Winter sunset scene at HGO.  Image taken by Stuart Shultz

Yosemite Star Party-September 4-7th, 2015

Our upcoming Star Party to Yosemite is coming up quickly. The event will take place at Glacier Point and is scheduled for the Labor Day weekend; Friday, Sept 4th through Monday, September 7, 2015. The signup deadline for attending this event is JULY 15, 2015! We have limited spaces so if you're interested click here...

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.

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