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Re: Parade of Sattelites

Woody Schlom
 

Yup, you got StarLinked!

 

I set TheSkyX Pro’s location to San Antonio, TX, turned on display satellites, and stepped through at one minute intervals.

 

Starting around 8:46pm local time, a cluster of StarLink satellites rose in the NW and set in the SE.  They disappeared over the SE horizon around 8:55pm local time.

 

It looked like the satellites in this group were:

SL-1373

SL-1338

SL-1377

SL-1376

SL-1372

SL-1378

SL-1379

 

There were also some StarLink and Falcon9 rocket bodies and parts in nearly the same orbits at the same time.

 

And soon we’ll have tens of thousands of these things up there.  Boggles the mind.  And I assume (yeah I know all about assumptions) that eventually instead of these things traveling in separate clumps, they’ll be pretty much continuous.

 

What, me worry?

 

Woody

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of M Hambrick
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2020 7:29 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Parade of Sattelites

 

Did anyone see the parade of sattelites that passed overhead about 9:00 pm CDT tonight (Southeast Texas location) ? There must have been two dozen spaced out evenly. The string stretched across the whole sky from Northwest to South east. Talk about messing up a bunch of astro-images. Does anyone know what these are ? Space-X ?

I am getting more and more frequent occurrences of images that have been ruined by a sattelite.


Re: Parade of Sattelites

Michael 'Mikey' Mangieri
 

Almost 100% sure those are the Starlink satellites that SpaceX is putting up. Thousands more to follow. Get that PixInsight integration process down pat to remove those outliers 😎


On Apr 30, 2020, at 10:29 PM, M Hambrick <mhambrick563@...> wrote:

Did anyone see the parade of sattelites that passed overhead about 9:00 pm CDT tonight (Southeast Texas location) ? There must have been two dozen spaced out evenly. The string stretched across the whole sky from Northwest to South east. Talk about messing up a bunch of astro-images. Does anyone know what these are ? Space-X ?

I am getting more and more frequent occurrences of images that have been ruined by a sattelite.


Parade of Sattelites

M Hambrick
 

Did anyone see the parade of sattelites that passed overhead about 9:00 pm CDT tonight (Southeast Texas location) ? There must have been two dozen spaced out evenly. The string stretched across the whole sky from Northwest to South east. Talk about messing up a bunch of astro-images. Does anyone know what these are ? Space-X ?

I am getting more and more frequent occurrences of images that have been ruined by a sattelite.


Re: Mach2 Status Update

Karen Christen
 

Hello Dean,

 

The short answer to your question is: no.  The IL Governor has extended the Stay-at-Home order for another month with very few alterations.  The primary changes include allowing some parks to re-open, retail stores may now process online orders for pick-up or delivery, and garden centers may open (assumedly as a potential source of food).  But manufacturing, specifically for non-essential items, remains prohibited. 

 

Our office folks and some production staff will continue to do what they can at home, and the rest will remain out of the shop and not working.  Roland, Marj, and I are working 65-75 hours per week to do all we are able here at the shop.  We appreciate everyone’s patience.

 

Karen Christen

AP

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Dean Jacobsen
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2020 7:45 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Mach2 Status Update

 

On Wed, Apr 29, 2020 at 07:54 AM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> wrote:

We are busy assembling and shipping. I have people doing sub-assemblies at home and I am doing all final assembly and testing here. There are mounts going out pretty much every day now.

I see that Illinois is opening up the stay at home order a bit. Will you be affected in a positive way?
 
--
Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/ 
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 


--
Karen Christen
Astro-Physics


Re: Mach2 Status Update

Dean Jacobsen
 

On Wed, Apr 29, 2020 at 07:54 AM, uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> wrote:
We are busy assembling and shipping. I have people doing sub-assemblies at home and I am doing all final assembly and testing here. There are mounts going out pretty much every day now.
I see that Illinois is opening up the stay at home order a bit. Will you be affected in a positive way?
 
