MOON HALOS

Submitted by: michel tournay S n Feb 29 0707:40:03 2004 UTC at N/A

This one is a close-up probably taken with my 28-200 mm f 3.6 Enjoy!

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AGAIN...SAME PLACE!!!

Submitted by: michel tournay at Tue Sep 22 04:02:01 2009 UTC

On Sept 17th 2009 at about 01:23 AM, I was taking pictures of Orion coming out of the horizon...and again saw something passing by...and this time it was slow!!! (The first time it was a spy satellite) The exposure time was 1 3 sec. at 8000 ASA It took more than an hour and 143 pictures of 13 sec for that thing to go h alf the sky before my memory card had no more space! Can't be a satellite?...An asteroid? The weird thing is that the length of the trail got very small when it got above my head compared to when I started them at the horizon...so an ellipt ic orbit?...Hmmm! Enjoy!

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EASTER DELIGHT!!!

Submitted by: michel tournay at Thu Apr 16 05:18:01 2009 UTC

Last Easter Monday, during an evening with the stars and suddenly, some gre en and then some purple in the sky!...lets stay longer! It's nice to see th at even in the solar minimum, the sun can still send us a few surprises!  Comet C/2009 F6 (Yi-SWAN) might be lost somewhere in those stars near Cass iopeia! Enjoy!

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LUCKY SHOTS INDEED!

Submitted by: micheltournay@yahoo.ca at Mon Mar 23 09:41:01 2009 UTC

Wow, was I ever lucky to get those shots! On March first, going down for my vacation from the "north pole", I decided to make a "pit stop" in the pitch-black-sky of the Laverendrye parc to get some shots of Lulin comet. Then I decided to aim my un-guided 300mm lens a t the Orion nebula, trying different exposures and was amazed to see it wit h only 3 sec exposures at 10 000 ASA! (love that Nikon D3!). Then it happen ed: a small brownish trail of something was at the bottom of a picture! I c ouldn't even see it with my eyes! Took another one, then another for a tota l of 8. I thought a satellite at 10 000 ASA would have been white, right? Don't believe that "E.T." would visit us! So what's left?...An asteroid? An d if unknown, I would have to name it! I freaked out, phone my friend, the famous astronomer Marc Jobin, who did some research with Calsky and told me it was an American military satellite called: Milstar-3, was launched in 1 999, never reached its geostationary orbit, was never used and has an orbit of 153 min. So I did a composite of all 8 pictures and voilà! I also did a blow-up to show that it turns showing brighter spots in the 3 sec exposure trail..coo l! Thank you Marc for the research...and destroying my chance to name an aster oid! Thank you Calsky people for helping Marc! Thank you Guy (nikon rep.) for giving me the D3! Enjoy!

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MOON AND VENUS

Submitted by: michel tournay at Sun Mar 1 04:29:01 2009 UTC

Boy, where they ever close! No clouds for a second day in a row after weeks of clouds...I didn't mind t he minus 38 Celcius ("hotter" than the minus 40 of yesterday!) And that was only the beginning of the evening! Check out the other one I sent of the c omet!

Enjoy!

©Michel Tournay

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A THREESOME!

Submitted by: michel tournay at Sun Mar 1 04:29:01 2009 UTC

Interesting "threesome": On your left weighting 5.688 x 1026 kg...the plane t Saturn, in the center next to Regulus, weighting ??? Comet C/2007 N3 Luli n, and on the right, the comets next destination: Messier 44...And to top i t all off, a faint greenish aurora as a background!

Enjoy!

©Michel Tournay

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THEY'RE BACK...AT -40

Submitted by: michel tournay at Fri Feb 27 18:56:01 2009 UTC

Finally some colors in the sky! After weeks of clouds, not being able to see the comet C/2007 N3 Lulin, we had a break yesterday... but a freezing break! What the heck, I'll go just to see...and ended up trying to take pictures at that temperature (Celcius or Fahrenheit, -40 is the same ...dam cold!) the tripods head froze and it was hard to keep the camera steady...but some greenish lights started, so I stayed longer! Can you spot Andromeda between the 2 layers of auroras? It's true that patience is a virtue...It helps with a big parka, boots, big gloves...

