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2020-July 1 - B. Colville - Copernicus

I was not able to join the virtual star party sessions but was able to get my C14
mounted in the dome last weekend and spent a few evenings testing out the 
wiring, scope and camera controls to be sure everything was working.  The 
images attached were taken on Sunday and Wednesday night.  The moon 
always shows amazing details along the terminator and these sessions were 
no exception.

Taken by : Brian Colville
Date : July 1, 2020
 
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2020-July 1 - B. Colville - Moon

I was not able to join the virtual star party sessions but was able to get my C14
mounted in the dome last weekend and spent a few evenings testing out the 
wiring, scope and camera controls to be sure everything was working.  The 
images attached were taken on Sunday and Wednesday night.  The moon 
always shows amazing details along the terminator and these sessions were 
no exception.

Taken by : Brian Colville
Date : July 1, 2020
 
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2020-July 1 - B. Colville - Plato

I was not able to join the virtual star party sessions but was able to get my C14
mounted in the dome last weekend and spent a few evenings testing out the 
wiring, scope and camera controls to be sure everything was working.  The 
images attached were taken on Sunday and Wednesday night.  The moon 
always shows amazing details along the terminator and these sessions were 
no exception.

Taken by : Brian Colville
Date : July 1, 2020
 
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2020-July 13 - D. Shilling - Comet NEOWISE

Taken by : Dixie Shilling
Date : July 13, 2020
 
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2020-July 15 - B. Colville - NEOWISE-Wide

I finally got a chance to take a few quick images of the comet last night, 
though I did catch a visual glimpse on Tuesday night.  Clouds rolled in 
soon after I went out on Tuesday, but last night they held off for a little longer.

I quickly got these pics on the stationary tripod, with exposure a bit long 
for the focal length which caused a bit of drift.  I think if it were up another 
10 or 20 degrees in elevation it would look 10x more impressive!  The 
wider image was with the lens set at 25mm and the zoomed in was at 
40mm or so.  Both with my Canon 60D, and 20 sec exposures for both.

Taken by : Brian Colville
Date : July 15, 2020
 
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2020-July 15 - B. Colville - NEOWISE-Zoomed2

I finally got a chance to take a few quick images of the comet last night, 
though I did catch a visual glimpse on Tuesday night.  Clouds rolled in 
soon after I went out on Tuesday, but last night they held off for a little longer.

I quickly got these pics on the stationary tripod, with exposure a bit long 
for the focal length which caused a bit of drift.  I think if it were up another 
10 or 20 degrees in elevation it would look 10x more impressive!  The 
wider image was with the lens set at 25mm and the zoomed in was at 
40mm or so.  Both with my Canon 60D, and 20 sec exposures for both.

Taken by : Brian Colville
Date : July 15, 2020
 
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2020-July 15 - S. Dunne - Comet 2020 F3 (NEOWISE)

This is not of the Star of Bethlehem it is Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE 
over Eric Mann's cow barn.

Taken by: Sean Dunne
Date : July 15, 2020
 
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2020-July 17 - J. Lee - My attempt at the comet

Hi, I went out to Mathers Corners after hearing from Rick, and made an attempt for the comet Neowise.
I was shocked with what I saw! 

Even with the light pollution coming from Peterborough, the comet was so vivid.
The tail was longer than the size of a full moon, seen without any aid. Absolutely phenomenal.
The view was spectacular with 70 x 15 binoculars. I tried to separate the blue tail from the white tail, but I couldn’t do that visually.

Here are the pictures I took! I made a mistake of taking them all in JPG, now RAW sadly.
I used my mirrorless Sony a6000 on a regular tripod, shot them untracked with Canon FD 50mm f/1.8 lens with an adaptor to Sony. 


ISO 1600 f/1.8 
10 second single shot

Taken by : James Lee
Date : July 17, 2020
 
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2020-July 17 - J. Lee - My attempt at the comet - 2

Hi, I went out to Mathers Corners after hearing from Rick, and made an attempt for the comet Neowise.
I was shocked with what I saw! 

Even with the light pollution coming from Peterborough, the comet was so vivid.
The tail was longer than the size of a full moon, seen without any aid. Absolutely phenomenal.
The view was spectacular with 70 x 15 binoculars. I tried to separate the blue tail from the white tail, but I couldn’t do that visually.

Here are the pictures I took! I made a mistake of taking them all in JPG, now RAW sadly.
I used my mirrorless Sony a6000 on a regular tripod, shot them untracked with Canon FD 50mm f/1.8 lens with an adaptor to Sony. 


ISO 1600 f/4
100 stack of 6 second shots

Taken by : James Lee
Date : July 17, 2020
 
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2020-July 17 - P. Chee - Comet NEOWISE from Armour Hill

Tonight I finally decided to go out to higher ground.

Taken by : Phillip Chee
Date : July 17, 2020
 
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2020-July 20 - H. Briggs - Neowise Photo sequence with Big Dipper

These photos were taken last night (Monday) from Stoney Lake (Juniper Island). 
 All were 10 second exposures, lens set at 16mm f5 ISO 6400 single positioning 
of the tripod. They show the change over half an hour with the full big dipper 
coming into view.


