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Framing and testing Aldrich Observatory’s Roof

Published on 2015-11-23, by

Last Saturday members of the Aldrich Astronomical Society met to frame the roof for the roll-off-roof style observatory shed. I recently posted photos of the first part of the day’s work. This time-lapse captures latter portion of the day’s work.


Aldrich Observatory Roof Construction

Published on 2015-11-21, by

Aldrich Rails Installation (frame by frame)

Published on 2015-11-15, by

Triangulum Galaxy Revisited

Published on 2015-11-09, by

This is my second or third attempt at imaging the Triangulum galaxy as an astrophotography target.  I was finally able to get some sharpness and detail thanks to better optical alignment.  It moves quickly out of reach beyond the trees so there weren’t many exposures to combine.  This is a mashup of 30s exposures @ ISO 25600, 30s exposures @ ISO 6400, and 60s exposures @ ISO 6400 taken with the Canon EOS 6D DSLR. The exposures were registered and stacked in Deep Sky Stacker then processed with Adobe Camera RAW and Photoshop CS6. Within Photoshop the processing involved several fantastic plugins including Noise Ninja, Gradient Xterminator, and Hasta La Vista Green (HVLG).

Triangulum Galaxy

Triangulum Galaxy


Maple Observatory Construction

Published on 2015-10-30, by

Aldrich Observatory Construction

Published on 2015-10-26, by
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