Featured Videos

The Transit of Venus

Beginning the Transit of Venus. June 5nd, 2012

Today we highlight The Transit of Venus 2012 as seen from Cosmic Obsession Observatory. It was an should be the highlight of any amateur astronomer to research and endeavor to capture important events occuring outside the atmosphere of Earth. This video is one of four that were captured that afternoon and evening. It was a remarkable show and event, but the teamwork involved in preparing for, and accomplishing the goals we set out to achieve were all worth the effort. We highlight and honor the efforts of all amateur and professional researchers who search for truth. This video was made from a screen capture of the LIVE broadcast being presented on the Night Skies Network. This featured video tab will include more clips as they begin to be stitched together to make up the whole picture of our experience. Feel free to contact Bob, Debbie, or Francis. Each of us have an email address here that starts with our name and ends with @cosmicobsession.com.

Click on these links to revisit our view of the Transit of Venus, 2012!

Transit of Venus 2012 Pre-show

The Beginning of the Transit of Venus 2012

Venus Transit 2012 Pt3

Venus Transit #4

This "Featured Video" tab is in honor of our friends. We look forward to answering your questions. Everyone we meet has been inquisitive and we do not want to miss our chance to help you. Please ask us about the "Featured View" item and we'll let you know what we're looking at and learning about now.

Here is one of our favorite broadcasts!

Here is our video submission taped on August 16th, 2014~!

About us

Activities

We are involved in astronomy on multiple levels. First, we are always learning about astronomy. When we are not learning, we think about how to build a better observatory. If we're not learning or building, we are observing space and time through a telescope.

When we observe, we never observe alone. We share a live telescope feed on the Night Skies Network and share what we see in space with our friends.

When we are not learning about astronomy by researching astronomical objects, we are doing astronomical outreach to the community. It's a straight forward use of the facilities and tools at our disposal. Family comes first because we do everything together but we want to share it with you because we know the work is important to more than just us.

Send us your comments and tell us what you think!

Cosmic Obsession is TWO Texas based, permanent observatories!

Texas has two new, permanent telescope observatories called "Cosmic Obsession" and "Cosmic Obsession - Kerrville.

We are a team of five amateur astronomers working together to bring the excitement of astronomy to the public. The Cosmic Obsession Observatory complex is growing in 2016 and is expected to add a new observatory located under the dark skies of Kerrville, Texas. These systems are to be put in play over the next year and a half. Expect many new things to see and talk about while we add a new observatory and dark sky views. Team effort is the name of the game. Wherever we go we go together and when we look into space, we discover a little more about the universe and something new about ourselves. This is the philosophy of Cosmic Obsession.

This is where you will hear about what we have seen and what we plan to see next. ~ Bob and Debbie Fitzhenry

Telescopes and Cameras

PlaneWave CDK 17 Dall-Kirkham Astrograph OTA

The CDK17 has dual carbon-fiber truss designing that comes with 3 fans that are able to eject air out the back of the telescope. This adds to the image quality of the design. The CDK (Corrected Dall-Kirkham) Optical Design is innovative solutions for unsurpassing astroimaging quality. The CDK telescope design produces images with large format CCD cameras while remaining superb for visual use. The CDK design exceeded the off-axis performance of almost all commercial telescope designs including Ritchey-Chrétien. This design is so unique that it makes the optical alignment forgiving and collimation very easy. The user has the best possible performance from PlaneWave telescopes because of these reasons. The end result at the image plane of the CDK design is no off-axis coma, no off-axis astigmatism, perfectly flat field (no off-axis defocus). The CDK design will give the Cosmic Obsession Observatory pinpoint stars from the center to the corner of the field of view.

AP 1600 Mount

Stellarvue 80MM APO Triplet

Our Stellarvue 80MM APO Triplet uses the sharpest and highest contrast in a 80 mm apochromatic triplet lens ever offered. The focuser is threaded for photographic field flatteners sold below and has 1 1/4” and 2” compression ring visual adapters. This telescope also comes with heavy duty dual rings and a C19 heavy duty travel case. This is not a mass produced scope using inferior glass and sloppy mechanics. This is a truly premier 80mm apo. The Stellarvue SV80ST-25SV features an 80 mm f-6 (480 mm focal length) fully multi-coated, 3 element objective lens with an Ohara FPL-53 center element.

