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Variable Star Charts created using AAVSO Variable Star Plotter online software

Variable Star Charts created using AAVSO Variable Star Plotter online software. Each chart is suitable for binoculars, North is up and East is left. Beta LYR – A beautiful double star, 7.8 magnitude blue secondary; the white primary is a … Continue reading

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Suggestion software for processing your digital images.

I have frequently been asked which software to use to process astronomical photos. The simple answer is it depends on your imaging system, equipment (with or without a telescope), your camera or video, what you are photographing (Lunar, planets or … Continue reading

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Comet Observer’s websites

Monthly Comets and Sky Charts http://cometchasing.skyhound.com/ Visual Comets of the Northern Hemisphere http://www.aerith.net/comet/future-n.html BAA Comets in 2018 http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/~jds/preds18 Southern Comets Homepage  Yearly Planner http://members.westnet.com.au/mmatti/sc.htm ALPO Comets Section http://www.alpo-astronomy.org/ Comet Observation Database https://cobs.si/

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Lunar Observing program

Beginning with the April 2017  a Lunar Observing program will be presented at the Regular monthly meeting of the club. The first will be a overview of the moon and the variety of lunar features that can be seen on … Continue reading

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Resources for Observing Mars

In the year 2016 the planet Mars will be at opposition and close to our planet Earth. Listed below are some sites on how to observe the planet Mars and detail information on the 2016 opposition. This information is from … Continue reading

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Four Free PDF Star Atlas

Mag 7 Star Atlas Project (version 2.0) by Andrew L Johnson http://www.siaris.net/astro/atlas/ Mag 8.4 Star Atlas (Nov 24, 2005) by Toshimi Taki http://www.geocities.jp/toshimi_taki/atlas_85/atlas_85.htm Tri-Atlas (2nd. edition) by Jose R. Torres http://www.uv.es/jrtorres/triatlas.html Tri-Atlas A Tri-Atlas B Tri-Atlas C  is also a … Continue reading

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Lackawanna Astronomical Society celebrates its 55th Anniversary

The Lackawanna Astronomical Society recently celebrated its 55th anniversary, with a dinner at the Inne of the Abingtons. The LAS began in 1958 as a class, then became a club, at the Everhart Museum in Scranton, PA, and since the … Continue reading

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Searching For Comet C/2011 L4 PANSTARRS

Expectations of the appearance of Comet C/2012 L4 PANSTARRS is running high since the first solution it’s orbit. Magnitudes are expected in the minus range, sporting a long broad tail after sunset. I’ve seen the preview of this picture before, … Continue reading

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Color Filters for the Planets

This PDF file contains the tables and notes used the PowerPoint program that was given at the regular club meeting this year. The first section list each planet and the filters best suited to improve or enhance various visual planetary … Continue reading

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Transit of Venus 2012

   Looking at the LAS 2012 calendar the club published and sold this year, you may have notice two line items for June 5, 2012. The first is the regular monthly meeting of the LAS, followed by the Transit of … Continue reading

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A Solar “Wow!”

The weather was perfect, and the solar telescope was set up in my driveway.  I was playing around with the settings on my new Point Grey Research Chameleon camera.  My eyes were fixed on the laptop screen and I was … Continue reading

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Viewing Comet C/2009 P1 Gerradd

  The next few months comet C/2009 P1 Gerradd will be bright enough to be viewed with small scope. Its peak brightness may just reach 6th magnitude. Don’t expect a naked eye object, as the comet brightness is spread over … Continue reading

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My Life as a LASer, or Becoming a Star Geezer by Jo-Ann Kamichitis

Back in my 20’s, I used to tell my pals that I planned to become an eccentric old lady, so I needed to develop some quirks. Some of said pals would quickly point out to me that I was well … Continue reading

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A Newbie’s Adventure in Astrophotography: Part 4

Imaging with a wedge requires a bit more effort during setup, but you can only do so much in Alt-az.  Rather then just dropping the scope into the tripod, and locking it down, the wedge holds the scope at an … Continue reading

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Saturn’s New Feature -The Serpent Storm

As a response to all the attention that Jupiter has been receiving in the news, the planet Saturn is now putting on a show of a major storm in the North Temperate Zone.  Numerous amateur astronomers have been recording the development … Continue reading

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A Newbie’s Adventure in Astrophotography: Part 3

So I’ve successfully taken my first Moon photograph, and was looking to go deeper.  At the time, Saturn was high in the sky and I decided to try to photograph it.  I took a few exposures and also learned something.  … Continue reading

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Total Eclipse of the Moon

RESULTS (click picture for larger image) One must be out in the early morning hours on Tuesday morning to see this Total Lunar Eclipse. The full moon will is riding high in the sky during the winter months for northern … Continue reading

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A Newbie’s Adventure in Astrophotography: Part 2

One of the first things you realize when doing astronomical observing is that the objects you are looking at don’t look like the photographs. You rarely see color, mostly just faint fuzzies.  But by using long exposure photographs you can … Continue reading

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A Newbie’s Adventure in Astrophotography by Adam Jaffe

This is the first of a series on my experiences in astrophotography and astronomy in general over the last two years.  I came into the hobby with little to no knowledge of astronomy or photography, so I was really dependent … Continue reading

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Comet Hartley 2 by Adam Jaffe

The weather and the moon cooperated, and I had dark clear skies during Comet Hartley 2’s pass through October.  Here are some of the photo’s I took of the comet passing some objects of interest; NGC 281 (The Pacman Nebula), … Continue reading

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