Murray Paulson Astro Pages
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Paulson's Astro Pages.
I have been an amateur astronomer since I was 9 years old. I have owned and
built many telescopes, and I presently have 3 refractors and 3 reflecting telescopes:
Bardou & Son 70 mm (antique)
12.5" Ceravolo Dob
Photography has always been in my blood, and I used Nikon equipment until my
foray into the age of digital. This shift was caused by the demise of film in
the wavelength of H-alpha. I now use a Canon Digital Rebel xt as my primary
astro-imaging camera. I also own a SBIG 237 and a number of Nikon FA bodies.
I am a neophyte at web space, so this site may take some time to develop!
I found that film is
great for deep sky, aurora and lunar photography but
lacked the ability to do justice to solar and planetary imaging.
North American Nebula: 135mm Nikkor f2.8/Kodak supra 400
Canon Rebel xt at prime focus with an AP130. ISO 400/ 5
Mars October 22 2005: ToUcam and AP130 at f60 1000
frames processed by Registax
H alpha: Takahashi Sky 90 + Coronado SM60
For more Night Scenery shots click here
The Transit of Venus
Mid Transit: Takahashi Sky 90/Nikon 5400
The Transit of Venus
On the 8th of June 2004, Venus passed in front of the disc of the Sun for the
first time in 121 years. I had been interested in this event since I was a
teenager. My first glimpses of Venus during the daytime were in 1967 as it
passed 7 degrees below the sun. At my location near Edmonton Alberta, Canada,
we only get 7 plus hours of night on the 8th of June and the 6 and a quarter
hours of the Transit event just happened to occur entirely
during that period!
With this in mind I decided to find a location that would be interesting as
well as a good location to see the entire event. The island of Crete piqued
our interest and we settled on viewing the Transit from the rooftop of our
hotel in Hersonissos, the Venus Melena. The hotel name means the dark(er) side of
Venus (love). The manager of the hotel brought us coffee and juices for our 6
and a half hour stay on the roof. The transit morning started off with heavy
overcast which broke before first contact. We saw all 4 contacts of the event
and it was a spectacle I will never forget.
I created a commemorative "T" shirt with these graphics for our
group and a few locals that chanced upon us on Transit day.
The island was interesting and the people friendly. We would go back to Crete
in a heartbeat!
Side Turkey March 29 2006. For more Eclipse shots click here
information, contact Murray D. Paulson +1-780-459-1168
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