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Cocoon Nebula 80mm

Cocoon Nebula with an 80mm Telescope

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IC 5164 - The Cocoon Nebula Imaged with an 80mm Refractor We have had a stretch of clear nights this summer, and I have been taking full advantage! This year I decided to spend some time in the sweet spot of the sky, Cygnus the Swan. This area of the night sky rises high overhead throughout the night, free from the earths atmosphere.  My first target was IC 5164, The Cocoon Nebula. I have never attempted this object before because I heard it was quite difficult to image, and to be honest, I just didn't like the look of it! [caption id="attachment_2470" align="aligncenter" width="688"] Th…

Black Forest Star Party at Cherry Springs

Black Forest Star Party

Black Forest Star Party Cherry Springs State Park - June 2014 The unspoiled dark skies of Cherry Springs State Park in Pennsylvania are a real treat to stargazers who attend the Black Forest Star Party.  Now this is what our night sky is supposed to look like! Weather-wise, it has been an astrophotographers dream this summer. We have had lots of clear nights, and I have been taking full advantage! I attended my first "star-party" last week. The Black Forest Star Party has been running since 2005 at the Cherry Springs State Park and is run by the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg, PA.…

Making the Most of it!

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Setting up my astrophotography gear at the CCCA Observatory using only red lights to preserve my night vision. I had a long, eventful night at the CCCA Observatory this past Saturday. I wasn't even planning on going, as a heart-breaking defeat of my Toronto Raptors at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets was fresh on my mind. I started packing up my astro-gear at 7:45pm. With the sun setting at 8:05pm, and a 45 minute drive ahead of me, I knew I would be breaking one of my own astronomy rules: Setting up in the dark. By the time I arrived, it was pitch black, with only the stars and my red…