Wednesday, August 15, 2018


Location:  Smileys Campground, NS and Little Lepreau, NB

Date Time:

Smileys - Aug 10, 2018 2220-2330 hrs
                Aug 11, 2018 2220-2320 hrs

Little Lepreau Aug 12, 2018 2220- 2324 hrs


Aug 10 - Partly cloudy to mostly clear, very warm and humid.
Aug 11 -  Mostly cloudy to completely socked in with clouds.
Aug 12 - Partly clear.

Attendance:  David McCashion

Equipment:  A good reclining lawn chair.


  • Most of the time reclining, facing towards the south at the Summer Triangle.

  • Aug 10 -  Seen 8 Persieds with 5 being very long and bright, yellowish with smoke trails, over a 1 hrs period

  • Aug 11 - No shooting stars seen, over an hour long period, even though I could just make out the bright stars in the Summer Triangle.  Thought I would have been able to see some through the lighter cloud cover.  Cloud cover thickened after 2300 hrs.

  • Aug 12 - Seen 19 Perseids that were mostly bright "Smokers" (leaving smoke trails) and 1 Sporadic, over a 1 hr 4 min period.  A nice outburst of shooting stars around 2320 hrs.

Friday, August 3, 2018


Location:  St. Martin's, NB, Canada

Date Time:  July 18, 2018 2130-0030 hrs

Weather:  Mostly clear to clear, light breeze and 13C.

Attendance:  Madison, McKenzie, Dee D, Jackson, Milo, Carla and David McCashion

Equipment: 8" Meade LX 200 with 32mm and 13.8mm eyepieces, Canon Rebel Xsi with 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses


As I was setting up, there was a fireworks display a ways to the east.  Quickly took some fast exposure images.


Location:  East Side of Chicago, IL, USA

Date Time:  July 15, 2018 2110-2120 hrs Central Time.

Weather:  Very warm, humid weather with passing thunderheads. 

Attendance:  David McCashion

Equipment:  Canon Rebel Xsi with 75-300 mm lens on tripod.

Objective:  To image and view a close conjunction of Venus and a young, thin Crescent Moon, which was low in the dusky sky as it was getting dark.


  • With 75-300 mm lens fully zoomed in, this pairing was still very close.  The two bodies were approximately one degree apart.
  • An image was taken with a longer exposure time to show Earth-shine, the other with less exposure to show detail on the thin Moon.
  • Apparntly, this pairing appeared closer from Western North America, than it did in Eastern North America.


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