Jayling

Jayling

Jayling

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Some very large Sunspots on the bottom right edge of the Sun which are nearing the backside. Apparently they let off a Coronal Mass Ejection, so there may be some G2 class geomagnetic storms today.

3:36pm to 3:48pm, Saturday March 23, 2019, NE Ohio, 47°F (8°C), Sun in the SW Sky

~Jayling
(Ohio is in the Eastern Time Zone)
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-Nikon P1000 with 125x optical zoom (3000mm) & 500x digital zoom (12,000mm)
-Atomos Ninja Flame 7" 4K Field Monitor/Recorder
-B&W ND Filters, 10 Stop & 6 Stop Stacked for Solar Viewing
-B&W UV Haze Filter
-SkySafari Pro app
-Benro C373T Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
-SkyWatcher AZ-GTi Alt-AZ Telescope Mount

After a looong month of organizing and uploading over 32,000 photos and videos, I think my website is ready. It's another backup just in case all my hardware fails so they can then be downloaded from there. I worked about 16 hours each day for the last month trying to get this setup. Phew!

jayling.smugmug.com

I don't have spectacular astronomy footage, but this is just a documentation of my wild and crazy Ohio Skies, and the long, slow process of learning how to operate the cameras. I think it took me over 6 months before I finally figured out how to manually focus the P900 (slow learner - lol).

Also, I show the Hague dual camera bar and tripod setup near the end. The Hague is the THM75 Twin Head Tripod Camera Mount 75mm from HagueCameraSupports in the UK (England).

Much happiness to you all and may your hard drives hum along with ease. :)

~Jayling
(Ohio is in the Eastern Time Zone)
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-Nikon P1000 with 125x optical zoom (3000mm) & 500x digital zoom (12,000mm)
-Atomos Ninja Flame 7" 4K Field Monitor/Recorder
-B&W ND Filters, 10 Stop & 6 Stop Stacked for Solar Viewing
-B&W UV Haze Filter
-Benro C373T Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
-SkyWatcher AZ-GTi Alt-AZ Telescope Mount
-Hague THM75 Twin Head Tripod Camera Mount

After a looong month of organizing and uploading over 32,000 photos and videos, I think my website is ready. It's another backup just in case all my hardware fails so they can then be downloaded from there. I worked about 16 hours each day for the last month trying to get this setup. Phew!

jayling.smugmug.com

I don't have spectacular astronomy footage, but this is just a documentation of my wild and crazy Ohio Skies, and the long, slow process of learning how to operate the cameras. I think it took me over 6 months before I finally figured out how to manually focus the P900 (slow learner - lol).

Also, I show the Hague dual camera bar and tripod setup near the end. The Hague is the THM75 Twin Head Tripod Camera Mount 75mm from HagueCameraSupports in the UK (England).

Much happiness to you all and may your hard drives hum along with ease. :)

~Jayling
(Ohio is in the Eastern Time Zone)
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-Nikon P1000 with 125x optical zoom (3000mm) & 500x digital zoom (12,000mm)
-Atomos Ninja Flame 7" 4K Field Monitor/Recorder
-B&W ND Filters, 10 Stop & 6 Stop Stacked for Solar Viewing
-B&W UV Haze Filter
-Benro C373T Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
-SkyWatcher AZ-GTi Alt-AZ Telescope Mount
-Hague THM75 Twin Head Tripod Camera Mount

I was so not with it tonight - sorry! I knew I'd forget how to use everything with all the equipment laying dormant for weeks on end. My tired old brain wasn't clicking on all cylinders.

Anyway, the 4.8% Crescent moon was setting over in the Western sky.

6:52pm to 7:05pm Friday March 8, 2018, NE Ohio, 27°F (-3°C)

~Jayling
(Ohio is in the Eastern Time Zone)
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-Nikon P1000 with 125x optical zoom (3000mm) & 500x digital zoom (12,000mm)
-Atomos Ninja Flame 7" 4K Field Monitor/Recorder
-B&W UV Haze Filter
-SkySafari Pro app
-Benro C373T Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
-SkyWatcher AZ-GTi Alt-AZ Telescope Mount

What a numpty for not having a backup. The one and only hard drive that I didn't have 3-4 copies of, and it's the one that failed. I've lost some of my best work from July 2018 to February 2019. It's NOT been a good week for this old gal! (lol)

The Seagate Backup Plus External USB 5TB hard drive suddenly disappeared from my Mac with a 'Disk Ejected Improperly'. I changed the cable out and even used another computer, but it wouldn't mount or even show in Disk Utility.

