Earth Shine and the Waxing Crescent Moon

Earth Shine and the Moon

The moon is once again making an appearance in the night sky. It is currently in the waxing crescent, and it’s a good opportunity to try and capture some earth-shine.

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Earth Hour at the Canada Museum of Science and Technology

Earth Hour at the Canada Museum of Science and Technology

As part of the promotion of Earth Hour, the Canada Museum of Science and Technology opened the doors to the Helen Sawyer Hogg Observatory and their indoor planetarium. As well, members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Ottawa Centre had telescopes out to show people the stars (and Saturn).

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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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Kanata, Ontario – The last fly pass of the “Discovery”

Graeme arrived after work and suggested that, since the night sky was clear, we should try to get a shot of the last pass by of the space shuttle “Discovery”.
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Lac Leamy Casino Fireworks Competition – Aug 2006

Each year an international fireworks competition is sponsored by the Casino De Hull at Lac Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec. The competing teams from different countries choreograph their displays to music and the resultant sound and light shows are usually fantastic. This blog entry provides a glimpse at the many different colours and formations that light up the night sky each night during the August competitions. On this particular night, I was happy with the fireworks display and the overall quality for the show but was somewhat disappointed that my position relative to the light wind direction left me with more smoke int he shots than I normally like. Interested in photographing fireworks ? Take a look at our fireworks tutorial. Doesn’t guarantee success but should give you some thoughts to consider and ideas to try.

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