Category Archives: From the Field – Updates

Perhaps I’ll post from Fremont Peak or the Oakridge Observatory, or from the Golden State Star Party this summer (if I get WiFi). Maybe I’ll curse about a camera firmware update gone awry, or just show a cool image from the latest outing.

Milky Way in the Southwest

A late-spring visit to the southwest provided the perfect opportunity to experience the amazingly-dark skies there. In this small town in southwest New Mexico, the skies were *very* dark. Bortle scale 2 dark.. to the point where the Milky Way … Continue reading

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Billions and Billions

  I revisited my image of the Coma Berenices galaxy cluster to see how far some of the background galaxies are. It’s been a fun datamining activity during the “processing season”. It’s amazing how far a medium-sized refractor can go … Continue reading

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Messier 31

First light image of Messier 31 from last weekend with the new QHY16200A CCD camera! This has a slightly zoomed-in perspective at this focal length. Captured with the AP130GT at f/6.3 (819mm focal length). The camera is awesome! So much … Continue reading

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Messier 83, the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy

Quick process from TSP 2014. Just 5 x 120 second images, captured with the QHY11 and Celestron RASA 11″.

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Milky Way Over the Texas Star Party

This Milky Way Over the Texas Star Party time lapse spans 3.8 hours starting around midnight 5/4/2016 over the Prude Ranch’s upper star field at the Texas Star Party. Canon 60Da, 25 second shots, 10 second interval, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, ISO 2500.  … Continue reading

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Mercury Transit May 9, 2016

Get Ready for the Mercury Transit May 9, 2016! Solar Kick-Off: Telescope Tips  If you’re into astronomy like me, you’re chomping at the bit to experience the solar eclipse coming up in August 2017.  This eclipse promises to be a … Continue reading

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New Hydrogen-Alpha Solar Telescope

I am excited to have purchased a new Lunt LS50T Hydrogen-Alpha Solar Telescope at NEAF from Woodland Hills Camera and Telescope. I went for the double-stack option to narrow the bandpass to just 0.5 Angstroms.  It’s amazing how much detail … Continue reading

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Telescope for Professor Hawking

It was a tremendous honor to have taken part in setting up a Celestron telescope for Professor Hawking in February.  Since our first light experience in February, amidst clouds, rain, and snow in Cambridge, he has recently taken new astrophotos … Continue reading

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Starry Night Over the Trinity Alps

Canon 60Da Sigma 18-25mm f/1.8 DC (set to 18mm f/1.8) 30 seconds at ISO 2500 6 panel mosaic, each with the same exposure, no superimposing, all shown in 1 layer This starry night over the Trinity Alps was captured Saturday … Continue reading

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Camping Under the Stars

In January I joined a 10 week Wilderness Travel course organized by the Sierra Club. WTC provides essential outdoor training, safety and preservation awareness for the aspiring mountaineer or backpacker. The Orange County Whitney Group’s last field trip was in … Continue reading

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