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New All-Sky Camera

My original NTSC all-sky camera had degraded to the point where it was useless.  The main problem was that the acrylic dome had weathered and aged to a fogged up brown color, but I also decided it was time for … Continue reading

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Introducing 3D Astrophotography

Today I’m introducing another artistic astrophotography processing gallery.  Through a rather complicated and painstaking process, it’s possible to convert a standard astrophoto into a 3D image. The actual 3D appearance is artificially created, but it still gives an idea of what … Continue reading

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Introducing “Astro Art”

You may notice that there’s a new folder in the gallery for what I refer to as “Astro Art.”  About a year ago I had an inspiration for an image of what it might look like to see one of … Continue reading

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New Print-on-Demand Products

I’ve debated having an option for direct-printing of the various photos on the website here, and while most all of the images can be downloaded full size and printed by individuals, I’ve found an approach that I think will be … Continue reading

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It was worth it!!!

While many might question the sanity of driving 850 miles and 13 hours each way for a 2.5 minute event, those who have experienced the totality of a total solar eclipse will generally agree that those who haven’t seen one … Continue reading

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Greetings from Grand Island, Nebraska!

Got up at 4:15 AM Friday (after a very restless four hours or so of sleep) and got on the road by about 4:50. I’d loaded the bed of the pickup full the night before, but had to stop by … Continue reading

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And the Winner Is!

Based on the current weather forecast, I’ve locked my plans down to the Ravenna/Kearney/Grand Island, Nebraska area and have canceled all my other reservations.  The fact that I’ve been asked to host the event at a local winery in Ravenna … Continue reading

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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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