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Julian Starfest 2009

August 25, 2009 by  
Filed under Astro Trips, Events, Featured, News

August 20-23, 2009 was the 2nd annual Julian Starfest at the Menghini Winery in the small mountain town of Julian, CA – and the MBS Astronomy Club set up to camp all four days.

Will Mars Appear as Big as The Full Moon?!!!

August 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Don't Miss This!, News

“Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.” That direct quote is from an email forwarded to me today. The sender was asking me if it was true.  I noticed in the email that it was also sent to about two dozen other people. These were all mostly business associates, […]

Blue Sky Meadow Outreach, July 6th, 13th and 20th, 2009

July 22, 2009 by  
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During the month of July, Team MBS participated at an astronomy outreach at Blue Sky Meadow, a camp used by the Los Angeles School District.  This camp is nestled in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, just a couple of miles from Onyx Summit at a little over 8000ft. Every year, Team MBS participates in a couple dozen […]

June 21, 2009 – 7 Planets and the Moon!!!

June 4, 2009 by  
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Wow, if you are out for the new moon in June, you are in for a treat on the morning of June 21, 2009. At 4:00 a.m. you will be able to see a sliver of the moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Uranus, Jupiter, and Neptune. That’s 6 Planets, and if you look straight down at […]

Afton Canyon Campground

June 4, 2009 by  
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Camping at Afton Canyon Campground was great (April 26, 2009). It’s about 30 miles northeast of Barstow right off the 15 freeway.  It was super easy to find and get to. You pretty much take one turn off of the 15 and drive about 15 minutes and run right into the campground. Afton has been called […]

Casper Park Outreach April 18, 2009

April 20, 2009 by  
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M57 Ring Nebula Saturday night we did an outreach for a couple of Girl Scout troops at Caspers Park in Orange County, CA. The girls were excited to view, but we had to explain it needed to get dark before we could show them anything exciting. Most volunteers were still setting up when lines began to form […]

Finderscope turned Guidescope

March 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Articles, Equipment, Featured, How To's

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 […]

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 […]

How to Get Started In Astronomy

March 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Articles, Featured, Starting Out

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 […]