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New Windsor, Maryland (USA)

Partial Solar Eclipse
A sunset partial solar eclipse was viewed from MTO on October 23, 2014. Although the horizon was cloudy, fleeting glimpses (such as this one) of the sun with its right-hand edge dented from the occulting lunar disk, were visible between breaks in the clouds and trees. A sheet of welder's glass was dangled in front of a telephoto lens in this image.

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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).

Total Lunar Eclipse at Sunrise

partial phase totality setting in clouds
A beautiful total lunar eclipse was observed prior to sunrise on October 8, 2014. Partial eclipse (left); total eclipse during morning twilight (center); and totally eclipsed moon setting into the clouds just prior to sunrise (right). These images were shot using a Borg brand 5-inch APO refractor.

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Marstown Wildlife

fox raccoon deer opossum
squirrel skunk rabbit cat
Some of the wildlife photographed in the woods adjacent to Marstown Observatory using Browning and Bushnell brand trail cameras. Clockwise from upper left: Fox, racoon, deer, opossum, cat, rabbit, skunk and squirrel.

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