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Finderscope turned Guidescope

March 30, 2009 by  
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Last weekend I went out to do some imaging and was having problems with my guidescope. I used a super long 60mm Tasco with a webcam mounted to it. It worked okay, but it wasn’t working so great with the clouds, and it did not help that I was imaging near the zenith. That meant that […]

RAS A Success

March 29, 2009 by  
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Although somewhat frustrating at times, I did manage to get a couple of decent images. Here are a couple that I am pretty close to done. More to come in the next few days.   Leo Trio  (20 X 5 minutes)            M51  (30 X 5 minutes)         […]

Pictures longer than 30 seconds

March 27, 2009 by  
Filed under Equipment, How To's

Someone just asked, “can I take exposures longer than 30 sec. using my Nikon DLSR?” The answer is yes. You can take exposures much longer than 30 sec. but you have to do it manually. Set your Nikon DSLR (D40, D50, D60, D70, D80, D90) to manual (M) or shutter priority (S) and move your […]

10 Minute AutoGuided Shot – M44 Behive Cluster

March 24, 2009 by  
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This is 10 minute guided shot taken in my driveway. The interesting thing about this guidesetup is that it was done with my 8X40 finderscope and my webcam. On my first attempt a couple of weeks ago, I could not get it working. The calibration failed. I later realized that the telecope would have to […]

On March 27, 2009 Venus is at Inferior Conjunction

March 20, 2009 by  
Filed under Don't Miss This!

Venus will be at the closest it will be in between us and the Sun on March 27, 2009 for the year.  That means it will be an excellent time to view Venus. The crescent will appear very thin. Towards the end of March you may even be able to see this in binoculars.  The […]

March 2009 Cloudy Nights Beginners Challenege

March 18, 2009 by  
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Each month there is a contest for the best image of a bright object and dark sky object (DSO) on the Cloudy Nights Forum. You post your image (according to the rules) and the images get voted on. This is a good resource to see what others are photographing and how there processing comes out. […]

Astrophography with a 1 1/4″ focuser

March 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Articles, How To's, Starting Out

If you are like me, you are amazed by all the wonderful photos people are getting with their telescopes. Yes it does take a while and is not easy, but there are things you can do to try it out. We’ll focus on the types of astrophotography you can do with a  telescope that has […]

Space Debris Causes Trouble on the Space Station

March 13, 2009 by  
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Three members on the space station had to evacuate into an attached spacecraft last night. They were evacuated and had to take precautionary measures because of the probability of orbital debris impact. The item was a weight tied to a cable weighing around 2 pounds traveling at 17,500 mph. The item passed by harmlessly and everything […]

How to Get Started In Astronomy

March 12, 2009 by  
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What can you really see when you look through a telescope? We’ve all seen the amazing Hubble photos showing the Pillars of Creation and all their magnificent colors. There are also photos of galaxies and their amazing spiral arm structure. Can you see colors in the night sky? Not really. There are a couple of […]

Can You see the stars from where you are?

March 9, 2009 by  
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One night from March 16-28, 2009, take part in this international event to observe the nighttime sky and learn more about light pollution around the world.

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