Friday, November 30, 2012

Computing evolutions

Mark this point in time as a turning point in computer evolution. Look at these links...

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adapteva/parallella-a-supercomputer-for-everyone

http://www.adapteva.com/

These Adapteva guys have achieved thumb nail sized parallel processing chips with 16, 64, and soon 1024 CPU on board. Add one to your Mobile or add a few to your standard computer. I want one now, but the OS and generalised software is yet to catch up. Expect full desktop, laptop, and tablets to be using these in the next two years or sooner... check out the cost/performance ...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

20121114 Eclipse from Melbourne

Eclipse day, blue Sky's here in Melbourne...

The car had chucked a wobbly, the hot water system also chucked a wobbly, so unable to go north with the crowds. So, used the solar viewer I had made for the Venus transit.
 
Missed Totality by this much.....Third-ality.... some sun spots
 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Comet 168P via Itelescope T5

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This is a recent view of Comet 168P via Itelescope T5, using a R-filter and 45sec frames.
I am not sure what the little flash is about. It is part of the raw image data, and still visible in calibrated images on the right hand side. I don't think it is part of the comet. Could be a cosmic hit on the sensor or perhaps a micro meteor burst? or a strange internal reflection?