Enjoy!

©Michel Tournay

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WINTERBOW!

Submitted by: michel tournay at Mon Nov 24 02:05:01 2008 UTC

Weird but beautiful thing to see in a winter scenery! A small rapid near by was shooting some mist up and with the angle of the sun and the position of the mist we got a small "MISTBOW"

Enjoy!

Michel Tournay

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METEOR AND AURORA!

Submitted by: michel tournay at Fri Aug 15 15:13:01 2008 UTC

On august 12th around 1 AM Nice one above an aurora! Enjoy! ©Michel Tournay

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AURORA FEB 1rst 2008

Submitted by: michel tournay at Sun Feb 3 05:26:01 2008 UTC

Finally, the sun is waking up!!!! I put a small animation of it on youtube go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq7OQOfpBwg

Enjoy! ©Michel Tournay

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MY GOD...IT WORKS!!!!!

Submitted by: michel tournay at Fri Oct 26 08:39:01 2007 UTC

Have you ever wonder if the nice graphs on the net or softwares are good? A few hours ago I went outside to take pictures of the 17P Holmes comet and I tried to superimpose part of a graph from a program called COELIX from Jean Vallières....WOW!...ITS VERY ACCURATE! So all the white dots (in circles) and the comet are from my picture and the circles, dates and trajectory are from COELIX. I blew up the "main course" to show, with 2 red arrows, the dates where the comet was (25th) and where it will be on the 27th. And low and behold the comet is right smack in the middle of them....that I took around midnight...on the 26th! I am impressed!

Enjoy!

©Michel Tournay and jean vallières

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CORPUSCULAR RAYS

Submitted by: michel tournay at Sun Sep 2 03:25:01 2007 UTC

Going to Montreal a few weeks ago, I saw nice rays from the top of a small cloud in front of me. Murphys law didn't apply that day...I did have a camera with me in the truck...accessible with one arm (while driving)

Enjoy!

©Michel Tournay

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DARK SKY # 1

Submitted by: michel tournay at Sat Aug 25 13:06:01 2007 UTC

Last week, the sky was absolutely black on my way back to James-Bay. No cities from miles away! Time to have some fun with the sky! No telescopes, but only my camera gear! About 2 min exposure on 3200 ASA equivalent, 10.5mm fisheye f2.8 Can you spot Andromeda?

Enjoy!

©Michel Tournay

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DARK SKY NIGHT #2

Submitted by: michel tournay at Sat Aug 25 02:55:01 2007 UTC

A small lake, only one camper there. A longer exposure actually reveals presence of green!!!!...in that dark sky????...who would have guessed!

Enjoy!

©Michel Tournay

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DARK SKY NIGHT # 3...LETS GO CRAZY!

Submitted by: michel tournay at Sat Aug 25 02:55:01 2007 UTC

A 15 min exposure on an equivallent of 3200 ASA at f2.8 with a 10.5mm fisheye gives a circumpolar-milkyway-green-aurora-lit-camper gallore!

Enjoy!

©Michel Tournay

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FINALLY SOME GREEN ...AND PINK!

Submitted by: michel tournay at Mon Jul 16 19:57:01 2007 UTC

It all started yesterday around 23:00. A small green band...that, eventually, showed some "pinkish" features at the bottom telling me to get my "solar-minimum-dusty" equipment and go out for the night! Enjoy!

©Michel Tournay

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FINALLY SOME GREEN !!!

Submitted by: michel tournay at Sun Jul 15 19:36:01 2007 UTC

Finally after the solar minimum, some rain, clouds, you name it, they arrived here yesterday even if the sky at night here is not completely dark at night. I went to bed at 4:30 AM.....BUT I DON'T MIND!!!!

Enjoy!

©Michel Tournay

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MOON may 24th

Submitted by: michel tournay at Sat May 26 04:22:01 2007 UTC

Just fooling around at my friends place with his 10 in. sc and my camera!

Enjoy!

Michel Tournay

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POSITIVE AURORA !!!

Submitted by: michel tournay at Thu Apr 12 22:54:01 2007 UTC

Yesterday, when the Bz index was positive, we still where fortunate enough to get a nice display outside!!! I dont know why? I always thought it had to be negative to get auroras!!! Oh well...another effect of global warming... I guess!!...hahaha!

