Observation Report

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July 26th, 2022: Excellent night at DHO

Last night, July 26th, was one of the best transparency nights of the year.  Chris, Evan, Rob, Mike F. and I trekked down to DHO for the evening.  If I remember correctly, Mike resumed yesterday’s mission to observe the Milky Way, Rob observed Messier objects in the SE sky with his Dob.  Evan and Chris imaged the Western Veil, while I slewed around looking for juicy Messier targets.  The Milky Way’s dust lanes, Galaxies and nebulae observations and images were much crisper than usual.  The Andromeda galaxy and the Comet C/2017 K2 were especially nice tonight.  (See below).  The cooler […]

4/29/2022 Members observing session report

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 […]

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 […]

Jupiter processed from 4,000 frames

Observation Report, Jupiter and Saturn

August 4th-5th, 2021. A warm, dry, windless, mostly clear night in Dewitt, NY. Saturn is at opposition with Jupiter not far behind. My driveway suffers with Bortle 9, and seeing was meh, but no dew, yay! Once again, Sharpcap did it’s magic with deft and aplomb. I tested 4 different settings in an effort to increase the frames/second during movies of the gas giants. The best ones are below. The one of Jupiter was shot at nearly 80fps and wow, what a difference in clarity and color of the GRS and moons. This is also my first attempt at using […]