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Sunday, March 2, 2014

M42 Orion Nebula

Last night the storm cleared up enough for me to get this shot of M42. This is by far the best image I have made from my telescope thus far, but still learned a few things in the post processing (more dark frames!)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Some New Work in Progress

Here are some photographs I took at the Lick Observatory last week for a book project. It was distressing to learn that UCO announced their intention of cutting all funding by 2018 and greatly changed how I was thinking about this book.

This is the Shane telescope. It is a reflector and the primary mirror is 3 meters in diameter. It is the most powerful telescope on Mt Hamilton and the work-horse for most research.  It was used in collaboration with the Apollo missions for the Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment to precisely measure the distance between the Earth and the moon, by aiming a powerful laser at a retroreflective panel placed on the lunar surface by Apollo 11

This is the dome housing the Automatic Planet Finder (APF). This is the newest telescope on Mt Hamilton and is a fully automated 2.4 meter robotic telescope designed to detect rocky planets orbiting distant stars with the goal of finding planets like Earth that may support life.