William Optics ZenithStar 71mm ED Doublet Refractor

Our William Optics ZenithStar 71MM ED Doublet Refractor Lens Design: ED glass (Janese imported Ohara glass) doublet air-spaced, in CNC machined ultra-high precision lens cell. Each lens is Fully Multi-Coated with a special super-high transmission coating (STM Coating) on all surfaces. Low C.A. Fully baffled to block all extraneous off-axis light rays and prevent glancing reflections, increasing overall contrast. 71 mm clear aperture and F/5.9 focal ratio.

CGEM 1100 HD from Celestron

Our Celestron 1100 HD with Edge Optics will sit on top a permanent, adjustable telescope pier under an 11-foot dome in the middle of the Cosmic Obsession Observatory Complex. It features a new aplanatic Schmidt telescope design which produces aberration-free images across a wide field of view.

Mirror tension locks hold the primary mirror in place and reduce image shift and Cooling vents allow hot air to be released from behind the primary mirror and imaging from the mirror is accomplished with one of two CCD cameras.

Takahashi TOA-130F OTA

Takahashi America This 21st century innovation employs a newly designed triplet using special elements to produce the highest order of color correction, hence the name Ortho-Apochromat and is packaged in a short 32-inch tube with the lens shade retracted. The TOA-130F was designed for those wanting to use a medium format camera by including a deluxe 4-inch focuser with built–in camera angle adjuster. This focuser, coupled with the dedicated flattener, will produce a fully illuminated 70mm circle with a usable 92mm diameter. The high order of color correction of the Ortho-Apochromat Series produces images with saturated color and thanks to the numerous knife-edged baffles, an image with amazing contrast. The TOA-130F is perfect for visual, CCD and photo imaging. The f/7.7 focal ratio with a 1000mm focal length is long enough, using the LE-ED 2.8mm Takahashi ocular, for high magnification observations of the Moon and planets and yet will produce a 2.5° field at 20x when used with the Takahashi flat field LE-50 2-inch ocular. Ample back focus, over 200mm from the rear cell, has been designed in to permit the user to use a variety of CCD cameras, color filter wheels and electronic focusers or film cameras. Optical Specifications: Takahashi TOA-130F Optical Tube Assembly Type Apochromatic Refractor Lens Cell Type Air Spaced Triplet Aperture (mm) 130 mm Aperture (in.) 5.1 inches Focal Length 1000 mm Focal Ratio f/7.7 Limiting Visual Stellar Magnitude 13.2 Magnitude Accessories and Features Focuser 4-inch 2-Speed Rack and Pinion Star Diagonal 1.25-inch prism type Other included items 2-inch eyepiece adapter, 1.25-inch eyepiece adapter, 1.25 to 2-inch eyepiece adapter, (1) TK2350 extension tube Physical Parameters Weight, Optical Tube 25 Pounds Optical Tube Length 45.5 Inches

Lunt LS60THA Double-Stacked Solar Telescope Pressure-Tuned

Lunt LS60THA Double-Stacked Solar Telescope Pressure-Tuned The addition of a secondary front-mounted interference filter and the upgrade of the rear trimming filter transforms the Lunt LS60THa into a superb visually-enhanced instrument with the ability to also image the Sun utilizing basic camera equipment. Adding the front filter provides a view of the Sun in virtual 3D. An active ball of churning boiling gasses that spew from the surface in what can be violent eruptions. Cause and effect can be viewed and imaged in real time. An upgrade to the visual system, which comes standard with the pressure tuning system, puts a research grade instrument into the hands of the observer and the imager. True Doppler Tuning (Pressure Tuning) allows for a shift into and away from the user, adding a 3D like component to the viewing experience. While it has minimal effect on proms due to their being at the edge of the disk, it does have an effect on filaments and active regions on the surface. While looking at a filament at the center of the Sun the user has the ability to Doppler shift from the base of the filament to the tip, following the filament thru it’s structure toward you and away from you, allowing for enhanced visual and imaging capability for the observer as well as a research tool for the avid hobbyist. The pressure tuning system provides an order of magnitude more precision to the tuning of the desired features. Probably the only Solar Telescope you will ever need.

