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Best of Year 4: My Highlights from 2015

18 Jan 2016, 20:26 UTC
Best of Year 4: My Highlights from 2015
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I can't believe another year has passed! I'm usually someone who gets tired of hobbies after 6 months and moves on, but it seems the challenge of astrophotography combines all my interests into something with real staying power. I've made incremental steps this year, witnessed some amazing nighttime displays, and continued to practice. It's been 4 years since I started playing around with night sky photos. I've turned each year into a gallery with my best, favorite, or most memorable photos [Year 1, Year 2, Year 3]. I think I'm reaching the upper limit of what I can do with my current gear. I think the next step is going to be some new glass or a reflecting telescope to gather more light. I'll give that a shot on the motor driven mount and see how frustrated I get before upgrading to a computerized mount. All in due time!But for now, here are my accomplishments from the past 12 months:I caught a traffic jam of planets in the morning before work. It was the most planets I caught in the same photo at once. Always nice to see Mercury peaking up over the horizon. Although the conjunction wasn't exceptionally close, ...

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