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Saturday, January 21, 2012

 

It has been a while since I have did a blog update.  There hasn't been much going on with astronomy in my life lately. The weather has been horrible where I live.  There has only been a handful of clear nights.  Of course, when the weather is bad then the best thing to do is learn. I like to read some astronomy books that I have laying around the house and surf the web for other astronomy info. I enjoy looking at other fellow astronomers' websites and view their images and read their articles and blogs. I find it amazing to see others images and how good they are and hope that one day soon, I can image that well. It is however, a learning process.  I am up for the challenge though. Hopefully soon we will get some good clear nights so I can get out and enjoy the views above. Until next time, Clear Skies...

 

 

Saturday, December 31, 2011

 

It is New Years Eve so I must say Happy New Year!!! I am finally being able to do some updates on here. My job has me pretty busy during the holidays. I did get a few more pictures uploaded that I recently took. The images I took during my last observing session were a bust and I could not recover them, so I felt I must give it another shot, asap. Have a look when you get a chance. Other things recently accomplished is the barn-door tracker that me and Luke have been working on. It is finally finished except for a few minor tweaks. I think if we can figure out a better way to make it more stable with the weight of the camera and lens, then I will be imaging in no time. I look forward to showing the results to everyone when finished. Until next time, Clear Skies...

 

 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

 

It has been a while since I have posted anything.  I finally have some time to update some things.  I got to do some observing and imaging last night.  I have recently purchased a new lens for my camera.  It is a 55-250mm IS lens and I used it for the first time during last nights observing session.  I really like it so far however; I am still learning to use it for astrophotography.  There is one problem though.  I thought that I had it focused just right, but guess what, I didn't.  The whole imaging run maybe a failure.  What can I say, it happens.  I maybe able to save some of the images though.  I will work on them within the next few days and post them when finished.  The pictures I took include; M42 (Orion Nebula), M45 (The Pleiades), and of course, the Moon.  I had to get up early this morning to image the Moon because of its current phase.  The next project for me is to build a barn-door tracker until I get the funds to buy good tracking mount.  Me and my friend Luke plan to tackle that project in the next 2 weeks.  I feel my images only getting better from this point forward.  Until next time, Clear Skies...

 

 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

 

Last night has to be one of the most exciting nights I have had in a long time.  I went to our monthly astronomy club meeting at Bays Mountain with my good friend Luke.  It was his first time and he wanted to see what it was all about. Anyways, we basically spent the whole meeting observing at the 2 observatories there.  I brought my camera so I could attempt to do some imaging through the 12" Meade LX200GPS.  I did and I am very impressed.  I have never been able to image through a telescope with a tracking mount.  I am still trying to learn the whole stacking and processing thing, but I did post a new image of Jupiter from last night.  I was able to get about 100 images of Jupiter and a couple of M31.  I was very excited at what I was achieving while imaging.  I am sure I was probably getting on some of the other members' nerves.  They are all great people so I am sure they understood.  I am looking forward to doing some more imaging in the future up there if they don't mind of course.  Until next time, Clear Skies...

 


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

 

Okay, so last night I went to astronomy night for cub scout pack 78 and it was pretty enjoyable. I was suppose to give a brief presentation on astronomy and show the kids their way around the night sky, but guess what, the clouds rolled in and ruined it. We did get a brief moment of clear skies. Long enough for each kid to get a peak of Jupiter and three of the Galilean moons. I got to meet a few people with an interest in Astronomy. I always love meeting someone else who loves this science as much as me. We will give it another shot on Friday.  Until next time, Clear Skies...

 

 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

 

I went to the astronomy night for cub scout pack 78 again last night. It was the rescheduled meeting from earlier in the week.  And the turn out was awful. Only one kid showed up to the event and he brought a friend and his mom stayed. All the planning, and nothing. I guess it could have been that the temperature was about 29F. But that is the best time to be observing. Sure it is not pleasent freezing your butt off but, the sky is so transparent and the seeing is awesome. In most cases anyway.  Maybe we will try again sometime soon.  I am working on setting up some outreach in my area too.  I would love to show some kids and even adults the wonders of the universe (through my little scope of course). Until next time, Clear Skies...

 


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