--
Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/ 
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 


Re: Guider exposure times?

Mike Shade
 

No, that would be constant...the star shapes changed on each one minute exposure...round, oval from 7 o'clock to 1, then from 11 to 5, then from 9 to 3, it was random.  At .63"/pixel, 2940mm fl, and a generous aperture  it doesn't take much.  It was quite interesting and eye opening. 

 

Mike J. Shade

Mike J. Shade Photography:

mshadephotography.com

 

In War: Resolution

In Defeat: Defiance

In Victory: Magnanimity

In Peace: Goodwill

Sir Winston Churchill

Already, in the gathering dusk, a few of the stars are turning on their lights.

Vega, the brightest one, is now dropping towards the west.  Can it be half

a year since I watched her April rising in the east?  Low in the southwest

Antares blinks a sad farwell to fall...

Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights

 

International Dark Sky Association: www.darksky.org

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Steven Panish
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2020 3:26 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Guider exposure times?

 

Coma?  Bright head towards center, tail opposite?

 

I use 2-3" for guide exposure for a C11 w/reducer, 1750mm FL

 

Steve

 

On Thu, Apr 30, 2020 at 4:52 PM Mike Shade <mshade@q.com> wrote:

Thanks for the input on this.  As we are now in the heat in SE AZ, there is a bit of ground heating during the day, in spite of my tree planting 20 years ago.  I did notice with the shorter guide exposures, the error graph in Maxim looked better, smoother and there was significantly less variation.  I did a series of tests last night pointing the scope at various elevations and doing a 1 minute unguided shot.  I was testing for some sort of sag or flexure in the optical components.  The results were interesting.  I shot at 85, 75, 65, 55, and 45 degrees elevation, pointed E, W, and then S.  In a series of several at the same location, the stars were all sorts of interesting shapes...round, ovoid in one direction, ovoid in another direction.  As there was no guiding, the only "live" axis was RA and the deviations were not tracking errors as they were not in line with this axis.  Interesting demonstration, at least to me of the effects of seeing variations.

 

Mike J. Shade

Mike J. Shade Photography:

mshadephotography.com

 

In War: Resolution

In Defeat: Defiance

In Victory: Magnanimity

In Peace: Goodwill

Sir Winston Churchill

Already, in the gathering dusk, a few of the stars are turning on their lights.

Vega, the brightest one, is now dropping towards the west.  Can it be half

a year since I watched her April rising in the east?  Low in the southwest

Antares blinks a sad farwell to fall...

Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights

 

International Dark Sky Association: www.darksky.org

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mike Shade
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2020 8:53 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Guider exposure times?

 

Curious as to what people have for guider exposures for various systems.  Was having some issues guiding my 1600/CDK 17/Maxim 5.18/STL6303E (guiding with camera) in that the stars were not always round...almost but not quite, just a few pixels but enough to oblong the stars.  Always had somewhat longer guide exposures (7"-10") to try and even out seeing variations (which can be quite large with a 17" telescope).  The system can go unguided with reasonably round stars for the 382" worm cycle near zenith but guided images were a different story (I do need to guide the system).  So last night lowered the guide exposure to 2", aggressiveness to 5 and round guided stars.  What I think might have been happening is that with a longer guider exposure, there would be centroid changes between exposures and the system was reacting to these.  With a shorter exposure, this is not happening as the "deviation" is not allowed.

 

So, just curious as to what others have their systems setup for guiding and if my thinking on this makes sense.

 

Mike J. Shade

Mike J. Shade Photography:

mshadephotography.com

 

In War: Resolution

In Defeat: Defiance

In Victory: Magnanimity

In Peace: Goodwill

Sir Winston Churchill

Already, in the gathering dusk, a few of the stars are turning on their lights.

Vega, the brightest one, is now dropping towards the west.  Can it be half

a year since I watched her April rising in the east?  Low in the southwest

Antares blinks a sad farwell to fall...

Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights

 

International Dark Sky Association: www.darksky.org

 


Re: Guider exposure times?

