And So It Begins…Nightfall Has Arrived.

Once again, I am making my pilgrimage to astronomical nirvana by attending Nightfall.  This year’s event is going to be a show stopper.  Not only is there the usual advanced courses available, this year there is a another complete track for not-so-advanced astronomers.

Also, our sponsor, Woodland Hills Telescope will also have astronomical goods on sale during the event.  This is great because I can’t tell you how many time that I forget that one piece of equipment/cable/something that my entire rig depends on to function.  Not only does this make me VERY angry, it also makes me go to the nearest astronomy store (about 80 miles away through the mountains, still closer than home) to get it.  Not this year.

I will be giving a talk, along with fellow Riverside Astronomical Society member Daniel Perry, about mirror-less cameras and astrophotography.  Daniel recently picked up a Sony A7s, which has great low light sensitivity (not any of the other A7 models, just the A7s).  While I will be talking about my significantly less expensive Canon EOS-M, which also has great low light capabilities.  There are advantages and disadvantages to each one.

I will also be manning the Solar Pavilion with always popular Lunt 152mm solar scope.  I will also have my Lunt 60mm solar scope and a Coronado PST.  We are only supposed to be open for about an hour, but it always turns into an all day event.  Thank goodness for pop-up shade tents.

I hope to see you there, but in any case, I will have plenty of images from the event for you next week (if I survive the trip and the event).

– 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.

Mary Ken

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.

Moon_Saturn

Up close it was even better.

Milky_Observatory Jtree_New_Lens

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