Astronomy: website and activity updates

2008’s First Full Moon

On Jan. 22, 2008, it was a crystal-clear night on the Po river flatland (Northern Italy), as the dry foehn wind was blowing steadily from the Alps’ leeward slopes, thus draining every single bit of humidity from the air. A full Moon disk was also shining bright high up in the sky. By no means, would I ever miss this terrific opportunity of shooting it… So, I grabbed my ‘scope (Vixen ED103SWT), slammed it on my G11 mount along with […]

Two new images

It’s been quite a while since my last post, let alone an astronomy-related one. However, this does not mean I don’t have anything to share! As a matter of fact, I do have a fair backlog of images to process and to post, but it’ll take a while as I’ve been very busy lately. Here’s a sample of my october 2007 deep-sky imaging session (NGC 253, a galaxy in Sculptor): which is actually my best result of that night… Click […]

My first crack at CCD image processing

In early August I tried my hand at my newly acquired CCD camera, and above all at manipulating the resulting image. This small report describes all my different attempts to yield the best rendition of M20 (Trifid nebula)’s wispy outer regions. Here’s what I consider my best result yet:

I made it! (My first astronomy article)

Here it comes. My first astronomy article ever will be published in the upcoming March 2007 of the Italian Coelum magazine. This is really good news to me.