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June Skies

May 31 2014 07:05 AM | cookman in This Month's Skies

Highlights: Comet Journal, Martian Landers, Meteor Showers, Planet Plotting, Summer Solstice, June Moon

Focus Constellations: Cassiopeia, Camelopardalis, Lynx, Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Cepheus, Draco, Cygnus, Lyra, Hercules, Corona Borealis, Bootes, Canes Venetici, Coma Berenices, Virgo, Ophiuchus



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Binocular Universe: Pareidolic Pandemonium

May 31 2014 05:34 AM | PhilH in Binocular Universe

By studying the Full Moon and letting your imagination play with the maria, you may see some vague reference to a human face. This effect, where the human brain turns indistinct markings into concrete, identifiable entities, is called pareidolia and is the basis for the famous Rorschach inkblot test.

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Grab N' Go Alt-Az Adventures: Orion 8” f/4.9 Re...

May 07 2014 08:00 AM | admin in Articles

The whole truly is greater than the sum of its parts, and this assembly really re-ignited my passion in this hobby.

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First Impressions of the Lunt 152mm f/8 ED-APO

May 06 2014 10:55 AM | BillP in User Reviews

Excellent value with excellent performance, the Lunt-152 ED-APO with its APM designed lens makes the 6” APO experience both affordable and enjoyable.

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Review: 10Micron GM2000HPS

May 06 2014 09:36 AM | admin in User Reviews

This is a high end mount that delivers extraordinary performance and unguided imaging. It does not come cheap, but when comparing to other offerings it is important to note that this has absolute encoders – and they don’t come cheap.

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May Skies

May 06 2014 06:04 AM | cookman in This Month's Skies

Highlights: Comet Journal, Martian Landers, Meteor Showers, Planet Plotting, May Moon Focus Constellations: Cassiopeia, Camelopardalis, Lynx, Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Cepheus, Draco, Lyra, Hercules, Corona Borealis, Bootes, Canes Venetici, Coma Berenices, Virgo, Leo

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What's Up - M 41, Open Cluster in Canis Major

May 06 2014 05:17 AM | stevecoe in What's Up . . .

M 41 has been a favorite of mine for many years. If you are making a table of the best open clusters in the sky and M 41 is not on that list I believe you have made some poor choices.

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Binocular Universe: Balancing Act

May 06 2014 12:44 AM | PhilH in Binocular Universe

In between the bright stars Spica in Virgo and Antares in Scorpius lies a sort of celestial no-man’s-land of faint suns that often go unnoticed under the veil of light pollution. Many of those dim points belong to the zodiacal constellation of Libra, the balance scales. Under moderately dark skies, we can just make out the diamond pattern of 3rd and 4th magnitude stars that form the main figure of Libra.

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Navigating the Virgo Galaxy Cluster

Apr 27 2014 12:54 AM | admin in Articles

Spring is the perfect time to explore the Virgo Galaxy Cluster. Even small telescopes show a nice assembly of galaxies. Most maps available, however, are rendered by sky charting software and fail to give a meaningful impression of what to expect in the eyepiece.

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Overlay your DSLR & CCD images in Google Earth

Apr 27 2014 12:31 AM | coinboy1 in Articles

I have recently discovered a great way to make your DSLR & CCD images interactive. I wanted a way to showcase my images and thought it would be neat to have a “map” of all my astrophotography images in one place. After doing some research, I have found a cool and free way to do that.

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