It's that time again to start registering for CSP 19! For the International Year of Astronomy 2009, the Connecticut Star Party returns to our successful 2008 location at the June Norcross Webster Scout Reservation, under the dark skies of Ashford, Connecticut. A weekend full of guest speakers, vendors, swap tables, door prizes and more will … [Read more...]
Archives for July 2009
Solar Observing on “The Rock Pile” (Mt. Washington)
It was a quick couple of days off from work, but I managed to squeeze in something I always wanted to do. I finally got to do some astronomy from Mt Washington, in New Hampshire. It was two years ago when I had chance to spend four days and three nights at the Mt. Washington Observatory as part of several multimedia packages I was doing for work. At the time I was loaded … [Read more...]
What do squirrels, hummingbirds, and astronomy have in common?
The Buttonwood Inn, of course. OK, time to back-track a little to fill in the rest of the story. Recently, I had a chance to burn up some time owed to me at work. It was a last minute thing, so I had to think fast to see what I could do, or where I could go on so short notice. Come in The Buttonwood Inn, in North Conway, New Hampshire. Why North Conway you ask? It is the … [Read more...]
Observing different visible Solar wavelengths
When I go out to observe the sun I split my observing session into two parts. I first look for any surface features that are easily visible to recognize such as sunspots. The second, and my favorite objects to locate and observe are solar prominences. Both are possible by the way light is passed through your solar filter. In my case I have a Coronado SolarMax 60 with a T-Max … [Read more...]
Horsetails across Connecticut
I found a series of images of these Cirrus Clouds on one of my Compact flash cards that I totally forgot about. This is the best one of the bunch. It was late in the day last week, before a thunderstorm blew over our house. A beautiful example of what ice crystals, a little upper atmosphere wind, and a spectacular sunset can provide. … [Read more...]
Sunspot 1024 two day video comparison
It was another great day for doing some solar videography. The Sunspot 1024 has certainly changed over the past 24 hours. I figured it would be interesting to put two videos together in the same frame to show the difference in the past day. [vimeo 5490372] … [Read more...]
Solar activity, finally! Sunspot 1024 growing into a complex.
It's been a long wait, but finally but Solar Cycle 24 has picked up activity enough to get a lot of Solar photographers out of the closet, blowing the dust off their cameras, and get imaging again. Sunspot 1024 has grown rapidly in the past several days and now is a prominent sunspot group in the Sun's southern hemisphere. If you have a solar telescope you should be out … [Read more...]
Connecticut BioBlitz 2009 statistics
Over the course of one day of collecting, the 2009 Connecticut BioBlitz identified 1,715 species in greater Hartford. Based out of Goodwin College in East Hartford, scientists worked round the clock to register a miriad of species from Hartford's Keney Park, and the area surrounding Goodwin College. This was the BioBlitz 10th anniversary of collecting. … [Read more...]