Monthly archives: March, 2006

First picture taken with my new solar telescope

I just received from Scopetronix the camera adaptor ring and mount to mate my Sony DSC-V1 camera to my Coronado Filters P.S.T. Naturally, I had to use it as soon as possible. I waited for a nice break in the overcast and was able to snap this picture of the Sun:


Full Size (800×600)

This first run made me realize that I need to come up with a good workflow to get the focus and exposure right, as well as tune the filter on the P.S.T. to get desired results.

The eyepiece used for this photo was a 7mm Tele Vue Nagler Type 6.

I really wish that I had a D-SLR camera.

[tag]Astronomy[/tag] [tag]Astrophotography[/tag]

Happy birthday, Mr. Yuck

You’re 35 years old today.


lithium.elemental.org has faster CPUs

The primary server for my home on the ‘net, elemental.org, lithium.elemental.org (a venerable Sun Ultra 2 running Solaris 8) has been upgraded to two 400Mhz UltraSPARC-II CPUs with 2MB of L2 cache each.

In the coming months lithium will be replaced with a new server. Most likely this’ll be in the form of a HP ProLiant DL145 G2 with two 500GB SATA drives and dual 2.2Ghz AMD Opterons running Solaris 10.


New telescope purchased for solar viewing

Last week I purchased a Coronado Filters Personal Solar Telescope. This telescope is made specificially for sun viewing and incorporates a filter that bandpasses the hydrogen-α wavelength, allowing clear views of the sun’s chromosphere.


It’s official: Nation closes on July 16th 2006

The people who run the Alchemy night at Nation Nightclub in DC have posted a statement that affirms the fears of the DC clubbing scene – Nation is closing on July 16th 2006 to make way for the redevelopment of the South Capitol Street area for the new DC baseball stadium.

Update: Buzzlife, who runs the friday night Cübik nights at Nation, has posted their announcement, too.


Eclipse simulation video posted

I made an eclipse simulation video of the upcoming solar eclipse as it will be seen from the SoulClipse Festival in Turkey next week.

It’s in H.264 format and shows the eclipse as it will be seen from the ground and from orbit over Turkey. It was made with Starry Night Pro 5.8.2.
[tag]Astronomy[/tag][tag]Solar Eclipse[/tag]


New computer in the house

After 5 years of being a Macintosh user and owner, I purchesed the parts to make my own x86 system. I did it to play the odd Windows-only game (CoD2 and the upcoming Spore) as well as for working on OpenSolaris.

It’s a Athlon64 3200 CPU, 1GB of Corsair RAM, and a GeForce 6600 on a Asus A8N-VM CSM motherboard in a mico-ATX package (case by Antec).

So far I’ve enjoyed it. It compiled Solaris Nevada build 34 in 2 hours, 7 minutes and plays CoD2 really well on my 20″ Apple Cinema Display.

 Here’s some system detail courtesy of CPU-Z: