Good Views from GMARS

Spring time at GMARS is a bit interesting in terms of weather. The conditions during the daytime would lead one to believe that the night is going to be useless. It's often cloudy or the winds are so insane that you wonder why you bothered coming out here. But then night settles in. The clouds tend to dissipate and the winds subside. The seeing conditions may not be anything to write home about but you really don't care as you stare at the sky while wearing shorts and a t-shirt.

Here is some evidence of that:

The Moon (barely noticeable near bottom center, just above the horizon) is about to set while Jupiter hangs above it. I think there's even a hint of the Zodiacal Light.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Sigma EX DG 8mm f/3.5 circular fisheye lens (cropped).
Focus is overrated.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II with EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II lens.

Crescent Moon with Earth shine.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II with EF 200mm f/2.8L II lens.

The GMARS telescope field.

My scope pointed at the Rho Ophiuchi Nebula.

A single 15-minute exposure of the Rho Ophiuchi Nebula.
FLI ML11002-C camera, AG Optical 10" Newtonian, SB Paramount ME II.
No darks or flats.


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