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Ashes to Ashes

A break from the astronomy–though last evening offered really good seeing and high transparency, and I had the best views I’ve ever had of Jupiter and of M13. The ash trees are dying. All of them. Everywhere. On this continent. … Continue reading

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Of Pocket Cameras

Even overexposed and blurred by the movement of about one second of arc, it’s fun to share a picture of Jupiter and its moons. Very improvised setup, just an old Canon pocket camera put up to the eyepiece (for the … Continue reading

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February Stars

No school today, so I could stay up and watch Algol reach minimum light last evening. The time was right, the skies were clear, no moon, perfect. . Algol is a star in Perseus; it represents one of the eyes … Continue reading

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Taurus

Before five this morning, a break in the clouds allowed a brief observation of the heavens. Taurus was fairly high, with the Pleiades almost overhead. The distinctive “V” of the constellation was very clear, along with many smaller stars. (The … Continue reading

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The Garnet Star

One of the first names that entranced me upon taking up astronomy this January was that of the Garnet Star. Also called Herschel’s Garnet Star, and officially Mu Cephei, it’s one of those heavenly objects that interested me because of … Continue reading

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