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2016 ECVAR (East Coast Video Astronomy Rendezvous)

This was my first ECVAR and it definitely did not disappoint!  ECVAR is not your standard star party.  Yes, it’s about observing, but it’s about observing with a video camera and not with eyepieces.  The view thru the telescope is fed to a computer or monitor for all to see.  ECVAR is hosted by Cool Breeze Campground, just…
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First Light for My First H-Alpha Scope

I have recently begun to do more solar observing as well as outreach activities during the day.  Additionally next year the United State will be treated to a full solar eclipse such that the path of totality will only be a several hour drive from where I live.  These factors convinced me I needed to…
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Pegasus Galaxy Clusters

The October 2015 issue of Sky & Telescope had a very interesting article, written by Ted Forte, entitled “A Few of My Favorite Things.”  In this article, Mr, Forte provides guidance on how to view several galaxy groups in the constellation Pegasus.  Needless to say, I was intrigued and captured by the article.  So much so that…
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Fall 2015 Staunton River Star Party

Life can be pretty rough when attending a star party during good weather.  Okay, I’m being sarcastic; actually attending a star party is great way to spend some quality time under the stars assuming the weather at night cooperates.  If you live in the mid-Atlantic region of the East coast, you really need to check out…
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2015 Supermoon Eclipse

Unfortunately the Supermoon Eclipse was almost completely obscured by cloud cover here in the Raleigh area of North Carolina. However at times the cloud cover was thin enough to get a glimpse of the eclipse. Using my Astro-Video Systems MK-IV video astronomy camera, mounted on Explore Scientific AR102 refractor on a manually controlled alt-azm mount,…
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Book Review: Objects in the Heavens

After most of our astronomy club meetings, we head out as group to a local eating establishment to enjoy a late dinner or desert or even a few drinks. This is also a great opportunity to socialize with other amateur astronomers, compare notes and even share stories of new purchases/acquisitions. That is exactly what I…
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October 2014 Partial Eclipse

On Thursday October 23, 2014, most of North America was treated to a partial solar eclipse.  A partial eclipse is when the moon’s alignment between the earth and sun only blocks a portion of the sun from the view point of an observer on Earth.  For those of us along the Eastern seaboard of the…
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Astro Video from the 2014 Almost Heaven Star Party (AHSP)

My MK-III camera was recently upgraded (for free) by the manufacture of the AVS camera to the MK-IV.  From the Almost Heaven Star Party in West Virginia, I shot M16, The Eagle Nebula, with my Astro Video Systems MKIV video camera at f/2.8 with my Celestron CPC 1100 telescope.  I used an IR cut filter…
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Can We Improve Public Observing Sessions?

Since joining the Raleigh Astronomy Club in late 2006, I have grown increasingly more involved in Astronomy outreach. I find sharing my knowledge of Astronomy, the night skies and celestial observing to be quite rewarding as well as very enjoyable. While on vacation just a few weeks ago I came across a small plaque for…
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2014 International Sun-Day

Several Raleigh Astronomy Club members, including myself, supported the International Sun-Day events at the North of Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.  At the start of the event (12 noon) the weather was not at all cooperative with almost 100% cloud cover. However holes in the clouds began to appear by 2pm and by 3pm we started to get…
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