Thursday, 28 February 2013

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Designing stuff

Bizibilder has been thinking about upgrading (i.e. rebuilding) his observatory.  The one he has is fine but is a bit small and offers little protection for himself or the computer on a cold winters night!

He has been using Sketchup – which is, he has discovered, very easy to use for this sort of 3D design work and can be learned quite quickly.  It leaves you with a fully dimensioned drawing of more or less anything you wish and have the time to produce.  The drawing below represents about four hours work – and that is by someone who is essentially starting from scratch.

17 New flat roof OPEN

All that is missing from this “roll off roof” design are the roof panels – as they would hide all the constructional details.  The design is 7’ x 9’.  There is a panel under the front edge of the roof that is the front of a small so-called “warm room” – unheated but out of the cold and wind!!

And with the roof closed:

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Jupiter last night

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Click on them for full size!

The Sun

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Bizibilder managed a few close up pictures of the individual spot areas today.

The Moon–first time for a while

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Or full size – click link: Moon

Monday, 18 February 2013

A rough and ready Jupiter 18 Feb 2013

18 Feb Jupiter Rough process

Just a swift process on this one – Bizibilder has 17Gb of Jupiter images to process tomorrow!  The Moon is Io and the black dot is Io’s shadow – above the Great Red Spot.

Today’s Sun–some new spots to see..

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A bit of new activity today.  Taken through clouds – its amazing what you can get away with!!

Sunday, 17 February 2013

At last–a bit of Sun!!

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Today’s pictures including the first spot close-up for quite a while!  Ever thickening haze prevented any more imaging.

Saturday, 16 February 2013

First flowers this spring!

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First Crocus of the year spotted today in Bizibilders Garden!

Monday, 11 February 2013

Playing with Jupiter

Jupiter reprocess 9 Feb 2013

The above are all made from the same 10,000 frame movie that Bizibilder took the other night. He has been playing with his processing software to try and tease out the most detail of the planet.  The “big” image uses the “drizzle” technique to make a 1.5x image from the original data – it makes a good image but does not reveal any further detail.

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Much better Jupiter images!

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I decided to try and improve the images from my planetary camera by running a series of tests at different camera settings.  Unfortunately some hazy cloud rolled in and put an end to further experimentation.  I'm quite happy though as these are by far the best Jupiter images that I have ever taken with this camera and scope combination.

Sunshine Saturday!!

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Sunny morning today!

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Jupiter last night:

2 February 2013 Jupiter

Taken between the clouds last night. The moon visible is Io along with its shadow transiting the disc of Jupiter itself. I've tried to change my processing -  so, hopefully, these appear rather more subtle.

If you could stand on Jupiter (you can’t it’s just a ball of gas!) within the black “dot” shadow of Io you would be seeing a total solar eclipse!