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The Flint River Astronomy Club meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at "the Gardens" of the Georgia Experiment Station/University of Georgia 7:30pm.
Location: Griffin, Georgia
Latest Activity: Jun 21, 2015
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June 21, 2015
Beautiful skies, indeed. Here is the result of perseverance. I spent last evening with two other astrophotographers from the Flint River Astronomy Club, Alan and Felix. I stood in awe of their rigs. Alan has Celestron C11 Edge mounted on an 1100GTO German Equatorial Mount with Servo Motor Drive, while Felix has an Astro-Physics •130 mm f/6.3 StarFire EDF 'Gran Turismo' Triplet Apochromatic Refractor with 3.5" Focuser (you get put on an 8 year waiting list to get one of these) mounted on an •1200GTO German Equatorial Mount with Servo Motor Drive. Wow, what beauties those beasts are. You can view them in the images below.
The night started out completely clouded over. Ever the optimists, we decided to set up anyway and trust in the weather gods. Finally, at about 12:30 A:M the gods cooperated, and the sky cleared. Felix imaged a dark nebula in Ophiuchus. Alan imaged M17. Not to be outdone, I decided that since Sagittarius was looking so stellar, I would image M17 as well, but also because the last three attempts never were very satisfying for me. I took 22 five-minute images at ISO 800. My perseverance paid off. Here is my result. enjoy:
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