EAA Observation Reports

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Saturn through 8" EdgeHD at prime focus (no reducer, no Barlow) and planetary ZWO ASI462

Observation Report – Moon and Gas Giant Planets

Here’s what I can capture, produce and show at my next Public Moon Night. IMHO, they’re almost as good as the Cave, perhaps a bit better. It was actually first light, visually, through my EAA scope. For the past 2 months,it has been camera-only. Even with an 92% lit moon, the planets had lots of detail with the 8″ EdgeHD at prime focus (no reducer, no Barlow) and planetary ZWO ASI462 camera attached. I used SharpCap to capture movies of the Moon and FireCapture for the planets. The planets were an amazing 3 inches across on the TV…great for public […]

Trifid Nebula

Observation Notes:  July 4-5, 2021

Observation Notes:  July 4-5, 2021  Darling Hill Observatory, Vesper NY.  Temperature cooled quickly from 70 – 54 degrees, no wind, great seeing, early heavy dew, nearly cloudless, no moon until a 3AM waning crescent.  Plenty of fireworks heard but no light issues, lovely Milky Way arching directly overhead. After a 3.5 hr delay due to technical problems and user errors, I finally got everything working right.  I used some old darks in pre-processing that blocked nearly everything out and saw nothing but medium brightness stars. I won’t do that again.  Thankfully, I had cranked up the heat early on my […]