Ojai Clear Sky Clock (its an astonomer's tool)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

What did you do on your anniversary?
Here in Ojai, we go to the range. After 28 years
of marriage, we enjoy the same stuff, and today
that was sending some lead down range.  Of course after
shooting we attended the lavender festival to buy and shop for
frilly things, and ended the day with dinner at Suzanne's in Ojai.
Dee is an excellent shot--just in case I can't get
to the rifle. She put 15 rounds inside the 10 ring at
100 yards and hit the gong at 300 yards several times--just like Ma' Kettle. 
I love you babe.
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Sunday, May 16, 2010

ISS last night

I use software to determine where certain objects are at night. Last night at 9:38 PM the International Space Station was scheduled for a pass over my observatory. I spent the afternoon setting up the big 16" dob and my equipment. Like clockwork, the ISS appeared in the WNW sky exactly as scheduled. Using a 15mm lense I tracked the ISS all the way through the sky up to about 60 degress when it disappeared from view. I could see the large solar panels on the craft glowing orange from the reflection of the sun. Beautiful. If the sky clears I have two more chances to view ISS today and tomorrow. This time I plan to try a video capture of the craft--a very diffcult thing to do. Right now the sky is cloudy (5pm), Im hoping it clears. If I get a shot, you'll see it on my astrophotography site: www.lalunasky.com
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Nice Day

Relaxing by the pool
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Thursday, May 13, 2010