Losmandy G11 Equatorial Mount

LosmandySPECIFICATION: R.A. / DEC. AXIS All machined aluminum and stainless steel, black anodized. All stainless steel hardware. One 3.750” diameter needle thrust bearing. One 2.000” diameter needle thrust bearing. Two 1.500” diameter needle bearings. 5.625” diameter, 7075 aluminum worm gear, 360 tooth. Dual supported, ball bearing housed ground High Precision Brass Worm. Variable slip clutch, both axes. One knob per axis design. Porter Slip Ring Design 1.250” diameter stainless steel shafts. Through the axis polar scope mounting, works in Northern and Southern Hemisphere. Polar scope optional. Instrument Weight Capacity 60 LBS Equatorial head weight 33 lbs.

iOptron Mini Tower Pro Mount

iOptron Mini Tower Pro MountYou’ve seen the MiniTower™… Now you’ve got to go Pro Bigger! No doubt you’ve heard about the MiniTower™. Well, the MiniTower Pro™ has all the same, great technologies and features – just beefed up! So, you can still mount two scopes on -- but now with more pay load. You can still track objects-- only now the encoder resolution is six times finer. We’ve also added a two-inch stainless-steel tripod that is much taller for easier viewing with large scopes. So, go ahead and step up to the Pro! Extremely Portable With all the standard components (excluding the tripod) packaged in an alloy metal case, the MiniTower Pro™ can easily be carried around in a car trunk or as an airline luggage. The whole system takes only 10 minutes to assemble. This unlimited portability, combined with the internal GPS, gives amateur astronomers extreme flexibility in selecting an observing location. Accurate GOTO and Tracking Equipped with the most advanced SmartStar® GOTO technology, MiniTower Pro™ is one of the most powerful and accurate GOTO mounts. The standard 8401 hand controller offers the superb navigation experience with an 8 line LCD back-lit display, a 130,000 object database and a USB port for firmware upgrade and computer control. With a typical GOTO accuracy of 1 arc minute and the SmartStar® precision auto-tracking, the MiniTower Pro™ will consistently bring the celestial object of your choice to the center of the eye-piece and keep tracking for hours. Additional Unique Features Powered with other features such as automatic over-current protection, automatic clutch protection for both axes, easy 3-point level adjustment, dual scope setup with two dovetails, plus, an additional Losmandy saddle. The MiniTower Pro™ is one of the most user-friendly GOTO mounts available today.

Canon 7D Mark II digital SLR with Hap Griffin MOD

The Canon 7D Mark II digital SLR camera is designed to meet the demands of photographers and videographers who want a camera that can provide a wide range of artistic opportunities. With a winning combination of cutting-edge operations and a robust, ergonomic design, it is optimized to make even the most challenging photography simple and easy. The EOS 7D Mark II features a refined APS-C sized 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor with Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors for gorgeous imagery. It shoots up to 10 frames per second at ISOs ranging from 100–16000 (expandable to H1: 25600, H2: 51200), has a 65-point* all cross-type AF system and features Canon’s amazing Dual Pixel CMOS AF for brilliant Live-View AF. It has dual card slots for both CF and SD cards, USB 3.0 connectivity and even has built-in GPS** for easy location tagging, automatically. Compatible with an ever-expanding collection of EF and EF-S lenses plus a host of EOS accessories, the EOS 7D Mark II is an ideal tool for creative and ambitious photography.

