The Stars At Night Are Big And Bright…

So, I’ve been into astronomy for a couple of years now since moving to Texas and living in a town where there isn’t much light at night. I get to enjoy Gods handy work on a pretty regular basis.

This week, my wife and I will finally get a chance to view the night sky through an 82 inch telescope at the McDonald Observatory in west Texas where the skies are VERY dark. It is that way because of the lack of city lights and populated areas. It’s one of the best areas of the country to view the night sky because of the darkness and the elevation (around 6800 ft).  You can see the bare spot in west Texas. Viewing should be great!
I’ve included a few pics that I’ve taken through my telescope, Saturn being one of my favorites to shoot. The 1st pic of the moon was at dusk, my favorite time of day.  I am in no way a photographer as you can see. These pics were taken by holding my little Sony Cybershot up to the telescope lens. Maybe the people at the observatory will let me take a few pics through their highly expensive scope. Highly doubtful. I’ll let ya know how it goes.
Peace,
Barry

 

  • Kaleb Trail

    God is awesome.

  • http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/sharpcrew Christy Sharp

    Those are awesome. We are doing astronomy in homeschool right now. I kinda put it off during the winter and waited till now so we could have better views. Thanks for sharing those.
    Christy in KY

  • http://www.candidchatter.wordpress.com Heidi Reed

    Ok now I am jealous. I would love that trip to the observatory. I hope they let you take pix. I want to see too!! Thanks for sharing.

  • mmBart

    Ok so I took a pic from my telescope as well. it is awesome. Very detailed. Click here.

  • MMBarry

    With it’s own weather system I might add!

  • Robbie Paisley

    That is awesome and Saturn is so cool to see.

  • http://socompletely.wordpress.com ali

    We used to go camping near the McDonald Observatory often. My favorite part of those trips was always the night that we’d drive up to the observatory.

  • TLC

    That is beautiful!(Hey Bart, bald is beautiful too!)

  • http://www.sunnysideofthestreet.squarespace.com Lisa

    Dude, those are some pretty neat pictures for just holding your camera up to the lens! I’m impressed.

  • Kelly

    You must tell me where this is!!! I live just east of San Antonio…way too many lights!!! :(

  • MMBarry

    west on 10 to Fort Davis. About 5 1/2 hours from you. happy driving :-)

  • http://vintagekool.wordpress.com Ed

    I was always amazed by the night skies in West Texas and Arizona. The stars all seemed to be just beyond reach. So much different than where I grew up in Ohio and now live just South of Baltimore MD. A group of 15 from my church went camping this weekend and I saw a couple of stars, a rare sight in this area and it made me think about my days in the Southwest.

  • http://cathy-davis.blogspot.com Cathy Dee

    Oh my goodness – how awesome are those pictures!

    God’s handiwork is so amazing to behold.