Author Archives: johnb

About johnb

- Director of Grainger Observatory, Phillips Exeter Academy. - Variable-star-crazed astronomer, but have done research in other areas. - Drummer, archer, pilot, chef, friend, pet owner, husband, father, Train-nut.

March 2018: It is Springtime, and the Planets are back!

Now mid-March 2018 and there are planets in the sky!  Here are some of the notable moments. If you look to the west right after sunset you will catch bright Venus and fleeting (and fainter) Mercury. On March 18th, just … Continue reading

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A Meditation on The 21 August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

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The Sun Acts Up: 4-September-2017

There are two massive sunspot groups (and a couple of smaller groups) visible today. This taken at 1434UT using a Nikon D810 and 500mm telephoto through Baader film.  Click image for full resolution.

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High Dynamic Range Imagery

With some more time back at the regular computer, I have had the ability to merge some of the eclipse images together to make a solid HDR image of totality. This is what I call quite the Photoshop workout. This … Continue reading

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Totality from Casper, Wyoming

The eclipse was a perfect success! Clear skies prevailed throughout totality, with forest fire smoke and clouds coming in after it was all done. The temperature dropped from 88 to 68F, stunning! The corona was larger than those I had … Continue reading

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