Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, USA

Category: Video Astronomy / EAA

Bringing Space Exploration & the Night Sky Down to Earth

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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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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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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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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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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