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Urban Imaging

Schedule doesn’t always allow for a trip to dark skies so sometimes we just have to make due with urban imaging from the driveway. Here is a daylight view of my urban imaging environment. Like a lot of urban sites … Continue reading

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Reprocessing the Helix

  During the dark sky imaging window in October, 2017 I made it out to capture some data on the Helix. Like most of my images it needs more exposure but I played around with processing it anyway. With the … Continue reading

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M96 and Friends

It has been a while since I was able to get out to my favorite dark sky site, the St. Croix Observatory. SCO is the club observatory of the Halifax Centre of the RASC and is a fantastic facility under … 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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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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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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M42 LMS Processed using Statistical Filtering for Noise Control

While working on a camera comparison for a RASC Journal column I stumbled across some strange things with Nikon cameras. It seems that filtering is applied to their raw images, producing some strangely clipped histograms in both bias and dark … Continue reading

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