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Uilleann last won the day on February 25 2017

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  • Birthday 07/21/1974

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  1. Uilleann

    Icaerodesign Extra 330-SC

    Bri - this has been epic! Can't wait to learn more about the outcome, and of course the whole experience in Phoenix! Cheers - and very best of luck!! Bri (the other)
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    Viewing the Cosmos

    That's a haul to be proud of, and no mistake! Clear skies!
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    Icaerodesign Extra 330-SC

    I wanna see it fly!!!
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    Viewing the Cosmos

    I like both, and find there are strengths and weaknesses in either design. The coolest ones now use the little laser pointers and eliminate the need to even sight down the tube at all. Just point the dot to the spot in the sky you want to observe and boom, you're there! Not quite so helpful if you're trying to pinpoint something just beyond naked eye visual range of course, but could get you very close...then the 6x30 could get you spot on.
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    Viewing the Cosmos

    It's easier than you might think! A good camera helps of course, but you don't have to go crazy. Good glass (as with any telescope as well) is a must though. That's not the place to skimp. But none of my shots were tracked or anything. Just straight out of the camera, 10-13 second exposures typically, and a bit of post processing in Lightroom &/or Photoshop to play with color and curves. Happy to assist if you have any questions. Full disclosure - it's rather addictive! Bri~
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    Viewing the Cosmos

    One more from a year earlier - Capitol Reef National Park. Was really trying to capture as much sky as possible and not worrying about foreground at all. Maximum detail in a single frame. Well...technically 50 frames, all stacked to help reduce noise. But 50 frames of the same sky, at the same time.
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    Viewing the Cosmos

    That's been my life too! Another shot from my first trip down to Goblin back in April (That's Jupiter above the rock, looking larger than normal due to a high cloud and very slight diffusion). Have been back 4 times since...and literally every other time has been COMPLETELY clouded over! Hope the skies clear for all you in the viewable range of the eclipse!!
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    Viewing the Cosmos

    Thats a delicious little bit of glass there!
  9. Uilleann

    Icaerodesign Extra 330-SC

    Bri - this is an epic build by ANY measure! I say leave off the boring bits like the pitot, and you know, other stuff no one pays any attention to....like wheels. You don't even need those in the air anyway. The judges will of course, be obliged to agree, give you the hugest trophy you've ever seen (possibly filled with beer and beautiful women...possibly puppies too). Anyway, the point is - you're SLAYING this thing! Like if He-Man held aloft his magic sword, and pointed it at this kit, it wouldn't look even half this amazing! Thanks for taking us along on your journey! "Other-Bri" (Bri - The Next Generation?) (BriĀ²?) (Bri-The Reckoning??)
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    Icaerodesign Extra 330-SC

    Pitot? Airspeed is for sissys!
  11. Uilleann

    Viewing the Cosmos

    The general basics are thus: Taken roughly 2 am on April 15th this year. Canon 5D MkIII, with a Sigma 24 mm, f/1.4 Art Prime. 8 exposures stacked for foreground noise reduction, and 5 for the sky. I don't recall the EXIF data off hand, but believe it was something like 10 second exposures, ISO about 4,000, and I tend to shoot about f/3.5 for astro to try and minimize chromatic aberration, vignetting, and sagittal astigmatism in the corners. Rocks auto stacked using PS median blend, while I did the sky by hand to adjust for slight lens distortion and sidereal rotation between shots. Mostly it's a lot of sitting in the quiet, dark, staring at the sky in awe, while the shutter clicks away for a while. Then it's a bit of work in post processing to get everything aligned, composited, and adjusted for the final image. Most astro photographers...or perhaps I should say "digital photo artists" who shoot the Milky Way get the color and contrast completely wrong. My goal has always been to try and preserve as much of the true color and feel as possible. No blue/green/purple silly technicolor. B~
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    Viewing the Cosmos

    Sadly, my telescope is still at the ex's house, and I am forced to wait for the divorce crap to wrap up before retrieving it. In the mean time, I've been trying to get out and shoot the sky (wide field) as often as timing, money, and weather allows. This is Goblin Valley - about a three hour drive from my front door. (The movie Galaxy Quest filmed the rock monster scenes here too, so it may look familiar if you know the movie). I made a large print for a friend, and he kept asking what all the things were he was seeing. So I ended up creating something of a 'roadmap' for him of the image. I do miss working at our local planetarium, but I am also extremely lucky that skies like this exist so close to home. Brian~
  13. Uilleann

    Trumpeter F-117A

    Any progress on this one Dave? Brian~
  14. Uilleann

    Icaerodesign Extra 330-SC

    Nice Bri - can't wait to see the masterpiece when the dust settles! B~
  15. Uilleann

    Icaerodesign Extra 330-SC

    I need this on a shirt - perfectly describes my life! If only a spot of super smooth red paint would fix it all... Thanks for keeping on w this build Bri - it's E-P-I-C! B~
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