Mallincam SkyRaider-DS

We use various CCD camera to take images and broadcast live. The Mallincam SkyRaider-DS The MallinCam SkyRaider-DS features dual independent on board memory, ensuring separate video / imaging signal / data from the camera control through USB2 demand. No other video CCD camera system has these exciting unique features on the market today. The MallinCam SkyRaider-DS uses a two stage step up voltage driver to operate the CCD sensor to its maximum sensitivity at 15.3 volts from a 5 volts source. A MallinCam unique feature not found on any other video CCD cameras using USB2 system. Specifications: Handcrafted Sony 1/2" ICX829 EXview HAD II Ceramic Class 1 CCD Sensor PDF PC Win XP, Win7, Win 8, Win 10. Will include a separate Mac software. Up to one hour exposure ( you'll never need that long!) Hypered Buffered Gain circuit for greater low noise sensitivity Two stage voltage step up to ensure full ccd sensor sensitivity Dual independent memories for image / camera control 5 meter (15 feet) USB2 cable included 1.25" C mount eyepiece adapter included Zinc Aluminum Alloy construction for unmatched durability Sealed multi coated optical window with 350 to 950nm range Grade 1 Industrial electronic components throughout 5 volts USB operation at low 250 ma current draw 13.30 oz / 377 grams Exclusive On-The-Fly Dark Field Correction Full live video mode, full screen selectable Full imaging capabilities Available with color ccd sensor SkyRaider-DSc Available with monochrome ccd sensor SkyRaider-DS

Mallincam EX2 CCD camera

We use two CCD camera to take images and broadcast live. The Mallincam EX2 is an astronomical video camera that takes color CCD images. It has fourth generation "Hyper Circuit" technology that allows a user to vary shutter exposures from 3-seconds to 100-minutes. Check oout the planetary nebulas in our homepage gallery to see how crisp the images can be!

Lodestar X2 Autoguider

The Lodestar X2 is an upgraded version of the very popular Lodestar autoguider. The original Lodestar uses the ICX429 Exview chip from Sony and offers excellent sensitivity. However, Sony have now upgraded the ICX429 to the ICX829, with considerably improved QE and read noise. This new 'Exview 2' chip approximately doubles the Lodestar sensitivity and adds nearly a full star magnitude to the minimum guide star brightness.

Lodestar SXV (mono) CCD

This guide camera uses a 4.9 x 3.7mm CCD (1/3" format) and will slide into a 1.25" focusing assembly. It may also be used with a 'CS' mount camera lens. The weight is less than 100 grams. The rear panel of any SXVR camera provides multiple inputs and outputs to drive the SXV autoguider. The autoguider output to the mount is opto-isolated and will drive any standard active-low guider input via an RJ11 'telephone' lead.

PlaneWave CDK 17 Dall-Kirkham Astrograph OTA

Stellarvue 80MM APO Triplet

Takahashi TOA-130F OTA

Lunt LS60THA Double-Stacked Solar Telescope Pressure-Tuned

William Optics ZenithStar 71mm ED Doublet Refractor

Blog

Cosmic Obsession Observatory has a new schedule of LIVE broadcasts!

Tonight we had a chance to begin comet hunting with the CDK 17" PlaneWave telescope. The alignment of the research scope has been on-point and accurate within an arc-minute of space and time. Using coordinates taken from the Minor Planet Center, Bob and Francis were able to recover C/2014 E2 (Jacques) at 3AM UTC time. The comet moves across the field of view and could be seen clearly but without a remarkable tail. Francis looks forward to more comet research in the future. If you like cometary objects then you need to stay tuned for what's going to be happening at Cosmic Obsession. ~ F.

Now you can check out what the astronomers are doing evey weekend the weather permits. Bob, Debbie, Francis, Robin, and Sean are all waiting for a chance at operating the big scope under the Cosmic Obsession Observatory Dome. Check what they saw this week under the 'Featured Video' tab.

The best way to get the first view from outer space is to join the team online when they broadcast their LIVE feed on Cosmic Obsession Observatory's LIVE broadcasts on the NSN (Night Skies Network) and the other servers you can find the feed in the future.

A new schedule of broadcasts have been planned and even on off nights where the skies are clear, you will find the crew of astronomers busy broadcasting their finds LIVE and online. The most important thing an observatory can do is to repeat the motions of finding and collecting data on current objects and potentially new objects yet to be found. Please keep checking in on the Cosmic Obsession Observatory team here and on Facebook at the Cosmic Obsession Observatory "Like" Page.

Here is the latest video taped during our LIVE, astronomy broadcast on August 23rd, 2014

"It's great to be back in space!"
Francis Walsh

Astronomers Bob, Francis, and Debbie get back to work to help others see outside our atmosphere.

