Astrophotography talk

On Wednesday night in Santa Cruz there will be a talk on astrophotography by Babak Tafreshi and Christoph Malin (two of the most prestigious astrophotographers in the world). They’re on La Palma to teach at Astromaster LA PALMA 2013, an advanced course on image processing and landscape photography timelapse and night which will be held in Los Cancajos this week, between July 26 and September 30. The talk will take…

September 24, 2013
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Starlight reserve

Last night La Palma officially got its certificates as the world’s first Starlight reserve and the world’s first Starlight Tourist Destination from the Starlight Foundation. Briefly, a Starlight Reserve is a place with excellent night skies, and a commitment to keep them that way. And a Starlight Destination is a place with excellent night skies and quality activities on offer for tourists. This is rather like “appellation d’origine contrôlée” on…

December 21, 2012
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Canopus, the sacred star.

The bright star Canopus is too far south to see from the UK, but it can be seen from La Palma from late August to April. These are exactly the months when it might rain on La Palma. The British aren’t usually fond of rain, but the Canary Islands could do with more rain not less, and four months with no rain at all must have been a serious problem…

October 2, 2012
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Galaxies and other Universes

Merche Martin Morillo has an exhibition of paintings in the Sala O’Daly on the Calle Real, in Santa Cruz de La Palma, entitled “Galaxies and other Universes”. I like the paintings of fishes, but I prefer the astronomical themed paintings. Merche has interpreted subjects like pulsars and asteroids freely, rather than attempting copies of astronomical photos, which makes for a much more interesting result. The exhibition is open from 10:30…

September 26, 2012
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Galaxies and other Universes

Merche Martin Morillo has an exhibition of paintings in the Sala O’Daly on the Calle Real, in Santa Cruz de La Palma, entitled “Galaxies and other Universes”. I like the paintings of fishes, but I prefer the astronomical themed paintings. Merche has interpreted subjects like pulsars and asteroids freely, rather than attempting copies of astronomical photos, which makes for a much more interesting result. The exhibition is open from 10:30…

September 26, 2012
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A Scenic Route

Los Llanos del Jable, with El Paso behind The main roads on La Palma form a rough figure 8, with the main east-west road being the LP2 from Santa Cruz to Los Llanos, through the tunnel. But whenever I’ve got time, I like to take the scenic route, the LP203. This winds up through the heather and bayberry forest, past the astronomical viewpoint at Llano de la Venta then pine…

September 21, 2012
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