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Old 02-20-2024, 07:11 AM   #1141
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We have taken a trip in the winter for only the second time ever and hit a few national parks we had been to before, but with snow.
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Old 02-20-2024, 07:35 AM   #1142
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Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing your photos.
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Found this guy relaxing while I was out for a hike.

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Found this guy relaxing while I was out for a hike.

Looks like he is still wearing his winter coat.
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Old 02-22-2024, 03:43 AM   #1145
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Looks like he is still wearing his winter coat.
He is. I don't care what Punxsutawney Phil predicts. I think we have some winter left.
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Nights of Lights 2023-2024 St. Augustine, Fl

The end of January, the last weekend of the Nights of Lights in St. Augustine.

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Old 03-09-2024, 11:12 AM   #1147
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I have been patiently waiting for my latest astrophotography target to come into view. The Sombrero Galaxy (M104) never gets high in the sky so it can be a PITA to catch. The Sombrero is over 31 million light years away and is noted for the striking dark dust lane that circles the galaxy bulge and is suspected as the site for much of its star formation.

It is remarkable what you can do with amateur gear. I used a 12.5 inch Planewave CDK reflector hosted in the Utah desert country. For this target I captured 38 five-minute color exposures over three days. I am posting two different crops from my original image, which was a little wider view, and a Hubble image from Wikipedia for comparison. With triple the exposure time, and maybe some narrowband data, more of the details you see in the Hubble view would emerge.
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Old 03-09-2024, 12:28 PM   #1148
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I have been patiently waiting for my latest astrophotography target to come into view. The Sombrero Galaxy (M104) never gets high in the sky so it can be a PITA to catch. The Sombrero is over 31 million light years away and is noted for the striking dark dust lane that circles the galaxy bulge and is suspected as the site for much of its star formation.

It is remarkable what you can do with amateur gear. I used a 12.5 inch Planewave CDK reflector hosted in the Utah desert country. For this target I captured 38 five-minute color exposures over three days. I am posting two different crops from my original image, which was a little wider view, and a Hubble image from Wikipedia for comparison. With triple the exposure time, and maybe some narrowband data, more of the details you see in the Hubble view would emerge.
Fantastic work, thanks for sharing.
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We have taken a trip in the winter for only the second time ever and hit a few national parks we had been to before, but with snow.
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Old 03-14-2024, 07:56 PM   #1150
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Found this guy relaxing while I was out for a hike.

Beautiful picture. I need to run ovah to park and get some pictures some time.
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The moon (The Sphere) crashing to earth in Las Vegas
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I captured three hours of the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex a couple of nights ago. This is a huge star formation area about 460 light years away. The image would fit about 30 moons across. It was captured through a Samyang 135mm lens on an Astro camera (and a good tracking mount, of course) in a dark sky location in Namibia. By contrast, the Sombrero Galaxy that I posted a week ago, would look like a star in this field of view. But it is 31 million light years away, or something like that.

Edit: I forgot to mention, these are real colors. This was caught with a color camera. no artistic Hubble Palette choices here.
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^^ Wow - very nice!
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Old 04-02-2024, 08:49 AM   #1155
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Nothing special but I always enjoy the ritual and beauty of these big birds in the wild. Spring has sprung and next will be the wild asparagus.
A couple from the last few days.
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Finished editing from the last trip.
Sunrise at Bryce
Oxbow Bend - Tetons
Montana Statehouse Dome
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Finished editing from the last trip.
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Beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing.
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Sweet pics everyone! Here's a pano shot from a recent 11 dawn patrol outside Jackson, Wy.

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All of these photos are so beautiful.
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Fantastic!

So the sunrise and dome pictures were tripod or handheld?

Is the Bryce location car accessible or you have to hike a long ways to get to it?
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