Larry's

Solar System Tour

Sketches & Video Capture of the Sun, Moon, Planets, Asteroids, Meteors, & Comets!


            created: 01-21-2009.             revised: 02-20-2017.

Hello!
Over the years, I've observed most types of objects in our home solar system.
On this page, you will find video capture images or sketches of these objects made with the various video cameras and telescopes that I have owned.
So, sit back, scroll down, and enjoy the 'tour'!


--- the Sun ---




Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico

(taken from Anna Marie Island, South Florida - May 23rd, 2012 - Nikon Coolpix S570 digital camera)


Partial Solar Eclipse - 07/11/1991
       


Partial Solar Eclipse - 10/23/2014 - Eclipsed Sun setting in Western evening sky

Venus Transit: 06/08/2004
       


Venus Transit: 06/05/2012
   
"C8 using Daystar in WL filter mode @ 6:22pm"                             "PST Cak @ 6:36pm"



Mercury Transit: 05/09/2016
   
"C8 using Daystar @ 2:11pm"                             "PST Cak @ 9:19am"



Sunspots- 02/02/1992                                 Sunspots - 08/02/1996
            




White-Light Sunspots:     10/25/2003


11/04/2001                         12/21/2001                         05/10/2002
       


07/20/2002                         10/25/2003                         11/02/2003
       



H-aplha: 10/21/2000                                 Prominences - 12/26/2000
                 




11/04/2001                         12/02/2001                         04/16/2002
       


04/18/2002
       


04/24/2002
       

04/24/2002 Eruptive Prominence animation
click here


PST Ha: 09/05/2004                         09/12/2004                         11/07/2004
       


Daystar: 05/07/2006                         04/29/2006                         04/26/2006
       


Daystar Flare: 11/07/2004
       


PST CaK: 04/26/2006                         06/07/2007                         03/29/2008
       


PST CaK animation - April 2006
click here





--- the Moon ---



Moonrise over the Chesapeake Bay - July 2011 - DSLR)


Young Moon - 05/15/2010
waxing crescent with 3% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated!!
   


First Quarter Moon - 02/24/1988        and        Waxing Cresent - 04/09/1989
   


Copernicus - 07/30/2001                    Plato - 07/30/2001
   



(Cape Laplace, Plato and the Alpine Valley - 06/07/2014 using 8" LX200 @ f10 and a Astrovid 2000 video camera)



(Copernicus - with the MCPO 10" Refractor: 11/04/2011 using Phillips webcam, 11/05/2011 uisng Lumenera LU070M)



Mare Humorum - 04/23/2002                    Gassendi - 04/23/2002
   




First Quarter Moon - 02/23/2007             (sketched from avi: 01/11/2009)
   




Aristoteles & Eudoxus - 02/23/2007 (sketched from avi: 01/04/2009)
   




a trio of craters - Theophilus, Cyrillus, and Catharina - 02/23/2007 (sketched from avi: 01/01/2009)
   




heavily cratered region around the walled plain Maurolycus - 02/23/2007 (sketched from avi: 01/06/2009)
   




Moon - Pleaides Occultation - 02/23/1988
       


Moon - Praesepe Occultation - 04/14/1989
       


Moon - Saturn Occultation - 11/30/2001
   

Moon - Aldebaran Occultation - 01/19/2016 @ 9:18pm
   
Aldebaran video







Lunar Eclipse - 11/08/2003
       




Lunar Eclipse - 11/08/2003 - with Jet!!!

    Plane animation    



'Blood Moon' Lunar Eclipse - 10/08/2014 - Eclipsed Moon setting in Western morning sky



Lunar Transient Lighting Phenomena:

'Lunar X' (sunrise on rims of craters La Caille, Blanchinus, and Purbach )

09-22-2012 (8" SCT f10, with Astrovid 2000)


11-13-2010 (8" SCT f10, with StellaCam EX)
      

10-25-2009 (MCPO 10" D&G Refractor, with a Nikon 990 Digital camera)




'Golden Handle' (sunrise on the Jura Mts)
12-26-2009 (80mm f6.3 Bosma Refractor, with a Philips SPC900 webcam)
      


Golden Handle 11-05-2011
(10" f12 D&G Refractor - MCPO, with a Lumenera LU070M USB digital camera)





'illuminated Mountain Peaks'

(sunrise on Mt Piton    11-13-2010 us1ng a 8" f10 SCT, with StellaCam EX)



(sunrise on central peak of crater Walter    11-13-2010 using a 8" f10 SCT, with StellaCam EX)



(central peak of crater Maginus lighted by cleft in crater rim    12-27-2006 using a 8" f10 SCT, with StellaCam EX)




'Low Sun Shadows'

(Mt Hadley casting shadow    11-13-2010 using a 8" f10 SCT, with StellaCam EX)



(Central peak of crater Albategniu casting shadow    11-13-2010 using a 8" f10 SCT, with StellaCam EX)




'Bright Ray Systems'

(crater Messier Rays    11-13-2010 using a 8" f10 SCT, with StellaCam EX)



(crater Proclus Rays    11-13-2010 using a 8" f10 SCT, with StellaCam EX)



