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Eclipse Photography Part 2: Image Scale

** Important ** For the unscaled images of the solar disk, click on the images to display them in full size.  ** IMPORTANT!! ** All images in this post were taken through a professional solar filter. DO NOT image the … Continue reading

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Eclipse Photography – Some Notes for the August Event!

Eclipses are exciting whether they be partial, total or annular. On August 21st of this year, the USA will have an awesome opportunity to see a total solar eclipse pass right across the entire country from Oregon to South Carolina.  … Continue reading

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SDSS BOSS Plate 6192

Thanks to the fine carpenters at the Academy, we now have our Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) plate mounted and hanging on my classroom wall. It has been encased in a wooden box filled with ornamental lights, giving it that … Continue reading

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Cerro Tololo: A Summit of Telescopes

Our arrival on Cerro Tololo was late in the afternoon after a full day up at Cerro Pachon and the Gemini South campus. While the two mountaintops are relatively close to each other (10km), it takes hours to get from … Continue reading

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Cerro Pachón & Gemini South Telescope

Gemini South is one of a two part observatory system, the Gemini Observatory. The northern counterpart is at Hilo, Hawaii, while the southern telescope is located on Cerro Pachón, a 2682m (8799 feet) tall mountain in Chile.  This is one large … Continue reading

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