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      Hi,
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    • By widotje
      Hi folks,
       
      Just wanted to share my bloodmoon experience with you in this blog.
      It was quite challenging, ice on my balcony, camera falling out of telescopes and tracking challenges.
      But in the end it was a wonderful experience, you can read it here:
       
      https://www.astroforum.space/blog/my-first-bloodmoon-experience
       
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    • By Thalestris24
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