The Eldorado Star Party – 2014

The Eldorado Star Party is one of the larger amateur astronomer gatherings in Texas each year.  A bunch of us setup in a field on the X-Bar ranch to view the stars, take pictures, chat, learn and generally have fun.  This will be the second time I’ve attended and I had such a good time […]

Making Pretty Pictures From Scientific Data

Clouds, horrifically bad seeing, rain, oppressive heat, the Moon and of course a regular day job. These are all things that can keep you from heading out to do some astrophotography. Over the last year (about 7 and a half months as I write this) I managed to go out and acquire some data 36 […]

Choosing a Camera for Astrophotography

There are many ways to approach the purchase of a camera for astrophotography. You may already have a scope that you want to pair a camera with or you may be looking for purchasing both together. Or maybe you’ve gotten started with imaging already and you want to improve your results but don’t understand the […]

Visit to John’s Land on 2014/05/03

After Thursday’s meeting John mentioned that he was going out to his new land on Friday or Saturday and that others were welcome to join him.  Pete and I couldn’t make it out on Friday so John said he would head out on Saturday so we could come along.  The price of entry, as John […]

2014/04/29 Research Night at Southwestern

John posted on the Williamson County Astronomy Club forum that Mark was going to be doing research tonight at Fountainwood Observatory and that any club members were welcome to join him out there.  Since I had work the next day I knew I couldn’t stay out too late but because we’ve had so few clear […]

2014/04/25 Central Texas Star Party

CTSP was scheduled for this Friday and since the weather was looking good I decided to take a little break from work and head out to Canyon of the Eagles.  I had started imaging NGC5614 at Southwestern a few days prior and decided to continue on that target.  The darker skies at CoE should certainly […]

2014/04/15 Lunar Eclipse

I was surprised to find that it looked like there was going to be clear weather for the April 15th Lunar eclipse.  I usually don’t have great luck with rare events like this.  I was originally going to setup in my back yard but I heard that Mark who is the physics professor at Southwestern University was […]

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