The Pleiades – M45

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The Pleiades, also known as The Seven Sisters, Messier 45 and other names by different cultures, is an asterism and an open star cluster containing middle-aged, hot B-type stars in the north-west of the constellation Taurus. At a distance of …

Socializing in the parking lot

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Many of the campers/attendees at the Star Party set up in the parking lot area.  Its a good level surface and is the centerpoint of the socializing.  Behind the parking lot behind the trees in the background is the summit …

M33 in Triangulum

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The Triangulum Galaxy is a spiral galaxy 2.73 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Triangulum. It is catalogued as Messier 33 or NGC 598. The Triangulum Galaxy is the third-largest member of the Local Group of galaxies, behind the …

Helix Nebula

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The Helix Nebula (also known as NGC 7293 or Caldwell 63) is a planetary nebula (PN) located in the constellation Aquarius. Discovered by Karl Ludwig Harding, probably before 1824, this object is one of the closest to the Earth of all the bright planetary nebulae. The distance, measured by …

NE View from the Summit

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Looking to the North-east due to tree cutting after the 2015 fire you can now see the lights of Oliver BC when you look in that direction. You will also see Perseus  and Auriga rising.  And maybe a hint of …

Eagle Nebula – M16

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The Eagle Nebula (catalogued as Messier 16 or M16, and as NGC 6611, and also known as the Star Queen Nebula) is a young open cluster of stars in the constellation Serpens, discovered by Jean-Philippe de Cheseaux in 1745–46. Both …

M-101

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M101 is a lovely Galaxy which can be see off the tail of the Big Dipper in the North West at the time of the Star Party.  The darkness of the skies allow it to be easily located for viewing …

MKSP midnight skies 2019

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MKSP skies taken at the summit and looking to the south in 2019.  The different area’s at the summit present different views of  the sky, up at the summit gives the best views of the whole sky down to all …