As the moon slowly moved into the Earth's umbra, the clouds started moving in over head. This shot shows the orange-brown color of the part of the moon within the umbra as well as the wispy clouds that first moved in. You can easily see details on the shadowed part of the Moon in this image. The image was made at 300mm focal length with an exposure of 1/3 seconds at f/6.3, ISO 400.
We got to watch the first part of tonights Lunar Eclipse before the clouds moved in (thanks Murphy!) just before the start of the total phase. Anyway, this is a combination of two photos taken in quick succession at 70mm focal length and f/8, ISO 100. The first was a 5 second exposure that was exposed for the UofA campus, the 2nd was a 1/100 second exposure to get the exposure of the Moon itself just after first contact of the Umbra. And if you look just above the trees, the star there is actually the planet Saturn.
We found out yesterday that Wind Song is actually a Labrador Retriever. Here she is again in a shot from the other day. This image was taken at 238mm focal length with an exposure of 1/500 seconds at f/8, ISO 100.
Since we lost our oldest dog, Dax a month or so ago, my Sweetie found this little pup. Her name is Wind Song. I just call her a "Poopster". Supposedly, she is part German Shepard, part Wolf. This image was taken at 190mm focal length with an exposure of 1/250 seconds at f/8, ISO 100 with some fill flash.
I found these tracks in the snow the other day before it all melted. Not sure what kind of animal made the tracks, but I'd guess maybe a rabbit. He went out this way, came back and then made a separate set of tracks a few feet away off into the distance. This image was taken at 42mm focal length with an exposure of 1/2000 seconds at f/11, ISO 400.
The day was sunny but cold, staying below freezing all day. Anything in the sun, however, started to melt a bit and the snow on the leaf on this tree was no exception. The melted snow would drip down, forming this stalactite as it would partly freeze as it dripped down. This image was taken with my 70-300mm lens at 300mm focal length with an exposure of 1/200 seconds at f/18, ISO 400.
The McMath Solar telescope is barely visible in the fog and haze on the left with the Spacewatch 1.8-m dome at right. It cleared overnight and hopefully will be useful for observing soon. This image was taken at 39mm focal length and cropped to around 50 or 60mm effective focal length. Conversion to B&W was done in Picasa. The exposure was 1/800 seconds at f/11, ISO 400.
A winter storm came through the area and allowed me to watch the end of the Super Bowl last night and dumped a couple inches of snow on the ground up here on Kitt Peak this morning. I gotta admit - it's pretty! That is, as long as you aren't counting on observing tonight. This image was taken at 18mm focal length with an exposure of 1/500 seconds at f/11, ISO 400.