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Minotaur V launch of NASA's LADEE mission to the moon
Launch of a Minotaur 1 rocket on Wednesday night, November 19, 2013 at 08:15 p.m. EST from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), located on Wallops Island, Virginia. The above image was shot from MTO 144 miles from the launch pad. (30 second exposure at f5.6 and ISO 400, using a Canon Rebel DSLR and processed with an unsharp mask).

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Messier Marathon Star Party!

Coming...

  • Saturday, March 29th (primary) or
  • Saturday, April 26th (backup)

Bookmark this page and check for latest status.
A final GO/NOGO decision will be made, based on weather prospects, and posted here by Noon on the day of the event.

Current Status:
Green: GO!

ETMessage
29-Mar Due to rain and clouds we are scrubbing the event for the primary date and rescheduling for the secondary date in April.

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Private star party for members of the Westminster Astronomical Society of Maryland at Marstown Observatory.
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Marstown Observatory is located in Carroll County, Maryland one mile from the unincorporated hamlet of Marston. The nearest town is historic New Windsor (established in 1797) located four miles northwest of the observatory. The closest major cities are Baltimore (30 miles ESE) and Washington, DC (50 miles S).


Eclipse at Sunrise

03 November, 2013 Partial Solar Eclipse
The rising sun had a piece missing on Sunday, November 3, 2013. This view of the eclipse was taken in the light of hydrogen-alpha in a hand-held afocal image looking into the eyepiece of a Coronodo PST (40 mm aperture) telescope. (1/60 second exposure at f9 and ISO 800, with a Canon Rebel DSLR looking into a 20mm Kelner eyepiece).

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(Photo credit: MTO)


NASA's LADEE Moon Launch

Minotaur V launch of NASA's LADEE mission to the moon
Launch of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Envioronment Explorer (LADEE) mission on the first ever Minotaur V rocket. Sent to the moon on a September 6, 2013 night launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), located on Wallops Island, Virginia.

The above image is a frame grab from an 3-D HD video shot by Tom Renn from the MTO official viewing site, located 2.1 miles from launch pad 0-B.

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(Video credit: Tom Renn)


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