airtravel, TSA body scanners and the illusion of security

I really like flying. Even with all the hassle at the airports, all these new rules, crowds and long lines, bad airline service, I still love flying.  Once you get up in the air, after  the plane takes off we can look out of the window, look at the clouds and forget about all the troubles to get…

astrophotography – Orion mount, guided (october)

Still good weather in Seattle for the first weeks of October… And finally I got an adapter to mount a second scope (a 80 mm Meade DS2080 OTA) to the mount (near my main OTA – Celestron 6SE).. This configuration allows me to get guided shots. Basically, I use a Meade DSI II Pro to…

astrophotography – Orion Sirius mount, unguided (september)

We had good weather in September – way better than what we had in June (pretty unexpected, isn’t it?). Sep 21st is gone and now the night time is longer than day time. Although I actually prefer summer  opposed to winter, at least I get the option to observe the heavens earlier. During the last…

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.

What will Matter

What will Matter Author: Michael Josephson Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else. Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will…

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…

Driving across USA (part 1)

This is a long time due project – blogging about the places where I traveled. I have thousands of pictures and a lot of movies from the places I’ve been. I really enjoy traveling. It’s a great experience to see new places and meet new people. I had the opportunity to drive 3 times across USA (from…

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…