Field Trips & Miscellaneous

Astro 25 Field Trips

The Observational Astronomy Course (Astro 25) culminates with a semester-end field trip (weather permitting) to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - a remote site with dark skies better suited than Saddleback College for viewing fainter deep sky objects, such as galaxies, nebulae, and globular clusters.  Two large, 16" Newtonian Dobsonian telescope are generally brought to the site. The class staff finds and shows objects to students throughout the evening and aids those who wish to try their hand at Astrophotography. 

This is also an opportunity to see the night sky naked-eye or with binoculars far from city lights. 

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12/05/15 View Above Field Trip Site
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04/18/16 Descent to Field Trip Site
The Class Armada Approaches Field Trip Site Star Tracking Rig for Astrophotography
Star Tracking Rig for Astrophotography Setting up for Astrophotography
Anza-Borrego Landscape Anza-Borrego Desert Floor Cloud Shadows
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04/22/17 04/22/17
Cacti at Anza-Borrego 03/31/16 Stars Through Cloud Cover - Pentax K-50 Zeiss 135mm 27sec ISO1600
 03/31/16 Stars Through Cloud Cover - Pentax K-50 Zeiss 135mm 18sec ISO800 08/04/18
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12/08/18 12/08/18 - Constellation Orion Rising Over Class Nikon D850 28mm, 4sec, f/2.8, ISO5000
 11/23/19 - Costellation Orion Through Clouds Nikon D850, 50mm, 2sec, f/1.4, ISO1600   

 

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