2016-08-09 The Iris Nebula NGC 7023

I’m not generally one to complain, but I cannot resist mentioning that this summer has been a lousy summer for astronomy.  Until last weekend it had been over two months since we had a truly clear night that coincided with a small crescent or new moon.  We have had many “close to clear” nights, nights that the forecast promised to be clear, when in reality thin layers of high altitude clouds obscured the stars just enough to make imaging impossible.  Last weekend, the streak was broken, and we had three nights back to back where (more…)

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