1. A nice evening at the VCO with lots of activity as members set up scopes to observe and photograph the sky on April 14, 2009. The camera was a tripod mounted Canon 30D with a 10-30 mm lens at 10mm. Exposures of 30 seconds at ISO 800 and f/4 were used in continuous shooting to give this time lapse movie. Processing in Photoshop, Photolapse and Windows movie maker.

    Copyright 2009, W. John McDonald

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  2. Time lapse video of night sky as it passes over the 2009 Texas Star Party in Fort Davis, Texas. The galactic core of Milky Way is brightly displayed. Images taken with 15mm fisheye lens.

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  3. One of the last nighttime launches of the Space Shuttle. Taken Friday, November 14, 2008 at 7:55 PM of the Space Shuttle Endeavor on mission STS-126. The night was perfectly clear and the Moon rose for added effect about 30 minutes before countdown.

    The video doesn't quite do it justice. The humidity made the launch video blurry, but in reality, it is very clear and bright, like a pillar of fire rocketing into the heavens.

    The only other thing ruining the video is some dude behind me going "Shhhh." Guess he thought it would be hard to hear a rocket!

    Otherwise, one of the coolest things I've seen in my life. I highly recommend everyone try to see one of the last roughly nine Shuttle launches left.

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  4. A film i put together with various sources.

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  5. The evolution of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A is shown by combining X-ray images taken by the Chandra X-ray Observatory in January 2000, February 2002, February 2004 and December 2007. Lowest energy X-rays are shown in red, intermediate energies in green and the highest X-ray energies in blue. The explosion’s outer blast wave, moving slower than expected, is also shown in blue.

    Posted in 'Evolution, 3-D animation of Cassiopeia A' at

    Credit: D. Patnaude et al., CXC, SAO, NASA

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