Winter sunset scene at HGO.  Image taken by Stuart Shultz

Comet C/2014 LoveJoy & Venus/Mercury

The shots below were taken by Board Member Kevin Heider. He used his Canon T3i camera attached to the 80mm Stellarvue Refractor mounted on top of the Richey 16" at HGO. Click on each image for a larger view. For the latest comet information and updates make sure to check out Kevin's Comet Corner articles in our member’s newsletter the SVAS Observer.

This 2 min exposure of
Comet Lovejoy was shot on 1/12/15.
A 20 second exposure of the Venus & Mercury pairing captured on 1/13/15.

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Video Astronomy by Chuck Real

If you were to mention the words video astronomy to someone they would probably ask “what’s moving up there….are you trying to catch a shooting star?” that’s probably the most common misconception of what video astronomy is.  The second misconception among unaware amateur astronomers, is that it is just another form of astro-imaging; taking beautiful portraits of astronomical objects.  Both are wrong…video astronomy is a relatively new tool used to enhance observing rather than astro-photography.

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Star-B-Q July 17th & 18th, 2015

Don’t miss our annual Star-B-Q held at HGO Blue Canyon on July 17th & 18th! Great raffle, good food, and friends! The July general meeting will be held here, and it’s a great chance to talk to the SVAS Officers and Board about club activities and operations. Star-B-Q Rules can be viewed here: Star-B-Q Rules