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  • Sun through Marumi and Baader

    The whiter one is Marumi and the darker one is Baader.

    Shot with 100 to 400 L IS lens from Canon

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  • Star Party 2/18/2017- Oak Canyon Astronomy Group

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    Update: 2/17/17 - We regret to say that due to the expected storm this Star Party has been canceled. Please stay tuned for information on Oak Canyon's March star party. 

    The Oak Canyon Astronomy Group has returned!   Sponsored in part by SkyWatcher and Software Bisque (many thanks for donating equipment!) and FOCUS Astronomy Outreach and run by the generous volunteers that have kept the club going.   Join OCAG for the Joe Napolitano Memorial Astronomy Outreach star parties each month.  Due to inclement weather the January star party was canceled. The first star party will be February 18th, 2017.   Here are the details:

    • The subject of conversation on the 18th will be Observing the Night Sky with focus on general observing tips, orienting yourself with the sky and finding key objects.
    • Set up is from at 4pm-5pm.    Please be respectful of this setup time.  It has been allocated to get set up done before dusk when the need for flashlights is minimal.
    • Starting at 5pm outreach telescopes will be available to the public.
    • Event ends at 9pm.  Because the star party is held on Oak Canyon Park property, we ask that you be prepared to depart in a timely manner.

    Oak Canyon star parties are held at 5600 Hollytree Dr. in Oak Park, CA 91377 at the Oak Canyon Community Park.   Outreach telescopes will be set up on the upper parking lot on the northwest end.     Oak Canyon Community Park is in a suburban setting and while the skies are dark, these monthly star parties are designed to offer an opportunity to the community to get up close and personal with the night sky.    Children with supervision are absolutely welcome and seeing the moon, planets or a star cluster through a telescope for the first time can be an awe-inspiring experience.   Outreach volunteers have kindly lent their equipment and are happy to answer any questions you might have.  Don't forget, running lights only as you approach the lot if you're arriving after dark.

    We'll see you out there!

  • Coronado SolarMax II 60mm H-Alpha Telescope - VIDEO

    Coronado's SolarMax II line is an advanced series of h-alpha telescopes designed for the serious  solar astronomer or hobbyists in search of high definition detailed views of the Sun.   Easy to use, these complete telescopes are compact and easy to travel with.  The 60mm SolarMax II comes in a variety of models with various blocking filters depending on your needs.  Shooting video or images? Go with the 30mm blocking filter which will let through the maximum amount of safe sunlight.   Do you wear your sunglasses at night? Go with the 5mm blocking filter which will let though the least amount of light, perfect for prolonged observing without tiring your eyes.

    Checkout our latest video with Dr.D on these solar telescopes and don't forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel for new content weekly!

  • Coronado Personal Solar Telescope - VIDEO

    The Coronado Personal Solar Telescope or PST was an innovation at it's introduction.  A small, self-contained h-alpha telescope that didn't break the bank.  Perfect for outreach and travel the PST is a 1 angstrom 40mm dedicated h-alpha solar telescope that will bring out the incredible detail of the Sun's surface.   This small but mighty telescope is also available in a double stacked 0.5 angstrom version that will further refine surface details and bring out solar flares as well.

    An h-alpha filter produces a false color image of the Sun in a brilliant orange-yellow color that we typically associate as being the Sun's 'color'.   H-alpha filters and telescopes are an eye-opening and thrilling way to observe, image or video our nearest star and an up-close way of watching live solar events like the upcoming 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.  

     

  • Meade ETX Observer Series - VIDEO

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    The Meade ETX series of telescopes are a portable, fully computerized telescope, mounted on a smart Alt-Azimuth mount and built to travel easily.   Ranging from a backpack sized ETX80 with an 80mm refractor to the ETX125 which sports a 127mm Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope there is an ETX to fit a range of budgets and needs.   The ETX Observer series includes Meade's AudioStar which is an immersive audio experience packed with information on over 30,000 night sky objects.    Check out this video from Meade to learn more about the Meade ETX series of telescopes.

     

  • Explore Scientific Toy Table - VIDEO

    Daniel Mounsey, aka Dr. D takes you on a full tour of Explore Scientific's product line.  From eyepieces, finders, telescopes and mounts Explore Scientific makes a product for every astronomer.

  • Nexdome Q&A

    How well does the Nexdome withstand wind? 

    Per our tests, the dome resists up to 50 miles wind WITHOUT the wind lock and so far we had a report of 80miles wind WITH wind locks. Photo attached. About sand storms, I am sure that fine sand can get into the dome through the gap between the dome and walls.

    Does the Nexdome withstand high temperatures and prolonged exposure to
    the Sun (UV)?

    The NexDome has been tested for extreme temperatures of - 40 to + 55 degrees
    celsius. Compared to the same class observatories NexDome is has the
    coolest inside due to the gaps between the dome and walls which air can
    travel through. Also, NexDome has the best UV coating in the market called
    SolarKote.

    Can the Nexdome be locked and secure from entry?

    Yes the NexDome door can be lock from outside and shutter from the inside.

    How does the Nexdome rotator motor work and can it be controlled by software? 

    Yes, we debuted the dome rotation motor during NEAF 2016 and the shutter
    motor is now available. Yes, they can be controlled
    remotely.

    Do you have interior images of the observatory with pods installed?

    Yes! Check out our friends at Ostahowski Optics. 

  • Robert Finnegan Image of The Cave Nebula

    This is after 15 OIII were added last night to the existing 10 ha and 10 SII all 900 sec with the PlaneWave 20 inch and the new SBIG 16803.

    Shot by Robert Finnigan. Shot by Robert Finnigan.
  • Soul Nebula through PrimaLuce DSLR Camera by John Ottesen

    Here is an image of the Soul Nebula, taken with the Prima Luce DSLR camera and 300mm Sigma APO camera lens at f/2.8.  An IDAS light pollution filter was used.

    I am very much enjoying the Prima Luce DSLR.  It is fairly easy to use, and produces excellent low noise imagery.

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  • Lagoon Nebula taken through 20" Planewave with SBIG STX-16803.

    Taken this fall with the 20" Planewave.

    8x300Ha, 17x600OIII, and 9x600SII.

    Image taken by Robert Finnigan.

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