Astronomy

Open APOD v1.0 Release

Open APOD v1.0 Release

I published my first Android application, “Open APOD”, on the Google Play Store. I have developed this application to learn Android programming. You can get all the sources on my github or download it from Google Play. The application is Open Source and free of all charges. Get it, comment it, rate it …

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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