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Random ramblings on astro stuff

Creating a Movie in PixInsight

May 23, 2015
I recently imaged a small asteroid (42251) for the purpose of calculating the value of AU, as well as generating an asteroid lightcurve. I imaged for 60 seconds every 10...
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Setting Up My New AP1100 Mount

August 10, 2014
I am finally getting around to setting up my new AP1100 mount, after it sitting in boxes in the garage for several weeks while I was tied up with other projects. The AP11...
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Selecting the Best Image SubFrames

January 01, 2014
Even though I have a very good mount (AP900), auto-focus software (FocusMax), and good guiding (Lodestar Off-Axis Guide Camera and Maxim DL) I still end up with a few ima...
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My Week at Pine Mountain Observatory

August 03, 2013
I recently had the opportunity to spend a week at Pine Mountain Observatory to help with an Astronomy Research Camp for high school students. PMO is located about 20 mile...
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Why You Should Use Imaging Automation (Even if You Don't Have an Observatory)

July 22, 2013
Although my location is grandly named the Quail Run Observatory, in fact all I have is a permanent pier, with my scope and camera under a TeleGizmos 365 cover. Someday I...
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