I did try 4 recovery software programs but none of them could find the drive either. The light was lit on the drive, also you could hear a slight hum from it similar to my other external drives though a bit louder, but no clicking sounds or beeps, etc.

I did contact a data recovery service company, but the estimate was between $400 to $2500. Many reviewers said the estimates are nearly at the max end of the estimates, so it's a no go for me. My bad.

1:03pm to 1:26pm Thursday Feb 21, 2019, NE Ohio, 47°F (8°C) - Sun in the Southern Sky

~Jayling
(Ohio is in the Eastern Time Zone)
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-Nikon P1000 with 125x optical zoom (3000mm) & 500x digital zoom (12,000mm)
-Atomos Ninja Flame 7" 4K Field Monitor/Recorder
-B&W ND Filters, 10 Stop & 6 Stop Stacked for Solar Viewing
-B&W UV Haze Filter
-Benro C373T Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
-SkyWatcher AZ-GTi Alt-AZ Telescope Mount

Finally something to see in these NE Ohio skies - an 82% lit waxing Moon. It was too nippy and windy out to get anything else but I did include a photo of the Orion Nebula (M42) taken on the Nikon P1000 on February 9th, 2019.

6:15pm to 6:30pm Friday Feb 15th, 2019, NE Ohio, 30°F (-1°C) - ESE Sky

~Jayling
(Ohio is in the Eastern Time Zone)
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-Nikon P1000 with 125x optical zoom (3000mm) & 500x digital zoom (12,000mm)
-Atomos Ninja Flame 7" 4K Field Monitor/Recorder
-B&W UV Haze Filter
-SkySafari Pro app
-Benro C373T Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
-SkyWatcher AZ-GTi Alt-AZ Telescope Mount

Our day started off cloudy but late in the afternoon the Sun broke through. The temperature reached an astounding 60°F. So we just have a quick look at M42, the Orion Nebula and Sirius. I didn't have the Nikon P1000 out so we couldn't zoom in any further - oh well.

6:25pm to 7:02pm Sunday Feb 3rd, 2019, NE Ohio, 47°F (8°C) - SE Sky

~Jayling
(Ohio is in the Eastern Time Zone)
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-Atomos Ninja Flame 7" 4K Field Monitor/Recorder
-Canon 80D with Tamron 18-400mm Lens
-B&W UV Haze Filter
-SkySafari Pro app
-Benro C373T Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
-SkyWatcher AZ-GTi Alt-AZ Telescope Mount

Wow, this is probably my longest stretch of weeks on end of solid gray skies and bitter temperatures, but we finally get a look at the Sun this morning. There's not much to see on the Sun, except a white patch over on the left side.

Anyway, I hope everyone is safe and thawing out (or cooling down if you're down south) and all is right in your world. :)

11am to 11:22am Saturday Feb 2nd, 2019, NE Ohio, 31°F (-1°C) - Southern Sky

~Jayling
(Ohio is in the Eastern Time Zone)
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-Nikon P1000 with 125x optical zoom (3000mm) & 500x digital zoom (12,000mm)
-Atomos Ninja Flame 7" 4K Field Monitor/Recorder
-B&W ND Filters, 10 Stop & 6 Stop Stacked for Solar Viewing
-B&W UV Haze Filter
-SkySafari Pro app
-Benro C373T Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
-SkyWatcher AZ-GTi Alt-AZ Telescope Mount

Not much happening up here but at least we did get a look at the waxing moon this evening. Back to Fringe bingeing for me (lol). I hope you're all doing well :)

5:47pm to 6:15pm Monday January 14, 2019, NE Ohio, 23°F (-5°C) - High Up in the SSE Sky

~Jayling
(Ohio is in the Eastern Time Zone)
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-Nikon P1000 with 125x optical zoom (3000mm) & 500x digital zoom (12,000mm)
-Atomos Ninja Flame 7" 4K Field Monitor/Recorder
-SkySafari Pro app
-Benro C373T Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
-SkyWatcher AZ-GTi Alt-AZ Telescope Mount

Sorry, this wasn't the greatest of viewing due to so much moisture in the atmosphere, but since good sky conditions are rare of late, we'll take what we can get.

