AAAP star parties at both Wagman Observatory and at Mingo Observatory on Satuday September 27,2014. Public is invited.

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Stellarium.org screen capture, looking SW at 8PM: Bright star Antares, Mars, Saturn and the Moon form an interesting grouping. Above and to the right Antares shines.

More AAAP September 27, 2014 Star Party information:
Wagman Observatory
Mingo Observatory

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Bill Snyder’s astrophotograph of the Horsehead Nebula (IC 434) is the First Place Winner in the Deep Space Category at the 2014 International Astrophotographer of the Year Contest sponsored by the Royal Museums Greenwich. Bill has received many accolades for his astrophotography, including seven APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day) wins. Bill’s astrophotographs can be viewed and purchased at his website http://billsnyderastrophotography.com/ and at shows across the East Coast and Eastern Mid-West. Congratulations to Bill Snyder, from the AAAP!

Timeline of the Universe
Mingo Observatory Lecture: The Big Bang and Then Some – a Layman’s Perspective
Learn about how everything we now enjoy in the night sky got started.
Open Rain or shine, cloudy or clear. No reservation needed.
Four Tuesdays, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM, September 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th.
Observing afterwards, conditions permitting.
Mingo Clear Sky Chart

Wagman Clear Sky Chart
Monday, September 15, 2014 Wagman Better Observing Techniques(formerly Starhopping) class is cancelled, by Wagman Director Tom Reiland due to deteriorating conditions. 3:45PM 9/15/2014 Tuesday’s session is still scheduled.
Better Observing Techniques classes are scheduled Mondays and Tuesdays, Sept 15 and 16 and Oct 13 and 14 at Wagman Observatory. Classes begin at 7 PM.

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9/6/2014 – Sunset at Wagman Observatory – By Nate Brandt

It rained part of the way to Wagman as I drove east last night which probably discouraged more people from coming out for movie night.  We had a beautiful sunset in the west and at the same time we had a double rainbow in the east followed up by the movie October Sky shortly after.

Double Rainbow over Wagman Movie Night - By Nate Brandt

Double Rainbow over Wagman Movie Night – By Nate Brandt

Regards,

Nate Brandt

Cocoon Nebula - IC5146 -- in Cygnus Location: Cherry Springs, PA Equipment: Imaging Camera = ATIK 383L Camera Autoguiding Camera = Atik16IC via an OAG Telescope OTA = Tele Vue NP127is @f5.2 Mount = CGEM Home made cross filter Exposures = multiple 5 min. L and multiple 10 min. each RGB Software = Maxim DL and Photoshop CS5

Cocoon Nebula – IC5146 — in Cygnus
Location:
Cherry Springs, PA
Equipment:
Imaging Camera = ATIK 383L Camera
Autoguiding Camera = Atik16IC via an OAG
Telescope OTA = Tele Vue NP127is @f5.2
Mount = CGEM
Home made cross filter
Exposures = multiple 5 min. L and multiple 10 min. each RGB
Software = Maxim DL and Photoshop CS5

 

From my 1st trip to Cherry Springs 2 weeks ago. 

Imaging details are below the image.

Thanks for looking.

Frank Wielgus

Thursday night at Wagman was one of the most transparent nights I’ve ever seen at Wagman.  The MW was easily visible and dipping further into the south than usual.  I took a few pictures around the observatory to try and show how nice the view was.

Regards,

Nate Brandt

8/10/2014 – During a full moon night at Wagman Observatory I decided to play with the Brashear Refractor and determine requirements for extension tubes and other adapters to reach focus with a small chip high speed, webcam like, imaging camera for lunar and planetary imaging.  As luck would have it, very little was needed outside of the ordinary adapters, focus was easy to reach, and the Brashear performed well considering the lousy seeing and the “flatness” or lack of contrast we normally have during a full moon.  Hunting around on the eastern limb of the moon took us to Crater Neper whose central peak just catches the light and whose shadow can be seen against the rear crater wall.

Regards,

Nate Brandt

Crater Neper - By Nate Brandt

Crater Neper – By Nate Brandt

http://celestial-imaging.com/?p=1797