Bluebird Observatories

These amateur facilities were constructed for the amusement of a retired nuclear physicist and produce observations of interest to students, neighbors, friends, and himself. The author can be contacted

Lucas Newman Science and Technology

A small consulting company dealing with laboratory measurements of radioactivity in soil, water and air along with the remediation of contaminated nuclear environs.

Statement of Qualifications (pdf)

Thoughts on Searching for Asteroids

In preparation for the 2003 Meeting of the MPAPW I spent some time in studying low resolution spectroscopy as a way to characterize the surface reflection of asteroids. The target was to concentrate on 8-inch telescopes and attempt to characterize magnitude 16 or brighter. I recall the work in preparation for beginning NEO work using an f:2 adaption of the 14-inch telescopes. (pdf document)

F:2 Conversion of 14-inch Telescope

A recent project has involved the conversion of one of the 14-Telescopes to F:2. Here's a quick report on the project.

Recent Eclipse Adventures

Some comments and pictures of the 2017 Solar Eclipse and January 2019 Lunar Eclipse.

The Equipment of Bluebird Observatories

Take a peek inside the facilities that make up the Bluebird Observatory complex.

Lunar Grazing by Aldeberan

Occultations of stars by the edge of the moon can provide information about the profile of the moon. Take a look at images collected by the Oklahoma State University group during the July 29, 2016 grazing of the moon by the bright star Aldeberan.

Supernova 2013ev

A supernova from August 2013 that hid in the Deep Sky observations unnoticed until now!

Hot stuff: Supernova 2014J

Recent nearby supernova observed in M82.

Stillwater Deep Sky

Inspired by the Hubble Deep Field images and increased tracking stability and adaptive optics capabilities at Bluebird Observatories, the images in the Deep Sky folder represent the stacking of long exposures of relatively "bare" chunks of sky. Isolux images are used to analyze features of the various galaxies analyzed.

A Tour of the Messier Objects

A library of Messier objects is being developed for use in planning measurements in and about these objects. The images were obtained by a standardized methodology so as to permit choosing the optics and analytical methods for further studies in and about these objects.

Galaxies and Nebulae

Miscellaneous color photos of galaxies and nebulae taken at Bluebird Observatories.


The wanderers of the solar system provide a number of photographic opportunities. As well, occultations of various small magnitude stars by pluto may provide some insights into the existence of debris in orbit around pluto.


Continuing the study of the minor planets, this report (pdf) (doc) discusses the tracking of Eris. The hope is that, if a potential occulations exists, the data precision will be sufficient to make the prediction real. Notes on the picture to the left.


Due to their size, asteroids are typically difficult to observe directly, but they are capable of reducing or eliminating the light from a star if they pass directly in front of them, creating an occultation.

IOTA, the International Occultation and Timing Association, is an organization of amateur and professional astronomers who use occultations between two objects to do such things as refine calculations of asteroid orbits.


Large balls of ice orbiting the sun in highly eccentric orbits, comets can be a lot of fun to photograph. Here are a couple of examples.