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Sagittarius Star Cloud from Cima Road

When you're under truly dark skies, it's amazing how easy astrophotography becomes. Shorter exposure times can be used, signs of vignetting disappear, and post-processing is a simple matter of levels, curves, and resizing.

The following image is evidence of this. It's a single 2-minute exposure with very little processing.

Comet Pan-STARRS Still Putting on a Show

The comet that wowed us when it was near the crescent moon back in March (details here) is still putting on quite a show. Granted, it's much fainter and smaller now, but photographically it's still pretty amazing.





Views from GMARS

Here are a few photos from GMARS last night.




Tiny Island Universe

The spiral galaxy, M101, and a few of its neighbors rest quietly behind a foreground of stars.

 


Installing a Mach1 GTO Telescope Mount

While I await my new mount, I decided to temporarily place my Astro-Physics Mach1 GTO in the observatory. Here's a short timelapse video of me installing it and then placing the Takahashi FSQ-106ED X-III on top.

Another Beautiful Sunset at GMARS

Sunsets from the observatory don't disappoint.