About

Observatory

The Observatory Page contains information about my backyard observatory. The observatory is a custom design based on the 8 foot Explora Dome observatory, which sits on a 10 foot round custom built enclosure with an offset heated control room which.

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About

About

This About page contains a bit of information about DaltonskyGazer and the website. I have been very busy and away from the site since August of 2015, but will be back at a future date in 2016 with new content and infomation.

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Arduino Shop

Arduino Shop

The Arduino Shop is a link to my Amazon Associates Arduino Webstore. The Arduino Shop contains links to many items I have hand picked related to my own interests in Arduino and related technologies. You will find Arduino kits, sensors, boards, books, projects, and much more all offered at very reasonable prices from various vendors found at Amazon.

I do receive small amount of commission on items purchased at the store which is used to offset server costs.

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Final Post……House Fire

This is my final post.  This is first chance to use computer in some time.  House destroyed due to electric fire which started at peak of roof where electric from street tied to house.  Electric company side was final determination of fire.  Hot and Neutral fused causing extensive fire damage within about 3 minutes.  It took several fire departments several hours to fully contain fire.  I made it out saving dog from intense fire in front left corner room and shirt on my back…barely getting car out of drive before wire burned through […]

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Blue Star Observatory

Things have been very quiet at DaltonSkyGazer, the season has not been cooperative for much use of the observatory.  I have some projects that I have been working on in the background and staying busy with my full time job. I spent few hours this week working on another new website and blog, JT’s Custom Computers, new homepage for my custom built pc/repair business, which I do on the side part-time. I am just starting to build the foundations for the website, it does include a technology blog page which will focus […]

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Table 3 Maximum Exposure Time in Seconds for an Observer at 60 o Latitudjpge

Alt-Azimuth Mount Tracking Movement and Field Rotation

Alt-Azimuth Mount Tracking Movement and Field Rotation Introduction   Three persistent enemies of astrophotography with lightweight alt-azimuth goto mounts are field rotation, vibration, and tracking movement. For lightweight mounts and tripods, wind is a major source of vibration. Wind driven vibration is often enhanced by swinging camera straps, power cables, and wobbly tripods. Needless to say, securing all hanging objects is of prime importance as is having a sturdy tripod. Unfortunately, for many lightweight mounts, their tripods are also lightweight and vibration prone. Now add field rotation on top of this and […]

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Alt-Azimuth Mount Astrophotography Applications

Astrophotography Using Very Short Exposures with Lightweight Mounts Article 1. Alt-Azimuth Mount Astrophotography Applications by Joseph L. Ashley Jeff invited me to prepare a series of articles based upon my book “Astrophotography on the Go, Using Short Exposures with Light Mounts” which is part of The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series published by Springer Books. This is the first article of the series. If you have an interest in using an azimuth mount for astrophotography, putting together a portable observatory that you can easily hand carry across town or to a dark […]

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Bahtinov masks on scopes

Astrophotography 101___Achieve Critical Focus, Using a Bahtinov Mask

  There are various methods one can use to achieve critical focus when preparing for an imaging run. The easiest method requires one to purchase or make a Bahtinov mask. A Bahtinov mask generator is available online, allowing you to create the exact mask pattern necessary for your imaging telescope. You can than print out this pattern and transfer the design to a suitable material which can be cut out with a sharp hobby knife. There are also several manufacturers who offer plastic Bahtinov masks at a very reasonable price in the […]

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Field Power Distribution System from Zengineering

New Astronomy Product: The Zengineering Power Brick- DC Power Distribution System

New for 2015, the Zengineering Power Brick 12 volt Dc Power Distribution System.  All you need is a 12 volt deep cycle marine battery and the Zengineering Power Brick to provide power for all of your astrophotography gear in the field or while set up at your observatory.  *Note the Power Brick is an Electronic Power Distribution System, a marine deep cycle battery is required and must be purchased separately.  Zengineering has been providing unique hand made astronomy products to the community for many years.  Each product is thoroughly tested and built […]

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Snowmagedon 2015 – Honest Weather Forecasting or Overblown Media Hype?

Weather forecasters have been going absolutely crazy the past few days calling for a blizzard with historic amounts of snow.  You would think the end of the world was coming based on the various cover story titles posted these past few days.  The governors of several states have called for complete closure of the road systems within respected states ahead of the actual storm hitting.  Since when do states completely close down the road systems, is this the new norm?  Something is not right, something has drastically changed over the past few […]

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V5 Astro Products ZEQ25 Tefplate

New Astronomy Vendor Announcement_______V5 Astro Products

V5 Astro Products is an online astronomy store, devoted to upgrades, accessories, and modified products for the iOptron line of telescope mounts.  Almost all V5 Astro products are hand fabricated or crafted in the USA. There is no mass production and quantities and availability of items will vary. V5 offers various upgrades which improve periodic error and smooth out tracking on several iOptron Mounts. The upgrade kits are very easy to install. V5 Astro Products offers replacement knobs, tripod levelers, precision tuning kits, and a few other unique items specific to iOptron […]

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Moon Image Triplet 80mm Meade

DaltonSkyGazer Observatory Switching to A New Website for 2015

I am currently in the process of updating the DaltonSkyGazer Observatory website.   I will be making many changes during coming weeks, during this time many articles and features will be unavailable.  A few of the older articles and tutorials will be back up along with several new ones which have been in the works for some time now.  You will see many changes taking place at DaltonSkyGazer Observatory Blog and Website over the coming weeks as I work on finalizing the layout, site structure, and color scheme.

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