Steven Panish
 

Coma?  Bright head towards center, tail opposite?

I use 2-3" for guide exposure for a C11 w/reducer, 1750mm FL

Steve

On Thu, Apr 30, 2020 at 4:52 PM Mike Shade <mshade@q.com> wrote:

Thanks for the input on this.  As we are now in the heat in SE AZ, there is a bit of ground heating during the day, in spite of my tree planting 20 years ago.  I did notice with the shorter guide exposures, the error graph in Maxim looked better, smoother and there was significantly less variation.  I did a series of tests last night pointing the scope at various elevations and doing a 1 minute unguided shot.  I was testing for some sort of sag or flexure in the optical components.  The results were interesting.  I shot at 85, 75, 65, 55, and 45 degrees elevation, pointed E, W, and then S.  In a series of several at the same location, the stars were all sorts of interesting shapes...round, ovoid in one direction, ovoid in another direction.  As there was no guiding, the only "live" axis was RA and the deviations were not tracking errors as they were not in line with this axis.  Interesting demonstration, at least to me of the effects of seeing variations.

 

Mike J. Shade

Mike J. Shade Photography:

mshadephotography.com

 

In War: Resolution

In Defeat: Defiance

In Victory: Magnanimity

In Peace: Goodwill

Sir Winston Churchill

Already, in the gathering dusk, a few of the stars are turning on their lights.

Vega, the brightest one, is now dropping towards the west.  Can it be half

a year since I watched her April rising in the east?  Low in the southwest

Antares blinks a sad farwell to fall...

Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights

 

International Dark Sky Association: www.darksky.org

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mike Shade
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2020 8:53 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Guider exposure times?

 

Curious as to what people have for guider exposures for various systems.  Was having some issues guiding my 1600/CDK 17/Maxim 5.18/STL6303E (guiding with camera) in that the stars were not always round...almost but not quite, just a few pixels but enough to oblong the stars.  Always had somewhat longer guide exposures (7"-10") to try and even out seeing variations (which can be quite large with a 17" telescope).  The system can go unguided with reasonably round stars for the 382" worm cycle near zenith but guided images were a different story (I do need to guide the system).  So last night lowered the guide exposure to 2", aggressiveness to 5 and round guided stars.  What I think might have been happening is that with a longer guider exposure, there would be centroid changes between exposures and the system was reacting to these.  With a shorter exposure, this is not happening as the "deviation" is not allowed.

 

So, just curious as to what others have their systems setup for guiding and if my thinking on this makes sense.

 

Mike J. Shade

Mike J. Shade Photography:

mshadephotography.com

 

In War: Resolution

In Defeat: Defiance

In Victory: Magnanimity

In Peace: Goodwill

Sir Winston Churchill

Already, in the gathering dusk, a few of the stars are turning on their lights.

Vega, the brightest one, is now dropping towards the west.  Can it be half

a year since I watched her April rising in the east?  Low in the southwest

Antares blinks a sad farwell to fall...

Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights

 

International Dark Sky Association: www.darksky.org

 


Re: Getting Files from Remote Systems

 

i use dropbox

i used to use an SD card, but now when i wake up in the morning, everything is on my processing desktop

On Thu, Apr 30, 2020 at 1:52 PM Wayne Hixson via groups.io <wayneh9026=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Looking for ideas on ways to get image data from remote sites. I’ve got an Eagle 3S running my system and storing data on its hard drive. I then connect from my local pc the next morning and download the data. With my current 26 megapixel 16-bit camera each sub is 51MB. With short subs that can add up to multi-gigabytes. I’m wondering if there is a way to incrementally transfer the files as they’re created using one of those folder real-time sync programs? Or other solution?



--
Brian 



Brian Valente


Re: Getting Files from Remote Systems

Mark Striebeck
 

I use Google Drive in a similar manner: map my imaging directories to Google Drive directories and they get backed up automatically. I also keep my local machine that I'm processing the data online, so the next morning all images are locally available.

