Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Seasonal changes


There are a lot of changes going on this fall time of year. As for baseball, the post-season is upon us. As for morning walks, they are starting to get cooler, and the trees are starting to show a little color. At home, the process of getting warmer clothes closer to hand has begun. And since the season of Lent and my last post has long since passed, it also may be time to prove that the Orlop still has a little life left in it.

The question is, does the blogger still have a little life left in him.

On the astro front, telescope Stella now has a shiny new mount and tripod that unfortunately came requiring a new round of adjustments needed to whip Stella into better shape. This is her post-season too. One of these days soon I hope to post some samples of what a more svelte Stella can provide.

Fewer cloudy nights would sure speed up the process, as would being a little less fumble-fingered in making the needed adjustments.

In keeping with my propensity for tackling projects just beyond my reach, I am undertaking to create a six panel mosaic of the Andromeda Galaxy. How I will ever gather all the data needed to do this I do not know. The “gold standard” for the image I am planning is represented by the snippet below. I will bust my gut trying to do as well.

Andromeda, Gendler, gold standard for project 20150830

Stay tuned.



6 Responses to “Seasonal changes”
  1. Linda says:

    Hey Mr. Fumble Fingered, I look forward to your 6 panel mosaic. You do know that November is the cloudiest month? So you have 3 weeks and a few peaks to go. I have utmost confidence in my Papa Astronomer and the svelte Stella. What a team!

  2. Larry Ayers says:

    Go Dad! I also look forward to any mosaic or otherwise photos you might come up with.

  3. tom says:

    That sounds like fun Dave. Can’t wit to see your mosaic!

  4. Dave Ayers says:

    Thanks for taking your eyes off facebook long enough to check the Orlop for signs of life.

    Regardless of what is normal, this fall has been extremely dry, meaning many clear nights. The forecast is for another bunch of clear nights before the moon barges in and messes up the sky. I hope I can do some catching up.

  5. Laura says:

    Go Dad! My favorite star gazer on the path to the perfect image. I pray clear nights and nimble fingers , I have faith in you and Stella

  6. Leslie says:

    The youngest L also is rooting for you, Dad. That is a gorgeous target to go for. I have utmost faith that your fumble fingers are up to the challenge, Papa. I have to settle for jumping into the galaxies via my movies and books. The Martian by Andy Wier made science exciting!

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