After a long period of adjustments and schedule changes, Cosmic Obsession will be hosting a new series of interesting astronomy reports during live broadcasts from inside the Cosmic Obsession Observatory dome located in Tomball, Texas. Some of the best news yet is that a new Cosmic Obsession Observatory is currently under construction in Kerrville, Texas where dark skies prevail and light pollution is not a factor as it can be at the observatory in Tomball. What can you expect in the upcoming months? One of the best answers to that questions is, "Everything you ever wanted to know about the space outside our atmosphere."

The attitudes of everyone involved with these new revelations have improved knowing that now there can be more sense to the mysteries surrounding the major questions involving astronomy and the universe in general. During what can only be described as important research and new discoveries, these reports will become the future of Cosmic Obsession Observatory's LIVE broadcasts on the NSN (Night Skies Network) and the other servers you can find the feed in the future.

A new schedule of broadcasts have been planned and even on off nights where the skies are clear, you will find the crew of astronomers busy broadcasting their finds LIVE and online. The most important thing an observatory can do is to repeat the motions of finding and collecting data on current objects and potentially new objects yet to be found. Please keep checking in on the Cosmic Obsession Observatory team here and on Facebook at the Cosmic Obsession Observatory "Like" Page.

Here is the latest video taped during our LIVE, astronomy broadcast on August 16th, 2014

"It's great to be back in space!"
Francis Walsh

PlaneWave CDK 17 and AP 1600 Mount Installation and unveiling

A new surprise was unveiled at Cosmic Obsession Observatory this month and it was the introduction of a new, PlaneWave CDK 17 and AP 1600 Mount. This package will be the last set of telescope systems seen atop the new pier pipe extension located directly under the apex of the Cosmic Obsession 11-foot observatory dome here in Tomball, Texas for quite some time. This is the telescope everyone wants.

An order was placed for both the PlaneWave telescope and the AP Mount and they were installed just yesterday, March 30, 2013. Team Fitzhenry was able to secure the technical assistance they needed, and added it to the engineering that was necessary to install this large aperture inside the 11-foot dome with an existing 11-foot pier pipe. The future will bring more updates from Robert Fitzhenry himself on how hard all this work was and how beneficial it will become in the future for the Cosmic Obsession Observatory LIVE broadcasts on NSN (Night Skies Network) and the other servers you can find the feed.

A schedule of broadcast events has NOT been planned for, as the final wiring for the telescope, mount and Mallincam cameras will have to be completed before the "First Light" event can be had. Please keep checking in on the Cosmic Obsession Observatory team here and on Facebook at the Cosmic Obsession Observatory "Like" Page.

"This is the One!"
Bob Fitzhenry

What do you think of our new logo?

44th LPSC 2013

The Marriott Waterway Convention Center in The Woodlands, Texas was home base for over 1,000 planetary and space scientists who were gathered to speek on and about the hot topics in planetary sciences. Francis Walsh, one of the astronomers who trained at Cosmic Obsession, was invited to attend the gatherings and hear what some of the brilliant speakers were talking about. Talking points included the Moon's surface and crater ejecta, Exobiology (aliens), and much more scientific news on Mars, our solar system, and the technical side of using new technology to answer age old questions.

Thank you must go out to the men and women who arrange for this gathering each year. The information that is shared will be used to uncover the next big discovery in our evolution into the future or our trepid dance through the universe on our way there.

"The science was first class"
Francis Walsh
(POV) 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

Feel free to interact with us on the Night Skies Network via chat during our LIVE broadcast to see the George Observatory, what we are seeing through the Takahashi TOA-130 and what everyone thinks about the event!

What do you think of our new logo?

Astronomy Day 2012

The George Observatory is located inside the Brazos Bend State Park in southeast Texas. This year, on October 20th, Astronomy Day is being held at the 'tri-dome' location hosted by the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Cosmic Obsession was granted a place to present itself to the public and now all the amateur astronomers of Cosmic Obsession Observatory will be in attendence. You can join us in person BUT you can also join us through a virtual connection hosted by Cosmic Obsession and presented to the public by us for Astronomy Day 2012 at George Observatory. The event is tomorrow and it is being recorded by our friend DrakenI78 to be hosted on YouTube for those of you who miss the LIVE broadcasts tomorrow.

