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Featured Interest: Astronomy

Image: Rosette Nebula-Emission nebula
Magnitude: 5.5
Image field of view: 1.5 x 1.5 degrees
Constellation: Monoceros
Distance from Earth: ~3000 light years
Object size: Approximately ~75 x 55
light years
Imaging Equipment:
Meade 8" f4.5 reflector.
Meade LXD 750 German Equatorial Mount
Camera: Olympus OM1- Fuji 400 film
Exposure Information:
Saturday, December 18, 1998
Location: Cielos Milagrosos
Elevation: Approx. 1080'
Total exposure time: 1 1/2hours.


Other Interests:


Clear skies.

That's my favorite salutation to my Astronomy friends, for me it has the same meaning as "I hope you win the Lottery tonight!"

Standing in our backyard one night I recall my Dad pointing to a fuzzy spot overhead and say "Son, that cluster of stars is called the Seven Sisters". I didn't ask him how he knew, I just took it as gospel, and never forgot. He was right.

In 1972 I bought a small 3" refelector to look at the Celestial sights of the Hill Country. Back then Jupiter's great red spot was firery red, not a washed out pink as it looks today. Renewing my interest in Astronomy for the 1986 Halley's Comet return, I purchased a 8" reflector and have been a "born again Astronomer" ever since.

The peace and quiet of a late night's observing session is sometimes as if Nature herself is whispering in my ear.

I hope you enjoy these images as much as I have.


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