Milky Way at Harkers Island

One of the Crystal Coast Stargazers dark sky site is at Cape Lookout National Seashore Visitor’s Center on Harkers Island.  It was a nice day for stargazing.  The only problem the wind was out of the northeast, which make it cool.  There was small craft warning for Cape Lookout during the day, which meant the wind were blowing at 20 plus knots. The temperature got … Continue reading Milky Way at Harkers Island

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

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

April Night Sky

The weather and skies cleared up and I decided to try out “Long Exposure Noise Reduction” and some astrophotography.  Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, I am limited on where I can go.  I went the small fishing village of Oriental on the Neuse River.  It is approximately 8 miles from the mouth of Neuse River in the Pamlico Sound.  I also want  to practice some astrophotography … Continue reading April Night Sky

Easter Weekend

It doesn’t feel like Easter weekend with the “Stay at Home” in effect.  I am used to celebrating the Sacred Triduum and the Mystery of Faith. Personally, watching Mass online or on the television isn’t the same.  On Friday (Good Friday), the weather forecast was calling for winds out of the northwest, which brings cool crisp air to the south, a perfect time to practice … Continue reading Easter Weekend

Astronomy Night Hammocks Beach State Park and More

The Astronomy Club (Crystal Coast Stargazers) had an event at Hammocks Beach State Park on the 7th of March. Even though I don’t have a telescope, I attended the event with with my neighbor and took pictures.  On the 7th, the Moon was in Waxing Gibbous phase at 93% full.  The club set up telescopes so viewers can look at the Moon and constellations.  Because … Continue reading Astronomy Night Hammocks Beach State Park and More

Cape Lookout Lighthouse

I am a member of the Crystal Coast Star Gazers .  The Crystal Coast Star Gazers club is working with the National Park office for the  Cape Lookout National Seashore  to designate Cape Lookout as a dark sky site.  I had the opportunity to camp over night at the Cape Lookout National Seashore to view the Milky Way in the morning sky. So when is … Continue reading Cape Lookout Lighthouse