Mind's Eye Observatory

A private live video imaging observatory Managed by John T. Grage "Terry"

Latitude +27°45'52.4232" N (27.764562) Longitude -80°32'3.48" W (-80.534300)

Elevation 26'

4.5 Bortle Artificial / Natural Sky Brightness 1.00 to 1.73

Located adjacent to the St Sebastian River Preserve state park in Florida. Dedicated to astronomy outreach and education using analog or digital video imaging devices in lieu of an eyepiece at the telescope.
Space X Crew Dragon lifting off over Mind's Eye Observatroy 2019
Time lapse opening and rollout of the Instruments and mounting in preparation for a night of observations.
New images of the Nov 11 2019 Mercury transit !
Supernova 2019ein type SNIa

If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night I bet they would live a lot differently.

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Video astronomy is not really a new form of astronomy but one that has been evolving over the last fifteen years. It incompases using video cameras to increase the observable detail over what is possible with an eyepiece. I started utilizing video to do Occultations with Hal Povenmire and shared data with the US Naval Observatory many years ago. As new equipment became available It has advanced to the point where it is being called a new form of astronomy that is being embraced at a quick pace. Video imaging offers a form of observing that mixes photography with traditional observing. Essentially, a video camera with Frame integration and or software stacking replaces the eyepiece. The camera takes many exposures usually in under 2 to 3 seconds and builds an image of deep space objects that normally require pristine non-light polluted skies, dark adaptation and skill with an eyepiece. This process yields an almost live image and a similar feeling to using an eyepiece except the images are better and easy for anyone to view, requiring no experience. This form of observing also works in light polluted areas much better than visual eyepiece observation would. The video system can also utilize stacking and frame grabbing, and minimal processing very quickly with dedicated software for amazing images if the user is inclined to record his almost live observations. Video astronomy is sort of a combo of real-time observing through an eyepiece and photography. An observer can quickly view an object within minutes, and then move on to another object quickly, Allowing the possibility to observe many dozens of objects per night and record them if wanted. It also allows people that are new to astronomy and unpracticed at viewing through an eyepiece including children to get to see something live. Instead of a dim, fuzzy blob, people can see the detail and sometimes colors depending on the equipment. Viewing in this live fashion brings with it a wow factor that in my opinion allows the Mind's eye to contemplate what is really being looked at. This is one of the factors that allot of visual astronomy purist bring up when discussing there style of observation. Rightly so. Scientific applications for Video astronomy are also possible and have been utilized for years. Astronomers timing occultations and transits have utilized video. Hunting for comets, near Earth objects, or supernovae can all be accomplished using video equipment. The astronomer can also collect astrometric data as well.Unlike video astronomy that has different goals, long exposure imaging often takes hours of capture time and even longer periods of post-processing on the computer after the data capture for just one image. While this process gives us incredible and amazing photos it is not for everyone.