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  • FTGV
    FTGV Posts: 3,649
    edited July 2014
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    Had a visitor today

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    Pretty snake, what is he?
  • Mikey081057
    Mikey081057 Posts: 7,127
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    FTGV wrote: »
    Pretty snake, what is he?

    Common Garder snake
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  • FTGV
    FTGV Posts: 3,649
    edited July 2014
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    He looked like a garter but the colouring is different than the black,dark green easterns we see here.
  • txcoastal1
    txcoastal1 Posts: 13,138
    edited July 2014
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    He's actually a checkered garter

    Actually I'm wrong just noticed it is NJ, which is not native there. Eastern Garter
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  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 33,185
    edited July 2014
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    finally -- I can move the lawn and garden junk out of the garage!
    our shed came last week :-)

    14414550540_c47192aba0_b.jpgDSC_9588 by mhardy6647, on Flickr

    14414617549_b0f0759839_b.jpgDSC_9586 by mhardy6647, on Flickr
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 33,185
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    some more long-exposure fun, from last week (we're now, apparently, post-peak, firefly-wise):

    14370733089_c21a8b4da6_b.jpgDSC_9550 by mhardy6647, on Flickr
    14553906861_30a5d3d183_b.jpgDSC_9561 by mhardy6647, on Flickr
    14534344216_c390b57064_b.jpgDSC_9575 by mhardy6647, on Flickr

    14557292335_cf3b7733e3_b.jpgDSC_9562 by mhardy6647, on Flickr
    14370852359_d673ed5aee_b.jpgDSC_9569 by mhardy6647, on Flickr

    The roughly horizontal streak is an airplane (ca. 30 second exposure); the more vertical, and fainter, streak above and to the right of the plane might have been a 'shooting star'?).
  • Face
    Face Posts: 14,340
    edited July 2014
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    Very nice Mark!
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  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 3,099
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    Dang! Nice sky, Mark
    Nearest metropolis must be over 100 klicks away . . .

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  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 33,185
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    Thanks to growth in some (relatively) nearby towns, it's not as dark here now as it was 30-plus years ago when I first visited this neck of the woods... but we can still easily see the Milky Way on clear, moonless nights...which is pretty darned cool to me (having grown up in profoundly light polluted B-more).

    It's just too darned easy to take photos like that with modern digital cameras :-P I set the ISO to 3200, shutter in the range of (EDIT) 10 to 20 - or so - seconds, and lens (a 50 mm AF-S Nikkor) wide open at f1.8. Used a tripod but no clockdrive; nonetheless, I guess the world doesn't turn all that much in 20 to 30 seconds.

    As with film astrophotography, the digital sensor readily displays the difference in color (temperature) of different stars (or planets, for that matter), which is pretty cool.

    Best night sky I've seen with my own personal eyes was in Bryce Canyon, Utah -- the sky looked like black velvet; and the stars seemed as though one could reach up and touch them -- there was no sense of scale or scope, looking up.

    I understand it's pretty amazing mid-ocean -- but I haven't had that opportunity.

    14557465395_dbbbaa6bc7_b.jpgDSC_9567 by mhardy6647, on Flickr
  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 3,099
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    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    I understand it's pretty amazing mid-ocean -- but I haven't had that opportunity.

    The ultimate I've witnessed is the beauty in the UP (Michigan's Upper Peninsula). It may compare to your Utah experience. In fact, I might be going there late next month . . .

    G

    p.s. I wish I had a camera like yours to capture the beauty
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  • voltz
    voltz Posts: 5,384
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    You need to build another shed with a dome on top for a permanent mount for a scope :)

    or get a nice big Dobsonian telescope,they set up in seconds and have the best bang for the buck views.

    http://www.telescope.com/Telescopes/Dobsonian-Telescopes/IntelliScope-Dobsonians/Orion-SkyQuest-XT12i-IntelliScope-Dobsonian-Telescope/pc/1/c/12/sc/27/p/102014.uts?refineByCategoryId=27

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  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 33,185
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    Well -- we have a 6" Newtonian on an old-school (manual) equitorial mount and a (no kidding) dump-find 8" Dobsonian (EDIT: not to mention an assortment of spotting scopes & binos) -- but telescopes (and real astrophotography) are a different thing -- magnification of image scale and (generally even more important) light-gathering capability... but restricted field of view, of course, is the price one pays.

