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Planning for 2017 Solar Eclipse

Never look at the sun without eye protection! If you didn’t already know, in August of this year there will be a total solar eclipse across a swath through the center of the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. … Continue reading

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Beta Testing QHY247C ColdMOS Camera

In December I ordered the new QHYCCD QHY247C COLDMOS camera on their beta program and it arrived the last week of January. It’s a 24 megapixel APS-C format cooled CMOS camera with a 14-bit ADC (same one used in the … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas from Orion Ranch Observatory

Hoping you and yours have a blessed, safe, and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Michael

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New Astrometry Data Now Online!

After quite a bit of work, I’m proud to announce the incorporation of astrometry data to my astrophotography gallery. By incorporating the API from astrometry.net into a custom module I developed for the gallery software, I can now provide annotated … Continue reading

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Friday Night Star Parties at TXMOST

For about the past four months I’ve been helping host Friday night star parties at the Texas Museum of Science and Technology (www.txmost.org), weather permitting. They’ve become quite popular, with as many as 100 people showing up over the summer. … Continue reading

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Welcome to X10 Hosting!

Hi Everyone, If you’re seeing this, hopefully you’re on our new web server and hopefully everything is going smoothly.  I’d actually posted this yesterday, but something still hadn’t refreshed in my browser and the post ended up on the old … Continue reading

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Website Migrating to New Hosting Service

Hi All, As some of you may have noticed last night, I’m in the process of migrating the website to a new hosting service, which always has its difficulties.  However, in order to test I need to point the orionranchobservatory … Continue reading

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3-D Printed Tripod Parts

I’m running behind on my posts relative to the pictures I’ve been uploading and sharing on Cloudy Nights, so I’m going to merge a number of different related posts into one here.  I’d posted on my new business cards for … Continue reading

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Celestron NexStar 8SE Azimuth Axis Adjustment

I finally sold the used 8SE that I’d picked up, so I pulled out my original 8SE to use at the TXMOST star parties we’ve been having every Friday.  Unfortunately when I got there and set everything up, I discovered … Continue reading

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New Business Cards and 3-D Printed Business Card Holder

I’ve been doing a bit more outreach, helping to host star parties for TXMOST, so I finally got around to designing a business card to direct people to this website and getting them printed. I then decided I needed a … Continue reading

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