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"Hmmm, someone deleted my comments....... OK fine!! LOL Anyway, how's it going Neil. I read your blog and I must say a good night under the stars (even if your eyes are closed) is better than toiling away in the office."
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Indian Trail Spring - July 2018

I've been working around the clock these days, quite literally. For nearly 3 years I've not had a chance to go to a dark sky outing, or take any pictures. The gear is getting dusty and my knowledge of how to run it getting rusty.My friend Scott is moving to Nashville in a few weeks and wanted to go to Indian Trail Spring one last time before he goes. I needed a break bad. Get some rest, get some viewing in, and get some killer bro time. The timing for going to ITS couldn't have been better. We…See More
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Primary Imaging Setup:
Vixen ED103S
William Optics ZenithStar 66 SD (guide scope)
Canon 1000Da (Modified)
Meade DSI Pro (guider)
Orion Sirius EQ-G

Wide Field Imaging Setup:
Canon 1000D (stock)
AstroTech AT65EDQ
Canon EF 70-300 IS USM
Canon EFs 18-55 IS Kit
Nikon 50mm Manual
Modified 8x50mm Finder (guide scope)
Meade DSI (guider)
Orion Atlas EQ-G

Visual Setup:
16" Meade Light Bridge
Round Table Platforms Equatorial Platform
TeleVue Paracorr
35mm TeleVue Panoptic
22mm, 12mm TeleVue Nagler Type 4
3.5mm, 5mm, 8mm Orion Stratus

Solar Setup:
Coronado PST 40mm <1a H-alpha Filter
Orion SkyView Pro

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Starry Night Pro Plus
Nebulosity
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Indian Trail Spring - July 2018

Posted on July 15, 2018 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

I've been working around the clock these days, quite literally. For nearly 3 years I've not had a chance to go to a dark sky outing, or take any pictures. The gear is getting dusty and my knowledge of how to run it getting rusty.

My friend Scott is moving to Nashville in a few weeks and wanted to go to Indian Trail Spring one last time before he goes. I needed a break bad. Get some rest, get some viewing in, and get some killer bro time. The timing for going to ITS couldn't have been…

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SkyView Acres September 2015

Posted on September 13, 2015 at 1:30am 0 Comments

SkyView Acres September 2015



It's a real treat to go out in September. Would be even more of a treat to go out in January! But having the fall objects nice and high and the winter objects rising a bit it real nice.



I don't think I'll go back to SkyView Acres in July, August or September as the wasps out there are so bad it really takes the relaxation out of the daytime. I was cooped up in the RV again. Booo!



Even still, I had some wonderful…

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Oregon Star Party 2015

Posted on August 16, 2015 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

Five wonderful nights at Indian Trail Spring. Bortle 1 goodness!



Although the first two nights were spotted with clouds and haze that made imaging pretty pointless, so I left them covered. Poor guys sat for 2 nights not even polar aligned. Friends and neighbors tried their hand at imaging, but I'm not sure if anyone got anything decent. It did make me wish I brought my lenses though as some haze can be a friend for wide-field imaging as it makes what can be appealing diffused…

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July 2015 SkyView Acres

Posted on July 18, 2015 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Under a Bortle 2 sky with friends. 3 nights, but one was a bust with haze or likely smoke from a local fire. I wanted to be at the other location we frequent, but unfortunately it was closed due to large fires in the area. So, the fact that I got 2 decent nights was far better then getting nothing at all.

SkyView Acres is a good spot because it's closer in (only 2.5 hour drive) and nice paved roads all the way to the location. The downside is that there are many distant lights…

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At 9:09am on June 3, 2015, Wellerson Lopes said…

Hi, Neil.

Nice to meet you!

I always follow your posts in DSLR Image Processing group.

Best regards,
Wellerson

At 9:16am on May 11, 2011, Trevor Woodrow said…
Welcome Neil!
At 7:23am on May 11, 2011, Charles Dunlop said…
Setup rocks? Let's see it!!!!
At 6:09am on May 11, 2011, spike77 said…
welcome to astrogab
 
 
 

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