Northern Lights from North of the Arctic Circle

Northern Lights from North of the Arctic Circle

I’ve been back from Norway for a couple of weeks, but for the first week was too wacked out from jet lag to do much of anything. I was thinking that were I to do a coding marathon of 30+ hours, skip one night’s sleep then get to bed at a “normal” time, I could do a hard reset of my internal clock. Nope. Didn’t work. Screwed me up (well, more than normal). The trip was terrific, but too short. While I don’t...

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Aboard the MS Finnmarken north of the Arctic Circle

Aboard the MS Finnmarken north of the Arctic Circle

Aboard the MS Finnmarken north of the Arctic Circle. A couple of things I have always wanted to do were: go on a cruise (not one of those gaudy drink-yourself-to-the-emergency-room kinda cruises, but something a little more mellow), and to see the Northern Lights. What fun when I discovered that there was a cruise to see the Northern Lights (not to be confused with Friday Night Lights, that was a different network). I signed up almost...

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Eclipse Day!

Eclipse Day!

Eclipse Day! Finally here! My very first total eclipse. Many in our group have seen 5 or more. My roommate is on his 7th. I never thought much of going halfway around the world to see something that lasted in this case, a mere 2 minutes, 9 seconds. People who do this are called “eclipse chasers”. But finally had some sense knocked into me when I realized that the eclipse is just a part of an otherwise fascinating journey. Each spot in the world...

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M42 by Rogelio Bernal Andreo

M42 by Rogelio Bernal Andreo

With all of the new technology coming on line over the past 20 years, few fields of endeavor have been more visible changed then that of astrophotography. Improved optics and manufacturing processes have put telescopes that would have been previously  available only to researchers into the hands of even casual amateur astronomers. Imaging hardware and software not even available 10 years ago have trumped the “old” chemical film...

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More astrophotography

Pretty good seeing tonight, as opposed to last night which was awful. This is my favorite phase of the moon, as it highlights Copernicus, Clavius and Tycho. This was shot completely handheld so I could use my 35 mm eyepiece that gave me a fighting chance to capture the entire disk in one shot. The Magnilux didn’t come with the larger bracket needed for the 1.25″ eyepiece barrel. I should get that shortly so I don’t have to shoot 40 images just...

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