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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

 

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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All About Telescopes

Published on 2015-10-21, by

All about telescopes All about telescopesBrown, Sam; Edmund Scientific Co. 1976WorldCatLibraryThingGoogle BooksBookFinder 

 
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The Handbook of Astronomical Image Processing

Published on 2015-10-21, by

The Handbook of Astronomical Image Processing The Handbook of Astronomical Image Processing; Willmann-Bell 2000WorldCatLibraryThingGoogle BooksBookFinder  

 
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Starlight Detectives

Published on 2015-10-21, by

Starlight Detectives Starlight Detectives: How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Discovered the Modern UniverseAlan Hirshfeld; Bellevue Literary Press 2014WorldCatLibraryThingGoogle BooksBookFinder 

 

Rokinon 8mm T3.8 Fisheye Lens for Canon for Sale

Published on 2015-08-18, by

Restoring a Criterion RV-6

Published on 2015-06-16, by
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