You can join us via the internet on the Night Skies Network once we have connected to the internet and begun to transmit our images LIVE from the George Observatory during Astronomy Day 2012 on October 20, 2012.

We have to thank all our fellow astronomers for helping us to be a part of this year's event at George Observatory. Nathan Jones was instrumental and we want to thank him particularly. His diligence and your inquisitive minds will drive Cosmic Obsession to do more with and for you, the public. Thanks for being a part of our interest in astronomy and for pushing us to do more with the tools that we have to do it with.

"Astronomy Day and Night 2012!"
Cosmic Obsession

Feel free to interact with us on the Night Skies Network via chat during our LIVE broadcast to see the George Observatory, what we are seeing through the Takahashi TOA-130 and what everyone thinks about the event!

What do you think of our new logo?

Septembers to Remember

At this time we would like to wish our friend, father, and husband a happy day. His efforts and hard work have produced amazing results and it all starts and ends at home and among family and friends. Good luck this weekend and we look forward to seeing what's next in space for Cosmic Obsession, Debbie and Bob, and the natural science of astronomy.

We want to thank the people who share our enthusiasm and time on the Night Skies Network. There are too many friends there to name here individually, but you know who you are and we appreciate your friendship. The astronomical views we have been able to achieve have come not at the expense of our time and effort, but at the pleasure of the friendships we build. Cosmic Obsession Observatory was honored to witness the Transit of venus with so many fine amateurs, professionals, and friends.

"A new night."
From all of us!
Feel free to interact with us on the Night Skies Network via chat during our next LIVE broadcast to let us know what you want to see next!

Transit of Venus 2012 Pre-show

The Beginning of the Transit of Venus 2012

Venus Transit 2012 Pt3

Venus Transit #4

The 4th of July Celebration LIVE

Our latest LIVE broadcast ocurred on July 4, 2012 with a clear night and wonderful friends celebrating Independence with us on the Night Skies Network. These recordings were captured by amateur astronomer Francis Walsh and are not intended to infringe on anyone's good time. The advertisements are used to offset the music being played. We share what we saw looking through the Celestron 11" Aplanatic-Schmidt Cassegrain telescope mounted on the permanent pier mount of Cosmic Obsession. The images were captured by our dependable Mallincam Xtreme CCD camera.

Cosmic Obsession Observatory was honored to share these views with so many fine amateurs, professionals, and friends.

"We had clear skies to celebrate the 4th of July."
Bob and Francis

Feel free to interact with us on the Night Skies Network via chat this coming Saturday night to let us know what you want to see next!

July 4th LIVE Cosmic Obsession Observatory Broadcast

Bubble Nebula and NGC 7635

July 4th with Jimi

M17 and Much, Much More June 23rd, 2012

See inside the control room Our latest LIVE broadcast ocurred on June 23, 2012 with clear nights and wonderful friends joining us on the Night Skies Network. There is more than an hour of recordings to see almost all of the segments of what we were able to see of these objects. We share what we saw looking through the Celestron 11" Aplanatic-Schmidt Cassegrain telescope mounted on the permanent pier mount of Cosmic Obsession. The images were captured by our dependable Mallincam Xtreme CCD camera.

Cosmic Obsession Observatory was honored to share these views with so many fine amateurs, professionals, and friends.

"Francis saw some things he never saw before!"
Bob and Debbie
Feel free to interact with us on the Night Skies Network via chat this coming Saturday night to let us know what you want to see next!

Broadcasting LIVE with Bob on June 23, 2012 -Pre-show

M57, M27 The Ring and the Dumbell

M16 The Eagle Nebula

M17 M20 Nebula

M51 NGC4565

The Transit of Venus 2012

See Video We did get to see the Transit of Venus from the Cosmic Obsession Observatory Tuesday from just after 5PM until sunset on on June 5, 2012. We broadcast what we saw on the Night Skies Network There is an hour of recordings to see almost all of the segments of what we were able to see of this rare alignemnt with Venus and the Sun. We share what we saw looking through the lenses of the NEW Takahashi refractor scope mounted on the permanent pier mount of Cosmic Obsession. The images were captured by our dependable Mallincam Xtreme CCD camera.

