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M51 Update

After reshooting some flats to get rid of a gradient in the lower part of the image I was able to push the stretch a bit more and managed to get a more detailed image of the main galaxy (M51) … Continue reading

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Finaly an image off the Esprit 120

It’s been a few months since I’ve had clear skies during a dark sky imaging window. I’ve been itching to get out and get a good test of my new SkyWatcher Esprit 120 APO. Several members of the Halifax Centre … Continue reading

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Esprit 120 Update

Well it has been a while coming, but the folks at SkyWatcher were able to diagnose the problem they had with my previous Esprit 120 and have shipped me a new replacement scope. I’m very pleased to say that this … Continue reading

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More on My Esprit 120 Issue

Well I’ve had a chance to take the Esprit 120 on a good test drive and it has been a bit of a disappointment. The new scope sent from SkyWatcher Canada still has strange spikes on the stars and SkyWatcher … Continue reading

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New SkyWatcher Esprit 120 First Light Image

Recently I purchased a shiny new SkyWatcher Esprit 120 APO refractor from Atlantic Photo Supply. Unlike what you see in the usual astronomy magazines my new toy had some issues with spikes on all the stars that were not what … Continue reading

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M20

  The day started out normally, warm sunny and promising to be another great summer day. The weather forecast called for a mix of sun and cloud with a chance of showers and clearing in the evening. After doing the … Continue reading

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A Night with Virgo

Sometimes things go right despite my best efforts. Friday night was such a night. My local centre of the RASC decided to have a club observer’s evening and like a lot of members I couldn’t resist the first clear night … Continue reading

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Thor’s Helmet

Ever have one of those nights when things just don’t  seem to start well? Turns out that this was one of those nights. A friend and I  went to our club’s dark sky site to capture a couple of images, … Continue reading

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Flaming Star Nebula

After a bit of a dry spell a couple of RASC members and I made it out to the St. Croix Observatory (SCO). SCO is the local Centre club observatory with dark skies and a great roll off facility. One … Continue reading

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M45

The evening was surprisingly clear for one with clouds in the forecast so I headed out to SCO, the observatory of the Halifax Centre of the RASC for some time under the stars. As I finished polar aligning several other … Continue reading

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