Astronomy Camping at Nirvana

Astronomy Camping at Nirvana

Nirvana is a nice dark sky zone known to Members of RASC where one can go for astronomy. That weekend there were over 9 of us out there, from planetary observers to DSO (deep space objects). Even one expert who spent the entire astronomical night watching meteors plummet to the earth.
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ISS Flyby & Hercules Cluster

ISS Flyby & Hercules Cluster

Tonight was a clear night with several visible ISS flybys. Using the GH2 for the first time I mounted it on my telescope mount to track the stars so that only the ISS itself was streaking across the stars. The above picture has a bit of a jitter as I was trying to capture the fast moving ISS station and reposition the camera to take the shot.

This shot is of the Uras Major (Big Dipper) as the ISS station passes close-by constellation. While waiting for the ISS station to do the flybys I also set-up my telescope with the GH2 to take some pictures of M13, the Hercules Cluster.

Although not the largest cluster in the sky (that is the Centauri cluster) it is the largest in the northern sky whereby North America and Europe and Russia can see.

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Ottawa Centre Meeting at the Canada Science and Technology Museum

Friday night, at the Canada Science and Technology Museum, the Ottawa Centre RASC (Royal Astronomical Society of Canada) meeting was underway when I arrived. Now, to be fair, these folks are used to sitting in the dark for hours at a time, but I was still a bit surprised to find them all sitting in a completely darkened auditorium when I arrived.

But there they were, about a hundred of them just sitting there patiently waiting for something to happen. No mosquitoes to swat so that was a good sign!!! :-).
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Astronomy Day 2011

Astronomy Day 2011

Today is Astronomy Day, and the above picture is a shot of the Sun as it rises. Again you can see some sunspots. Once again I was volunteering for the RASC event held at the Canada Museum of Science and Technology. We had two main events, Solar Observing during the day, and Star Party after it got dark.

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A bit of country air, Richmond, Ontario

Graeme had a new buddy scope to attach to his larger telescope.  One of the reasons for purchasing this particular model was the ability to be able to attach his camera to it and use it as a 545mm lens as well as use it for its normal telescope purpose.

I had seen some wild turkeys in one of the fields along Eagleson  Road so off we went to try out the arrangement.
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Other Astrophotography on the Night of the “Supermoon”

By now, you have probably seen your fair share of SuperMoon pictures. The moon was 30% brighter  and I was in Kanata at the time with the normal city glow reducing astronomical viewing.  Therefore, the moon was just about all that I could take a picture of with much detail. There were still a few bright objects in the sky that refused to be bleached out entirely, and I wanted to try out the Go-To on my telescope.

First, is a shot of Saturn and its moon Titan, they were pretty close to the moon (following a similar path across the sky but an hour later).

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Tonight is SuperMoon Night

If I close my eyes maybe he won't see me!

It’s a full moon tonight and so far the forecast is for a clear sky in our part of the world so Graeme is working hard to get his camera and telescope ready for the big event.
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