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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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Trying out the new Orion StarShoot

The following two photos of Jupiter and four photos of the Moon were taken from the sidewalk in front of my house in Crofton, MD. I used my Celestron 130 SLT, a 2X Barlow (except for one of the moon … 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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Comet PanSTARRS and the Crescent Moon

Last week during the first opportunity for us to even see C/2011 L4 PanSTARRS, the barely 1-day old crescent moon was a few degrees away. I managed to do a very very short time-lapse of the two together as the … Read the rest of this entry

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Posted photos from the transit

We should have one big observing report at the next meeting.  Thanks to Helen for her faith and perseverance to have the transit party.  I thought it was a big success.

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Orionid capture during time lapse sequence

This past weekend I was out at Seneca Rocks, West Virginia. We had awesomely clear skies Saturday night (and the temps dropped to right about 20 F by morning – brrrr!), but I managed to get two time lapse sequences … Read the rest of this entry

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