Enjoy!

©Michel Tournay

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I DON'T MIND THE MOON SOMETIMES #1

Submitted by: michel tournay at Sun Apr 1 07:04:02 2007 UTC

After a long wait, in the bottom of the solar cycle, and with the almost full moon, the sky added a nice color to the green. Taken on march 31rst Enjoy!

©Michel Tournay

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I DON'T MIND THE MOON SOMETIMES #2

Submitted by: michel tournay at Sun Apr 1 07:04:02 2007 UTC

Not too cold for the digital camera! Taken on march 31rst Enjoy!

©Michel Tournay

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I DON'T MIND THE MOON SOMETIMES #3

Submitted by: michel tournay at Sun Apr 1 07:04:02 2007 UTC

Same night same place! Taken on march 31rst Enjoy!

©Michel Tournay

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I DON'T MIND THE MOON SOMETIMES #4

Submitted by: michel tournay at Sun Apr 1 07:04:02 2007 UTC

Even if they where just green, I was still happy to see them! Taken on march 31rst Enjoy!

©Michel Tournay

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I DON'T MIND THE MOON SOMETIMES #5

Submitted by: michel tournay at Sun Apr 1 06:43:01 2007 UTC

After so many months of clouds, finally some green in the sky! Taken on march 31rst Enjoy!

©Michel Tournay

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NICE SOLAR HALO!

Submitted by: michel tournay at Wed Mar 28 15:17:01 2007 UTC

A few days ago, I was fortunate enough to witness a nice solar halo with a longer-than-usual parhelic circle. It took me a couple of pictures to capture it completely! The 22 and 46 degree halos where visible and possibly the 120 (with the red arrow) Hope I'm right about the last one, Les, help me!

Enjoy!

©Michel Tournay

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LUNAR ECLIPSE CORONA?

Submitted by: michel tournay at Mon Mar 5 04:35:01 2007 UTC

Lots of clouds during yesterdays lunar eclipse, but suddenly a break in the clouds gave me the chance to see the end of it and by doing a long exposure, I could see a bit of a corona around the still-eclipsed moon!!!!! So I was "kinda" glad about the small clouds still present at that time! I also like the reflection of the moon showing where I could see the shadow at that time! Enjoy!

©Michel Tournay micheltournay@yahoo.ca or visit: www.aurora-borealis.ca

WHY IS MARS ...GREEN???

Submitted by: michel tournay at Thu Mar 1 06:45:01 2007 UTC

Another one from last September. The gwappa* was asking me why Mars was green instead of red!!!!!

*Gwappa: gorgeous in Tagalog

Enjoy!

©Michel Tournay micheltournay@yahoo.ca or visit: www.aurora-borealis.ca

BIG DIPPER AND BIG...

Submitted by: michel tournay at Thu Mar 1 06:25:01 2007 UTC

Heres one from last year! We can see the big dipper over the aurora and the big...photographer enjoying his evening next to the La Grande river in James-Bay!

Enjoy!

©Michel Tournay micheltournay@yahoo.ca or visit: www.aurora-borealis.ca

ANOTHER "NATURAL LIGHT" POLLUTION!

Submitted by: michel tournay at Sat Sep 23 09:45:01 2006 UTC

>From last year when my friend brought his 16 in. dob to see the "pure-black-sky" of the north! Enjoy!

©Michel Tournay

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NATURAL LIGHT POLLUTION!!!

Submitted by: michel tournay at Mon Sep 18 07:53:01 2006 UTC

Taken on sept 18th, sometimes you don't really mind "light pollution" when doing astronomy!!! Enjoy!

©Michel Tournay

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HONEY, WAKE-UP AND COME OUT!

Submitted by: michel tournay at Mon Sep 4 12:39:01 2006 UTC

My first attempt at a romantic aurora picture! Taken on sept 2nd with my "gwappa" After the camera flash, we where trying to keep still for the 60sec exposure, while a house light nearby continued to shine on us giving us weird ghost-like heads! Enjoy!

©Michel Tournay

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