Between weather and work, I haven't had many nights to get much observing done. I had some issues with walking noise on my last image. I tracked it down to the way I had my guide scope mounted. I sorted that out and went out for a night to image M33, the Triangulum Galaxy. It was rising out of the city glow, and I got about two hours of data on it before my camera... continue readingOctober 24, 2021
My pre-ordered hardback copy of Invisible Sun by Charles Stross arrived about a month ago. It was an enjoyable read. There were some plot elements from the previous book that I had hoped would be expanded upon. When it finally came to that, it seemed as if they were just glossed over. Disappointment struck deep immediately. I pressed on... continue readingSeptember 9, 2021
Monday night out with my new mount had it's ups and downs. How dare I expect everything to just work. Polar aligning with iPolar was a breeze. I had set the proper longitude and latitude for the new location, and actually set them in the correct spots! I noticed right away that the time was off a few minutes. That seems a little weird, because there is a battery in the hand controller that's supposed to keep that stuff going. I went to do a simple one star alignment, as I had last done... continue readingSeptember 6, 2021
I finally have the new image gallery ready enough to be released. The pages will have more details as I find some time to add them. For now though, it's functional. It's possible this created some broken links. Rest assured that I will fix them if I find them!
As I was preparing to work on the website yesterday evening, I had a craving for coffee. After all, it was a cloudy (Those darned clouds!) day with sporadic rain and... continue readingSeptember 6, 2021
It's been two months since the last update here. In that two months, I've only been outside two whole nights to image anything! This is mostly due to my work schedule, and partly due to clouds. Yes, those darned clouds! I managed to get lucky with a clear night off work for Saturn's opposition. I did not get lucky imaging Saturn, despite using the lucky imaging technique. I'm not sure... continue reading