Leonid Meteor - November 17/18, 2000 AD

The two bright objects are Jupiter to the left, Saturn to the right, M45 also known as the Pleiades were the meteor starts, and the "V" shaped Haydes cluster is below Jupiter. The photo was taken from my balcony in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on November 17/18, 2000. I had just started the exposure when the fireball appeared. I used a Soviet made Zenit B camera with a 50 mm f/1.8 lens and Kodak Gold 400 ASA film.

Re-entry of Soviet/Russian Molniya 3 rocket booster - Aug.11/12, 2001 - 0342 UT

The images go from the longest one as I first saw it about max altitude above horizion near the constellation Delphinus and the two shorter images as it began to descend towards the SE, were the last image it was starting to go into clouds over the ocean nearing the end of it's burnup. Note a "fragment" to the left of two images. I used my Soviet made Zenit-B camera with a 50mm f/1.7 lens and Kodak Gold 400 ASA film. The exposures are close to 10 seconds +/- 5 seconds. I shot the photos from the roof of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Lat== N44d 36' Long= W63d 36'

Leonid Meteors of November 17/18, 2001 AD

I took these photos among others of the meteor shower from our observatory at St.Croix, Nova Scotia, Canada. I used my Soviet Zenit-B camera with a 50mm f/1.7 lens and Kodak Gold 400 ASA film. Exposures varied from 30sec for the smoke trail to 5 minutes for others. Observations ran from 0600 UT to 1000 UT. A realistic estimate of the number of meteors seen at the peak near 0900 UT was 300 per hour.

Leonid fireball of November 18/19, 2002 AD

The photo was taken from the roof at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. I used my Soviet Zenit-B camera with a 50mm f/1.7 lens and Kodak Gold 400 ASA film. The -6 fireball occured about 1020 UT near Orion in the southwest just as twilight was begining in the east. The Moon was still above the horizion and to the right of the area, but was covered by clouds. As I started the exposure I was distracted by another Leonid and lost count on the exposure time, which was past 40 seconds. The fireball left a 1 second trail and produced a slight terminal burst at the end. I was lucky, after the film was developed I noticed that it was on my last frame!

Total Lunar Eclipse - March 3, 2007

Images taken from my apartment balcony in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Time: 2205-0010 UT Telescope: Antares 105mm, f/10, refractor with a 40mm (25x) eyepiece and my Olympus C-750 Digital Camera mounted over eyepiece. The #1 image was at about 2206 UT was with camera and tripod only, at 1.6 seconds f/3.5 and ISO 400 and at 35x zoom. The bright star near 9pm position is 59 Leonis. The #2 image was at about 2340 UT and shot through the telescope at 5x zoom 1.6 second exposure, f/3.5, ISO 400 The larger image #3 at 2359 UT was at about 15x zoom, 1.6 second exposure, ISO 400 and using Registax I messed with 3 images to enhance it.

Venus,Jupiter,Moon - February 04, 2008 @ 1029 UT

Image taken from roof of Dalhousie University Physics building in Halifax,Nova Scotia.Olympus C-750 digital camera set at 3.2 seconds exposure, f/3.2, 400 ISO.

Total Lunar Eclipse - February 20/21,2008

The Total Lunar Eclipse was very nice, in the imgaes before totality, note the bluish color between the bright area and the eclipsed part. Images taken with Olympus C-750 digital camera mounted over my 40mm eyepiece on the 4" f/10 refractor. I zoomed in with the camera to about 10x so that the image would fit. Images start from 0245 UT to 0306 UT. The wide angle shot was a 2 second exposure at about 20x zoom showing Saturn to the left at about 0300 UT. I took the images from my balcony in Halifax,Nova Scotia, Canada.

Lightning - April 26,2009

I was just looking at a cloud over by the Fairview container pier and decided to take an exposure,I mounted the camera on tripod and began shooting the 5 second exposures when I saw the flash and crack! why I had the camera at a high f/# I don't know, but this was a really lucky shot. I had not see the updated forecast for possible thundershowers taht night. I used my Canon Rebel 350D camera. 18-55mm lens set to 55mm at f/7.5 or f/8 and 400 ISO. Guess I'll be able to get meteors!

Two Perseid Fireballs - August 13/14,2009

These 2 fireballs captured from my balcony in Halifax,Nova Scotia. First one appeared at 11:15pm while the next one was at 3:43am and left a 2 second smoke trail. The bright object in upper right is the Last Quarter Moon and the Pleaides are to the fireballs right. Canon Rebel XT 350D camera lens set near 20mm fl,20 second exposures, f/3.5 and 400 ISO.

Images for 2012

Moon and Venus conjunction - September 12,2012

Images from my balcony in Halifax,Nova Scotia,Canada Canon 350D - 75mm to 300mm telephoto setat 200mm, f/5.6, 3.2 sec exp., 200 ISO at 5:05am

Images for 2013

Comet Panstarrs - March 28,2013

Image from my balcony in Halifax,Nova Scotia,Canada.

Comet Panstarrs in morning sky - March 30,2013

Image from my balcony in Halifax,Nova Scotia,Canada.

Images for 2015

Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 - January 8,2015

Canon xsi - 300mm telephoto, f/5.6, 91 sec exp.,800 ISO at 6:46pm Image from my balcony in Halifax,Nova Scotia,Canada.