Saturday, January 24, 2009

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Astronomy - Solar System Reviews




Started with a good year in 2008

2008 Solar System Review



I recall seeing a flurry of these 'composite' shots last year but not so many this year.  I was keen on getting better Icy Giants and went after Uranus and Neptune with as much precision as I could.  In all my hasty planning, I let Pluto slip away.  It's still a planet in my book so I'll have to give it just desserts next year!  I had some photos of the sun shining on the trees in my front yard and thought I'd add that to round it out, but you might find those on my homepage just as easily and I thought it would mess with the 'flow' of the sequence.

Hope you enjoy!  Looking forward to 2009!

Mike

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Astronomy - Equipment - DSO Setup




My new CGE setup:
CGE Mount (not CGEM and not CGE-pro)
Meade LXD55 6" Mak-Newt with custom focuser and rings
102mm Achromatic retractor for guiding and or imaging.
*Not shown* 60mm finder with diag and eyepiece.

2009 - January - Snow Storm




Sunday, January 11, 2009

Thursday, January 1, 2009

NGC 891

I keep pushing my mostly stock C8i SE. A few nights ago I actually managed to get decent tracking for over 3 hours. I was able to salvage ~170 x 60s subs for a not so bad shot.

Hope you like my humble attempt, I was pretty impressed as I think galaxies are on the harder side to capture, unguided on an unmodded DSLR?!


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Loving husband, proud father, computer geek, astro freak, music lover, sports nut and general fun-loving guy

I 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 memory
without them we equal nothing
And all I can see is the place I wanna be
Suddenly my life was so free
Leaves at my feet, blown to the ground
their echoes are reaching my ears
Nights coming fast, suns going down" - A7x