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October 31, 2006

No house burning, but . . .

As I've said before, "The Star Splitter" by Robert Frost is a favorite poem of mine and many amateur astronomers, not only because it captures the wonder of starry nights, but because it captures the obsession – and the pressure...
Posted by Greg Stone at 08:25 PM
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The Holy Grail - or at least The Horsehead

Well sort of. , , I'll be the first to admit, this view of the Horsehead is not overhwelming. But, it is there - honest - take a close look. Seeing the Horsehead has been one of my main goals,...
Posted by Greg Stone at 05:49 PM
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Messier, mystery, and SWAN and Halloween

Updates: Double-trouble Mystery solved!?! Comet SWAN, toodling through Hercules on its way back out from the sun, presented a wonderful opportunity for education – but then it got zapped by space aliens! Well, maybe not aliens, but help me out...
Posted by Greg Stone at 12:38 AM
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October 27, 2006

Lessons learned from Orion's sword

One of the more enlightening moments I had last year was when a visitor to Driftway Observatory peered into the 15-inch and asked me if the three stars in a row she saw were Orion's Belt. It was a good...
Posted by Greg Stone at 10:53 AM
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October 26, 2006

Two swans and a new "zoom" lens

Hey, the great attraction last night was Comet SWAN – but I did capture the above image of the well-known constellation Cygnus the Swan with my new zoom lens as it (the heavenly swan) plunged into my trees to...
Posted by Greg Stone at 12:15 PM
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October 18, 2006

Hooked on Video

My days as a dedicated visual-only observer are over - in the past week, with wonderfully clear skies, I've gotten more than 15 hours in using my new Color Hyper MallinCam with the 8-inch LX90 and 15-inch Obsession. Anyone want...
Posted by Greg Stone at 02:26 PM
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Now THAT'S a pier!

My idea for a new observing pier was simple – get a metal pipe and sink it in some concrete. Mark Gibson, of ClearVue Optics, however, had better ideas. He took my simplistic approach and fabricated a still simple,...
Posted by Greg Stone at 06:49 AM
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Going round and round . . .

I've added this simple North Star disc – 2-feet in diameter – to the Observatory tools. When you face it, you’re also facing north, and it spins gently so you can adjust it to the current positions of the...
Posted by Greg Stone at 06:38 AM
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  • No house burning, but . . .

  • The Holy Grail - or at least The Horsehead

  • Messier, mystery, and SWAN and Halloween

  • Lessons learned from Orion's sword

  • Two swans and a new "zoom" lens

  • Hooked on Video

  • Now THAT'S a pier!

  • Going round and round . . .
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