A Pirates Paradise…Sort of.

This past weekend was the RAS’s annual themed star-party weekend.

Mary Ken

Frank Food

Although there were lots of pirates, food and booty for all, the wind kept my observatory shut. 😦


Being the resourceful astronomer, there is always more than one way to view the night sky.  The Moon and Saturn had a particularly close arrangement.


Up close it was even better.

Milky_Observatory Jtree_New_Lens

So, out came the Canon EOS-M (love this camera) and I took some images for my upcoming talk at Nightfall.  The top image was a 20 second image with the stock 22mm F2.0 lens that came with the camera.  The bottom image is with my new Rokinon 10mm f2.0 15 seconds.  Not as focused as I would like, but in a 20mph wind, things move a little.

Hotel pool at the Palm Canyon Resort

If you haven’t ever been to Nightfall, it is one of the best gatherings of astronomy amateurs in the country. Held at the Palm Canyon Resort in Borrego Springs, California.  The resort changes all the exterior lighting to red lights for the event and the local community comes to visit and learn.  Workshops are given all weekend.  Almost all of them are free to attend.

Nightfall Premium Workshop Presenter - Warren Keller

The premium astrophotography workshop will be given by Warren Keller.  Warrne is a world-renowned astrophotographer and lecturer.

Warren’s Workshop
It’s Not the Plane. It’s the Pilot: Flying with Photoshop and PixInsight
Saturday, 10/25 from 10:00AM-4:00PM

The cost of the workshop is $60, a very reasonable amount for this quality of education.

This will be the 10th year that I have gone to this event and I can hardly wait.  More information can be found here.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +


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