The 28% Moon was high up in the Southern Sky and Mars was over to its left.

5:35pm to 6:03pm Friday January 11, 2019, NE Ohio, 23°F (-5°C)

~Jayling
(Ohio is in the Eastern Time Zone)
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-Nikon P1000 with 125x optical zoom (3000mm) & 500x digital zoom (12,000mm)
-Atomos Ninja Flame 7" 4K Field Monitor/Recorder
-SkySafari Pro app
-Benro C373T Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
-SkyWatcher AZ-GTi Alt-AZ Telescope Mount

A bit of fumble fingers this morning, dropping the filter into the mucky dirt, but after all that cleaning we finally got going. There was a decaying Sunspot on the upper right of the Sun.

11:03am to 11:15am Saturday January 5th, 2019, NE Ohio, 41°F (5°C) - SSE Sky

~Jayling
(Ohio is in the Eastern Time Zone)
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-Nikon P1000 with 125x optical zoom (3000mm) & 500x digital zoom (12,000mm)
-Atomos Ninja Flame 7" 4K Field Monitor/Recorder
-B&W ND Filters, 10 Stop & 6 Stop Stacked for Solar Viewing
-B&W UV Haze Filter
-SkySafari Pro app
-Benro C373T Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
-SkyWatcher AZ-GTi Alt-AZ Telescope Mount

It was too damn cold out so there's mainly just some pictures of Sirius, Orion, and the 7 Sisters (Pleiades), plus some video of Mars and Sirius. brrrr!

8:41pm to 9:13pm, Thursday January 3, 2019, NE Ohio, 26°F (-3°C) - SE & WSW Sky

~Jayling
(Ohio is in the Eastern Time Zone)
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-Atomos Ninja Flame 7" 4K Field Monitor/Recorder
-Canon 80D with Tamron 18-400mm Lens
-SkySafari Pro app
-Benro C373T Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
-SkyWatcher AZ-GTi Alt-AZ Telescope Mount

2018 has been horrible for skywatching up here in NE Ohio, so I'm gladly saying Good Riddance to it! (lol) May your New Year be filled with happiness with clear viewing ahead. :)

6pm to 6:28pm Sunday December 30, 2018, NE Ohio, 29°F (-2°C) - Mars in Pisces over in the Southern Sky

~Jayling
(Ohio is in the Eastern Time Zone)
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-Atomos Ninja Flame 7" 4K Field Monitor/Recorder
-Canon 80D with Tamron 18-400mm Lens
-SkySafari Pro app
-Benro C373T Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
-SkyWatcher AZ-GTi Alt-AZ Telescope Mount

There hasn't been a chance to learn the new Skywatcher alt-az mount and the Orion V5 SynScan Hand Controller until today so just a little testing on the Sun.

There's several reasons why I'm trying the hand controller instead of the SynScan app. One is the problem I was having after aligning, then trying to move around the object. With the app, it would snap the image back to where it thought it should be which was an issue for me. Now with the hand controller, a home position isn't required when in Full Feature Mode, which is nice. Just level it then manually adjust the mount to say the Sun for instance - this gives me time to zoom in and center it, then on the controller do the alignment sequence. That seemed to eliminate the snap-back issue I was having with the app.

Early days and still learning, but I'm pleased with it so far.

2:16pm to 2:32pm Wednesday Dec 26, 2018, NE Ohio, 49°F - Sun low in the SW sky

~Jayling
(Ohio is in the Eastern Time Zone)
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-Nikon P1000 with 125x optical zoom (3000mm) & 500x digital zoom (12,000mm)
-Feelworld 7" 4k Field Monitor
-B&W ND Filters, 10 Stop & 6 Stop Stacked for Solar Viewing
-B&W UV Haze Filter
-SkySafari Pro app
-Manfrotto MT055X PRO3 055 Tripod Legs
-SkyWatcher AZ-GTi Alt-AZ Telescope Mount
-Orion SynScan V5 Hand Controller

Around 5:17 in, while zoomed into the top left of the Moon, 2 waves rippled down its surface. That was cool :) The pictures near the end of the video show the remnants of airplane exhausts, but they were taken 15 minutes after the waves occurred and hadn't yet reached the Moon. It's possible that a plane flew by earlier to cause the rippling waves but my eyes were focused on the monitor so I can't confirm.

