Saturday, October 17, 2009

Eldorado Star Party 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.


Astronomer Matthew said...

Glad you had a good time. I think I was set up just a few telescopes from you. I was South of the Meade Tent. I found out a month ago I'm soon going to be a daddy. Some day I hope to take my kid to a star party at night. Ever think of taking them along for the Star Party?

VisualUniverse said...

I have taken them on weekend trips, but not to a weeklong star party. Can't take 'em out of school.

Congrats on the expected child!

Yeah...I have photos of you with your little table-top reflector at ESP. I'll put it up on my Flickr acct this week.