Archive for December, 2013

I believe that recently Alan Turing has been pardoned.  Pardoned for what exactly?

Shouldn’t the Government of the day actually be asking for forgiveness of the Government of Turing’s day for the vicious chemical assault of Turing?

Let this be a warning to any scientist to NOT get involved in ANYTHING to do with the U.K. government whatever sexual preference you may have.

 

 

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As it has been non-stop rain for days on end now, I have resorted to taking a look at old data.

Just put together all the datasets I could find of the Cygnus Wall region taken with the Hyperstar III and the M25C one shot colour camera.

You can see the result here:

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Went into the garage and loaded up the pinhole camera tonight 🙂  All set and ready to go.  Will put it out tomorrow (one day early) and take it down on 22nd June (one day late) if I can keep my paws off it for that long.  Fingers crossed for a 6-month sub-exposure.

 

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I am putting together a new pinhole camera for this coming December 21st 2013 (Winter Solstice).  It will remain outside recording whatever Sun there might be until June 21st 2014 (Summer Solstice).  Big difference from the earlier pinhole photographs I have taken though – this time I went and bought some 8 x 10 inch photopaper 🙂  Too big for the standard beer can – but a perfect fit in a 4-inch diameter piece of  plastic drainpipe.  A couple of layers of Aluminium foil around the pipe to ensure it is light-tight, and a couple of (black) watertight drainpipe end-caps to seal the ends against light and water.  The pinhole itself is made into a piece of Aluminium foil which is stuck over a 1″ diameter hole drilled into the side of the pipe.  So this goes out on Friday evening and I have a 6-month wait to see whether the idea has worked or not.  Check back on June 22nd for the answer 🙂

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Beautiful clear Moonless sky last night and I took the last shots with the 200mm and M25C as I am so impressed by this lens that I will shift it to the mini-WASP top-plate and put an M26C on it.  This is just 6 x 15-minute subs taken using the wide field kit and I will of course return to this region next year.  However – results like this bode well for this winter’s goodies – provided the weather plays ball for a change.

 

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I put together a little montage of the 3 brightest stars for those living in Northern latitudes.

You can see the image here.

Sirius, Arcturus and Vega to similar scales and total exposure times, so this is relatively how they look to one another in the night sky.

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