International Observe the Moon Day

September 26 was the International Observe the Moon Day.  I did my part to observe the Moon in the Southeast sky. The Crystal Coast Stargazers Club setup telescopes at Harkers Island Visitor Center and at the YMCA in New Bern.  Unfortunately, the weather conditions wasn’t the best.  At Harkers Island, the Moon was only visible until 10 PM., then clouds moved in.  And in New … Continue reading International Observe the Moon Day

2020 Autumnal Equinox

September 22 was the 2020 Autumnal Equinox.  I was hoping for clearer skies at the shore to capture the sunrise, but Hurricane Teddy was in the Atlantic heading for Nova Scotia.  It brought high surf, coastal flooding, small-craft,  and a gale warning for mariners along the North Carolina coastline.  The second reason for watching the sunrise was because they said that the sunrise and sunset … Continue reading 2020 Autumnal Equinox

Sunrise at Fort Macon, Atlantic Beach, NC on 1st of September

The Full Moon in September peak after midnight on Wednesday morning, Sept. 2, 2020. The Moon will appear full from Monday evening through Thursday morning. The Moon was setting on Tuesday ( 1 Sep 2020) at 05:53 over the Atlantic Beach Fishing Pier.  I took the chance and drove to the coast to capture the event.  On Tuesday morning, the Moon phase was 99.5% Waxing … Continue reading Sunrise at Fort Macon, Atlantic Beach, NC on 1st of September

Disappointed with the Perseids Meteor Shower

The forecast looked okay for viewing the peak of the Perseids Meteor Shower on August 12 & 13.  I did my research using PhotoPills and SkySafari Plus to plan my photoshoot.  I planned on using my Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 lens, with the Nikon D7500 camera.  I had two places planned for the event, on the 12th of August (Wednesday) drive to Pamlico County and look … Continue reading Disappointed with the Perseids Meteor Shower

Cape Lookout National Seashore

On July 17, the Astronomy Club in Morehead City, NC. (Crystal Coast Stargazers Club) had an outing on Great Island (a barrier island part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore).  I went with two other guys to Davis, NC. to catch the ferry boat across to the Great Island.  We had a cabin for the evening.  Unfortunately, no one brought a portal generator, so we … Continue reading Cape Lookout National Seashore

4th of July Fireworks New Bern Style

It didn’t rain on Saturday night, so New Bern went ahead with their fireworks display to celebrate our Nation 244 Independence.  I went to Lawson Creek Park in New Bern.  There is a Blue Angels jet on display at the park.  As a matter of fact,  the Marine Corps and Navy have several jets and helicopters on display between New Bern and Havelock.  Havelock is … Continue reading 4th of July Fireworks New Bern Style

Sunrise at Harkers Island

I was hoping to capture the comet Swan in the very early dawn (comet C/2020 F8). This comet was only recently discovered at the end of March and it has been putting on an incredible show for people in the southern hemisphere. For us, in the northern hemisphere it is visible in the southeast, just above the horizon for only about an hour or so … Continue reading Sunrise at Harkers Island