Monthly Archives: April 2017

NGC4631 & NGC4656 – The Whale and the Hockey Stick

From Wikipedia NGC 4631 (also known as the Whale Galaxy or Caldwell 32) is a barred spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. This galaxy’s slightly distorted wedge shape gives it the appearance of a herring or a whale, hence … Continue reading

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Solar Viewing Live Stream scheduled for 1000 CDT/1500 UTC 2017-04-08

Be there or be square! 🙂

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SCIENCE, bitches!

Always fun to learn something new, even if it doesn’t really relate to anything in particular.  The “light bulb moment” is still a joy.  Had such a moment this morning, thought I’d share. 🙂 In the /r/astronomy thread of my latest solar … Continue reading

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Some activity on the Sun after a quiet March

Sun has been surprisingly active the last couple of days, after nearly a month of what appeared to be copypasta of a ping pong ball. The weekend afforded me a couple of hours of prime observation and and imaging. For … Continue reading

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Motorizing the dome

So several tests of the original plan of using a friction-wheel to spin the dome suggested that while it would “work”, it was neither reliable nor consistent. Matthias Wandel to the rescue! Using Matthias’s gear template generator I spec’d out a ring … Continue reading

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