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Road Trip!

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I finally did it. I packed up a bunch of equipment and drove 5% of the Earth’s circumference to find clear, dark skies. And, it wasn’t really that difficult, even in a mid sized sedan hybrid! Mind you, this wasn’t the sole purpose of the trip, but it was certainly a highlight. A member of the San Diego Astronomy Association kindly provided some GPS coordinates of an abandoned heli-pad “in the middle of nowhere” which made for a wonderful site. A large hill blocked most of the San Diego More >

NGC 6960: The Witch's Broom

NGC 6960: The Witch’s Broom

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Some of the most beautiful images come the death of stars. Of course, those deaths such as the recent supernova in Messier 51 are so far away that we’re not going to be able to view their beauty (especially against the backdrop of their galaxy hosts!) However, our very own galaxy, the Milky Way is host to it’s fair share of supernova, and the nebulous remnants they leave behind. One such example is the Veil Nebula.

The Veil Nebula is a fairly large complex which is often broken up into three More >

NGC 6960, The Veil Nebula

NGC 6960 – The Veil Nebula

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Two days ago, some ‘late night clouds’ rolled in giving me only a tiny window to the sky. Like any good observer, I quickly scoured the skies for anything that might be interesting — when I came upon the Veil Nebula. Holy moley this thing is both gorgeous and easy to find!

For whatever reason I find that Cygnus the Swan is easy to find. Well, the Veil Nebula is near a ‘sort of visible’ star off to the side of the main stars making it up. This ends up being about a fist and a half “lower” More >

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