Partial Solar Eclipse October 23rd, 2014 near Salt Lake City, Utah

I had a wonderful time after school today showing some students, their parents and a few others the view through my solar telescope. I posted about it on my other blog with images I took on my iPhone 5S through my 10mm Pentax XW.  Here is the LINK and here is the url:


Comets, Asteroids Oh My!

Well another post over at my new blog. Still trying to decide if I want to migrate this one over there or keep this one and get rid of that one. The interface on Weebly is easier to use I believe so we'll see.  The latest post is about a program I saw on PBS News Hours on chasing down comets and asteroids, some info on that and about Robert E. Holmes hunt for NEO's and the dedication of his 50" telescope. Here is the LINK and then the url:

Curious, if you live in the Salt Lake area. Yesterday while driving home with my wife Lynda, we saw an explosion or bright light out west. I then pulled over when I saw this trail, and it wasn't a contrail. Contrails around 6:00pm or 6:30pm were much longer and much straighter so I am thinking I might have seen a Bodie as it came in over the west desert.  This was taken with my iPhone 5S zoomed in to maximum. Here is the image:


Sketching Observing Locations

A new post on the Weebly Blog at this LINK about sketching observing locations. One I am happy with, two are okay but need work. Then again, the only way to get better is to practice!


Charles Messier; Update to Tombstone?

I saw the letter to the editor and the DeepSkyVideo on the tomb of Charles Messier. So over on the new blog I have made an entry with an idea if anyone is interested in raising money for a new tombstone if we can find someone in France or there about to contact the cemetery for how to do this, and then to price a headstone that fits the requirements of the cemetery so we know how much to raise, and then a club or organization to handle the money and the purchase of the tombstone. Here is the link to my new blog with the information/idea. It is located at

Observing September 26th, 2014

I was able to get out for a night on Friday, September 26th, 2014.  You can read about that experience over at my new blog at this link:  Jay's Astronomy Blog 2.