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March 2019 Messier Marathon

A Messier Marathon is thankfully not a 26.2 mile run with your telescope. That would be bad for the telescope and the astronomer’s back! Rather, it is an attempt to observe as many of the objects on the Messier astronomical catalog, compiled by the 18th century astronomer, Charles Messier. Each March in the northern hemisphere,…
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Early February Observing

As it turns out, 2018 was not a very good year for observing. The weather did not cooperate on most of my planned observing sessions where they were sessions with my club, the Raleigh Astronomy Club or attendance at star parties (see my post 2018 ECVAR). However, 2019 is starting out better. On the night…
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ISS Solar Transit – Dec 2018

At the end of December, I attempted to capture the International Space Station as it crossed the face the sun (aka a transit). Well, I failed. However, it was still a fun experience and I learned a little more about the ISS, it’s orbit and various tools for forecasting these events. Here’s a brief video…
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2018 ECVAR (East Coast Video Astronomy Rendezvous)

The fall of 2018 will not be remember for good astronomy by people in the Mid-Atlantic states. Hurricanes Florence and Michael made a mess of things in September and October, respectively. However, in October, there were 2 star parties scheduled, ECVAR (East Coast Video Astronomy Rendezvous) and SRSP (Staunton River Star Party). I decide to…
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July 2018 Grazing Lunar Occultation

On July 2, 2018 the star Deneb Algedi (a.k.a Delta Capricornus) was occulted by the moon. From a location in Cary, NC, this event could be viewed as a Grazing Lunar Occultation where the star would pop in and out of view due to the mountains and valleys on the limb of moon. This event…
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An Introduction to Video Astronomy

This month, a fellow Raleigh Astronomy Club (RAC) member and I presented an introduction to Video Astronomy or EAA (Electronically Assisted Astronomy) at our September club meeting We received a lot of good feedback and I think we may have sparked an interest in some other members. Below is a link to that presentation on…
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Viewing The Great American Solar Eclipse

It had been more than 30 years since the last total eclipse in the US and the eclipse in August of 2017 certainly put the USA into eclipse fever! This eclipse was named the Great American Eclipse because the path of totality was only in America. Thankfully, that path was only a few hundred miles…
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Final Launch of the Shuttle Atlantis – STS 135

The other day I came across some old video I had shot on my Sony Hi8 camcorder, it turned out to be footage of the STS 135 launch, the last launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis and the last launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program that lasted a little over 30 years! Please enjoy this…
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2017 Spring SRSP

It was another enjoyable successful SRSP this spring.  I got to see some old friends and make some new ones.  It was especially rewarding to work with a father and son team (Michael & Aaron) at their first star party.  They brought their Orion 6” dob to this outing of amateur astronomers to see what…
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2016 Fall SRSP

The Staunton River Star Party for the fall of 2016 was another excellent star party. It was the a great shakedown trip from my new A-Liner camper plus an excellent time to practice learnings from ECVAR, a video astronomy star party I had just attended a few weeks back. Here is a great video of…
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