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New Windsor, Maryland (USA)

fox raccoon deer opossum
squirrel skunk rabbit cat
Some of the wildlife phtographed 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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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).

Minotaur 1 Rocket Launch

Minotaur 1 launch from Wallops Island
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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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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