Bengt Ask

New! Picture of the June 6, 2012 Venus transit. Click on the image to learn more.

Picture of the June 6, 2012 Venus transit

Please allow a few seconds for the images below to appear on your screen and scroll down to see them all. Yes, the graphics is a bit heavy!


Pictures of the June 8, 2004 Venus transit. Click on any of the images to learn more about the event.

Picture of the June 8, 2004 Venus transit Picture of the June 8, 2004 Venus transit


December 7, 2003, and April 10, 2004. Pictures of Saturn and Jupiter. Click on any of the images for a more detailed description.

Picture of the planet Saturn Picture of the planet Jupiter


March 30, 2004. Picture of the lunar crater Clavius. Click on the image to view a page where a slightly larger version is available, as well as some information on how the image was obtained.

Picture of the lunar crater Clavius


Picture of the November 9, 2003 Total Lunar Eclipse. Click on the image to learn more about it.

Picture of the totally eclipsed moon on November 9, 2003


October 26, 2003. This is a picture of the huge sunspot region (or group) 10486 that appeared on the sun earlier this month. Click on the image to read more about it.

Picture of sunspot region (group) 10486


October 24, 2003. This is a picture of the huge sunspot region (or group) 10484 that appeared on the sun earlier this month. Click on the image to read more about it.

Picture of sunspot region (group) 10484


August 18, 2003. This picture of Mars was taken at 00:57 UT during the very favourable 2003 apparition. Click on the picture to learn more about how it was created and about my attempt at manually reducing the colour fringing caused by atmospheric dispersion.

Picture of Mars taken during the favourable 2003 apparition


Picture of M42, the Orion nebula
M42, the Orion nebula

The picture above was obtained with a C8 telescope working at f/6.3 using Fuji Super G 800 Plus film and the negative was scanned with a Nikon LS-2000 film scanner. The exposure time was approximately 30 minutes.


February 21, 2002. The three lunar pictures below were obtained with an Olympus C2020 digital camera afocally coupled to a C8 telescope equipped with a 17 mm eyepiece. The camera was attached to the telescope with an adapter of my own design and manufacture. Details about the adapter as well as more images will be published later.

Picture of the lunar crater Clavius Picture of the lunar crater Plato Picture of the lunar feature known as the Straight wall


Pictures of the January 9, 2001 Total Lunar Eclipse. Click on the image for more pictures and a report. This picture was published in the April 2001 issue of Sky & Telescope magazine. Look for it in the "Gallery" on page 136.

Picture of the totally eclipsed moon on January 9, 2001

Picture of the totally eclipsed moon on January 9, 2001 Picture of the globular star cluster M13
Picture of the lunar crater Clavius Picture of the lunar crater Plato Picture of the lunar feature known as the Straight wall
Picture of comet Hale-Bopp showing the white/yellow dust tail, the clearblue ion tail and countless background stars Picture of the cherry-red Orion nebula, M42, with surrounding stars
Collage of four pictures showing the two planets Saturn (with its ring system) and Jupiter and two closeups of the Sun with sunspots Picture of the moon with crates Scenic picture of a sunset with the Sun close to the horizon and partly obscured by a building with two tall chimneys


April 6, 2000, conjunction: The Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn together in the sky.

My pictures of comet Hale-Bopp selected by NASA as main illustration of their home page!

March 13, 1998 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse.

Pictures of the September 16, 1997 Total Lunar Eclipse.

The Moon, Jupiter and Venus together on February 18, 1999.

I've been an amateur astronomer for many years and occasionally I dust off my simple, partly homemade equipment and take some astrophotos. Check out my Astronomical Photo Gallery.

Links to other astronomy resources.

Bengt's Bond Blend. We're all thrilled when a new Bond film is released. During the summer of 1997 I had the oppurtunity to photograph Pierce Brosnan's stunt double Douglas James together with the L-39 Albatross jet plane that was used in Tomorrow Never Dies.

Misc pictures. Pictures of my cats, past and present, a beautiful sunset, and even a painting by yours truly! Look at this as a preview of a more extensive photo galley that is currently in the works.

Click to see a picture of me.

It may come as a surprise to you but I do have some friends.

The background image is a processed version of one of my own pictures of comet Hyakutake.
All images and text copyright © 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2012 by Bengt Ask.


Bengt Ask
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