I also have a "Staging" Google drive directory where I store all my images from objects that I'm still working on. On my local machine, I go through the files, delete the bad ones and move the good ones to Staging. While I can now process them there further, this will also delete the files on telescope computer making sure that it doesn't run out of harddrive space.

And all the file transfer stuff happens in the background, i.e. I never have to wait. And the files are automatically backed up in case one or both machines die.

     Mark

On Thu, Apr 30, 2020 at 2:36 PM Craig Anderson <craig@...> wrote:
Yep. I configured ACP to write data directly to DropBox folders unique to the requesting user, project, and object with filenames built around date, time, object, binning, exposure, and temp. I have ACP save the RAWs as well. Then the data just flows over as it comes in and I can preview, process, and enjoy at home. Works great. 

-Craig

On Apr 30, 2020, at 5:32 PM, Wayne Hixson via groups.io <wayneh9026@...> wrote:

So you map the imaging scope folder and your local computer folder to DropBox with auto sync? 


On Apr 30, 2020, at 2:05 PM, Craig Anderson <craig@...> wrote:

I use DropBox. Works great!

-Craig

On Apr 30, 2020, at 4:52 PM, Wayne Hixson via groups.io <wayneh9026@...> wrote:

Looking for ideas on ways to get image data from remote sites. I’ve got an Eagle 3S running my system and storing data on its hard drive. I then connect from my local pc the next morning and download the data. With my current 26 megapixel 16-bit camera each sub is 51MB. With short subs that can add up to multi-gigabytes. I’m wondering if there is a way to incrementally transfer the files as they’re created using one of those folder real-time sync programs? Or other solution?



Re: Getting Files from Remote Systems

Craig Anderson
 

Yep. I configured ACP to write data directly to DropBox folders unique to the requesting user, project, and object with filenames built around date, time, object, binning, exposure, and temp. I have ACP save the RAWs as well. Then the data just flows over as it comes in and I can preview, process, and enjoy at home. Works great. 

-Craig

On Apr 30, 2020, at 5:32 PM, Wayne Hixson via groups.io <wayneh9026@...> wrote:

So you map the imaging scope folder and your local computer folder to DropBox with auto sync? 


On Apr 30, 2020, at 2:05 PM, Craig Anderson <craig@...> wrote:

I use DropBox. Works great!

-Craig

On Apr 30, 2020, at 4:52 PM, Wayne Hixson via groups.io <wayneh9026@...> wrote:

Looking for ideas on ways to get image data from remote sites. I’ve got an Eagle 3S running my system and storing data on its hard drive. I then connect from my local pc the next morning and download the data. With my current 26 megapixel 16-bit camera each sub is 51MB. With short subs that can add up to multi-gigabytes. I’m wondering if there is a way to incrementally transfer the files as they’re created using one of those folder real-time sync programs? Or other solution?



Re: Getting Files from Remote Systems

Wayne Hixson
 

So you map the imaging scope folder and your local computer folder to DropBox with auto sync? 


On Apr 30, 2020, at 2:05 PM, Craig Anderson <craig@...> wrote:

I use DropBox. Works great!

-Craig

On Apr 30, 2020, at 4:52 PM, Wayne Hixson via groups.io <wayneh9026@...> wrote:

Looking for ideas on ways to get image data from remote sites. I’ve got an Eagle 3S running my system and storing data on its hard drive. I then connect from my local pc the next morning and download the data. With my current 26 megapixel 16-bit camera each sub is 51MB. With short subs that can add up to multi-gigabytes. I’m wondering if there is a way to incrementally transfer the files as they’re created using one of those folder real-time sync programs? Or other solution?


Re: Getting Files from Remote Systems

Craig Anderson
 

I use DropBox. Works great!

