Oh look, my website has a new layout! The image behind the navigation bar is a cropped section of Hubble's Lagoon Nebula photo. It is, without a doubt, one of my favorite Hubble images. Nearly all the core design/layout elements (simple as they may be) are essentially snippets from W3Schools (see links page). This new look also does away with the... continue readingJune 13, 2021
Last night was supposed to be about 20-30% cloud cover. You be the judge. I sat out there for nearly three hours until the clouds broke enough to polar align my telescope mount. Then it was another hour until the sky became clear enough to aim the telescope at to have another go at this autoguiding. It did not go well at all. The guiding software was... continue readingJune 7, 2021
I had one night off this week and it turned out to be a beauty! Kelby (Mr East Exposures) found a nearby Bortle 3 site. It had a couple nuances, but otherwise was completely worth it. My Canon Rebel T7i was collected from the Post Office earlier that morning. I'd never used a DSLR camera before, and did not prepare myself at all on how to use this one. What more could I need to know than shutter speed, ISO settings, and file format to save to? continue readingJune 1, 2021
There hadn't been a clear night on a weekend for a long time. Saturday night was partly cloudy for a few hours, so I went out to test the auto-guiding setup. I didn't go prepared. When PHD2 was doing it's calibration, I didn't understand what was going on. When it said, "star lost," I would become irritated and stop the process, then start it over again. After several goes at this I gave up. I switched to the other test... continue readingJune 1, 2021
Bruce Willis treats my insomnia.
Ok, perhaps I should explain. I suffer with insomnia. I've found some ways to help me get to sleep that have been working for a few years now. When they begin to not work, I resort to... continue reading