We want to thank the people who share our enthusiasm and time on the Night Skies Network. There are too many friends there to name here individually, but you know who you are and we appreciate your friendship. The astronomical views we have been able to achieve have come not at the expense of our time and effort, but at the pleasure of the friendships we build. Cosmic Obsession Observatory was honored to witness the Transit of venus with so many fine amateurs, professionals, and friends.

"Everything was the best part"
Francis
Feel free to interact with us on the Night Skies Network via chat this coming Saturday night to let us know what you want to see next!

Transit of Venus 2012 Pre-show

The Beginning of the Transit of Venus 2012

Venus Transit 2012 Pt3

Venus Transit #4

An Annular Ring of Fire Eclipse of the Sun

See Video We did get to see a partial Annular Eclipse from the Cosmic Obsession Observatory Sunday at sunset on May 20, 2012. We broadcast what we saw on the Night Skies Network from about 30-minutes before the sun set and into the tree-tops. We share what we saw looking through the lenses of the NEW Takahashi refractor scope mounted on the permanent pier mount of Cosmic Obsession. The images were captured by our dependable Mallincam Xtreme CCD camera.

The afternoon had its share of clouds. They shifted from east to west and back again. The Sun was protected for much of the afternoon and our hopes for a shot at the eclipse would come with just a few degrees of clear horizon to spare. Our Texas skies are wide and the Sun could not hang on to enough clouds so far in the west. There were none and those of us viewing from inside and outside the Cosmic Obsession Dome would have to say that the view was fine when it mattered most.

"Our Sun is where all the action is ocurring over the next few weeks."
Bob & Debbie
Feel free to interact with us on the Night Skies Network via chat this coming Saturday night to let us know what you want to see next!

Remember to look out at the sunset on Sunday, May 20th

See Video in the US to get your chance to see a partial or total Annular Eclipse. We will be out with our own telescopes and broadcasting live on Night Skies Network from before the sun sets and into the night looking through the lenses of the NEW Takahashi refractor scope mounted on the permanent pier mount of Cosmic Obsession.

"Our Sun is where all the action is ocurring over the next few weeks."
Bob & Debbie

Feel free to interact with us on the Night Skies Network via chat this coming Saturday night to let us know what you want to see next!

NEW Takahashi TOA-130 NFB at Cosmic Obsession Observatory

TOA-130NFB by Takahashi We will use this to view the Annular eclipse and the transit of Venus on June 5th. Takahashi makes refractor telescopes which are different by construction to the Celestron aplanatic Schmidt-Cassegrain and the reflector mirror of our Dave Kreige, Obsession 25"dobsonian.

We will be out with our own telescopes and broadcasting live on Night Skies Network from before the sun sets and into the night looking through the lenses of the NEW Takahashi refractor scope mounted on the permanent pier mount of Cosmic Obsession.

"Check in regularly to see what is going on. Share your sky with us."
Cosmic Obsession Observatory

Feel free to interact with us on the Night Skies Network via chat this coming Saturday night to let us know what you want to see next!

April 28, 2012 is International Astronomy Day

Join us tomorrow night on Night Skies Network to see live feeds from inside the observatory and through the telescopes we have broadcasting streams of data back to us of images from outside our atmosphere.

Check in anytime Saturday April 28, 2012 to NSN to see if we're doing a live broadcast.

"Check in regularly to see what is going on. Share your sky with us."
Cosmic Obsession Observatory

Feel free to interact with us on the Night Skies Network via chat to let us know what you want to see next!

The Cosmic Obsession Observatory Blog Archives

Visit the Blog Archives to access all the posts we have created on a daily basis since the inception of the Cosmic Obsession Observatory Complex. You can find insightful information on our research, the observatory, and the people who bring it all to life. Bob, Debbie, Francis, Robin, and Sean.

Links

Cosmic Obsession Observatory is proud to produce LIVE telescope broadcasts on the Night Skies Network. You can watch an archived show here. We want to thank the people who make the Night Skies Network a great place to broadcast our view into space. Being able to share what we are researching, and where we are researching, while we are researching has been one of the unexpected pleasures of creating this astronomy information. It is easy to use the Night Skies Network as a place to see what lies outside our atmosphere. Simply visit the Night Skies Network home page and sign up for a free membership. Then all you have to do is log in and your get instant access to a long list of LIVE telescope feeds. When you go there you will see that many of the links are in white. That means the feed is offline. When a link becomes red, the telescope is broadcasting live.

