Here are some crappy images I got through my iPhone. This just gives you a fraction of an idea of what I see every night.
First at the top left is the Orion Nebula. Unfortunately only a tiny portion is bright enough to register through the scope and the iPhone lens but trust me, when you see it in person it’s incredible and fills up the entire eyepiece, not just the portion that registers in the picture.
Next is Jupiter. Obviously the planet was far too bright to be able to get any detail of the surface but I’m hoping as the months go on I’ll be able to get a better image for you. I love that you can see all four Galilean Moons. One of them, Europa, is the number one candidate for extra terrestrial life in the solar system.
Saturn is obviously the next one up. I’m so happy that the rings register in the camera (even if barely).
The first image on the bottom row is the Moon as it’s rising in crescent phase. These two things are crucial to the way the image appears in the telescope (and to the naked eye). Near the horizon, either rising or setting, light coming from the Moon to your eye will get filtered through more of Earth’s atmosphere than if it were straight down from overhead, thus making it seem more red in color. The same effect makes sunsets red.
The second important factor is that the Moon isn’t full in either image. During a full Moon, the image is too bright for my phone (or my eyes) to make out any detail on the Moon.
If anyone wants to collaborate and get some great astrophotography done, I’ll provide the telescope, I just need someone with a good camera setup and know-how… an iPhone can only do so much
Let’s Play: The Parallel Game - Person of Interest
Do you recall The Titans? The old gods? They were so afraid of the new gods, their own children, that they ate them.
Do you really want to see what it looks like when two gods go to war?
Person of Interest Season 4 in 2 days..
Dead Inside: Do Not Enter — Notes from the Zombie Apocalypse
Dead Inside: Do Not Enter
by Lost Zombies
2011, 160 pages, 8 x 10 x 0.5 inches
$15 Buy a copy on Amazon
Some of my favorite things about zombie movies are the details of the changed world. The dead grass, broken windows, toppled telephone poles, abandoned cars with missing wheels and trunks left open, boarded-up buildings, spent ammo shells, and other signs of struggle and desperation serve to create a fascinatingly creepy environment.
And that’s why I like Dead Inside: Do Not Enter so much. The book consists entirely of letters, hand-written warnings, and pages torn from journal entries that were written during the zombie pandemic. The notes are on matchbooks, napkins, photographs, advertisements, shopping lists, road maps, scraps of cardboard, and gum wrappers. Some of the notes are written with pen and pencil, others are written with lipstick, burnt wood, crayons, and blood.
The messages of the notes themselves tell the tale of the rise of the zombie pandemic, from tentative, joking questions about a “really bad flu,” escalating to confused panic, and later to grim acceptance of the new reality that the survivors now must live in.
In the introduction to Dead Inside, we learn that these notes had been found in a Dora the Explorer backpack. The first note presented in the book was written by the man who killed the owner of the backpack, a girl who was about 10 years old and had been bitten by a zombie (but had not yet turned into one). The man wrote “I opened her backpack and found all these notes and letters. This stuff is poisonous. No one in their right mind should read it. Reading this is like looking into the sun.” – Mark Frauenfelder
September 16, 2014