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Articles written by LAS Members

THE LAS ACCORDING TO ME

It was a dark and stormy night on one of the last days of 1979, when I heard a public service announcement on WVIA. It said that the Lackawanna Astronomical Society was holding its meeting in January 1980 in the … 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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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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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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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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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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THE GREAT LEONID SHOWER of 2001 by Diane Musewicz

The night of the Leonid shower 2001 was amazing in many ways. This “Oohs and Aahs” version was originally written for The Ecliptic. (the old LAS newsletter that was published for over 30 years) First, I was able to find … Continue reading

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VENUS TRANSIT June 8, 2004 by Diane Musewicz

The morning of the transit, I woke up at 3:30AM for a bathroom run. I crawled back into bed and held on because I had told myself I wasn’t getting up until 4:00AM. As I laid there not able to … Continue reading

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