I’m an optical engineer by day, astrophotographer by night, woodworker by weekend, and curious tinkerer with any remaining free time. Within my site you’ll find an eclectic mix of content from each of these endeavors. A full-time job and no observatory equates to less time under the stars than I prefer. My observing/astrophotography time is therefore somewhat limited to clear weekend nights, sporadic new moon trips to darker rural skies, and the yearly excursion to a nearby star party.
During the January 21, 2019 total lunar eclipse, I was lucky enough to be part of a team that had multiple cameras pointed (and capturing data!) towards the moon during the widely reported lunar impact event. The impact occurred on the moon’s western limb right before the start of totality, and was captured by a number of observatories and amateur astronomers throughout the world. My team captured multispectral (SWIR and visible) data of the impact event and also collected visible and IR imagery of the lunar surface throughout the various phases of the eclipse.