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.
This is my second or third attempt at imaging the Triangulum galaxy as an astrophotography target. I was finally able to get some sharpness and detail thanks to better optical alignment. It moves quickly out of reach beyond the trees so there weren’t many exposures to combine. This is a mashup of 30s exposures @ ISO 25600, 30s exposures @ ISO 6400, and 60s exposures @ ISO 6400 taken with the Canon EOS 6D DSLR. The exposures were registered and stacked in Deep Sky Stacker then processed with Adobe Camera RAW and Photoshop CS6. Within Photoshop the processing involved several fantastic plugins including Noise Ninja, Gradient Xterminator, and Hasta La Vista Green (HVLG).
Tonight we sat down and thought about a site logo. I really liked the idea of incorporating a maple leaf. It’s fall in New England and the observatory site is blanketed in vibrant yellow, orange, red, and brown maple leaves. Jodi suggested that Saturn, her favorite planet, might be integrated into the design with a leaf or a maple tree. When I mentioned that the Aldrich club logo contains Saturn, as do many other organizations, Jodi burst out that the heart in the latest Pluto images would be fantastic! I loved the idea and especially the delight it brings thinking about the animated Pluto that made its way around the web. A Pluto that is overjoyed to see a satellite coming to visit it only to have it’s heart broken when the satellite continues past. So here’s the initial version of a logo that incorporates those two symbols.
Update: Galen thought it might be best without the stem shadow. After removing the stem shadow I made a version with no shadows at all. After removing all shadows he said maybe lose the stem as Canada did with their flag. So here’s the version with no stem at all (they break off in the wind sometimes anyways). What do you think? Use the contact form to let me know…