(crater Kepler Rays    08-30-2001 using a 8" f10 SCT, with StellaCam EX)




'Lunar Maria (seas)'
(click on an individual 'sea' for a close-up.     also, look for the hot-spots on the Lunar disk)

(Near Full Moon using a 8" SCT and a 80mm f3 refractor, with a StellaCam EX and #80 blue filter)


Apollo Lunar landing sites:
(click on an individual 'red-dot' for a close-up)

(10/26/2012 - Waxing Moon imaged using a 80mm Bosma f6.3 refractor, with a StellaCam EX 1/2" chip and #80 blue filter)




--- Luna images made using color ZWO ASI120MC camera and 8" SCT @ f10. ---



Aristoteles & Apline Valley: 4/14


Apennine Mts: 4/14


Ptolemaeus: 4/14


copernicus-04172016





--- Planets ---

----- Mercury -----

- 10/03/2009 (2x)                                      - 10/03/2009 (4x)
    






----- Venus -----

- 01/14/1996                    - 05/25/1996
            


- 04/18/2004                                      - 10/03/2009
    

Venus - 02/19/2017




Here's a couple of comparisons between Venus and Mercury showing the difference in their size.







----- Earth -----

- Looking Down                                      - Looking Up
        




Aurora
    9/09/2015                           9/11/2015
      

Aurora on the morning of Sept 09th 2015                       Aurora on the morning of Sept 11th 2015





----- Mars -----

- 09/26/1988                    - 10/12/1988
   


- 05/21/1999                            - 05/28/1999
            




- 07/26/2003                    - 08/23/2003
   


- 09/05/2003                    - 09/06/2003                    - 09/10/2003
       

09/2003 animated gif

also visually observed the two moons of Mars: Phobos and Deimos during the September 2003 opposition with the 11" Brashear Refractor utilizing an 'occulting bar' style eyepiece.













   




06/12/2016      8" SCT f10 & ZWO ASI120MC


06/19/2016      8" SCT f10 & ZWO ASI120MC


06/24/2016      8" SCT f10 & ZWO ASI120MC




----- Jupiter -----

- 08/20/1995


- 09/09/1996                                       - 11/15/1998
            




- 12/26/2002                                                Ganymede shadow transit: - 02/20/2003
   


- 03/15/2003                                                Jupiter's Moons: - 03/15/2003
   




Galilean Moons: - 11/08/2009

       

Europa                                                                                                  Ganymede
- Jupiter & Io   11/07/2010

- 11/05/2011



- 02/10/2015



03/26/2016      ZWO ASI120MC      04/14/2015



the Great Red Spot over a two hour period





----- Saturn -----

- 08/20/1995


- 01/14/1996                                       - 11/15/1998
            




- 02/25/2003                                         - 02/08/2004
   


- 03/15/2003                                                Saturn's Moons: - 03/15/2003
   


- 05/04/2007                 - 05/31/2014
   




06/12/2016      8" SCT f10 & ZWO ASI120MC


06/19/2016      8" SCT f10 & ZWO ASI120MC


----- Uranus & Neptune -----

- 09/09/1996


Uranus- 11/03/2009                                         Neptune - 11/08/2009
   


- Uranus   11/07/2010



----- Pluto -----

Here's an interesting observation of Pluto from the Black Forest Star Party, that Wednesday evening, 09/03/2008.
Our Canadian friends had been trying to starhop to Pluto, and were having trouble identifying the field. So they walked over and asked if I could find it with my telescope, so they could see the field on the video monitor. Using ECU to control the telescope, I gave it the 'goto' command, and watched it slew to Pluto's position indicated on the planetarium's starchart software. By zooming in a little on ECU's starchart, I was quickly able to match what the 8" and videocamera was showing on the monitor, and the group was able to confirm the position of Pluto. Pretty cool!!
09/03/2003 PDF


Another observation of Pluto from the Mingo Creek Part Observatory, early Sunday morning, 07/04/2010.
Several members of the AAAP were obsering Pluto crossing over a patch of dark nebula. Using the planetarium software at hand (Sky6), along with a Stellacam-3 mounted on an Orion 120mm f8 refractor, piggybacked on the observatory's 24" RC, we were able to make positive identification of the chart area and the tiny flicker of light that is Pluto.
07/04/2010 PDF



----- Planetary Conjunctions -----


Moon & Jupiter 03/21/2016

(LG G3 smartphone camera)




Venus & Jupiter 07/01/2015
      
(LG G3 smartphone camera)




Moon & Venus & Mars 02/20/2015

(LG G3 smartphone camera)



Moon & Venus over the Gulf of Mexico

(taken from Anna Marie Island, South Florida - May 23rd, 2012 - Nikon Coolpix S570 digital camera)




   Venus & Moon 10/27/1984                                                Venus & Moon - 05/19/2007
   


   Venus & Mercury - 03/16/1985


      Mars / Jupiter / Venus 11/12/1984                                                Venus /Jupiter / Moon - 11/24/1984
   






--- Zodiacal Light ---



- 09/10/2010 (04:30 am single 8 second shot with a Samsung SDC-435 using a 3.5mm CCTV lens tripod mounted)









