Author Archives: Mark Kochte

2014 Geminid Meteor Shower – Peaking In The Sky Near You This Weekend

Hey, everyone, Just wanted to post a reminder note about the Geminid Meteor Shower that is peaking this weekend. Given the holiday craziness, end of year craziness, and general Life Craziness, I know how quickly things can become lost in … Read the rest of this entry

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Fall Friends/Family Star Party – October 30, 2014

The APL Astronomy Club’s Friends & Family Star Party will be held on Thursday, October 30th, at 7pm until 9pm or so, depending on how things are going, how many enthusiastic people are present, etc. Star gazing (and telescope viewing) … Read the rest of this entry

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The Second Great Total Lunar Eclipse of 2014 – This Wednesday AM

Greetings, everyone, This coming Wednesday morning will be the second of four successive total lunar eclipses spanning the 2014/2015 years. Having a series of four total lunar eclipses (solar eclipses don’t count) with no partials in between is known as … Read the rest of this entry

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September Meeting Slides – including October Lunar Eclipse Info

Hey, everyone, If you were unable to make the meeting today, attached are the meeting slides. The main set of slides contains information on the October Total Lunar Eclipse. The second presentation is Dave Dunham’s on some of the recent, … Read the rest of this entry

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Fall Friends/Family Star Party – Nov 8, 2013!

The APL Astronomy Club’s Friends & Family Star Party will be held on Friday, November 8th, at 6:00pm until 10:00 pm or so, depending on how things are going, how enthused the telescope volunteers are for staying late, etc. Star … Read the rest of this entry

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In the days leading up to the height of the Perseid Meteor Shower, I happened to have worked out a mini vacation trip to Colorado and Wyoming. During the trip, whenever I was camping out, I was shooting astro-lapse sequences … Read the rest of this entry

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Maryland Nights II – a night sky time-lapse video

Earlier this year I finished up my astro-lapse video, Maryland Nights II. It can be found on vimeo and YouTube. The vimeo link is here: At some point when I get some free time I am going to be working … Read the rest of this entry

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Nova Delphini 2013

Shortly after the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower, in the constellation Delphinus, not far from Sagitta, a naked-eye nova appeared. While not overly bright (it only got to maybe +4.2 mv?), it was bright enough to be seen with … Read the rest of this entry

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Spring Friends/Family Star Party – April 19, 2013

The APL Astronomy Club’s Friends & Family Star Party will be held on Friday, April 19th, at 8:00pm until 10:30pm or so, depending on how things are going, how enthused the telescope volunteers are for staying late, etc. (with daylight … Read the rest of this entry

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Quick and dirty time-lapse of Comet PanSTARRS

Here is a quick and dirty time-lapse movie of Comet PanSTARRS over the course of three evenings (March 12, 14, and 19). Details varied on exposures and lens from 1-2 seconds, 210-400mm, ISOs from 400-3200. If you look closely, you’ll … Read the rest of this entry

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