Astronomy

Astronomy Picture Of the Day on your Android

Astronomy Picture Of the Day on your Android

I spent the last week or so learning Android programming. I find it important, in the learning of a new programming tool, to write something with clear specifications. This forces you to work on the best solution instead of using easy to code work-arounds. The specifications are: The application should allow the user to read the Astrophotography […]

2012 Venus Transit

2012 Venus Transit

We had a perfect weather all day long and 15 minutes before the transit started, dark clouds rolled in and ruined the show! I got these two shots before the sun completely disappeared behind the clouds  … I also uploaded some pictures of my camera and binoculars with the solar filters. I built the binoculars filters […]

2012 Venus Transit

2012 Venus Transit

A quick reminder … Don’t miss the last Venus Transit until 2117! It starts today (june 5th) at 22:09UTC. Venus will be visible against the solar disk for about 6 hours. The transit ends at 04:49UTC. More of my pictures of the 2004 Venus transit on my astrophoto website at astrophoto.ca.

Stars Trackers

Stars Trackers

I posted these two barndoor mounts on Thiniverse a few days ago. One is manually operated while the other is motorized. Manual Stars Tracker kit: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:11376   Motorized Stars Tracker kit: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:10756 Since I have not that much time on my hands, I decided to merge both projects so that I can chose between the […]

First Light

First Light

I took my first picture, during the holiday, using my new motorized scotch mount. The following is a 2 minutes shot of the cygnus constellation region centered on the North America nebulae. The brigth star near the nebulae is Deneb. Camera: Canon 20Da Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm 1:4 Ultrasonic Exposure: 2 minutes at ISO1600 Mount: […]

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