July 11, 2010


Got some shots!!!  Some nice ones!  It was cold (0.6 degrees coldest), the sky was beautiful and the seeing was also awesome!  Bill came over, Rusty and Pip  were here, Jeremy took pics and Eddie came over .. was a good good night!! As well as good shots, had a great time!

So shots live over here:  http://flic.kr/p/8hm9z2, http://flic.kr/p/8hpoTs, http://flic.kr/p/8hm9k6

This is my new fave :D

I would also like to take a second to say thanks to Canon and CHDK.  I got some nice DNGs from my system tonight :D  And thanks to all you guys for coming over and going wow!

Also, completed Bahitov Mask today and it works like a charm!  Instant and EASY focus :D - V important, plus I made it myself too!

July 10, 2010

Whether the weather ...

All signs point well.  With that nonsensical sentence, I declare that I be observing tonight.  The forecast is for clear skies, last night was awesome - although my attempts at Antares were not :(

Going to go make a spectrograph today, or at least screw around in the garage with a prism :D

So, I am hoping for results from tonight, crossing fingers and everything.  Watch this space and I will see what i can get.  Oh yeah, star party at my house tonight :D

July 9, 2010


About to go out and try to get some long exposures of Scorpio.  Results as they come to hand :D

July 6, 2010

Big Big Moon

Originally uploaded by chickinthepark1
Getting closer and closer

July 3, 2010

More Moon News, 6mm at a time

That's 0.26 degrees of arc to you lot!

I found more moon, so I am re-montaging .. watch this space :D

July 1, 2010

6mm moon

Ok, lots of montaging going on over here .. will be better when I get the WHOLE of the moon I guess .. stupid clouds.

But anyways ... here's the latest WIP at Flickr ...

For those of you who are interested ... each tile is 1956x1623 pixels and there are 92 of them so far, full image is 17500px on a side (at this point).   The file is 1.19 Gb with each tile around 1-2 Mb.  The tiles are all RGB at this stage and the only post that's been done is cropping as I have a bit of crap on my CCD :(  So there's still chromatic aberration in there.

However. I don't have ALL of the moon, as this is my first try, so I will probably get back out there tonight and get some more - weather permitting of course. (sorry hon).

This still not the finished item .. call it a WIP or proof of concept.  I love my 6mm :D

Mmmmm 6mm Moon

watch this space for huge moon montage to come (is 12000 x 17500 pixels so far) <-- no, not a typo.

You can see WIP here: