Thursday, June 14, 2018

Mini Moon

The moon was "new" yesterday afternoon, so I was curious to see if I could see a moon sliver tonight. There was quite a bit of haze, but no clouds, and I was able to spot it. The Moon is a little easier to see in the photos than it was with the naked eye.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Sunrise Video Clip

Here is a short time-lapse sequence of the sunrise this morning.


I went out this am to get a sunrise sequence, based on yesterday's scouting trip.

I'll eventually have a 4 second time-lapse video. Here is an individual frame.

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Moon Pix

While I was out taking pictures of Jupiter and Zubenelgenubi last week, I also took a few of the moon. I used the phone and a pair of binoculars on Wednesday night and the telescope and a camera on Thursday night.

I guess it is no surprise that the telescope and camera did better, but it was sure fun to mess with the phone and binoculars. Sometime I'll have to try the phone and the telescope.

With some work, both night's images could be made better, but there would probably always be a difference because of the difference in the raw images..

Friday, June 01, 2018

Jupiter and Alpha Librae part 2

I got the telescope out last night to take another look at Jupiter and alpha Librae. They just barely fit within the field of view of the f10 scope. Jupiter is at the top left of the frame and Zubenelgenubi a and b are at the bottom right of the frame.

For the second image, I centered Jupiter in the frame and cropped the heck out of the image so the moons were more visible. The top right moon is Callisto, Europa is between Callisto and Jupiter. And then during the time i was out there, Ganymede popped out below Jupiter.

That is what i like about observing Jupiter, one can watch the moons orbit around the planet, which by the way, was the beginning of the end for the theory that the Earth was the center of the Universe.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Jupiter and Alpha Librae

Jupiter is hanging our right next to Alpha Libra these nights. Alpha Librae is also known as Zubenelgenubi.  a-Librae is an easy binocular double star.
So last night I connected my cell phone to my binoculars to see what I could see. You can see Jupiter and some of its moons on the left side of the frame and a-1 and a-2 Librae on the right side of the frame.
I'm also going to include a screen shot from the Stellarium software. It identifies which of Jupiter's moons are which. The moon below Jupiter is lost in the glare of the planet. It looks like you'll need to click on the pictures to see the whole frames.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Radio World Article about TWR Bonaire

The May 9 issue of Radio World magazine has a well rounded story about the new TWR Bonaire transmitter.  You can read it here.

There are quotes from TWR President Lauren Libby, from Nautel, the TX manufacturer, and from Tom King of Kintronic Labs, who designed and built the antenna tuning systems.  They even have a picture of me in there, and used one of my night time shots, (not this one.)

Be sure to check it out.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Moon and Venus

The Moon and Venus made a nice pair in the evening sky last night. 

Here are a couple shots.

Those streaks aren't UFOs. I think there is some goop on the lens.