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Twinoaks Observatory

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( N 34°:55':34.98" W 81°:04':23.76" ) ( N 37°:04':14.8" W 119°:24':46.6" )

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My Twinoaks project started as an idea in April of 2000 after I carried all my equipment back into the house and lost yet another hour of sleep. I found that not only was this creating wear and tear on the equipment, but me as well. I started my research on the internet and found a wealth of information there, as well as, people who were happy to offer advice and share their experiences. This website will try to add to that information and hopefully help someone else decide to enjoy this wonderful hobby.

I started imaging in May 2000 and have been adding equipment and hopefully improving my skills with each outing. I have found that no one scope fits all situations, so I have a variety of scopes that fit the constantly changing sky conditions of the mid-Atlantic states. I have always been interested in computers (Electrical Engineer) and have enjoyed using and watching the internet evolve. This medium has given us a grand tool for expanding this hobby like never before. By sharing images and techniques, we all become better at what we strive to do.

My Blue Sky project started in late 2006 as the light pollution at Twinoaks has continuously gotten worse due mostly to the growth in the area and the belief that more light is better. I lease observatory #5 (Blue Sky Observatory) in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. There are two piers in the observatory. On the North pier, I have a Paramount ME, FSQ-106N, a SBIG STL-11K camera, Takometer rotator, Astrodon MOAG with a SBIG RGH. On the South pier, I have a Paramount ME, RCOS 10" RC Astrograph, ST-10XME/CFW-10 with Astrodon filters, Astrodon MMOAG and a SBIG ST-402XME guide camera. You can visit the website here : Sierra Remote Observatories. The skies are clear, dark, and transparent, and there is almost no light pollution. The Milky Way is easy to see as it is quite bright!

I hope you find something useful and/or enjoyable while you're here. Please feel free to comment, as this helps me make the site better. Thanks for visiting.


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