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Almonte, Ontario – A bit of History and Architecture

This blog entry will be focusing on a bit of the architecture and history of Almonte. (Location) Although a few photos of the Mississippi River and the Great Falls are included in this post, please refer to previous blog entries if you are interested in seeing the river and Great Falls in more detail and completeness. Great Falls – Lower SectionUpper Section

The Mississippi River has played an important role in the history of Almonte, providing as it did the gravitational power of the river’s 60+ foot plunge over layered bedrock which was harnessed to operate a number of woollen and grist mills in the area. The river’s water later turned power turbines for electrical power generation. Although the grist mills and woollen mills are no longer in operation, electrical power generation at the location of the Great Falls has been upgraded and expanded recently to better service modern electricity demands.

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Upper section of Great Falls – Almonte, Ontario

After visiting the Lower section of Great Falls, I moved uphill to the upper section of Great Falls in Almonte, Ontario.

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Lower section of Great Falls – Almonte, Ontario

After extracting Graeme’s car from a muddy rut on a bushland trail north of Almonte, I drove to the lower section of the Great Falls parking lot in Almonte, Ontario, expecting to be able to walk over to bit of dry land at the base of the Lower Falls. I forgot that, since the last time that I had stopped here, a new power generation structure had been constructed and getting to the island by foot was no longer possible. Thankfully, the planners didn’t block off access to the falls completely so there are still some excellent vantage points for viewing this Eastern Ontario falls.

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Almonte Astrophotography Canada Explorer Ontario

Getting out of a rut.

Last night, Graeme was heading along the trail into the Observatory buildings when a nice rut grabbed a wheel and held him there. We looked at the problem in the dark and decided that would have more success getting the car out of the rut in the daylight so we moved all of his astronomy gear over to my car and headed home.

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Almonte Astrophotography

Night of Astrophotography

Night of Astrophotography

Now that I have my new set-up and dark skies (moon is down and I’m at a remote location outside of Ottawa), I’m able to start to seriously test out the scope/mount abilities (sans Auto-Guiding). The above picture is the Great Orion Nebula (M42 / NGC1976) and, just above it, the Running Man Nebula (NGC1975).

Next is the Pinwheel Galaxy (M101 NGC5457) which is visible year round in Ottawa’s Night Sky.

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The Great Orion Nebula

The Great Orion Nebula

I’m just starting out in astrophotography so this is my official first Nebula photographed in any sort of clarity to accurately identify it. The Great Orion Nebula makes up part of Orion’s Sword (just below and to the left of the belt). Its the middle of the three brightest objects of the sword. Now the above picture is a B&W composition of the constellation as a whole, below is what it looks like in Infrared (658nm and up).