Taken by : Harold Briggs
Date : July 20, 2020
 
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2020-July 20 - J. Lee - Comet NEOWISE

I went out again for the comet, but this time with a telescope. My initial plan was 
to shoot it on the hill of Herald Town CA, but I found the place too spooky for me! 
So I parked on nearby CR-4 shoulder, but it wasn’t ideal as CR-4 is a busy road. 
But it did have wide shoulder and nice view. 

I took 30 shots of the comet but could only stack the first 10 of them because the 
comet was moving so fast. You can already see that the head of the comet is not 
circular, but elliptical and elongated in vertical ways as it moved in that direction. 
(it is circular in individual shots)

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Astro-Tech at80edt
Celestron AVX
Nikon D5300

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10 x 1 min shots
ISO 200
Focal length at 384 mm

Processed in Pixinsight


Taken by : James Lee
Date : July 20, 2020
 
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2020-July 3 - C. Smith - Moon

Taken by : Chuck Smith
Date : July 3, 2020
 
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2020-July 7 - B. Colville - Jupiter_IRGB

I can’t recall such a stretch of clear nights like we have had in the past 
month, now that Jupiter and Saturn are rising as the sky darkens there 
are more targets for turn our scopes to.

Due to their position on the ecliptic, but the planets are low in the south 
this summer and can make imaging a challenge with longer exposures 
to account for the extra atmosphere their light has to travel through to 
reach our eyes.  A friend in Australia says that they are directly overhead 
form his location along the Gold Coast  (New South Wales)…lucky for him!!!

Anyway, I did get a couple of session early in the week and the Jupiter 
images form the 7th turned out not bad.  Still soft but need better seeing 
to get the best out of the scope.

Solar has been a lost cause this week, with it over 40C in the observatory 
with the sun shing in full blast…I’ll work at -20C more easily than this oven, LOL.

The pic attached is a RGB composite form separate monochrome 
images, with an IR image added in to enhance the cloud structures.

Taken by : Brian Colville
Date : July 7, 2020
 
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2020-July 8 - R. Forsyth - Dumbbell

Out last night with Rod trying different things with the Mallincam Xterminator 
camera. Same setup as with previous image except I used the digital zoom 
capability of the camera.  iOptron 8” RC optical tube on an EQ6 PRO mount, 
Mallincam Xterminator with MFR5 focal reducer, 20 Sec. exposure..

Minor exposure and contrast adjustment.

Taken by : Rodger Forsyth
Date : July 8, 2020
 
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2020-July 8 - R. Stankiewicz -Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)-1

I finally got out this a.m. by 4:00 and by 4:30 things were 
fading fast. It is barely naked-eye, but binos (I used 10X50’s) 
snapped it into view and my close-up shot is about what you 
saw for real. A beauty for sure. It was higher in the NE sky 
than I imagined too, but the haze and fog would have been 
an issue if it was any lower.

It was humid and the mosquitoes were out too. I shot all these 
images with a Canon 60D camera, on a tripod (no tracking), 
ISO 1250, f/5.6 and exposures varied from 8 to 3 seconds.
Used a Canon 100-400mm lense at 370mm to 100mm.

Taken by : Rick Stankiewicz
Location : Mathers Corners, Ontario
Date : July 8, 2020
 
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2020-July 8 - R. Stankiewicz -Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)-2

I finally got out this a.m. by 4:00 and by 4:30 things were 
fading fast. It is barely naked-eye, but binos (I used 10X50’s) 
snapped it into view and my close-up shot is about what you 
saw for real. A beauty for sure. It was higher in the NE sky 
than I imagined too, but the haze and fog would have been 
an issue if it was any lower.

It was humid and the mosquitoes were out too. I shot all these 
images with a Canon 60D camera, on a tripod (no tracking), 
ISO 1250, f/5.6 and exposures varied from 8 to 3 seconds.
Used a Canon 100-400mm lense at 370mm to 100mm.

Taken by : Rick Stankiewicz
Location : Mathers Corners, Ontario
Date : July 8, 2020
 
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2020-July 8 - R. Stankiewicz -Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)-3

I finally got out this a.m. by 4:00 and by 4:30 things were 
fading fast. It is barely naked-eye, but binos (I used 10X50’s) 
snapped it into view and my close-up shot is about what you 
saw for real. A beauty for sure. It was higher in the NE sky 
than I imagined too, but the haze and fog would have been 
an issue if it was any lower.

It was humid and the mosquitoes were out too. I shot all these 
images with a Canon 60D camera, on a tripod (no tracking), 
ISO 1250, f/5.6 and exposures varied from 8 to 3 seconds.
Used a Canon 100-400mm lense at 370mm to 100mm.

Taken by : Rick Stankiewicz
Location : Mathers Corners, Ontario
Date : July 8, 2020