--- Asteroids ---



Ceres +8.4mag   and   Vesta +7.1mag   on 07/03/2014 @ 10:15PM (UT = 07/04)
(single .5 second image using 80mm Bosma Refractor f6.3 & StellaCam-3 with .5x reducer)


NEO 4179 Toutatis - 12/13/2012 @ 7:24PM
(single 30 second image using 8" LX200 SCT & StellaCam-3)


Toutatis ANIMATION @ 7:26 - 7:58 PM (4 second exp every 20 seconds - using 8" LX200 SCT & StellaCam-3)    




NEO 2005 YU55 - 11/08/2011 @ 9:32PM +11.3 mag
(single 1 second image using 8" LX200 SCT & StellaCam-3)


YU55 ANIMATION @ 9:04 PM (seven 20 second images using 8" LX200 SCT & StellaCam-3)    


YU55 ANIMATION @ 9:32 PM (eighteen 1 second images using 8" LX200 SCT & StellaCam-3)    



10 - Hygiea - 06/24/2000 (UT 02:12 - 03:02)




4 - Vesta - 08/26/2000 (UT 01:21)




I've also visually observed the following Asteroids:
Fides - 11/25/1984, Flora - 11/25/1984, Ceres - 11/22/1984, Juno - 12/06/1983, Euphrosyne - 02/24/1984



--- Meteors ---



Geminids - 12/13/2006


Perseids - 8/12/2007

a 7 second clip of a Perseid going thru Cygnus at ~11:29 PM on 8/12/2007




Perseids - 8/13/2015

Perseid Fireballs with trails
from the Perseid Meteor shower on 8/13/2015 using a Samsung SDC435 video camera and an Arecont 1.55MM 1/2- F2.0 Fixed Iris, FishEye Lens.    





Quadrantid - 1/4/2016

Quadrantid Fireball
using a Samsung SDC435 video camera and an Arecont 1.55MM 1/2- F2.0 Fixed Iris, FishEye Lens.    





Meteor sketch, over South park - 9/18/1999



--- Comets ---



Comet Lovejoy Q2 - 01/17/2015
80mm f6.3 Refractor & StellaCam-3 @ 15 seconds.

Comet Lovejoy Q2 - 12/31/2014
80mm f6.3 Refractor & StellaCam-3 @ 15 seconds.              8" SCT f10 & StellaCam-3 with .5x reducer @ 15 seconds.
  




Comet Jacques (c/2014 E2) - 08/25/2014
8" SCT using a StellaCam-3 @ 20 seconds.




Comet PanStarr - 03/14/2013 HAO Observatory, Monessen, PA.
StellaCam-3 & Canon CCTV lens set to 25mm at about a quarter-second exp

Stellar Journeys youtube video



Comet Garradd - 08/26/2011 passing by M71 Globular Cluster,
6" RC using a StellaCam-3 @ 25 seconds.




Comet Hartley 2 - 10/08/2010 passing by the Double Cluster,
using a Samsung SDC435 camera with a 55mm CCTV lens @ 8 seconds.


Comet Hartley 2 - 10/08/2010 using a StellaCam-3 on a 8" SCT @ 45 seconds.




Comet Neat - 05/09/2004
   




Comet Halley - 01/11/1986                       Comet Swift Tuttle - 11/21/1992
   




Comet Hyakutake - 03/23/1996






Comet Hale Bopp - 03/09/1997




Comet Hale Bopp - 03/12/1997 and 03/27/1997
   




Comet Hale Bopp - 04/07/1997





--- Man made Satellites ---





ISS & Space Shuttle - 12/19/2006
   

a 24 second clip showing a satellite pass that starts to the east of Albireo, then quickly brightens as it passes above Albireo, then rapidly fades. (~10:58 PM on 8/12/2007)




Geo-Stationary Satellites - 02/21/2014

Geo-Sat youtube video



Space Junk passing NGC61A&B (galaxy) in Pisces - 10/28/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 45 seconds





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Rocket Booster re-entry:
On Friday, July 27th, 1984, at approximately 11:02pm, a Soviet rocket booster entered the Earth's atsmosphere and burned up. It's path took it over the Louisville Ky area where it was observed by several members of the local astronomy club.
The object was first observed low in the SW horizon, near the bright star Spica in Virgo, and slowly ascended northwards.
It reached an elevation of about 45 degrees close to the bowel of the Big Dipper in Ursa Major, with a magnitude around that of the brightness of the Full Moon, and cast shadows. It's overall general appearence was that of a huge fireworks rocket, with a 30 degree long bright yellow and gold sparkling tail. There were numerious pieces breaking away from the main body and leaving their own smaller trails. Eventually, the object disappeared over the NE horizon near Andromeda. Total time from start to finish was about 1.5 minutes.







--- Atmospheric Phenomena ---



Sun Dog - 02/12/2000



Solar Halo - 05/17/2009



Solar SubArc - 05/17/2009



Lunar Corona - 10/23/2010



Crepuscular Ray's - 09/24/2011



Sunburst - 09/24/2011



Double Rainbow - 06/03/2012







Hope you enjoyed the visit. Come again soon!