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Stellafane 2016 – 2nd Place Small Newtonian Optical

Published on 2016-08-07, by

We had a fantastic time at Stellafane 2016. My first telescope mirror took second place in the small Newtonian optical competition!

 
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March 2016 Jupiter Astrophotography

Published on 2016-04-03, by

Jupiter 2016-03-30

Jupiter 2016-03-30

Jupiter with Io and a healthy Great Red Spot

Last week, I was able to produce my best image of Jupiter to date. The seeing indices were quite poor due to a rapid jet stream and the night was gusty; we’ll take any clear sky we can get in Massachusetts!

I shot approximately 30 second videos with my Basler A102f and Firecapture using LRGB filters. I then processed the sets of four videos with PIPP followed by Autostakkert!2 (alpha version) and finally some processing in Adobe Photoshop. I have been using Noise Ninja to sharpen the images with good success.

PIPP Setup for Jupiter 2016-03-30

PIPP Setup for Jupiter 2016-03-30

I loaded each video into PIPP in batch planetary mode. I won’t provide an exhaustive list of the options chosen in this post. If you are curious send me a message using the contact form.

Autostakkert!2 Setup for Jupiter 2016-03-30

Autostakkert!2 Setup for Jupiter 2016-03-30

Finally, I processed each resulting mono video in Autostakkert!2. I also experimented with the alpha release version checking out the Gaussian blur pre-processing feature that sometimes help with aligning frames. The end results were fed into Photoshop as layers that were colorized and stacked LRGB with screen blending for the colors and luminance blending for the top lum layer.

 
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Aldrich Astronomical Society’s Newest Board Member

Published on 2016-03-29, by

I was invited to server as the interim Public Relations and Outreach Coordinator, member of the board of directors, for my astronomy club and accepted. I’ve been having fantastic time working with the Aldrich Astronomical Society members and board to launch a new website and various other projects. Check out our new site: http://aldrich.club/

Aldrich Astronomical Society

Aldrich Astronomical Society

 
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City of Joy

Published on 2016-03-02, by

I had a really good time at Space Horizons 2016, hosted by Brown University, the weekend before last. We looked at what it will take to create an international city on the moon. All aspects of the science, infrastructure, business, and policy were explored. My group focused on the importance of ensuring the pursuit of joy in lunar living. I left the workshop completely exhausted and absolutely convinced that we need to create an international city on the moon as the bridge for human space colonization. I really enjoyed collaborating on these slides and hope you enjoy them too!


 

Glass Rods

Published on 2016-02-06, by
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Library Telescope Update (Alden Library)

Published on 2015-12-04, by

I withdrew the funds from our successful GoFundMe campaign this morning and will pass them along to the treasurer of the Aldrich Astronomical Society tomorrow night at the meeting. Next week, John Root and I will meet with Andrea MacRitchie, Dean for Library and Academic Support Services, at the Alden Library to discuss the library telescope.

Alden Library at Quinsigamond Community College

Alden Library at Quinsigamond Community College

 
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Framing and testing Aldrich Observatory’s Roof

Published on 2015-11-23, by

Last Saturday members of the Aldrich Astronomical Society met to frame the roof for the roll-off-roof style observatory shed. I recently posted photos of the first part of the day’s work. This time-lapse captures latter portion of the day’s work.

 

Aldrich Observatory Roof Construction

Published on 2015-11-21, by

Aldrich Rails Installation (frame by frame)

Published on 2015-11-15, by
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Mounting the Rails (Aldrich Observatory)

Published on 2015-11-14, by

Today, several members of the Aldrich Astronomical Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit club in central Massachusetts, worked hard to get the supports constructed for our roll-off-roof “observatory” shed.  The shed will house a telescope and the roof will roll away exposing the entire sky for easy viewing.

 
© 2015 Charles Kelley Stevenson