Milky Way Treasures

I haven't been out under the stars much at all lately due to weather and busy schedules, but I found myself staring up last night at a clear sky. It was too windy, and too late to bring out the whole rig. I dragged out the mount and my daughter's 70mm f10 toy scope to …

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What’s Important to You?

Noticeable changes in the sky usually take thousands of years to happen. Your kids noticeably change everyday if you're paying attention.  Since about Mid-April, life and weather got in the way of my hobbies. For about 6 weeks, I haven't had a truly clear night. On the acceptable nights, I just wasn't in the mood. …

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64-bit Deep Sky Stacker (DSS) is Here!!

I stumbled upon this last night after not imaging for a couple weeks due to weather. There are no release notes on the version, but I've been waiting for this since I started, so I went ahead and downloaded it. So far, so good. The look and feel are basically the same with only slight …

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How Do You Get Kids Into Astronomy?

Really... that's not a title... I'm asking a question! In all seriousness, I can give you a simple answer to this question - You Don't! Astronomy isn't soccer, or baseball, or dance. There is an instant gratification of looking through an eyepiece and seeing Saturn's rings, but it's not a physical gratification of scoring a goal …

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