Sky Map Online – new features

During the last few months, I’ve continued working on Sky Map Online website and I’ve improved my astrophotography skills (including photo processing). I’ve described the work done on the details page: translate the website menus (and controls) in Spanish, German and Romanian add more content (Astronomy Tutorial) – this is a work on progress add…

Spica Planetarium

This is a project I was working recently. It’s a windows client application (using .Net Framework) showing the sky map as seen from any time or location. This way, any amateur astronomer can print or view the sky, so he can plan better his observation sessions. I’m planning to finish it and turn it into…

Coulter Odyssey 1 (red tube, 13.1 inch)

I found this old Coulter Odyssey 1 for $270. The telescope was pretty basic but it has a lot of aparture… 13.1 inch! The scope is big (as you can see from the pictures). But it’s not very heavy – I can carry it to my observation site in my backyard just fine.

Meade Deep Sky Imager Pro II – some pictures

It looks like there are not too many clear sky nights in Seattle in winter time. This was pretty expected for me. But at least the winters are warm – it’s pretty confortable to spend a few hours outside during night time (we usually get around 40-45 degrees Farenheit). On top of the lack of…

Meade Deep Sky Imager Pro II (first night out)

Finally I’ve decided to spend time and money in astrophotography. I don’t have too much experience regarding regular photography – I don’t own a SLR camera. Almost all of my regular pictures are taken using digital point and shoot cameras. After reading some reviews and due to price considerations, I decided to buy a Meade Deep…

Amateur Astronomy

  Introduction   When I was a child I had, like many other kids, a specific fascination for science fiction, space missions and star gazing. Despite living in a light polluted city, I was lucky enough to be able to see Milky Way from places with low light pollution (country side, mountains, etc).   Like…