Archive for the Journal Category

  • Personal Journal

    I haven’t been submitting blog posts as frequently as usual lately. For a while, I was using this blog as a hybrid astronomy observation log and a personal journal. But since the beginning of the year, I started keeping a personal, hand-written journal; instead of posting the more personal stuff online I decided to keep […]

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  • 2015-04-02

    I got a chance to do some imaging in the observatory last night. I imaged two very different objects, the Moon and Jupiter, and used multiple equipment configurations and settings to get the desired result. The Moon, being very big and bright requires a very different setup than Jupiter since Jupiter is very small, angularly […]

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  • Inevitability of Hope

    I’m a little tired this morning. Ella woke me up in the middle of the night last night by coming into my room and climbing into bed with me. I asked her if she had a bad dream, she said “no, I just wanted to come in here.” She moved the pillow closer to mine […]

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  • Earthshine and Venus

    Got a chance to try out my new telephoto lens last night… -I’ve been so busy learning about technical terms and techniques of photography that I forgot to pay attention to any notable events in the night sky. Turns out, the Moon made a really close approach to Venus and were only separated by a few […]

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  • Basic Photography Terms and Concepts

    In an effort to better and more fully understand the terminology associated with photography and ultimately, astrophotography, I complied a short list of common terms and their definitions as well as some brief examples of their applications. Included are specific examples of my hardware setup and how these terms apply to them directly. Term <tl;dr> […]

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  • Vernal Equinox

    Spring Equinox, 2015. Is it weird that one of my favorite times of the day is walking from my car to the building through my work’s parking lot? There are two main reasons for this: It’s always pre-dawn or dawn and the morning has quickly become one of my favorite times of the day. -It’s […]

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  • 2015-03-15

    Sunrise Moon Woke up this morning to a quiet house, feeling refreshed with a beautiful pre-Spring sunrise. Like my dad said this morning, “Birds are singing, ducks are quacking, Spring is just around the corner… finally.” I’ve actually being making an effort to get healthy recently. I’ve said in posts previous that I would like […]

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  • Second Star to the Right…

    I recently fixed my binoculars and had a chance to test them out tonight. I scanned the skies, checked out blazing Venus, saw Jupiter’s moons, peered into the star nursery that is the Great Orion Nebula, and gazed in awe at the Seven Sisters – The Pleiades. I saw planets and moons, nebulae and star […]

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  • Ice Crystal Sunrise

    Another beautifully cold morning! The skies were perfectly clear – not a cloud in the sky – and the pastel sunrise colors almost took my breath away as much as the bone-chilling cold air. Why does it have to be so cold when the skies are this nice?! The unfortunate reality is that the skies […]

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  • Spring, soon

    From Thoreau’s journals: “All nature revives at this season… If a man do not revive with nature in the spring, how shall he revive when a white-collared priest prays for him?” Oh man, it hit me hard this morning. Inspiration. Awakening. The anticipation of Spring. The desire to get outside and experience Life again. Go […]

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