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Monster Galaxy

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M31 - The Andromeda GalaxyOn Friday July 21st, I spent another lonely night at the CCCA Observatory in Wellandport Ontario. I started a bit late, and it was complete darkness as I made the 40 minute drive from my house.  I was delighted to see the milky way appearing as I looked out my sunroof on that cool July night.  When I got to the observatory, I instantly noticed how clear and stable the air was.  I took a few 30 second exposures on my tripod while I set up. Milky Way at the CCCAAfter setting up all of my equipment, I set my sights on Andromeda.  After a little bit of…

M8 – The Lagoon Nebula

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M8 - The Lagoon NebulaEver since I got into Astrophotography, I've wanted to image this nebula because it is so big and colourful.  Emission Nebulae are some of the most beautiful and colorful objects in the night sky.  I have been having some focus issues as of late, but luckily this night the stars were sharp through each sub.  This is stack of 4 minute exposures totaling just under 2 hours.  I was able to capture a wider field of view thanks to my new William Optics Field Flattener:)William Optics Field Flattener III

Once in a Lifetime Event

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Venus makes its way across the disc of the Sun - June 5, 2012Venus begins to pass in front of the SunDespite the weather forecast, we had clear skies for the transit of Venus in St. Catharines!  I set up my home made Solar Scope to view and photograph the event.  It was an unforgettable experience as I saw Venus slowly begin to creep in front of the sun.  I sent my photos to a number of news outlets including CHCH news, The St. Catharines Standard and the Weather Network.  I didn't hear back from anyone, but my photo on the weather network was viewed by over 7000 people! Fo…