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Galaxy's of the past two years

Posted by dbock1 on December 18, 2019 at 11:30 AM

I've made a collage of some of the galaxies I've imaged this past year or two.

Asteroid 162082 1998 HL1 on October 25 2019

Posted by dbock1 on October 29, 2019 at 9:40 AM

On October 25, 2019 I imaged asteroid 162082 1998 HL1 for about two hours.

This was through high cirrus clouds. I've made a video of the event.

Segment 1 is the Asteroid 162082 1998 HL1, segment 2 is the sky I was shooting through.

Segment one: 10" f/8 RC, ZWO asi071mc PRO camera cooled to -5C, 30 second frames at gain 500.

Segment two: Canon T3i w/10mm lens at f/5.6, 30 second frames at ISO 1600.

Doug Bock

2019 Astronomy at the Beach

Posted by dbock1 on September 13, 2019 at 1:20 PM

Astronomy at the Beach this year, is September 13, and 14, 2019 at the Island Lake State Park Kent lake beach.

For more info.

Latest imaging work at NCO

Posted by dbock1 on July 26, 2019 at 5:05 PM

I've been imaging over the past few months, some galaxies, abell clusters and the summer Milky Way nebula.

Check out the images here at my FLICKR site.

Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto

Posted by dbock1 on March 3, 2019 at 2:00 PM
I managed to capture images of Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto on February 18, February 22, and March 3, 2019. Those were the last clear nights we've had. You can review a few comet images at the flickr account.

Lunar Eclipse January 20-21, 2018

Posted by dbock1 on December 24, 2018 at 11:50 AM

We have a lunar eclipse coming up on January 20, 2018 that will be visible in North and South America.

It will start the evening of the 20th and run overnight into the morning of the 21st.

From Detroit, Michigan the Partial eclipse starts at about 10:33pm, with totality begining about 11:41pm on the 20th. Mid eclipse is at 12:12 am on the 21st, and totality ends at 12:43am. The partials finish up at 1:50am on the 21st.

So this will be well positioned overhead for us in Michigan. All we need is clear weather.

You can practice taking pictures of the moon over the next 4 weeks to get some practice in. Exposures, etc. for the various phases are a good indicator for the partial phases of an eclipse. With digital cameras, the feedback is immediate, but it is always good to practice ahead of time, to make sure you have all your equipment you need, and it is in running order.

Comet 46p/Wirtanen

Posted by dbock1 on December 13, 2018 at 8:25 PM
We're just a couple of days from closest approach of Comet 46P/Wirtanen. Comet 46P/Wirtanen is a small short-period comet with a current orbital period of 5.4 years. This happens to be a favorable pass for us. If you get clear weather, get out and observe it with binoculars. December 13 to the end of the month. Closest approach is the 15th/16th. Enjoy

The Michigan Nebula

Posted by dbock1 on November 1, 2018 at 9:20 PM
We're heading into late fall and winter now, so the usual Michigan Nebula will be upon us for about 95% of the next 5 months. I hope we get more than a handful of clear nights during that time, but that is about what we usually get. A handful. In the meantime, we'll attempt to get to as many meetings as possible in the multiple clubs we belong to, during this winter. Doug Bock

2018 Boon Hill Fall Star Party

Posted by dbock1 on September 10, 2018 at 10:55 PM
I'm hosting a star party at Boon Hill, near Cadillac, MI, from October 4th to the 11th, 2018 Rustic camping, so you'll need to bring everything. We have a cabin for warmup. Doug Bock

The New NCO Observatory is up - August 22, 2018

Posted by dbock1 on August 22, 2018 at 9:05 PM
The new observatory was completed on August 22, 2018. It is a 10x10 building with a powered roof. The 10" f/8 RC is installed again, and ready to be used. Here is a time lapse of the 3 day build.


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