Urban Imaging Under Bright Urban Skies
- Last Updated: 30 August 2015
A Report on the Aug 22nd 2015 Griffith Public Star Party
By D. I. Nakamoto
Temperatures were warm during the day, although as night descended it got cool enough for me to need a jacket, which I forgot to bring with me. The skies were clear of clouds, and the wind was mild with gusts at times, but there was a lot of haze from the local fires and all their smoke, meaning bright skies tonight. Plus Griffith decided to resow their famous front lawn, which meant the antique street lamps lining the sidewalks had to be kept on for safety reasons, adding to the already bright environment. And of course there was a first quarter moon up in the sky.
O! Ye Gods of Watts, Oomps, and Amps!
- Last Updated: 25 August 2015
An Article Written By Kevin Gilchrist
Has this ever happened to you? Did you set up your GoTo telescope and the motors don't seem to be as loud and fast as they usually are? Was star alignment fraught with errors? Did your scope suddenly seem to think it was in South Africa? Check your power supply! If you are like most of us gear-heads you will have a collection, large or small, of Wall Warts. Those pesky little black plastic boxes with wires seem to have a life of their own.
Urb'n Imagin', ver 1.5
- Last Updated: 17 May 2015
By Dave Nakamoto
April 27th was not a good night. First quarter moon in the sky. Strong winds at dusk, and while things calmed down soon after sunset, the dust it raised caused more than the usual amount of sky glow. But bad nights for observing objects may still be good to test new equipment.
In this case, it was the autoguider I got way back in November of last year. The test was to see if stars would jump all over the place, or would they stay nice and round. For that, all I needed was to be able to image stars, so away I went !