5:18pm to 5:42pm, Wednesday Dec 19, 2018, NE Ohio, 39°F (4°C) - 90% Lit Moon Rising in the Eastern Sky, 24° Above the Horizon

~Jayling
(Ohio is in the Eastern Time Zone)
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-Nikon P1000 with 125x optical zoom (3000mm) & 500x digital zoom
-Atomos Ninja Flame 7" 4K Field Monitor/Recorder
-SkySafari Pro app
-Manfrotto MT055X PRO3 055 Tripod Legs
-SkyWatcher AZ-GTi Alt-AZ Telescope Mount

A new gadget! Okay, we have a lot to get used to but hopefully this electronic telescope mount will help stabilize the zoomed footage and make things easier - once everything gets figured out. I haven't had much opportunity to fiddle with it yet because of our crappy sky conditions.

Anyway, we have a 36% lit Waxing Crescent Moon and a blurry Mars over in the SW sky.

4:31pm to 4:51pm and 4 hours later 8:18pm to 8:42pm, Thursday Dec 13, 2018, NE Ohio, 29°F (-2°C) - ESE & SW Sky

~Jayling
(Ohio is in the Eastern Time Zone)

-Nikon P1000 with 125x optical zoom & 500x digital zoom
-Atomos Ninja Flame 7" 4K Field Monitor/Recorder
-SkySafari Pro app
-Benro Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs C373T
-SkyWatcher AZ-GTi Telescope Mount

A new gadget! Okay, we have a lot to get used to but hopefully this electronic telescope mount will help stabilize the zoomed footage and make things easier - once everything gets figured out. I haven't had much opportunity to fiddle with it yet because of our crappy sky conditions.

Anyway, we have a 36% lit Waxing Crescent Moon and a blurry Mars over in the SW sky.

4:31pm to 4:51pm and 4 hours later 8:18pm to 8:42pm, Thursday Dec 13, 2018, NE Ohio, 29°F (-2°C) - ESE & SW Sky

~Jayling
(Ohio is in the Eastern Time Zone)

-Nikon P1000 with 125x optical zoom & 500x digital zoom
-Atomos Ninja Flame 7" 4K Field Monitor/Recorder
-SkySafari Pro app
-Benro Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs C373T
-SkyWatcher AZ-GTi Telescope Mount

A treed Sun is better than the ugly gray blanket we've had above us for the last week! Not much to see here on this New Moon day, but there is some info about the green comet 46P/Wirtanen that some folks may be able to see after the Sun goes down. It may be visible now in the southeastern sky at nightfall, and should make its closest approach to Earth next week on December 16th, 2018. Check out Nemesis Maturity channel for more information on the Comet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YK-bOzEX8Do&t=0s

9:45am to 9:55am Friday Dec 7, 2018, NE Ohio, 29°F (-2°C) - ESE Sky

~Jayling
(Ohio is in the Eastern Time Zone)

-Nikon P1000 with 125x optical zoom & 500x digital zoom
-Atomos Ninja Flame 7" 4K Field Monitor/Recorder
-B&W ND Filters, 10 Stop & 6 Stop Stacked for Solar Viewing
-B&W UV Haze Filter
-SkySafari Pro app
-Benro Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs C373T
-Benro BV8H Fluid Video Head

The only lit object that could be seen by eye was the red planet, Mars. It was high up in the SSE sky. 2 Hours after filming a thunderstorm came barrelling in - oh well :)

5:36pm to 5:45pm Sunday Dec 2nd, 2018, NE Ohio, 56°F (13°C)

~Jayling
(Ohio is in the Eastern Time Zone)

-Atomos Ninja Flame 7" 4K Field Monitor/Recorder
-Canon 80D with Tamron 18-400mm Lens
-Kenko 1.4x Teleplus Teleconverter
-SkySafari Pro app
-Benro Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs C373T
-Benro BV8H Fluid Video Head

Finally a break after 8 days of solid grayness! The Sun was quite low in the SE sky, while the 23% Crescent Moon was high up in the Southern sky, playing hide-n-seek with the fast moving cloud systems.

9:21am to 9:41am, Sunday Dec 2nd, 2018, NE Ohio, 52°F (11°C)

~Jayling
(Ohio is in the Eastern Time Zone)

-Nikon P1000 with 125x optical zoom & 500x digital zoom
-Atomos Ninja Flame 7" 4K Field Monitor/Recorder
-B&W ND Filters, 10 Stop & 6 Stop Stacked for Solar Viewing
-B&W UV Haze Filter
-SkySafari Pro app
-Benro Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs C373T
-Benro BV8H Fluid Video Head

There's not much good footage tonight because of the poor sky conditions, but at least we finally got something. The 89% Moon was rising above the trees over in the NE while Mars was high up in the SW heading down for the night.

