Comet Neowise – clear sky edition

Ok, I know I was excited yesterday about catching Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) in my DIY allsky camera… but last nights sky was clear… ALL NIGHT! So, the comet is much easier to see, and lasts pretty much the entire timelapse ( aside from sunset/sunrise where it’s too faint and Read more…

C/2020 F3 (Neowise)

Comet Neowise

I recently added another allsky camera to my collection.. This one, I put on the roof of our motorhome. You can check it out anytime at https://allsky.turtleherding.com. And, of course, Comet C/2020 F3 (Neowise) has been in the news and is the first naked eye comet to grace the northern Read more…

Falcon 9 Starlink - Long Exposure

A tale of two Launches

In 2019, we spent the months of May and June in hot & humid Florida.  More precisely, the Titusville area, commonly called the Space Coast!  Why, you may ask.. would we be in Florida during LoveBug mating season?  To experience our first, and second ever.. rocket launches! Our first ever Read more…

Starlink Passover - AllSky 2020-04-15 at 21-20-36

Starlink Satellites in Timelapse – AllSky Camera

Thanks to a tip from a fellow astro-geek who is at Rusty’s RV Ranch right now, I reviewed my AllSky camera and did indeed capture 2 passes of a cluster of Starlink Satellites! Here’s a time lapse — look for them between 2100 and 2200 moving from SSW to N Read more…

Stellarium from the Astro Shed

A View from our AstroShed

In case you are unaware, there’s an amazing Open Source, completely free, planetarium software available for Windows, Mac and Linux. It’s also available for Android for a bit of a charge, but it’s super worth it. I’m talking about… Stellarium!

There are so many bells, whistles and knobs in this software, there’s no way I could cover it all in this post. But, one very cool feature it has is called ‘Landscapes’. This allows you to mimic the surroundings of many different places ( and planets! ) and act as if you were viewing the stars from those locations.
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My All-Sky Camera

An All-Sky camera is a nifty little device.  It gives a view of the complete (or mostly complete) sky from horizon to horizon, in all directions, in one photo.  Why would someone want such a camera?  I’m glad you (presumably) asked!

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