Feb 10

Observation report for the last three months

This post contains the a summary of all the observations done in the last three months.

Clouds.
End of report.

Aug 13

Chemtrails from space. Aargh!

Yesterday the aliens did it again. The earth got its annual dose of Calmicum. I am not at all surprised by this not being mentioned in the regular news media since those is owned by the elite and Illuminati who want to keep us in the dark.

Long has it been known to those in the know that the Greys visit us on a regular basis to spraydust is with Calmicum: a bio-engineered nanotech whizzydrug made by the Greys and the Moon-based Nazi’s. Together with the media on Earth they work together to get as many people dosed on Calmicum as possible. In the last decennia the general public has been made enthousiastic for these “meteor showers” which, in fact, are injections of Calmicum capsules in Earth’s upper atmosphere. Mark my words that within three decades it is obligatory to be out during these meteor showers. Probably with some excuse made up by Big Pharma (BP) and backed by the military industrial complex (MIC)!

There are ways to protect yourself and the SAS will ofcourse inform you on how to do this.

  • stay away from the cities during the showers because these cities are the primary target (you won’t see the capsules there because of the light polution, which ofcourse has been put in place by the Elite);
  • eat pink glazed cookies: they contain sugar which is know to lessen the effect of Calmicum;
  • laying down instead of standing up or just sitting has a negative effect on the intake of Calmicum because the stuff is engineerd to have a horizontal inflow into your respiratory system and the vertical inflow doesn’t work nearly as well. Ha! Eat that, Greys!;
  • Log the paths of the capsules and submit these to the special SAS CDB (Calmicum Database). We will process the data to make accurate predictions for safe havens with less activity in the next years;
  • invite as many friends as you can so you can protect them in a more rural setting with less activity.

These are just a few things you can do to protect yourselves! Stay informed! And keep calm. The Greys won’t win this fight!

Aug 10

Perseids Spotting

Perseids, you can’t open up a website, newspaper or turn on the television these days, or you’ll get to hear that the skies will be set alight with falling stuff.

With this in mind, Chris and I set out a couple of days before the peak to capture some of those light streaks on the CCD’s.

Result? As expected, 303 photo’s, 49 airplanes, 4 Iridium Flares and 0 Perseids.

0.

We saw enough meteorites, and a passing ISS giving a nice light show. But they all managed to stay out of the field of view of the 10mm Tokina.

No Perseids.

Zero Perseids in this frame

We’re going to try again in a couple of days. I’ve got to capture me some Perseids.

Aug 10

Nighttime farmers should be shot

It never works. It really never does. Any amateur astronomer knows it’s hard to get just one fucking evening without some minor or major setback There’s so many things that have to be right. And I’m not asking for perfect. Just right would be swell. Just once.

Several things factor in wether a night under the skies turns out to be a great experience or just another night wasted instead of having a chance to get laid.

To name just a few:

  • seeing
  • transparancy
  • sleep deprivation
  • no moon
  • work the next day yes/no
  • a quiet observing location
  • fysical state of observer
  • mental health of observer
  • …and so on

Last Saturday things were looking good. Everything except seeing was good enough. So here I went.

Unfortunately the ever so nice owner of the grounds I observe on had picked this evening to set up his sprinklers. So after my initial fright triggered by loud spraying water in the dark -“Is that shit going to reach my precious telescope?” and relief that it didn’t- I had to deal with headlights on whatever vehicle it was he was driving in. They were bright! So no observing for me until midnight when he gave it a rest.

But by then my motivation had been dealt a crippling blow. I lasted for another hour and then gave up. Next time. Maybe next time…

ftsio

Aug 08

Object Selection

Every astronomer will tell you that preparation is key to observation. Know what is in the sky where and when, before venturing out to your favorite observation spot. Prepare a list of objects you want to see/photograph before your trip. Have the Sky & Telescope Pocket Sky Atlas handy at all time, alternatively download the Clear Skies CSOG‘s, by one of our founding members handy on your digital device.

Once done with the ritual dance called ‘alignment’ (see this in depth article on that subject), connecting all your gear, get it up and running, and you still have power left in the laptop and you are still not clouded out… ask Chris. Chris always knows whats up there, just as easy, actually.

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Aug 07

ISS overpass on August 7th, 2015

ISS overpasses are always very cool to witness.
I never managed to capture those overpasses but I was very lucky tonight.
Although it was very cloudy and had a few glasses of Belgian beer I’m very proud of the result.

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I captured the event with an iPhone 6, Nightcap Pro and several mosquitoes on my arm.
Besides that I walked through a spider web or something.

Aug 07

Alignment 101

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Here is my quick guide to aligning your Mount & Scope. It’s a method I’ve been using since the beginning of my astrophotography career, and so far it hasn’t failed me any more than any of my other methods, which must mean it’s quite an OK method.

So, without much further ado, here it is, step by (simple) step:

  1. Plunk down you mount roughly north aligned.
  2. Remove the alignment scope from the mount, no one knows how to properly use the hour dials on that thing anyways.
  3. Get down on all four and peer through the hole where the alignment scope came from
  4. If you see no stars, remove the cover
  5. If you still see no stars, turn the mount until the hole is clear, you can use your fingers to feel when the mount is in the right position*
  6. If you see some stars, pick the one you think might be Polaris, fiddle with the knobs on your mount to make it look like you know what you are doing (no need for that when you’re alone in the field)
  7. Done.
  8. Assume your auto-guider will fix any errors in alignment.

Clear skies!

*) Word of caution, this might get your fingers stuck in the hole, and my experience is that it hurts like hell (your fingers that is)