Monday, March 23, 2009

Hummingbird Video and Images

I updated some of my hummingbird images and added a hummingbird video taken with the Canon 5D Mark II on the recent Ecuador trip. You can see them at my  Hummingbirds of Ecuador page.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Leo Triplett

Last night I was out at the Hallam Observatory. The image below was captured with the 111 mm refractor telescope (equivalent to a 777 mm lens at f7).  This group of three galaxies is called the M66 group or the Leo Triplett and consists of the Messier objects M65 (NGC 3623) and M66 (NGC 3627) as well as the edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 3628.  

All the stars we see at night  (at least here in Canada) are part of our own galaxy, the Milky Way, although if you look carefully in the summer you can see the faint smudge which is the Andromeda Galaxy.  The Leo Triplett is much more distant,  the light from these galaxies took 35,000,000 years to reach my camera sensor! 

Monday, March 16, 2009


This year Saturn reached its closest point to Earth on March 8. This image of Saturn was taken March 13 at the Hallam Observatory. The rings are nearly edge on this year!

This image is from a short movie (about 30 sec) of Saturn that I took with my Canon SLR through the 14 inch telescope. The image looked quite dark and fuzzy before it was processed. Once home I used a free program called Lynkeos that aligns and stacks the individual frames of the video into a still image.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Tundra Swan migration

Mid March is the peak of Tundra Swan migration in southwestern Ontario. The sight (and sound) of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of these impressive birds descending into a flooded corn stubble field is truly memorable. Here are a few images taken on March 16, 2008 from the fields adjacent the St. Clair National Wildlife Area near Chatham.