Charleston, SC

My wife and I took our Spring vacation this year to the east coast.  East Coast Lighthouses being the primary focus, with the furthest south being Tybee Island Lighthouse outside of Savannah, GA.  We stayed in Charleston, SC for the first part of the stay, and being we were there, we decided to visit Ft. Sumter and the USS Yorktown museum,  We spent the better part of the day at these 2 sites in Patriots Point on the Mt. Pleasant side of the river.

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The Orion Nebula

I have started getting into Astro-photography more of late, especially after deciding to purchase an equatorial mount for my camera.  It is not the beefiest mount there is, but supports my camera and 200mm lens pretty easily.  The mount allows me to take longer exposure images of the night sky, because it moves the camera at the same speed the earth spins.  I have only taken it out for 3 shoots due to the cold nights.  Luckily I live close enough to some decently dark sky areas.

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New to the Family

The house has been pretty quiet since our cat Jet passed away 2 months ago.  Val and I decided a few weeks back to get a new puppy, one that would be an inside dog…a first for Val and 22+ years since having one for me.  We brought Cleo home last Sunday.  I spent the week working from home, trying to help acclimate her to her new environment. 

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Solar Eclipse

I made my way South, hoping to catch the Aug 21st Solar Eclipse.  It was only 75% at home, and Nebraska was the closest location with 100% coverage.  Clouds threatened the East side of the state, making Lincoln, Aurora and Beatrice look like it would be a bust, so I traveled west.  I decided on visiting Five Rocks Amphitheater in Gering, as the radio broadcast from that location was explaining the clear blue skies above them, while spotted low level, scattered clouds to the east.

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