Please note that the Night Skies Network is an astronomy website that interacts with astronomy clubs from around the globe. Please be kind to the other viewers as there may be a significant number of viewers at one time under a single username. The site is a teaching site that takes astronomy to the people through the use of CCD cameras from Mallincam and they adhere to a code of behavior during their broadcasting sessions. If you love astronomy like they love astronomy, then you can understand why they like their stars unadulturated.

NSN is an astronomy site that offers you a connection to live telescope feeds from amateur and professional astronomers. The astronomers bring their pictures to the public through the use of CCD camera technology and the network's broadcasting tools. This website allows you access broadcasts from space every night after you register for free with the website. The Night Skies Network is a group of broadcasters and viewers who observe space together and chat about what they see using the live feed viewer and chat room that is inside each broadcasters' room. There is a group of astronomers within the network that provide new broadcasts on a daily basis. Cosmic Obsession has been broadcasting on the Night Skies network since December of 2010. Look for updates about our next broadcast in the Blog section of our website. Our broadcast schedule is determined by weather and can be staggered and irregular at times. Click on the blue link to go register now with the Night Skies Network.

Join us on our Facebook page so you can see what you might be missing here. There is so much astronomy going on that it is impossible to contain within the pages of just one internet location. All of us here at Cosmic Obsession use Facebook as a way to stay connected to our friends. Please like the Cosmic Obsession facebook page and then you can connect with the amateur astronomers too!

Amateur Astronomers Robert Fitzhenry and Francis Walsh use facebook to keep their friends informed on the next cosmic event and where it may come from. He uses a large network of amateur astronomers to stay ahead of the disinformation and false reporting that can become prevalent during important celestial events. Now you can get a quick review and interpretation from active amateur astronomers like Mr. Walsh who are willing to speak about whatever you think is important in space. Astronomy is the name of the game when everything is fine and dandy but it quickly becomes science when there's something at stake.

Astro-Software

AstroToaster

His name is Howie Levine and he wrote AstroToaster. AstroToaster is a freeware application for obtaining semi-live views of astronomical images using a DSLR, CCD or any camera that can produce static astronomical images. AstroToaster uses the Deep Sky Stacker (DSS) Processing Engine. It accomplish what DSSLive does, but using the full capabiblities of DeepSkyStacker. and has a Viewer with easy to use color and light enhancement tools. - The camera drops image files into a 'monitoring' folder, and they are automatically processed and continuously stacked and updated into a viewer window - You can use darks, flats etc. - Color adjustments, levels, curves are re-applied automatically to the refreshed image in the viewer - It performs a complete align and re-stacking of the images instead of a running average - It uses DeepSkyStacker's engine and settings, to perform the processing - You can edit and tweak, stacked images from earlier in the session, while acquiring and processing a new image Cosmic Obsession astronomers are taking advantage of the computer aided control they get from Astro-software programs like AstroToaster. Be sure to visit the AstroToaster site and look around! You can even download a free version Here

Pixinsight

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The Sky X Professional Edition

Sky X Pro Edition

Deep Sky Stacker (FREE)

Deep Sky Stacker

DeepSkyStacker is a freeware for astrophotographers that simplifies all the pre-processing steps of deep sky pictures. Registering Stacking Simple post-stacking processes to quickly view the final result. Saving the resulting image to a TIFF or FITS file (16 or 32 bit) After a shooting night you give all your pictures (light frames, darks frames, offset/bias frames, flat frames) to DeepSkyStacker and you go to bed. The next morning (or is it afternoon?) you can see the result and start post-processing. If you can't wait, DeepSkyStacker Live is also available to watch the result of an ongoing imaging session being created as the images are downloaded from the CCD or DSLR.

Astrophotography

What is Astrophotography? (Under Construction)

How do you Photograph The Universe? (Under Construction)

What is Image Stacking? (Under Construction)

What do you Photograph? (Under Construction)

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