Tuesday, June 28, 2016

400mm and Film

Planning to burn through some Acros and E200 during GSSP 2016.

Targets in mind:

  • Rho Ophiuchus region
  • Pipe Nebula
  • Snake Nebula
  • M23 star field
  • Triple E
  • Sadr to Deneb
  • IC 1396
  • Veil

This should allow me to run through a roll each night, planning on shooting at F5.6 for 40 minutes.

The apparatus shown above weighs 33.5 lbs.  Just slightly overweight for the GM8.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Final New Moon before GSSP 2016

The weather in the bay area has cooperated with getting the kinks out of the astrophotography setup -- or at least isolate some of them.

In the last week, I have been able to identify one problem and create a workaround.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Crunching Gravel at MBOSP on May 31

The gang got together on Tuesday night for a long-sought chance to get under some relatively dark skies.

Main show was the planets of course with Jupiter setting with a moon transit, Mars at its largest, and Saturn rising.  A stretch goal was to view the supernova in M66, which brought out the big scopes to try to observe this faint target.