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  1. Deep Sky This Month – January 2018

    by , 01-19-2018 at 04:06 AM
    I wish a belated Happy New Years to all and apologize for my tardiness with this month’s article. I had originally planned to skip this month because of having just returned from a business trip in early December 2017 and with the ensuing fast paced approach of the Christmas/New Year holidays. The plan was to pick it up again in February. However, I find myself a bit out of action with a back injury from a recent fall in my drive way (black ice), and have decided to cobble together a quick report ...
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  2. Horsehead (B33) and IC434 - step 1

    by , 01-16-2018 at 01:58 PM
    Thanks! I do too. The SNR was already very good with the data that I have. I am busy this week, so it may be the next dark cycle that I can go for a spin with her. I didn't lose any subs in the process and had no star-trailing.

    The focus was significantly improved compared to past efforts, though I might be able to find some that I could add to it.

    I ended up stretching the color channels separately using Fits Liberator (a Nasa product), which worked very well. ...
  3. Orion (M42) and the Running Man nebulas

    by , 01-08-2018 at 01:56 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by dmdmtr View Post
    Great image! Well done John!! Cold? Today, at noon, at my place, it was 15°C!! The highest temperature of this period recorded ever. Last year it was -15°C.
    I'm just not used to it any longer. This coming Saturday is expected to be up to 52F (11.1C), which is a big swing. I used to live near the border with Canada (~32 years ago) and we often saw temperatures of -10F (-23.3C) in December.
  4. example of the digital world encroaching on real life, and other news

    by , 12-30-2017 at 01:49 PM
    while watching GMA (Good Morning America) on CBS (TV channel, for those outside USA), i witnessed one of the people doing an emoji, with her hands, on TV, and proclaiming "I heart you" as a reply to another persons comment.

    I have no problem with using an emoji in a digital setting, as it is hard to pass emotion via black and white text. but when using it is real life, i view it as lazy. perhaps i am wrong, but what is real life coming to?

    In other news, ...
  5. Introduction

    by , 12-30-2017 at 10:26 AM
    Hello Astronomy Forum community,

    New here, though not new to the hobby. I Live in the Netherlands, city of Schiedam.

    I started as a fifteen year old boy on the roof of my parents house with a simple refractor which I made with the lens of a pair of glasses, a carton tube, a small magnifier and a broom stick. When I first spotted Saturn I knew this was the hobby of a lifetime. Now I am 62 years old and still enthusiastic. Over the years I observed with several telescopes, ...
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