planetary conjunctions: All images © R.Powell
Comet C/2014 Q1 (Panstarrs) was just a little higher in the sky tonight but it was still lower and dimmer … More
More wonderful images of the Pluto-Charon System, just in: (Above) Pluto nearly fills the frame in this image from the … More
For the next few days I am going to break my own rule and post NASA images instead of my … More
2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter with Moons In Telescope As well as photographing the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter, I also … More
The conjunction climaxed on 1st July 2015 with a separation of around 0.4 degree. The first two pictures below were … More
2015-06-27 Venus Jupiter Sunset – Wide Angle Jupiter and Venus are edging towards a very close conjunction on 1st July. … More
2015-06-20 Moon Venus Jupiter 18mm. (c) R.Powell On 20th June 2015 the crescent Moon passed close to Venus … More
Above: Jupiter: Meade LX-90, Canon 60D, 4xBarlow Jupiter is high in the evening sky at the moment and I took … More
Some more astro-images I have taken over the last month, including a telescopic image of the amazing Orion Nebula (M42); … More
I enjoyed a Lunar eclipse here in Australia tonight (8th October 2014). The weather was not very suitable for astronomy. It … More
We experienced another occultation of Saturn by the Moon on 4th August 2014. This image was obtained by my Canon 60D … More
An occultation of Saturn by the Moon occurred on 14th May 2014, meaning that for about an hour the Moon … More