Welcome to The Blue Marble Observatory

I've decided to share my experiences of observing and imaging the incredibly  beautiful objects of the night sky. 


Please have a look around, and keep checking back as this site will be updated regularly, with images, new DIY projects and astronomy-related news.

 

My goal is to perhaps inspire others to get out there, look up and get to know the night sky. 


There's so much out there, and so much to learn.

The Cosmos From Canfield Junction, Ontario, Canada

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My journey of learning astrophotography...

Follow me as I learn about the sky, astronomy, and astrophotography. 


I've been into astronomy (observing) for over 20 years, having started out with a 1960's era refractor from Sears. It was a little shaky to say the least, but it got me started in this amazing hobby when I first saw the rings of Saturn.


Next, I purchased a used 8" Dobsonian reflector about 15 years ago, and since then I've been hooked. 


I finally made the move to an equatorial mount about 3 years ago, and my life hasn't been the same since...for the better

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Just a regular guy with a knack for the night skies and it's hidden jewels

There's so much to see in the night sky on a clear night...even with the naked eye, or better yet, with binoculars...

you just have to know where (and how) to look...


I have been learning the dark art of astrophotography for almost 2 years. 


Having owned a Pentax DSLR for over 15 years, I decided to merge the 2 hobbies, photography and astronomy. Little did I know what I was getting into...


I have recently transitioned to a Canon DSLR for astrophotography. The possibilities are endless...


This spring I will begin learning mono-imaging, involving a cooled Atik 314L+ mono camera, ZWO filter wheel and LRGB/ Ha, Sii and Oiii filters...should be interesting...

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Prints Available

As I enjoy sharing my successes, I am open to selling paper or metal prints of my images, if anyone offers an interest.  Something to consider...as it's local, Southern Ontario artwork...

Various media available, please e-mail for details.

this just in from canfield junction...

Observatory Construction - Spring 2019

Observatory construction beginning Spring 2019!

I have plans and will build a "SkyShed" roll-off roof observatory this spring. 


My plans involve solar-powering everything, including telescope, camera(s), filter wheel and motorized focuser, as well as all LED lighting. 


Also in the plans are a DIY solar furnace, which will heat the well-insulated control/warm room during the day, so it should be a little more comfortable on those clear, cold winter nights under the stars...


Loosely based on this image of a similar design from somewhere in England, combined with the 8' X 8' SkyShed design


Ground breaking Easter Weekend, 2019. Digging and pouring the concrete pier for the future observatory beginning April 19. Shortly thereafter, pouring a 10' X 20' pad to begin construction of the roll-off-roof observatory...can't wait

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Space News and other handy links

Space News (www.space.com)

Get the latest space exploration, innovation and astronomy news. Space.com celebrates humanity's ongoing expansion across the final frontier.

Ontario Telescopes And Accessories (OTA)

This is my first choice for new telescopes and related accessories. Top-notch prices, knowledge and customer service.


Astronomy Buy & Sell Canada

An excellent site to buy, sell and trade telescopes and related accessories, books, etc. A great place to start if you're just getting started

Astronomy Picture Of The Day (APOD)

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

DSLR Modifications & More From Gary Honis

This is the site where I got the idea to build my camera cooling chamber. Gary is retired from what he was mainly known for, his business of modifying DSLR cameras for astrophotography and other interesting  DIY projects.

Hubble Space Telescope Images

A jaw-dropping site full of eye candy images of the night sky, as seen from space. Obviously nowhere near what we can see or image from earth, but an amazing collection of images taken from this soon-to-be retired ground-breaking instrument in the sky.

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