Jeff Higgins

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First members observing session of 2022 on April, 29th.

Twelve members took time out of their busy schedules to schlep their gear to DHO for a wonderful night on the hill.  The temps outside hovered around freezing once the sun set, but the chartroom was heated and lots of home sapiens added to the warmth…both physically and mentally…and with Mike Z’s thoughtfulness, we had a plethora of Vitamin O modalities to explore…bakery-style, gluten free, and classic Oreo’s to keep us going throughout the night.   A few of the observers were die-hard astrophotographers, but there were quite a variety of  stargeeks on the lawn.  Mike F brought his lawn chair […]

Sharpcap Histogram

Easy way to take flats for astrophotography and EAA

Flat frames illuminate where dust, vignetting, and other imperfections in the optical path and are used by imaging software can use the flat frame to compensate when processing the image. Flat frames are used with dark frames and bias frames to round out the calibration set. You don’t need to do any of these frames, but your images will come out better and less noisy if you do. If you disassemble your camera from your telescope, you will want to take flat frames each session because there is no guarantee the camera will have the same alignment when you reassemble […]

10/1/2021 Public Night Observation Report

Last night was one of the bestest nights ever on the DHO dark site in Vesper. It was basically clear and windless all night, albeit a chilly and damp 43 degrees. The Milky Way was clearly streaking from East the West (or West to East, dunno which) across the sky. Some clouds rolled in around 2:30 AM when the slim crescent moon rose in the East…where it usually rises (:-) We entertained about a dozen of the public, who spent quite a bit of time visiting each of 7 member telescopes…two of which were located indoors, remotely using EAA. Tony […]

Moon taken on 9/24/2021

9/24/21 Public Night Observation Report

Friday night’s public session was a real hit!   About 20 people showed up to look through their own scopes or our members’.  There was a mixture of singles, couples and whole families.  Some were returnees from previous star parties.  Many are planning to join us next weekend too, when the moon will not intrude on some serious deep sky observing, during our first back-to-back public sessions.   It was perfectly clear all night, no wind.  Even the Milky Way was faintly visible under the huge gibbous moon. Temps were in the 60s at first, and quickly gave way to the mid […]