On a whim last weekend I went to Calsky and checked to see if the ISS would be transiting the Sun in my area. I selected a 100mile radius assuming I would probably have to travel to see one of these somewhat rare events. Well, you can imagine my surprise to learn that a transit would be taking place less than 20miles from me in only 3 days. This blog entry will unfold the sequence of events that took place next. Continue
Having never done this before I decided I had…
Added by John O'Neal on March 29, 2011 at 12:00pm —
It's finally showing up this week, and it should be sunny this week as well. FINALLY, that took I believe what, five months? Can't wait to finally get it all set up and my system working. Lot of new upgrades that haven't been played with, MaximDL Pro, Moonlite autofocuser, pier, dome, USB hub cabled into the pod underground. There's going to be a learning curve right off the bat just getting everything going smoothly. Back in the game this week though!
Added by Charles Dunlop on March 27, 2011 at 3:22pm —
Hey guys you are going to love this... an on-line focus mask generator
just grab your scissors and knife and start cutting away!
Added by space_jockey on March 20, 2011 at 10:10am —
Added by Vinay Shah on March 17, 2011 at 5:29am —
got the autofocuser working.
Added by Charles Dunlop on March 10, 2011 at 9:35pm —
I am not using my hobby as much as I would like to mainly because I am getting so I can't take the cold anymore. I have been thinking about trying to run everything from inside. My skypod is under 30' from the house.
Just in case anyone out there would consider a little tutorial on how to do this
here is what I have.
Losmandy G11 w/Gemini
Orion autoguider Canon Xti
computer camera programmer
Meade LX90 8:
Added by Bob Black on March 10, 2011 at 7:34am —
Three to four days of zero clouds. New focuser, nut still no adapter plate to attach the mount to the pier. Talk about driving me insane!!!! Either way, stoked, have some cool toys to play with tonight.
Added by Charles Dunlop on March 8, 2011 at 7:55am —
full analysis and article of the event recorded on february 11 2011, which very likely is a metoroidal impact on the moon.
The issue and more info is present in the webpage
Detection of a meteoroidal impact on the Moon
By Stefano Sposetti (a), Marco Iten (b) and Raffaello Lena (c)
(a) Gnosca Observatory… Continue
Added by raf lena on March 6, 2011 at 1:55pm —
I maintain a blog some of you might find interesting at:
Pictures, thoughts, screenshots, whatever. Mostly astronomy related.
Added by Jeff McFarlin on March 3, 2011 at 8:47pm —
Moonlite focuser with stepper motor shows tomorrow. Can't wait to check the thing out. Astrobling fix.
Added by Charles Dunlop on March 3, 2011 at 7:53pm —
well, I for one will miss rose. For a while I thought there must have been a mistake on my birth certificate!! 19 instead of 69!!Afar stretch I suppose, alas.
Had the wife going there a little bit though when I told her about this young babe that was interested in me. I'm not sure how to take her reply though,she said, and I quote, 'she can have you'. Now me being a reasonable man, I'm sure she only meant she would share me, for meals and such eh.
Oh, well, might as well keep my… Continue
Added by Bob Black on March 3, 2011 at 11:14am —
Might have a new girlfriend guys and might cut into my astronomy time. Nit sure, keep you all posted, or not. Lol.
Hey were not techs and were not making money in fact were spending money for this site so we can learn, even if it makes me jealous of Jeff's setup.
We took care of rose, although i thought i had a chance, but she's now gone, and this won't be the last time we have a tech issue... But we now screen newcomers decreasing the likelihood of spammers.
Added by Charles Dunlop on March 2, 2011 at 11:39pm —
Changed the nature of what rolls up on latest activity, but couldn't figure out how to organize by friends.
Added by Charles Dunlop on February 27, 2011 at 7:36pm —
Holy moly I'm going to finish off the observatory today and then set up the system. Wish I had the adapter plate from sky shed but no worries, I'll be on tripod tonight.
Added by Charles Dunlop on February 27, 2011 at 8:41am —
two weekends in a row. Never going to set up my pier and pod at this rate. Super bummed. Wish I could just work on it tomorrow and get it done but nope... :(
Added by Charles Dunlop on February 25, 2011 at 8:41am —
It's nice to sit back and see what others are doing and how they are doing it,,maybe getting on with a chat or 2 with others,,having gotten rid of all the heavy stuff I still get out with my DIY Barn Door and try some Milky Way camera photos,,being retired the wife and I go out and travel all the back roads here in BC and look for good photo sites,,just relaxing in my old age,,very nice to sit back and see some of photos others have taken and read all the problems they have had getting… Continue
Added by Chas Rogers on February 23, 2011 at 4:27pm —
An Astronomical Weekend in February
During the third week of February, 2011 the winter freeze finally gave in to warmer, almost tepid temperatures, leaving many North Central Ohioans wanting for something to do. Cabin Fever was… Continue
Added by John O'Neal on February 20, 2011 at 12:47am —
Tomorrow when the rain clears, I'm fully setting up my observatory. Can't wait.
Added by Charles Dunlop on February 19, 2011 at 6:34pm —
My sales reps are officially out of town, and the weather is about to officially clear up some. Observatory install this evening. Can't wait.
Added by Charles Dunlop on February 18, 2011 at 9:38am —
we have released a special issue (as a bulletin) of Selenology Today 22.
In this issue (as pdf file and also as webpage in html version) is reported a probable lunar impact on february 11 2010.
The intensity of the flash is well above the noise level, the event covers several frames, and the confirmation comes from the fact that it was detected by two independent distant observers.
The issue and more info is present in the webpage… Continue
Added by raf lena on February 17, 2011 at 9:14am —