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  1. A few things about Celestron I've learned as a noob.

    by , 06-06-2018 at 07:06 PM
    I have a Celestron NexStar Evolution 6" and had to ship it back for replacement, likely because a code upgrade went bad.

    Many people in the forum advise against a code upgrade unless something is absolutely not working with your mount or handset that could possibly be fixed by a code upgrade.

    I don't really like that approach, but defer to the knowledge of people who have had Celestron scopes for years and have much more experience than I do.

    I do ...
  2. Deep Sky This Month – June 2018 (Northern)

    by , 05-31-2018 at 11:45 PM
    Welcome to the northern portion of this month’s DSTM. This month signifies that we are nearing the halfway point of yet another year, with the summer solstice nearly upon us in the north, and the winter solstice for our southern friends. Because we here in the U.S. and Canada, as well as many other locations observe the dreaded Daylight savings time, our hours of astronomical darkness is further shortened.

    This month we northerners will be paying a visit to the far northern sky ...
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  3. Deep Sky This Month – June 2018 (Southern)

    by , 05-31-2018 at 11:32 PM
    We now wander below the celestial equator to Lupus the Wolf to look at our offerings from the southern sky. Lupus is one of the original 48 constellations established by the Greco-Roman astronomer and mathematician Claudius Ptolemy in the 2nd century. Lupus is a bright constellation lying between Scorpius and Centaurus and is ranked 46th in area out of the 88 modern constellations.

    The celestial wolf is home to many fine deep-sky objects and this is where we shall stalk our prey this ...
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  4. a mid-Spring reprocess Galaxy NGC 2403

    by , 05-31-2018 at 02:35 AM
    I decided to blog this post instead of posting again.. I visited the data yet again since I knew there was something wrong with it. It appears that the red channel was somehow being suppressed and possibly clipped in the previous versions. I had been using a DDP stretch in Nebulosity to start the process. This time around, I split the color channels after stacking (median to catch most of the hot pixels) and reconstructed it in StarTools. StarTools lets me boost the individual channels in a ...
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  5. STAR-Guide Star Atlas - a personal observation (Part 1 of 3)

    by , 05-20-2018 at 01:55 AM
    Those of you who know me well already know that I am what I like to call an atlaholic. In other words, someone who has a deep affection for and addiction to printed star and sky atlases. Being both old and old school, I have always had an affinity for books that I can hold in my hand, turn page by page and slowly drink in their fine, simplistic beauty. These engrained feelings of course extend to books about astronomy, whether they are observing guides, historical or current informational datasets, ...
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