Thursday, November 19, 2009

Perseus Double Cluster

From the 1st night of the Veil work.

Late season Veil Nebula

I really still consider myself a DSLR beginner, but since this came out ok and I plan to add more subs, I thought I'd share now

Here's 2 nights worth of 1 hr:

360s x 5 @ ISO 1600
600s x 3 @ ISO 800
1hr total

Imaged: Meade OTA
6" Schmidt-Newt f/5
Guided: 4" Skywatcher
Mount: Celestron CGE

Guided, Unmoded
LPS-P2-FF Filter, Darks
& WB Flats applied

Manually dithered every 3 or so subs.

Hope you enjoy as much as I did seeing this for the 1st time (visually and AP-wise!)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Late season Jupiter with the kids

My kids, 5 and 3, could usually take or leave my hobby. Sometimes they just want to do what dad does and this was one of those nights. Perhaps it was all the recent rain and clouds we've had from Hurricane Ida but they we're ready to go. Conditions weren't the best, but some good views on the computer via the DMK and some eyepiece views got them pretty excited. That is until they got cold and didn't see any meteors from the shower. Ok, enough rambling. Here's my view that the kids helped capture!!


Today's Moral Story


                   MORAL FOR TODAY

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a
well. The animal cried piteously for hours as
the farmer tried to figure out what to do.

Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the
well needed to be covered up anyway;

it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and
help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began
to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the
donkey realized what was happening and cried
horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he
quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally
looked down the well. He was astonished at what
he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his
back, the donkey was doing something amazing.
He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel
dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it
off and take a step up.

Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey
stepped up over the edge of the well and
happily trotted off!


Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds
of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well
is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of
our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out
of the deepest wells just by not stopping,
never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

Free your heart from hatred - Forgive.

Free your mind from worries - Most never happen.

Live simply and appreciate what you have.

Give more.

Expect less

NOW .......

Enough of that crap
. The donkey later came back,
and bit the farmer who had tried to bury him.
The gash from the bite got infected and
the farmer eventually died in agony from septic shock..


When you do something wrong, and try to cover
your ass, it always comes back to bite you.


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