-Craig

On Apr 30, 2020, at 4:52 PM, Wayne Hixson via groups.io <wayneh9026@...> wrote:

Looking for ideas on ways to get image data from remote sites. I’ve got an Eagle 3S running my system and storing data on its hard drive. I then connect from my local pc the next morning and download the data. With my current 26 megapixel 16-bit camera each sub is 51MB. With short subs that can add up to multi-gigabytes. I’m wondering if there is a way to incrementally transfer the files as they’re created using one of those folder real-time sync programs? Or other solution?


Re: Guider exposure times?

Mike Shade
 

Thanks for the input on this.  As we are now in the heat in SE AZ, there is a bit of ground heating during the day, in spite of my tree planting 20 years ago.  I did notice with the shorter guide exposures, the error graph in Maxim looked better, smoother and there was significantly less variation.  I did a series of tests last night pointing the scope at various elevations and doing a 1 minute unguided shot.  I was testing for some sort of sag or flexure in the optical components.  The results were interesting.  I shot at 85, 75, 65, 55, and 45 degrees elevation, pointed E, W, and then S.  In a series of several at the same location, the stars were all sorts of interesting shapes...round, ovoid in one direction, ovoid in another direction.  As there was no guiding, the only "live" axis was RA and the deviations were not tracking errors as they were not in line with this axis.  Interesting demonstration, at least to me of the effects of seeing variations.

 

Mike J. Shade

Mike J. Shade Photography:

mshadephotography.com

 

In War: Resolution

In Defeat: Defiance

In Victory: Magnanimity

In Peace: Goodwill

Sir Winston Churchill

Already, in the gathering dusk, a few of the stars are turning on their lights.

Vega, the brightest one, is now dropping towards the west.  Can it be half

a year since I watched her April rising in the east?  Low in the southwest

Antares blinks a sad farwell to fall...

Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights

 

International Dark Sky Association: www.darksky.org

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mike Shade
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2020 8:53 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Guider exposure times?

 

Curious as to what people have for guider exposures for various systems.  Was having some issues guiding my 1600/CDK 17/Maxim 5.18/STL6303E (guiding with camera) in that the stars were not always round...almost but not quite, just a few pixels but enough to oblong the stars.  Always had somewhat longer guide exposures (7"-10") to try and even out seeing variations (which can be quite large with a 17" telescope).  The system can go unguided with reasonably round stars for the 382" worm cycle near zenith but guided images were a different story (I do need to guide the system).  So last night lowered the guide exposure to 2", aggressiveness to 5 and round guided stars.  What I think might have been happening is that with a longer guider exposure, there would be centroid changes between exposures and the system was reacting to these.  With a shorter exposure, this is not happening as the "deviation" is not allowed.

 

So, just curious as to what others have their systems setup for guiding and if my thinking on this makes sense.

 

Mike J. Shade

Mike J. Shade Photography:

mshadephotography.com

 

In War: Resolution

In Defeat: Defiance

In Victory: Magnanimity

In Peace: Goodwill

Sir Winston Churchill

Already, in the gathering dusk, a few of the stars are turning on their lights.

Vega, the brightest one, is now dropping towards the west.  Can it be half

a year since I watched her April rising in the east?  Low in the southwest

Antares blinks a sad farwell to fall...

Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights

 

International Dark Sky Association: www.darksky.org

 


Re: Diagram of (top of) Eagle Pier

fd@...
 

What a coincidence.  I am designing a top for my Eagle Pier so I can mount a tracker on it.  Now that my Mach1GTO is on a permanent pier, I want to put my Eagle to good use.

I based my design on the drawing of the ADATRI adapter that fits on a pier and holds my Mach1GTO. 

Mechanical drawing of what I came up with so far:

I decided to 3D print the part so I made a couple changes to dimensions, for example the three side holeshttps://imgur.com/0bcY90Zhttps://imgur.com/0bcY90Zhttps://imgur.com/0bcY90Zhttps://imgur.com/0bcY90Z are bigger to accommodate barbed brass inserts.


