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240th #Anniversary of #AmericanFlag: Why #Stars Were Used on the #Flag

On this #FlagDay, 240 years ago, the American Continental #Congress approved the design of the first American Flag. It is interesting, if still #mysterious, as to why the #FoundingFathers chose to include stars as a part of the “#StarsandStripes.”
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#Astro #Astronomy #Astrophysics #Space #NASA #JPL #NSF #ESA #CSA #SETI #ISS #STS #Buhl #SHBA #AAAP #CSC #AAM #ASTC #IPS #UFO #IDA

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Jupiter More attempts at camera-only astrophotos.
I'm sure I can push this image of Jupiter and it's moons by stacking many photos to remove atmospheric jitter. 
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Orion shines bright tonight! - Camera only.
(I'm actually shocked to see this, from my light polluted back yard!) Samsung NX1000 50-200
total exposure: 2'18"
69 RAW images , 36 dark, ~30 flat, ~30 bias
2 sec ISO 3200 f/5.6
2 sec ISO 6400 f/5.6
2 sec ISO 12800 f/5.6
Stacked with DSS
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Dylan O'Donnell has contributed much to the community of Amatuer Astro-photography and he doesn't disappoint with this short but informative article. Enjoy!

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Here is the second and last part to my Lunar imaging tutorial for beginners. This video I go over how I do the final processing of my DSLR Moon images using Photoshop. Plus I show a few other tricks ;)

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This in-depth tutorial is more for the beginner astrophotographer or the people that simply want to image the Moon like the pros. All with using the basic equipment they already have. (DSLR & Tele-photo lens or Telescope)

In this video I go over everything. From collecting data to installing and using the processing software. The Chapters are in the description.

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The Moon from early this morning. It took me a whole 10 minutes to collect the data for this image with this set-up. I used my Sky-Watcher 80ED apo with my ASI 120mc camera attached. All riding on my new/used Celestron 6/8 SE mount. I call this mount my "Planet Plopper" due to the fact you just plop it on the ground and track the planets.
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11/27/15
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I rescued this little gem recently from a local classified ad. I picked her up for a whole $600.
The mount is all I was looking for. The mount retails for $649 and the mount & scope together sell for $879. It also came with the gps module which sells for another $150.
It looked in rough shape and neglected. Especially the Scope. Somebody tried to clean the corrector plate and failed. But I already own a C6 so it was just an added bonus. I cleaned her up properly and re-collimated it. She looks like a new scope again.

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11/13/15
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I have recently bought myself a new OSC ASI 120mc planetary cam due to my mono version being lonely. ; )

Here is some of the first light images I got with it on the 31st of October before the weather turned to poop.

I first had it on my Sigma 100-600mm S lens. The small Moon and M42 is the lens set to 200mm (which is the widest focal length I am able to focus to infinity with). The slightly larger Moon was the lens set to 600mm @ a 9 panel mosaic.

The terminator was shot with the camera on my little C6 SCT. Make sure to zoom in on this part. There is some nice detail there.

And Kudos to +Dylan O'Donnell for the helpful advise with getting this data to process.
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45% waxing moom
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