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Carnival of Space #410

Carnival of Space - image credit: Jason MajorIt's almost the middle of June, which means that it's mid-winter here at my home in the South and the much-delayed cold weather has finally arrived!  It's an excellent time of year for stargazing with long crisp evenings, week-long stretches of cloudless sky, a spectacular range of objects to point our telescopes towards, and a shaky national power utility gifting us with repeated blackouts for extra-dark skies.  But what to do if you're not blessed with such ideal observing conditions?  Well that's where the Carnival of Space comes in!  Welcome, enjoy the show, try the popcorn!

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Observer's Guide - June 2015

Well it took long enough but Winter finally started.  Here where I live, the evenings are finally cold, the air is finally clear, and the stars are back out in their finest, brightest glory.  It's a fantastic time to observe, so here's a quick rundown on what you can see:

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Constantly Learning

I have just completed processing my third image of the famous southern radio galaxy Centaurus A.  Each time I go back to this object, I get better results, even though I'm using the exact same equipment each time.  It just goes to prove that it's not the equipment that makes the shot, but the photographer.  Just to labour the point, here are all three of my images (so far) of Centaurus A, along with notes of how I captured each shot and what I learned each time to make the next one better.

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