Category: Astronomy

Astro CCD Camera and 50mm F1.4 = Mag 9

Auckland weather has turned in the last week. Evenings must be about 5-10 degrees cooler now meaning the atmosphere is more stable and ultimately better sky viewing conditions. I set up my Mintron camera with the 50mm F1.4 Lens I

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Satellite Tracking Camera – Progress Update

Regular readers of my blog will know that I’ve been working on building a satellite tracking system. The plan is to end up with a fully automatic Pan/Tilt positioning system with a high sensitivity video camera, millisecond accuracy video time

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ASCOM and Communications protocols

I hope you all had a great New Year and have big plans for 2011. I don’t have much new to report on the Satellite tracking platform. I’ve been looking into equipment for the system and at communications protocols.

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Removing Excess Weight

I carefully looked over the entire mechanism to decide which parts to keep. The main circuit board worked and using serial could be commanded to go to a position or even store positions, but it lost out due to not

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New Project – Satellite Tracking Camera

I recently acquired a second hand Pan Tilt mechanism from a CCTV camera system.

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2010 Geminids Meteor Shower

The Geminids Meteor Shower for 2010 will peak on the 13th & 14th December this year. Expectations are high, with a peak ZHR (Zenithal Hourly Rate) of up to 120. The moon will set in the west around midnight giving

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Photograph the moon on the 30th January

The full moon on the 30th January will occur only three hours before perigee (the point where the moon is closest to earth). This will be the closest full moon of 2010. On top of this, the earth is at

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Don't forget the Geminids meteor shower

On the 13th and 14th December, we’re expecting the best meteor shower of the year. The Geminids are a meteor shower caused by 3200 Phaethon which should result in around 120 to 140 meteors per hour. On top of this,

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13 November 1969 – Today in Apollo History

Apollo 12 stories from Newspapers on the 13th November 1969.

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12 November 1969 – Today in Apollo History

Apollo 12 stories from Newspapers on the 12th November 1969.

Posted in Astronomy, General Randomness