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Astroimaging in the Caribbean
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A write-up of the moon's closest approach since 1948! My image, animation, video and an explanation of the hype vs the reality.

I love astroimaging - wouldn't change it for anything :)

http://hamiltonsthoughts.com/the-closest-moon-since-1948/

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A write up of my lunar astroimaging session on the 22nd August with a number of images. While our moon never changes it is still a fascinating object to image and learn about.

http://hamiltonsthoughts.com/a-lunar-study/
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A write up of my lunar astroimaging session on the 22nd August with a number of images. While our moon never changes it is still a fascinating object to image and learn about.

http://hamiltonsthoughts.com/a-lunar-study/

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The south pole of the moon makes a good target to look at through a telescope and is also inspirational as possibly the location of mankind's first lunar base. While NASA reaches for Mars, other space agencies and space companies have their eyes set on the moon and its potential resources.
http://hamiltonsthoughts.com/lunar-base-plans/

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The south pole of the moon is a great imaging or viewing target with a telescope. The exact south pole lies on the edge of a crater called Shackleton which can be hard to find because the phase and timing has to be just right. The sun will only light up the edge of the crater and many easily miss it.
This area has been talked about as a possible location for a lunar base due to it being nearly always in the sunlight - ideal for solar power. Here's an image I took with some of the craters labeled.
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This last week we've been able to observe dust storms on Mars - these are interesting climate features on Mars that amateur astronomers can find and track. This is a general introduction to them.

http://hamiltonsthoughts.com/dust-storms-mars/

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Latest article on Martian Dust Storms - what we know and when the dust storm season starts. #mars #marsduststorm #trackingduststorms

http://hamiltonsthoughts.com/dust-storms-mars/
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When starting out with a new telescope the moon is a fine target to explore and image. It's bright and craters are well defined making it easier to get nice images. You can even use your cell phone to take photos through the eyepiece and get acceptable results. This was an image I took with a Canon 70D.
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The most important thing I've learned from my journey in astroimaging so far, is that seeing is the most important. By seeing I refer to the atmospheric conditions. I used to think post processing would get me better images, then it was perhaps my equipment but the reality is that it is seeing that is critical.
Looking through the atmosphere is like looking through a thin layer of water - the more it ripples, the harder it is to see through. The atmosphere is why stars twinkle and for astroimaging it's best that the twinkling stays to an minimum. This is a short clip showing what Mars looked like through my c9.25 telescope during a period of good seeing.
#goodseeing #astroimaging #mars
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One of the cool things about astroimaging is that you can personally monitor what is happening on other planets in our solar system. This past week I was imaging Mars and discovered that some dust storms had started. I created this animation (done despite bad seeing in the second and third day) - keep your eye on the lower left of the planet on the 15th to see them appear. I'll continue to post up tips and videos showing how to get started exploring the solar system for yourself!

#astroimaging #mars #marsduststorm
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