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 Welcome to our world of photography of the day and night skies from the Birch Mesa Observatory in Payson at the base of the Mogollon Rim, and the Clear Creek Canyon Observatory on top of the Colorado Plateau in Northern Arizona. From the stationary and Schmidt cameras, to state-of-the-art computer controlled large homebuilt astrographs, our goal is to record the endless beauty of the night sky on CCD, DSLR, Film, and digital detectors to share with you and others. Here you can find the best and hardest earned images that we have captured of the night sky.

Latest 2016 Images Down Below!

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Latest 2017 Images:
Comet 45P now in evening sky in Leo 3/19/17
Venus at 3% phase 3/17/17
Comet 41P in the Evening sky in Leo 3/14/17
Venus at Noon 3/10/17
Comet 45P now in evening sky in Leo 3/1/17
Comet 41P in the Evening sky in Leo 3/1/17
M50 in Monoceros 1/28/17
NGC2371 in Gemini -- First light for new Mirror Cell! 1/26/17
Comet 45P in Morning sky 2/16/17
Comet 45P in Morning sky 2/16/17
Comet 45P in Morning sky 2/8/17
2016 Images:
A new mirror cell for the 12.5" Newtonian 1/16/17
Comet Johnson V2 with 12.5" - 2 hours exposure 1/30/17
Comet Johnson V2 with 12.5" - 2 hours exposure 1/30/17
Mars and Venus in Daytime with 10 inch 12/27/16
Comet 93P Lovas 1 12/17/16
C/2011 KP36 Spacewatch 12/17/16
Comet 2P Encke 12/17/16
C/2015 VL62 Lemmon-Yeung-Panstarrs 12/17/16
Comet Johnson 12/9/16
NGC925 in Triangulum with 10" 11/5/16
NGC205 in Andromeda 11/3/16
Jones 1 Planetary in Pegasus 10/28/16
M33 - Triangulum Galaxy Deepest yet 10" f/3.6 10/20/16
Comet Spacewatch KT36 10/20/16
The Helix Nebula with 8" from Happy Jack 9/24/16
M71 with 8" from Happy Jack 9/24/16
Comet Encke 10/6/16
Coathanger C399 with 8" from Happy Jack 9/24/16
The Wild Duck Cluster M11 with 8" from Happy Jack 9/24/16
The Pelican Neb - Test with six inch f/3.6 9/14/16
Abell 70 in Sct. 9/8/16
Globular NGC6934 in Delphinus 9/3/16
M11 with newly recoated 12.5" mirrors! 9/3/16
Comet SW-1 9/3/16
Venus Jupiter super close conjunction 8/27/16
NGC7000 Gulf of Mexico Region 10" f/3.6 8/25/16
M7 Open Cl. in Scorpius with 8" f/3.9 Astrograph in Happy Jack 7/16/16
M17 Swan Nebula with 8" f/3.9 Astrograph in Happy Jack 7/16/16
M20/21 Trifid with 8" f/3.9 Astrograph in Happy Jack 7/16/16
M4 Globular in Scorpius with 8" f/3.9 Astrograph in Happy Jack 7/16/16
Lagoon Nebula with 10" f/3.9 Astrograph 7/3/16
Eagle Nebula with 10" f/3.9 Astrograph 7/10/16
Comet Wild 4 - 116P Nice dust fan! 5/29/16
Comet Linear 252 heads out 5/29/16
M3 with 10 inch 5/11/16
Mercury transit May 9, 2016
Comet Panstarrs S2 5/4/16
M97 / M108 Panorama 4/15/16
More lunar images with the new 10" 3/26/16
Comet CG in Leo 4/3/16
Comet Tempel 1 / 9P hordes of backgnd galaxies 4/2/16
Comet Linear 252P 4/2/16
Comet Catalina US10 3/26/16
M65/66 in Leo 3/16/16
M44 galaxies 3/12/16
Comet Catalina US10 3/10/16
M35 and NGC2159 clusters in Gemini 2/14/16
M51 Whirlpool Galaxy with star sprays 2/15/16
Comet CG in Leo 2/14/16
Comet Catalina US10 First comet with newly refurbished 6" f/3.6 1/12/16
Comet Catalina US10 1/12/16
NGC2174 in Orion 2/9/16
Horsehead Final test with new 10 inch 2/8/16
IC417 flat field box test 2/2/16
Horsehead speed test with new 10 inch 1/31/16
Comparisons with Jupiter with the new Orion Planetary filter set 1/16/16
Comet Catalina US10 and The Pinwheel Galaxy 1/16/16
Comet Catalina US10 1/12/16
Comet Catalina US10 and Arcturus 1/1/16
Comet Catalina US10 12/31/15
2015 Images:
Comet Catalina US10 12/30/15
Comet Catalina US10 12/18/15
Comet Catalina US10 12/6/15
Comet Catalina US10 in the morning sky December 2, 2015
Comet Catalina US10 11/22/15
Comet CG in Leo 11/20/15
Comet Panstarrs X1 in Perseus 11/8/15
Comet Jaques F4 in Cygnus 11/8/15
Comet C/2014 S2 Panstarrs 11/8/15
Total Eclipse 9/27/15
Venus AT inf conjunction 8/15/15
Comet Jacques 2015 F4 7/22/15
Comet Jacques 2015 F4 7/22/15
Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy In Draco 7/22/15
Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy In Tri/And 2/11/15
Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy In Tri/And 2/7/15

 

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy In Tri/And 2/6/15

 

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy In Taurus 1/24/15

 

Comet 15p Finlay in Pisces 1/24/15

 

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy In Orion Milkyway 1/18/15

 

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy In Orion Milkyway 1/14/15

 

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy 3 pane panorama 1/7/15
Comet Jacques 2014 E2 9/14/15
NGC5897 5/31/14
  M17 Region SV80s

 

Venus, Jupiter, M44 8/17/14

 

M24 Big Montage 7/24/14

 

Antares Nebula SV80s
  NGC5053 Globular in Coma B 4/26/14