Monday, November 30, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
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
Imaged: Meade OTA
6" Schmidt-Newt f/5
Guided: 4" Skywatcher
Mount: Celestron CGE
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
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!!
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
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.
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..
MORAL FROM TODAY'S LESSON:
When you do something wrong, and try to cover
your ass, it always comes back to bite you.
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Michael A. Phillips
- Loving husband, proud father, computer geek, astro freak, music lover, sports nut and general fun-loving guyI think I'm the kind of person who doesn't like strong opinions. It doesn't matter if I agree with your opinion or not, it's not factual, it never will be 100% factual and I don't care for it. That's probably why I hate politics.I've always loved facts, provable facts of nature and things concerning science.Over time, I found that most facts are mostly reference and it was the creation of and discovery of new things that intrigued me."A good friend once told me you are our memorywithout them we equal nothingAnd all I can see is the place I wanna beSuddenly my life was so freeLeaves at my feet, blown to the groundtheir echoes are reaching my earsNights coming fast, suns going down" - A7x