8:06pm to 8:30pm Sunday November 25, 2018, NE Ohio, 37°F (3°C)

~Jayling
(Ohio is in the Eastern Time Zone)

-Nikon P1000 with 125x optical zoom & 500x digital zoom
-Atomos Ninja Flame 7" 4K Field Monitor/Recorder
-SkySafari Pro app
-Benro Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs C373T
-Benro BV8H Fluid Video Head

For 2 weeks it's been a blanket of dreary gray up here in NE Ohio. It can be so depressing being covered in that day after day after week upon week, but we were finally given a break today. The Sun was pretty low in the sky, about 22° up above the horizon in the SSE sky - it looked blank without any Sunspots.

10:14am to 10:30am Friday November 23, 2018, NE Ohio, 32°F (0°C)

~Jayling
(Ohio is in the Eastern Time Zone)

-Nikon P1000 with 125x optical zoom & 500x digital zoom
-Atomos Ninja Flame 7" 4K Field Monitor/Recorder
-B&W ND Filters, 10 Stop & 6 Stop Stacked for Solar Viewing
-B&W UV Haze Filter
-SkySafari Pro app
-Benro Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs C373T
-Benro BV8H Fluid Video Head

Tonight we have the neighbors of Saturn & the Moon low over in the SW sky, filmed with the Nikon P1000. Mars did finally show once I switched cameras to the Canon 80D for the still pictures, but after getting a few photos and then switching over to video mode, the Canon froze up on me. It wasn't that cold out yet, was a bit above freezing, so I'm not sure what happened. The same thing happened to the P1000 about a week ago - chilly gremlins at work.

5:31pm to 5:41pm Sunday Nov 11th, 2018, NE Ohio, 36°F (2°C)

~Jayling
(Ohio is in the Eastern Time Zone)

-Nikon P1000 with 125x optical zoom & 500x digital zoom
-Atomos Ninja Flame 7" 4K Field Monitor/Recorder
-Canon 80D with Tamron 18-400mm Lens
-SkySafari Pro app
-Benro Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs C373T
-Benro BV8H Fluid Video Head

A pleasant surprise to see some Sunspots once again. Sorry for the audio issues, my batteries had died on the external mic during filming.

2:45pm to 3:10pm Sunday Nov 11th, 2018, NE Ohio, SW Sky

~Jayling
(Ohio is in the Eastern Time Zone)

-Nikon P1000 with 125x optical zoom & 500x digital zoom
-Atomos Ninja Flame 7" 4K Field Monitor/Recorder
-B&W ND Filters, 10 Stop & 6 Stop Stacked for Solar Viewing
-B&W UV Haze Filter
-SkySafari Pro app
-Benro Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs C373T
-Benro BV8H Fluid Video Head

We seem to have a lot of moisture in the atmosphere so the planets were kind of watery tonight. Saturn was setting over in the SW and Mars was rising over in the SSE sky. Filmed with the Canon 80D & Tamron 18-400mm lens, plus the Kenko 1.4x teleconverter, and recorded on the Atomos Ninja Flame.

6:04pm to 6:26pm Wednesday Nov 7th, 2018, NE Ohio, 41°F (5°C)

~Jayling
(Ohio is in the Eastern Time Zone)

-Canon 80D with Tamron 18-400mm Lens
-Kenko 1.4x Teleplus Teleconverter
-Atomos Ninja Flame 7" 4K Field Monitor/Recorder
-SkySafari Pro app
-Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 Aluminum Tripod
-Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head

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With all the unusual activity that takes place up in our skies, along with the beauty up yonder, I wanted to keep a record of what's happening here in NE Ohio where I live (41° latitude). I've grown distrustful of 'official' sources and their cgi/photoshopping crap, so I began uploading my videos to here, but also to YouTube. This is my DiversityJ channel over at YT -- https://www.youtube.com/user/DiversityJ/videos

(sadly, vid.me is closing it's doors as of Dec 15, 2017, so all our content over there will be gone shortly)

Clean, fresh, blue skies to us all! :)