Thursday, November 12, 2009
Here's another image I did at the 2009 Eldorado Star Party in Eldorado, TX. The Cocoon Nebula seems to be connected to a trail of dark nebula that hides from us stars in the Milky Way arm. Click here to see a larger uncropped version with details.
This is an HaLRGB image. I added the Ha data to the red channel in PhotoShop to enhance what is a rather faint nebula.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Astrophotography is a lot of work: setting up, making sure all components are working, and battling the weather elements. This year, Vance and I decided to try something different: image remotely from inside his camper. I'm controlling my gear via a 50 foot ethernet cable running to a USB-to-ethernet hub. At the time of this post, it is COLD outside. Normally at ESP, I am freezing by this time of night and usually giving up, or reducing my exposure intervals just to get the image over with. Not this year! I am toasty warm inside Vance's RV and running long sub-exposures.
My youngest child just turned 3. I missed his birthday because I'm at this star party. I took this photo of him the day before I left for this trip. He loves riding his scooter.
Friday, July 24, 2009
I attempted to create a template for comparing astrophoto CCD camera chip sizes by their actual millimeter dimensions. Of course, this is a slightly oversized representation. While the sizes relative to each other are accurate, the chips are all a bit smaller.
I'll add more info soon, e.g. pixels, pixel microns, etc...
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
That's me standing next to the rolloff housing for the Apache Point 2.5 meter Sloan Digital Sky Survey telescope.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
View from Kitt Peak
This is the 2.1 meter telescope...one of many telescopes on the peak.
We spent a wondeful morning at PIMA Air Museum learning a lot of history and viewing an excellent military aircraft collection. We were occasionally treated to the a pair of A-10 War Hogs and British Tornado fighters doing maneuvers overhead. At 7000 ft elevation, Kitt Peak was about 20 degrees cooler than Tucson. Since the grounds closed at 4:00pm, we didn't get to see as much as we had hoped, but what we did see was educational and the landscape views were fantastic.
Glad the weather cooperated for the views. Too bad the clouds kept the domes shut that night.
Conner stands near a historically significant plane. This plane transported home, upon their release, the Americans held hostage in Iran.
Aiden is like his big brother, Conner, in that he wants to be a pilot.
A slice of the moon brought back by lunar astronauts. Sure would like to add that to my meteorite collection. The guy watching over this said it is worth about $10 million, mostly because of shipping & handling.