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Full Moon Negative

Published on 2015-10-25, by

The color negative of the full moon looks very similar to the moon during a total lunar eclipse.  This exposure (below) was taken with my 10″ f/4.5 Newtonian with a primary mirror figured and coated by Optic Wave Labs (OWL). I did very little in the way of processing the RAW file.  I ran the Noise Ninja plugin to cut down on the color noise inherent in DSLRs and to sharpen things up slightly.  Then I used Photoshop’s builtin color negative effect to invert everything.

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ATWB Pic of the Day (Oct. 25, 2015)

Published on 2015-10-25, by

My favorite online astronomy forum is Astromart, operated seemingly by Anacortes Telescope & Wild Bird (ATWB).  In the beginning, that is not long after getting a telescope in December, I spent countless hours scrolling through the images uploaded by members and finding inspiration in the “picture of the day.”  In February, I took a photo of the quarter moon and uploaded it on a whim.  Sure enough it became the pic of the day.  Ever since I’ve made it a habit to upload my favorite bird, wildlife, and astrophotography.  Today, I logged into the forums and was delighted to see my best yet Andromeda galaxy photo.  It’s fun for an amateur to get a little recognition… a boost to keep on learning and experimenting… Here’s a screenshot:
ATWB Picture of the Day (Oct. 25, 2015)

 
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Glimpsing the Orion Nebula

Published on 2015-10-25, by

Since acquiring a telescope in January, I’ve been fascinated with online images of the Orion Nebula and wanted to see it for myself.  A few months ago, I viewed it for the first time through my 10″ telescope with an OIII filter in place while it was low above the horizon one morning.  It’s truly a wondrous object with inherent captivating beauty.

The trees in my yard have been a major obstacle blocking clear views of objects rising in the southeast and setting in the southwest. The night before last, Orion passed through a gap between two trees at just the right height for me to take some photos. In the end, 13 of them were suitable to be combined into a single image. I think it came out really well, all things considered.  The moon was bright and the sky wasn’t very transparent.  I pushed the Canon EOS 6D camera’s ISO about midway at 6400 and used the long exposure and high ISO noise reduction features.

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M42 - Orion Nebula

M42 – Orion Nebula

 
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My GoFundMe Library Telescope Campaign

Published on 2015-10-22, by

I’m a member of the Aldrich Astronomical Society , a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Massachusetts. When I joined in January, I became fascinated with the club’s efforts to put a telescope in every library in the state that wants one.

As it says on the club website, “The goal of the Library Telescope Program is to help foster scientific literacy, stimulate an interest in astronomy, and provide people who have never looked through a telescope the chance
to experience the excitement that comes from discovery. Placing the telescopes in local public libraries allows a greater general access to the telescope since they are intended to be checked out of the library just as a book.” My club, guided by our program coordinator John Root, has successfully deployed close to 50 telescopes state-wide.

I know this program works and changes the lives of young and old for the better.  My new friend Jared and his daughter came to the club via a library telescope and our daughters have become fast friends.  At our annual StarFest our daughters took their interest to another level as they launched rockets, met an astronaut who piloted a space shuttle, and watched a presentation on the New Horizons mission to Pluto.

I want to donate a library telescope, preferably to Quinsigamond Community College . I recently aquired the exact model of telescope from the Goodwill Auction website. I need funds to cover the remaining cost for accessories and modification that make the library telescope user-friendly.  A plaque will dedicate the telescope to my partner who has a rare form of vasculitis known as Buerger’s disease (thromboangiitis obliterans).

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(above shows the various pieces I already have towards the completed library telescope)

Click the widget below to donate! Thank you!

 

 

Charlie’s best astrophotos of 2015

Published on 2015-10-20, by
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Deep-Sky Companions: The Caldwell Objects

Published on 2015-10-21, by

Deep-Sky Companions Deep-Sky Companions: The Caldwell Objects (Deep-Sky Companions)Stephen James O’Meara; Cambridge University Press 2003WorldCatRead OnlineLibraryThingGoogle BooksBookFinder 

 
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Possibility of Intelligent Life Elsewhere in the Universe

Published on 2015-10-21, by

Possibility of Intelligent Life Elsewhere in the Universe Possibility of Intelligent Life Elsewhere in the UniverseUnited States. Congress. House. Committee on Science and Technology. Subcommittee on Energy Research and Production.; University Press of the Pacific 2001WorldCatLibraryThingGoogle BooksBookFinder 

 
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Observer’s Handbook 2015

Published on 2015-10-21, by

Observer's Handbook 2015 Observer’s Handbook 2015Royal Astronomical Soc of Canada; Royal Astronomical Soc of Canada 2014WorldCatLibraryThingGoogle BooksBookFinder 

 
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Making Your Own Telescope

Published on 2015-10-21, by

Making your own telescope.Allyn J. Thompson; Sky Pub. Corp. 1947WorldCatRead OnlineLibraryThingGoogle BooksBookFinder 

 
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