Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Foo Off-Topic chit chat with no general subject.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-24-08, 03:01 PM   #1
grahny
hobo
Thread Starter
 
grahny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: CO
Bikes:
Posts: 3,784
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Astronomy Pic of the Day

In case anyone is interested - this is the best site EVER (after BF of course ):

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

Click on 'Discover the Cosmos' to see the archived photos. A new shot everyday of some pretty spectacular stuff. Photos can be clicked on and most expand much larger.

Enjoy
grahny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-08, 03:06 PM   #2
KingTermite 
On my TARDIScycle!
 
KingTermite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Eastside Seattlite Termite Mound
Bikes: Trek 520, Trek Navigator 300, Peugeot Versailles PE10DE
Posts: 3,924
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Awesome pics!
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by coffeecake View Post
- it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.
KingTermite is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-08, 05:32 PM   #3
Cochise
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Gilbert/Tempe Arizona
Bikes: 1972 Peugot PX10 LE
Posts: 28
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Just wait until hubble gets fixed!
Cochise is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-08, 08:59 PM   #4
FlyingAnchor
Senior Member
 
FlyingAnchor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Humboldt County Ca
Bikes: All Recumbent, Strada and TT Tour
Posts: 301
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
What, they don't want it to have puppies?
FlyingAnchor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-08, 10:19 PM   #5
iamlucky13
Footballus vita est
 
iamlucky13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Portland, OR
Bikes: Trek 4500, Kona Dawg
Posts: 2,118
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Oh yes. I've been checking it out daily for years now. There's an amazing amount you can learn in 30 seconds each day over enough time.

Here's my 2nd favorite of all time (after "Earthrise"). The little blue dot just outside the A-ring is Earth. This is literally a $2 billion photo.

__________________
"The internet is a place where absolutely nothing happens. You need to take advantage of that." ~ Strong Bad
iamlucky13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-08, 10:39 PM   #6
x136 
phony collective progress
 
x136's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: San Hoosey
Bikes: http://velospace.org/user/36663
Posts: 2,981
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by iamlucky13 View Post
Here's my 2nd favorite of all time
Yeah, that's an amazing picture.

I used to check on APoD once in a while, but I haven't in a while. It's good stuff.
__________________
x136 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-08, 02:22 AM   #7
markhr
POWERCRANK addict
 
markhr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: North Acton, West London, UK
Bikes:
Posts: 3,783
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
__________________
shameless POWERCRANK plug
Recommended reading for all cyclists - Cyclecraft - Effective Cycling
Condor Cycles - quite possibly the best bike shop in London
Don't run red lights, wear a helmet, use hand signals, get some cycle lights(front and rear) and, FFS, don't run red lights!
markhr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-08, 06:57 AM   #8
stonecrd
OnTheRoad or AtTheBeach
 
stonecrd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Weston, FL
Bikes: Ridley Noah RS, Scott CR1 Pro
Posts: 2,170
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
What's sad is how much of the sky we miss due to city lights. I use to do a lot of fishing in the UP and the best part was coming out at night and looking at the sky. This is something my kids have never seen and pictures don't do it justice. It would be nice if at least once a year the world turned off all of the lights and people could really see the night sky.
__________________
The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard and the shallow end is much too large

2013 Noah RS
stonecrd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-08, 07:17 AM   #9
rm -rf
don't try this at home.
 
rm -rf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: N. KY
Bikes:
Posts: 3,626
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 29 Post(s)
The Hubble Deep Field photo is a long exposure view of the sky, an covering area the size of a dime 75 feet away. Every object in the view is another distant galaxy. See an extra large view here to get the full effect.

Sometimes, Apod just has cool pictures: (1) (2).

The 2007 pictures of the year are a good sample.

Last edited by rm -rf; 01-25-08 at 07:25 AM.
rm -rf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-08, 09:09 AM   #10
BryE
Seņor Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Central Illinois, USA
Bikes:
Posts: 207
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by stonecrd View Post
What's sad is how much of the sky we miss due to city lights. I use to do a lot of fishing in the UP and the best part was coming out at night and looking at the sky. This is something my kids have never seen and pictures don't do it justice. It would be nice if at least once a year the world turned off all of the lights and people could really see the night sky.
You mean all of these lights?
BryE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-08, 09:16 AM   #11
donheff
Senior Member
 
donheff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
Bikes: Specialized Tricross Comp
Posts: 1,313
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
But is cooler to do your own, like these taken with a home made telescope with a $10 web cam and image stacking software:

donheff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-08, 09:18 AM   #12
grahny
hobo
Thread Starter
 
grahny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: CO
Bikes:
Posts: 3,784
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Check out July 17th 2007... I took the photo and opened it in photoshop 'cause I didn't believe them... but it's true.. believe nothing you see!

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap070717.html
grahny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-08, 09:55 AM   #13
FatguyRacer
Mmmmm Donuts!
 
FatguyRacer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Crownsville, MD
Bikes: 1998 IF Crown Jewel
Posts: 2,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by donheff View Post
But is cooler to do your own, like these taken with a home made telescope with a $10 web cam and image stacking software:
I used to do AP too. I quit in 2005 and sold everything. The struggle for perfection against the rising tide of light pollution was unbearable. Out of 365 days in a year i was luck in 2005 to get my gear out on 50 of those. This is the very last image i took. Its a section of the Pelican Nebula shot with a narrowband Hydrogen Alpha filter. The scope was a 4" apo on a guided G11 mount using a 1.3mp cooled CCD camera. It was dark and light frame subtracted using 6 20min exposures stacked. I will revisit this hobby when i retire and move to a darker sky environment. By then maybe in can afford a nice R/C scope in an automated observatory.

