AAAP Member Bill Snyder Takes First Place in the Deep Space Category at the 2014 International Astrophotographer of the Year Contest

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Bill Snyder’s astrophotograph of the Horsehead Nebula (IC 434) is the First Place Winner in the Deep Space Category at the 2014 International Astrophotographer of the Year Contest sponsored by the Royal Museums Greenwich. Bill has received many accolades for his astrophotography, including seven APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day) wins. Bill’s astrophotographs can be viewed and purchased at his website http://billsnyderastrophotography.com/ and at shows across the East Coast and Eastern Mid-West. Congratulations to Bill Snyder, from the AAAP!

Mingo Observatory Lecture: The Big Bang and Then Some – a Layman’s Perspective

Timeline of the Universe
Mingo Observatory Lecture: The Big Bang and Then Some – a Layman’s Perspective
Learn about how everything we now enjoy in the night sky got started.
Open Rain or shine, cloudy or clear. No reservation needed.
Four Tuesdays, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM, September 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th.
Observing afterwards, conditions permitting.
Mingo Clear Sky Chart

Better Observing Techniques Classes at Wagman Observatory

Wagman Clear Sky Chart
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Wagman Better Observing Techniques (formerly Starhopping) class is cancelled.
Monday, September 15, 2014 Wagman Better Observing Techniques(formerly Starhopping) class is cancelled, by Wagman Director Tom Reiland due to deteriorating conditions. 3:45PM 9/15/2014 Tuesday’s session September 16 is still scheduled.
Better Observing Techniques classes are scheduled Mondays and Tuesdays, Sept 15 and 16 and Oct 13 and 14 at Wagman Observatory. Classes begin at 7 PM.

Tulip Nebula – By Bill Snyder

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Tulip Nebula- Bill Snyder

This is an image of the Tulip Nebula in Cygnus it is approximately 6000 light years away. Captured with 17in Planewave and SBIG STXL 11002 camera

Details at   http://billsnyderastrophotography.com/?page_id=2030

Wagman Movie Night – Sunsets and Rainbows – By Nate Brandt

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9/6/2014 – Sunset at Wagman Observatory – By Nate Brandt

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Cocoon Nebula – By Frank Wielgus

Cocoon Nebula - IC5146 -- in Cygnus Location: Cherry Springs, PA Equipment: Imaging Camera = ATIK 383L Camera Autoguiding Camera = Atik16IC via an OAG Telescope OTA = Tele Vue NP127is @f5.2 Mount = CGEM Home made cross filter Exposures = multiple 5 min. L and multiple 10 min. each RGB Software = Maxim DL and Photoshop CS5

Cocoon Nebula – IC5146 — in Cygnus
Location: Cherry Springs, PA
Equipment: Imaging Camera = ATIK 383L Camera | Autoguiding Camera = Atik16IC via an OAG | Telescope OTA = Tele Vue NP127is @f5.2 | Mount = CGEM | Home made cross filter | Exposures = multiple 5 min. L and multiple 10 min. each RGB | Software = Maxim DL and Photoshop CS5

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