Saturday, August 22, 2009

Jupiter-20090822 - finally a break!



I got burned by lying, hiding clouds a week ago and a week before that was poor seeing.  So it has been 3 weeks since my last good night on Jupiter.

Finally a break in clouds and good seeing too!  I'd say the whole night's seeing was 6-8/10 and 3/5 transparency.  Rare indeed!

I wasn't diligent enough to catch the Io occultation of Europa.  I missed it by less than 30minutes!  :(   I did get setup and imaged this fine one before the clouds rolled back in.

I missed the occultation but didn't realize until after that the Wesley Impact Spot 2009 was nearing the CM.  I'm not sure I see it....  Is that it in the lower right???  It's nearly gone if I got it at all...

Thanks,

Mike

Friday, August 14, 2009

2009 - June - Skeet




My dad, brother and his girlfriend all came to the DCWC for some skeet before heading to the beach the next day. Hey, better late than never, this was from June. My dad took video that I'll post later!

Astronomy - Planetary - Venus (all years) Gallery




All my Venus photos in RGB or B&W (no UV or IR yet)

RocketFuelDump from 2007-12-12





When I 1st saw this I was thinking wow, what a huge comet, I don't remember hearing about this. I grabbed my binoculars from inside and saw it had moved relative to the stars FAST! Then I wasn't sure what it was. Of course I grabbed the camera and tripod. The result is here. I'm not sure why I didn't post it a year and a half ago?!


Animation of the fuel drifting in the upper atmosphere, note how it moves relative to the stars.

http://maphilli14.webs.com/Astronomy/Phenomena/RocketFuelDump-20071212/1.html

More detail here:

http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/2042248/page/0/view/collapsed/sb/5/o/all/fpart/all/vc/1

and here:

http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/2042270/page/0/view/collapsed/sb/5/o/all/fpart/all/vc/1

and if anyone has the news release please share!


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Jupiter 20090804 - GRS and Wesley Impact Spot



It would have been nice to have the seeing hold as Jupiter dropped in altitude towards the time of the Wesley Impact Spot, but it did not.

The image seems a bit crowded to me, but I thought it would be nice to have a dual view with 3 channel RGB all for comparison.

The spot is REALLY spreading out!

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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