Friday, April 3, 2015

My southern skies

As good as it gets...

And then the moon does this.....20150404....

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Kerbal Space Program

I don't think I will ever qualify for NASA, so the next best fun and easy thing is KSP.
Kerbal Space Program, lets you build, launch, operate, and launch into planetary orbits you own space craft. Lots of fun going through the learning curve to a stable orbit. I made a little shuttle transport, that does not land well...crash landing... and a small space station to dock with.  Great for those cloudy days and nights.

That's me waving in the lower left image...8)
My heavy lift configurations

A wheely rover heavy landed at MUN...


a Very heavy lander at Min.....

Duna...no return...?

Wheely rover Bigdog-1 arrives and lands at Duna.....




Mun base cluster of landers....
Another wheely....

Star Ships small and big....








Small is goood.....a three part probe gets to orbit, I think this is the smallest craft that works. Also a lander that launches from the KSC pad and gets to Mun landing with juice to spare..



Helped Bob Kerman make a servo controlled telescope...



Flex-O-Rings......



Friday, December 19, 2014

Philae's ride...

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ESA/Rossetta have released some more images for the public to play with. Here is my old school sepia coloured version. Show some activity in the coma...image data courtesy of ESA/ROSSETTA

Friday, November 21, 2014

One fading...another Rising...

Two comets are currently good evening objects here in my backyard. Comet C/2012 K1 PANSTARRS is over head and fading as it moves away. While C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy is rising to be in high position near the zenith by late December. This comet is the one to watch it could get as bright as mag 5.0 and show a long dynamic tail.


Update- 20141212  The clouds finally passed and I was able to get a good set of 45sec images. The comet appears green and stellar, not much tail  to be seen here...



Update 20141214 - Tried  to get spectra data using a Star Analyzer 100, the fuzzy part.


update 20141217 - Another go at getting some spectra data, still to close to noise to have any thing definite....

update 20141220 - I can now see the tail in my images with an exposure of 60 secs. A combination of the comet getting closer and it rising higher in my sky.....sum of 14x60 sec  images using the EON 80 mm scope and unmodded canon 450D. processed from raw images.

Update 20141228 - Got some good 60 sec subs and a small group of spectra subs. Here is the result of processing using imagej.



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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Waiting for Philae..

The Rosetta lander Philae will be heading for a landing in the next few weeks. I wish I could be there for this historic event. So, I found my analogue for Philae while at the beach....


Something to think about, what would it be like , the sights and sounds of an active comet...??
My sandbox Philae lander ( a Gopro)....

Many years ago STEREO A got this close to 67P....8)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Comet C/2013 V5 Oukaimeden

20140922 - This comet is now much brighter than siding spring comet, and is rising in the evening sky. I am just able to see the comet over the fence, when at 25-15 degrees Alt.


update 20140923 - A very different view of this comet from the other side of the sun. Captured in the STEREO HI1B imager from 20140920. Two tail spikes at right angles.

20140926 -  In STEREO  HI1B images of 20140921, the comet gas/ion tail are dynamically affected by passing solar winds...

20140926 - later this day, here is the comet again from my back yard with EON80mm and Canon 450D , exp60sec iso 800 mono.

A comparison between these two comets.
20141003 - The two comets again, there is a third but I could not find it.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

C2013A1 approaching NGC362

Another effort in the cold of the evening, the dew and cold eventually beat me. The comet approaches as seen in the EON 80mm using DMK51 imager.
C20131A1 and NGC362
Update 20140830 - A much milder evening, not as cold. And as C2013A1 was passing by 47 Tuc and SMC. I had another go . A small image. I can't seem to get much light out of the EON 80 mm so may be  bigger light bucket?
C2013A1 passing by 47 Tuc

Update - 20140905 - This small comet moving along....


Update 20140906  A little bit closer to Mars.....


update 20140927 - Looking for this comet in current STEREO images is proving difficult, I think I have it in this colored scaled crop from HI2B wide fov.