--
Mach1GTO and GTOCP4 on permanent pier


Getting Files from Remote Systems

Wayne Hixson
 

Looking for ideas on ways to get image data from remote sites. I’ve got an Eagle 3S running my system and storing data on its hard drive. I then connect from my local pc the next morning and download the data. With my current 26 megapixel 16-bit camera each sub is 51MB. With short subs that can add up to multi-gigabytes. I’m wondering if there is a way to incrementally transfer the files as they’re created using one of those folder real-time sync programs? Or other solution?


Re: Where to download PEMpro

David Enck
 

Thank you Ray, your link you pointed out worked! :-)

Cheers,

David


Re: Where to download PEMpro

Bill Long
 

Should be able to get it from www.ccdware.com



From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of davidenck@... <davidenck@...>
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2020 11:11 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: [ap-gto] Where to download PEMpro
 

Hello,

Can someone please tell me where to officially download PEMpro? I have tried from the link at ccdware, but my virus scanner keeps warning me with a trojan so I canceled it. I got a new computer and can not recall the link I used on my old one..

Thank you,

David


Re: Where to download PEMpro

Ray Gralak
 

David,

 

I think you are trying to download using the wrong link on the CCDware downloads page. There is a link just above the PEMPro section to another download that is susceptible to getting virus check errors.

 

The link for the PEMPro download is below the PEMPro section, not above it. Here is a screen shot:

 

 

CCDWare link:

 

https://www.ccdware.com/downloads/

 

-Ray Gralak

Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro

Author of PEMPro V3:  https://www.ccdware.com

Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: https://www.siriusimaging.com/apdriver

 

 

> -----Original Message-----

> From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of davidenck@...

> Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2020 11:12 AM

> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io

> Subject: [ap-gto] Where to download PEMpro

>

> Hello,

>

> Can someone please tell me where to officially download PEMpro? I have tried from the link at ccdware, but my

> virus scanner keeps warning me with a trojan so I canceled it. I got a new computer and can not recall the link I

> used on my old one..

>

> Thank you,

>

>

>

> David

>


Where to download PEMpro

David Enck
 

Hello,

Can someone please tell me where to officially download PEMpro? I have tried from the link at ccdware, but my virus scanner keeps warning me with a trojan so I canceled it. I got a new computer and can not recall the link I used on my old one..

Thank you,

David


Re: Guider exposure times?

Charles Thompson
 

I use 2 seconds for all my different scope/guidescope configurations in PhD2. I image from an area with considerable light pollution but don't know if that really matters. 





Thanks,
Charles

Sent from mobile device.


-------- Original message --------
From: Mike Shade <mshade@q.com>
Date: 4/30/20 10:53 AM (GMT-06:00)
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Guider exposure times?

Curious as to what people have for guider exposures for various systems.  Was having some issues guiding my 1600/CDK 17/Maxim 5.18/STL6303E (guiding with camera) in that the stars were not always round...almost but not quite, just a few pixels but enough to oblong the stars.  Always had somewhat longer guide exposures (7"-10") to try and even out seeing variations (which can be quite large with a 17" telescope).  The system can go unguided with reasonably round stars for the 382" worm cycle near zenith but guided images were a different story (I do need to guide the system).  So last night lowered the guide exposure to 2", aggressiveness to 5 and round guided stars.  What I think might have been happening is that with a longer guider exposure, there would be centroid changes between exposures and the system was reacting to these.  With a shorter exposure, this is not happening as the "deviation" is not allowed.

 

So, just curious as to what others have their systems setup for guiding and if my thinking on this makes sense.

 

Mike J. Shade

Mike J. Shade Photography:

mshadephotography.com

 

In War: Resolution

In Defeat: Defiance

In Victory: Magnanimity

In Peace: Goodwill

Sir Winston Churchill

Already, in the gathering dusk, a few of the stars are turning on their lights.

Vega, the brightest one, is now dropping towards the west.  Can it be half

a year since I watched her April rising in the east?  Low in the southwest

Antares blinks a sad farwell to fall...

Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights

 

International Dark Sky Association: www.darksky.org

 

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