Friday, May 15, 2015

Film Processing

Working through the backlog of film.

In January, I started letting my film stack up on the desk, waiting for the time when I felt like getting the mix out and making a mess in the kitchen.  Over time, I collected 4 rolls, patiently waiting by the computer monitor.

There were shots from Montebello, Redwood City kid stuff, and visits from Mika's nieces.

This past weekend, I went out with the Palo Alto Camera Club to the Stanford Cactus Garden.  I'd been there several times before, it was a good idea to go again to be with other photographers and to see how the cactus looks this time of year.

Also, the 44th Powwow was happening, making the day special with the hundreds of spectators, dancers, and music filling the air.

Lastly, Mika suggested that I check out the New Guinea sculpture garden on campus, since I was going to be on site most of the day.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Pre XP

A neighbor has an older machine that is experiencing some issues.

Replacement Lodestar

Got the replacement Lodestar X2 back from OPT.  It was marked "TESTED" and it appears to work.

Here's a picture of a dark frame.
 Note the low average value.  Also note the bright edge.  Also note the "Star profile" as seen by Maxim.  That's the way a hot pixel should look.

Here's a picture of a light frame.
Note the average ADU level.  Also note that the star profile is flat - indicating that the whole frame is saturated.

Now I just have to attach it to the telescope and get it focused on a real star!