__________________
John

'09 Cannondale CAAD9 - Team Latitude/ABRT Special.
'04 Lemond Victorie Ti
'98 IF Crown Jewel (dead)
'92 Trek2100 (TT)
'50 something Gino Bartali (fixer)
'02 Ducati ST4s (Moto-Ref mount)

My Blog
FatguyRacer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-08, 10:01 AM   #14
FatguyRacer
Mmmmm Donuts!
 
FatguyRacer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Crownsville, MD
Bikes: 1998 IF Crown Jewel
Posts: 2,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Moon and planet photos were my favorites. I used a Philips Toucam II and my 4" apo pushed beyond extreme to get this image here. Its 2x original size.



Then i started using an ATIK b/w cam that did webcam motion and long exposure too. This saturn image is more true to color. I stacked separate Luminance, Red, Green and Blue images to create it. This picture is my Mona Lisa of planet photos. The crowning achivement of what can be done with a 4" APO refractor.



Now im sure the cameras are even better and had i stuck it out, I would have surpassed even that.
__________________
John

'09 Cannondale CAAD9 - Team Latitude/ABRT Special.
'04 Lemond Victorie Ti
'98 IF Crown Jewel (dead)
'92 Trek2100 (TT)
'50 something Gino Bartali (fixer)
'02 Ducati ST4s (Moto-Ref mount)

My Blog
FatguyRacer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-08, 10:39 AM   #15
donheff
Senior Member
 
donheff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
Bikes: Specialized Tricross Comp
Posts: 1,313
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm in awe FatGuy. I used a home made 6" Dobsonian my daughter built for a science project. I had read about web cams and stacking software so I gave it a try. Maybe someday I will get back to it with a motorized goto scope. I would love to get good shots of nebulae like your Pelican. Not possible on a telescope that rotates a wooden box on a 33 RPM with teflon bearings designed for chair feet
donheff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-08, 10:45 AM   #16
Michigander
Senior Member
 
Michigander's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Bikes: Giant ATX 1200, Schwinn Peleton
Posts: 1,724
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 35 Post(s)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V7KPZtcOVQ
__________________
Bring back the Sig Test!


(\__/)
(='.'=)
(")_(")
Michigander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-08, 11:44 AM   #17
aprilm
Bring May Flowers
 
aprilm's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Soon to be South Carolina!
Bikes: '10 Kuota Kebel
Posts: 961
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by iamlucky13 View Post
Oh yes. I've been checking it out daily for years now. There's an amazing amount you can learn in 30 seconds each day over enough time.
No kidding! I started browsing that site and kept clicking on link after link, wanting to learn more. I love this stuff...
aprilm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-08, 11:49 AM   #18
FatguyRacer
Mmmmm Donuts!
 
FatguyRacer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Crownsville, MD
Bikes: 1998 IF Crown Jewel
Posts: 2,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I tried to image M31 myself, but it was always a difficult catch for me because of where it was in my sky. l couldnt ever get enough time on it before trees and the roof of my house interfered.

__________________
John

'09 Cannondale CAAD9 - Team Latitude/ABRT Special.
'04 Lemond Victorie Ti
'98 IF Crown Jewel (dead)
'92 Trek2100 (TT)
'50 something Gino Bartali (fixer)
'02 Ducati ST4s (Moto-Ref mount)

My Blog
FatguyRacer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-08, 12:43 PM   #19
grahny
hobo
Thread Starter
 
grahny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: CO
Bikes:
Posts: 3,784
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Michigander View Post
Hells yeah! B-O-C! B-O-C! (come on, start chanting, you know you want to )
grahny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-08, 12:53 PM   #20
roadfix
hello
 
roadfix's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Los Angeles
Bikes:
Posts: 18,556
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Yep, did a little AP myself. I used to surf Astromart like I do Bikeforums.
In 2003 I sold most of my astro equipment, including a G-11 mount, Tak 106, couple of F2 bodies, and a Nikkor 300/2.8
The only astro equipment I own now are several binoculars, including a couple giants.
This hobby used to take a lot of time away from cycling. Not good...
roadfix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-08, 02:41 PM   #21
FatguyRacer
Mmmmm Donuts!
 
FatguyRacer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Crownsville, MD
Bikes: 1998 IF Crown Jewel
Posts: 2,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by roadfix View Post
Yep, did a little AP myself. I used to surf Astromart like I do Bikeforums.
In 2003 I sold most of my astro equipment, including a G-11 mount, Tak 106, couple of F2 bodies, and a Nikkor 300/2.8
The only astro equipment I own now are several binoculars, including a couple giants.
This hobby used to take a lot of time away from cycling. Not good...
Astromart! Ohhhh. Dont get me started. Like eBay, only more addicting.

I'm still getting rid of stuff there and have a few more minor items to sell. I need bike parts!

Aside form hating the every increasing light pollution, I wasnt getting any sleep either. Now i get to bed at a normal time, like a normal person.

I still have an Orion Skywatcher 120 refractor and EQ3 mount. I may just keep em to stare at the moon.
__________________
John

'09 Cannondale CAAD9 - Team Latitude/ABRT Special.
'04 Lemond Victorie Ti
'98 IF Crown Jewel (dead)
'92 Trek2100 (TT)
'50 something Gino Bartali (fixer)
'02 Ducati ST4s (Moto-Ref mount)

My Blog
FatguyRacer is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:40 PM.