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Bill Westphal's Photo Gallery - Astronomy

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A Young Moon1844 viewsThe Moon was merely 63 Hours Old. Setting in the West, here at about 19:00 hrs PDT. Still 78 Degrees with mild Santa Ana conditions with winds from the North, after a high of 94.5 Degrees earlier today. View looking West from my backyard in Altadena, CA
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Venus And A Young Moon1655 viewsTaken 10/5/05
What a Beautiful Evening. High of 94.5 Degrees at my station today. Its 7:00 p.m. and it s still 78 degrees. Mild "Santa Ana conditions with winds out of the North at 10 MPH. The Moon is approximately 63 Hours old and is joined in the evening sky by Venus, The "Evening Star". A perfect photo opportunity.
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Taurid Meteor1940 viewsTaurid Meteor shower. The Taurids are linked to debris from comet 2P/Enke, and roughly every 3 years there is an outburst as Earths orbit intersects the debris cloud. My WeatherCam captured this very bright Taurid Meteor.
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Waxing Gibbous1579 viewsThe Waxing Gibbous Moon. Taken 10/13/05 with my Canon Digital Rebel attached to a Celestron C5 Telescope. Exposure 1/25 sec, ISO 100
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Full Moon1725 viewsTaken 5/4/04 with a Canon Digital Rebel attached to a Celestron C5 Telescope. 1/640 sec, ISO 800.
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Moon Passing1859 viewsI was up at the crack of dawn 2/22/06 to get a few shots of the Sunrise over the Sea Of Cortez. The Last Quarter Moon was setting as the sky was beginning to brighten. I heard a jet high overhead and turned just in time to catch this shot of the jet and it's contrail passing the Moon. Taken with a Canon Digital Rebel using a 100-300 Zoom Lens. ISO 400, 1/640 second at f8.0
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L.A. Moonset1729 viewsTaken 6/13/06
Cooler temperatures aloft and lack of a Coastal Eddy prohibited formation of the Marine Layer last night. Warmer temperatures and clear skies are forecast for the rest of the week. This is a welcome change from our traditional “June Gloom” here in Los Angeles. This shot was taken at 6:15 a.m. from approximately 2.5 miles Northeast of Downtown Los Angeles. Check the local Weather and High Resolution WebCam image from my Weather Station in Altadena at http://www.westphalfamily.com/wxdata2.html
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ISS Pass1770 viewsTaken 5/14/04
Taken just after sunset, looking North. This Time Exposure captured one of the rare visible passes of the International Space Station. The white line is the Space Station as it passes in front of the stars. This was a 74 Second Exposure at f4.5, ISO 400.
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Lunar Eclipse August 28, 20071823 viewsThe Moon is just beginning to emerge from the Umbra. The red glow of the eclipsed Moon can be seen as usual but I was also looking for the "Turquoise" that I had been reading about lately.

I saw it in person. It was beautiful.

I had a hard time focusing though (as you can tell).
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Another Day In Paradise1560 viewsWhile it wasn't the most exceptional pass of the ISS, it was a good pass for photography. The ISS passed from Northwest to North-Northeast at only 58 degrees above the horizon but it was very bright at -3.4 Magnitude of Brightness.
This image was a 2 minute exposure at f6.3, ISO 100. The North Star is just right of center and is a precise dot while the other stars near the edge of the frame are streaked because of the Earth's rotation. The clouds are blurred because of their movement in the wind.
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Glamis Moon1636 viewsThe thin Waxing Crescent Moon sets in the evening sky. Glamis is located East of Brawley CA which can be seen along the bottom of the photo. This was an 8 second exposure.
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Geminid Meteor 12/14/071786 views
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