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Photo of the Month for Feburary, 2019
The Orion and the Running Man Nebulas
M42 & NGC 1977
January 26,2019
@ 2019 Russ Ruggles

One cold January weekend we had a break in the stormy weather pattern that gave us a few clear nights - well clear enough to get a few hours of imaging in. Anyway this is the result of my second night out. The first night clouded up by the 9th or 10th subframe and the evening was lost.

My imaging rig at the moment is a Williams Optics GTF 81MM F5.9 on an Orion Atlas Pro AZ/EQ. I had acquired a used QHY8 OSC camera a few years ago but never really put it through the paces. It's really not the right camera for that scope, image scale wise, but these results are fine by me.

This image is from a stack of 70 120 second images using DeepSkyStacker "Unguided" 52 flat frames, 27 dark frames, and 27 bias frames were used to calibrate and correct optical and sensor defects.
Post Processing was done in PhotoShop CS6.

Russ Ruggles

Activities for March 2019

Next CAS Board Meeting

Thursday March 21st at 7:00pm at Lowell Observatory


Saturday, March 23, 2019
Jeremy Perez, The Belt of Venus


Title: “Nightscape Photography”

Mr. Perez has been doing astrophotography as well as astronomical sketching since he moved to Flagstaff from Phoenix many years ago. He has contributed to Astronomy, and Sky & Telescope magazines as well as maintaining a website: http://www.perezmedia.net/beltofvenus. Jeremy describes the methods he uses to image and process nightscape photography such as the Milky Way, meteor showers, and other celestial vistas in and around the Flagstaff, Sunset Crater, and other areas in northern Arizona.


CAS Monthly Meetings and Astronomical Programs are held the Saturday closest to the Full Moon at the Mars Hill Campus of Lowell Observatory, Hendricks Center for Planetary Studies Auditorium (6:45 pm - 8:00 pm., unless otherwise noted) followed by refreshments, and informal discussion. Meetings are open and free to the public.


All Arizona Messier Marathon

Sponsered by Saguaro Astronomy Club, Phoenix, AZ

Saturday March 30, 2019 + Swap Meet, Dinner & Raffle Salome Emergency Air Strip Site

More info: http://saguaroastro.org/all-arizona-messier-marathon/

What's New

2019 General Meetings & Special Events Update

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Announcement: The 2019 Club Calendar is Available

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