Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Lunar Time Lapse

The International Space Station was scheduled to pass in  front of the Sun as seen from our backyard, here on Bonaire, at 8:45 this morning.  Unfortunately the skies are very cloudy today, so we weren't able to check it out.
The cloudy and windy weather does make for comfortable living and working conditions, so I'm not complaining. (much)
So in place of pictures of the ISS and the Sun, here is a short time lapse of the moon rising behind the TWR antenna towers.
The moon is midway between the two right hand towers.  It starts behind some clouds and eventually becomes visible.  After you watch the clip the first time, you'll be able to spot the moon more quickly the next time around.
The clip is made up from 260 images, take over 44 minutes on November 2.  I was busy getting  our pickup un-stuck from the mud while the camera was making many of the exposures.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

"New car" whoo whoo

We just got a new used car.  It is ten year old Suzuki Grand Vitara. 

It only has 43K miles on it and was meticulously maintained.

We had our previous 1991 model Suzuki Samurai for 23 years and I still see it on the road here, so we have high hopes for this one.

Sandra and Coco gave the inside their stamp of approval.  Now the squeaky clean upholstery has dirty dog footprints all over it..

Full Moon at the Office

I shot a few images of the full moon rising over the TWR offices and studios Friday evening.

My goal was a time lapse, but the moon went behind a cloud bank and stayed there.

I did get a few shots before that happened though.

Transmitter Site Sojourn

Our Bonaire technical team; Jonas, Dave and Marco, was at an orientation session at the Nautel transmitter factory in Canada this past week.  They now know our new transmitter inside and out.  That transmitter will be shortly be on its way to Bonaire, and if the guys remember all that they've learned, they should be able to zip through the installation come January.

This mass technical exodus left me in charge of the transmitter here on Bonaire.  Yikes!  So I journeyed out to the site each afternoon.
While I was out there I set the camera to taking lots of images that I might be able to merge into a time-lapse sequence.  Here are a couple teaser images.

Intense Thunder Storm

I was out at the Trans World Radio transmitter site last Sunday evening, when a humdinger of a thunder storm passed over the center of the island.

I saw a couple amazing lightning bolts that made me glad I was far far away.