Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Christmas in Alberta

During the holidays I packed up my telescope and drove 1500 km back to my hometown of Edmonton. The weather cooperated quite nicely and even though I was only there for 5 days I managed to cart my telescope out to Elk Island Park.  Yes, it was snowy and yes, it was cold but the sky was clear and the lack of moon made for some terrific seeing. 

I was managed to take about 45 minutes of photos of IC 1805 before I literally got scared off by a pack of wolves.  That in itself is an interesting story; unfortunately because I got about 1/4 the exposure time I wanted the image is quite dim.  But its still noticeable.  I guess the nice thing is all I really need to patience.  The nebula isn't really going anywhere.

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