The Partial Eclipse…Partially Captured.

Now that I have just about recovered from a great Nightfall, it is time to start posting the fruits of my sleepless days and nights in Borrego Springs.

Eclipse

As I arrived on Thursday afternoon, I was just in time to catch some of the partial eclipse.  However, I was just arriving and it takes about an hour to set everything up.  Luckily, I have been preparing for this day and I whipped out my camera bag and attached my already set up solar capture lens train consisting of a manual 200mm lens, with and ND 1100 filter on the front and a Kenko 2X tele-extender on the back to my Canon EOS-M camera.  A quick tripod setup and I managed to focus (somewhat) on the solar events.  Not the best focus, but after three plus hours driving, my eyes weren’t the best.  Also, I forgot to magnify the image on the screen to get a better focus.  That happens when you are rushing.

 

 

Anyway, I also took a movie.  You can see the sunspots change during the minute long film.  All this event lacked was a coronal mass ejection and it would have been a trifecta of infinite proportions.  BTW, the next day there was a spectacular CME.  Oh well, it was still great.

 

 

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

Norman

A Pirates Paradise…Sort of.

This past weekend was the RAS’s annual themed star-party weekend.

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Frank Food

Although there were lots of pirates, food and booty for all, the wind kept my observatory shut. 😦

Saturn

Being the resourceful astronomer, there is always more than one way to view the night sky.  The Moon and Saturn had a particularly close arrangement.

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Up close it was even better.

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So, out came the Canon EOS-M (love this camera) and I took some images for my upcoming talk at Nightfall.  The top image was a 20 second image with the stock 22mm F2.0 lens that came with the camera.  The bottom image is with my new Rokinon 10mm f2.0 15 seconds.  Not as focused as I would like, but in a 20mph wind, things move a little.

Hotel pool at the Palm Canyon Resort

If you haven’t ever been to Nightfall, it is one of the best gatherings of astronomy amateurs in the country. Held at the Palm Canyon Resort in Borrego Springs, California.  The resort changes all the exterior lighting to red lights for the event and the local community comes to visit and learn.  Workshops are given all weekend.  Almost all of them are free to attend.

Nightfall Premium Workshop Presenter - Warren Keller

The premium astrophotography workshop will be given by Warren Keller.  Warrne is a world-renowned astrophotographer and lecturer.

Warren’s Workshop
It’s Not the Plane. It’s the Pilot: Flying with Photoshop and PixInsight
Saturday, 10/25 from 10:00AM-4:00PM

The cost of the workshop is $60, a very reasonable amount for this quality of education.

This will be the 10th year that I have gone to this event and I can hardly wait.  More information can be found here.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

Norman

Nightfall Recap.

So I am showing some shots of my 20th annual Nightfall experience.  It was a wonderful time.

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Passing by the San Diego Wild Animal Park.

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At the top of the Anza Borrego basin, looking down about 3,500 feet.

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Borrego Springs from on high.

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A plaque dedicated to the people who donated this land.

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Don’t fall over the edge, it is a long way down.

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The Solar Pavillion, where on Saturday, I helped people enjoy the view of the Sun with my 60mm Lundt solar scope.  Although, Mike’s 152mm Lunt scope had far better views.

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Although I couldn’t get my camera to take great shots, I was able to image the sun using eyepiece projection.  It was really active on Saturday.  Lots of sun spots, flares, prominences, and a couple of loops.

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After the Solar Pavillion closed down for the day, we had our pot luck dinner.

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But everything was not to be.  Saturday afternoon the clouds rolled in and messed up imaging for the night.  It did make for some nice sunset pictures though.

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Early Sunday morning on my way back, I stopped to take a picture of Mt. Palomar observatory that you can see for miles around in this area.

Until next year!

The time lapse did not happen 😦 for a variety of reasons, but hopefully next year will be different.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

Norman

Nightfall Calls.

Today is the begining of the 20th annual Nightfall astronomical event in Borrego Springs, Ca.  I have packed all my goodies in the RV and I am taking off for the only official dark sky certified city in California.

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I will be staying at the Palm Canyon Resort Hotel and RV park.  They have just renovated the entire place and it promises to be a fantastic upgrade.  I recommend that if you are traveling to Borrego Springs to view the desert flowers in bloom (February-March) that you stay here.  It is right next door to the state park where you can view the flowers in all their glory.  It is also near a horse riding outfit and near the tennis courts for the more outdoorsy types.  So check it out.

I will (hopefully) be taking a three day time lapse of the event from my RV spot and if everything goes well, I will post photos for you tomorrow and next week.  If you are coming to the event, I’ll see you there.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

Norman