    Wintertime is telescope time up here (unfortunately)! :-P

    EDIT: Our old town (Harvard, MA) was, for a long time, home to the Harvard/Smithsonian observatory on Prospect Hill -- which featured the largest reflector telescope (30 inch mirror) east of the Mississippi. My daughter took a course there once and we got to attend a field night there. Also, there was a family in town who actually had a small observatory (dome and all) attached to their house!
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 33,185
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    nice garage ;-)
  • steveinaz
    steveinaz Posts: 19,529
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    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    some more long-exposure fun, from last week (we're now, apparently, post-peak, firefly-wise):

    14370733089_c21a8b4da6_b.jpgDSC_9550 by mhardy6647, on Flickr
    14553906861_30a5d3d183_b.jpgDSC_9561 by mhardy6647, on Flickr
    14534344216_c390b57064_b.jpgDSC_9575 by mhardy6647, on Flickr

    14557292335_cf3b7733e3_b.jpgDSC_9562 by mhardy6647, on Flickr
    14370852359_d673ed5aee_b.jpgDSC_9569 by mhardy6647, on Flickr

    The roughly horizontal streak is an airplane (ca. 30 second exposure); the more vertical, and fainter, streak above and to the right of the plane might have been a 'shooting star'?).

    Could also be a satellite. We see them regularly in our SE Az skies at night. You can tell they're satellites because they're moving too fast for aircraft, and too slow for falling stars.
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  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 33,185
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    true, but, upon reflection -- given the length of the streak (which should represent velocity, as long as the object stayed lighted for the time of the exposure) it actually seems to be, if anything, moving slower than the one that's definitely an aircraft (or so much higher or at an oblique enough angle to be moving more slowly).

    Lookin' forward to the summer "meteor showers" up here, though! ;-)
  • SCompRacer
    SCompRacer Posts: 8,368
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  • Tornado Red
    Tornado Red Posts: 939
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  • charley95
    charley95 Posts: 908
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    Smart parking...
    I'm applying for a patent to fit a lawnmower blade on these.
  • Erik Tracy
    Erik Tracy Posts: 4,673
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    charley95 wrote: »
    I'm applying for a patent to fit a lawnmower blade on these.
    An air conditioned riding mower....dude - you are onto something! :cheesygrin:

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  • scubalab
    scubalab Posts: 3,101
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    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Best night sky I've seen with my own personal eyes was in Bryce Canyon, Utah -- the sky looked like black velvet; and the stars seemed as though one could reach up and touch them -- there was no sense of scale or scope, looking up.

    I understand it's pretty amazing mid-ocean -- but I haven't had that opportunity.

    Just returned from a 17-day 'grand circle' vacation with the family. Hit Bryce on the final day of the astronomy festival on 6/28 (one day past the new moon). It was absolutely amazing stargazing! What a place - Bryce was one of our favorite National Parks! Although, the sunrise over the Mittens in Monument Valley (Utah/Arizona line) was pretty amazing too (photo by my 9-year old daughter)
    Sunrise Over the Mittens smaller.jpg
  • steveinaz
    steveinaz Posts: 19,529
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    God Bless the Southwest!
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  • mark090852
    mark090852 Posts: 996
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    scubalab wrote: »
    Just returned from a 17-day 'grand circle' vacation with the family. Hit Bryce on the final day of the astronomy festival on 6/28 (one day past the new moon). It was absolutely amazing stargazing! What a place - Bryce was one of our favorite National Parks! Although, the sunrise over the Mittens in Monument Valley (Utah/Arizona line) was pretty amazing too (photo by my 9-year old daughter)
    Sunrise Over the Mittens smaller.jpg

    Very nice photo! I thought maybe you and your daughter would enjoy seeing how nice her photo looked after a little post processing using Lightroom 5.5

    Sunrise Over the Mittens smaller-2 (800x567).jpg
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  • scubalab
    scubalab Posts: 3,101
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    mark090852 wrote: »
    Very nice photo! I thought maybe you and your daughter would enjoy seeing how nice her photo looked after a little post processing using Lightroom 5.5

    Thanks Mark!! That looks much better; we're obviously not seasoned photographers, but my girls love to snap pictures. We had four cameras with us on the trip (not including iphones and ipods) including a GoPro, Panasonic Lumix, cheap-o Nikon P&S, and a Pentax K-x. We have (I'm guessing conservatively) between 2000 and 3000 photos and videos! It's now time to find some good ones, touch-up (new to us) and better organize and backup. Any recommendations on software? I'll look into Lightroom that you mentioned. Also looking to make some short videos from the GoPro clips and some photos (also new to us).

    BTW, you're only a stone's throw away from me (Benner Twp).
  • dbKiller
    dbKiller Posts: 316
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  • Polkie2009
    Polkie2009 Posts: 3,834
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    Great pics guys, Steve, those of the fireflies and milky way are beautiful!
  • mark090852
    mark090852 Posts: 996
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    Scubalab, you have a private message.
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  • WLDock
    WLDock Posts: 3,073
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  • quicksilvergts
    quicksilvergts Posts: 274
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    Awesome pictures everybody. Great to see such a wide variety.
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  • Dennis Gardner
    Dennis Gardner Posts: 4,860
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    Here is my second baby.

    Wow, how did ever get hold of a hydro electric plant??? I've always wanted to own something like that!
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  • mhardy6647
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