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  • PSOVLSKPSOVLSK Posts: 4,298
    edited June 19
    audioluvr wrote: »
    Help Wanted: maintenance technician for local wind farm. Pays $20/ hr plus benefits ( life insurance).

    $2000/hr and I might consider it. Probably not though.
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  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 2,556
    edited June 20
    Very cool shot. I wish we had darker sky here.

    Did you do a slight time exposure for that!
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 17,290
    audioluvr wrote: »
    Help Wanted: maintenance technician for local wind farm. Pays $20/ hr plus benefits ( life insurance).
    No effin way for $20 an hour! I make more than that working the supply operations area for an insurance company.

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,293
    edited June 20
    CH46E wrote: »
    Very cool shot. I wish we had darker sky here.

    Did you do a slight time exposure for that!

    I suppose it depends upon one's definition of slight. ;)
    30 seconds at f/5 @ ISO 10000

    also from last night...

    50027667496_e3ce80ae2f_b.jpgDSC_0515 (2) by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

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  • aprazer402aprazer402 Posts: 2,028
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
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    It was real pretty last night -- and my new DSLR does pretty good with low light (thanks, son o' mine, for the gift!)

    A night sky like this has to be one of the top five reasons to live out of the city. <3
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,293
    the night before wasn't bad, either :)

    50022853406_7338505aa4_b.jpgDSC_0457 (2) by Mark Hardy, on Flickr
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,293
    aprazer402 wrote: »
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    7f01799hg43u.jpg

    It was real pretty last night -- and my new DSLR does pretty good with low light (thanks, son o' mine, for the gift!)

    A night sky like this has to be one of the top five reasons to live out of the city. <3

    In 2020, an even better reason is "sheltering in place" is a lot less claustrophobic. :)

  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 2,556
    edited June 20
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    CH46E wrote: »
    Very cool shot. I wish we had darker sky here.

    Did you do a slight time exposure for that!

    I suppose it depends upon one's definition of slight. ;)
    30 seconds at f/5 @ ISO 10000

    also from last night...

    50027667496_e3ce80ae2f_b.jpgDSC_0515 (2) by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    I don't know much about photography. I would have thought 30 seconds would have made a slight streak on the stars. Guess it's not enough time. Very cool!

    Edit: actually I see the streak now that I zoom in on the photo. Still looks amazing.
  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 2,556
    audioluvr wrote: »
    Here's me two towers down hard at work...

    4a3gid0mx0iz.jpg

    What volcano is that in the distance???
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  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 2,710
    CH46E wrote: »
    audioluvr wrote: »
    Here's me two towers down hard at work...

    4a3gid0mx0iz.jpg

    What volcano is that in the distance???

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  • daddyjtdaddyjt Posts: 1,494
    audioluvr wrote: »
    CH46E wrote: »
    audioluvr wrote: »
    Here's me two towers down hard at work...

    4a3gid0mx0iz.jpg

    What volcano is that in the distance???

    Mt. Adams

    We lived in the Tri-Cities for a couple years when I managed the Lowe’s there - had a great view of Mt Adams from our living room window.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,293
    edited June 21
    CH46E wrote: »
    I don't know much about photography. I would have thought 30 seconds would have made a slight streak on the stars. Guess it's not enough time. Very cool!

    Edit: actually I see the streak now that I zoom in on the photo. Still looks amazing.

    Yup, one sure does :)

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    Take a long enough exposure, and it's easy enough to spot Polaris (the North Star). :)

    For "serious" astrophotography (with just a camera and lens or a 'scope) one would use an equatorial mount and a 'clockwork' tracker to synchronize the camera's motion with the earth's (so to speak) and hold everything still.

    To me, one of the most remarkable things about astronomy in general and astrophotography in particular is that the magic ingredient usually isn't magnification, it's light gathering. Many objects of astronomical interest aren't particularly "small" to a terrestrial observer -- but they're dim. Digital photography brings at least a glimpse of lots of cool stuff into easy reach for folks with access to a reasonably dark sky, some time to kill, and (in the summertime, at least) some bug repellent :)

    High-er magnification is nice to have for, e.g., observing planets -- but that's almost a different hobby altogether (see, e.g., the gorgeous lunar photos posted earlier by @joecoulson ).

  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 2,556
    edited June 21
    I've spent a lot of time with Military spec night vision goggles. At that time, the most advanced in the world. Every chance I had, I was looking at the stars. Its amazing. You can see other galaxies without magnification. They look like little night time clouds in the sky.

    Unfortunately our home telescope is only really good at looking at our own moon. I do like seeing Jupiter's largest moons on line with its self. I usually get to see Jupiter then 4 moons all on one plane.

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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 17,290
    CH46E wrote: »
    I've spent a lot of time with Military spec night vision goggles. At that time, the most advanced in the world. Every chance I had, I was looking at the stars. Its amazing. You can see other galaxies without magnification. They look like little night time clouds in the sky. Unfortunately out telescope is only really good at looking at our own moon. I do like seeing Jupiter's largest moons on line with its self. I usually get to see Jupiter then 4 moons all on one plane.

    Now that is super cool !
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,909
    treitz3 wrote: »
    Great view? How 'bout this one?

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,293
    CH46E wrote: »
    I've spent a lot of time with Military spec night vision goggles. At that time, the most advanced in the world. Every chance I had, I was looking at the stars. Its amazing. You can see other galaxies without magnification. They look like little night time clouds in the sky. Unfortunately out telescope is only really good at looking at our own moon. I do like seeing Jupiter's largest moons on line with its self. I usually get to see Jupiter then 4 moons all on one plane.

    You can get some different eyepieces for it, you know? ;)

    I didn't notice the Milky Way the other night by eye (it was a little too hazy) but the camera's CCD sure did ;)

    In the wintertime (and sometimes on a clear and moonless summer night) it is often easily visible here (despite sources of light pollution to the south and the northwest of our own relatively dark location).


  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 14,617
    F4U-5?
    Oh, I have no idea. It just came across my computer somehow and I thought I'd share it. I kinda dig the photo.

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,293
    treitz3 wrote: »
    F4U-5?
    Oh, I have no idea. It just came across my computer somehow and I thought I'd share it. I kinda dig the photo.

    Tom

    Certainly appears to be some flavor of F4U Corsair, given the wing design :|

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,293
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    See, this is the kind of thing I find really amusing! They call this stuff Verb,
    so Verb is its name. That makes Verb a noun.

    Nouning weirds language, too.

    Hysterical!

    :D
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