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#1 Special Ed

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 01:38 PM

Hi,

Another storm with low temps, high winds, and 6 inches of snow closed schools all over West Virginia yesterday and gave me the time to experiment some more with animation.

I have Photoshop Elements but it's so complicated I haven't used it much and became frustrated trying to understand how to use it so I went back to the gifmaker website. [I need to study up in the couple of books I have on how to use PS Elements because it's probably the best way to go.]

The animation shows Io's shadow beginning a transit followed an hour later by Europa's shadow. Meanwhile the Great Red Spot rotates from the central meridian to the limb.

I wish I could dissolve from one frame to the next but gifmaker doesn't have that function. I'm hoping PS Elements does. I also wish I had more sketches to put in the sequence. Comments welcome.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:17 AM

Hi Michael, nice sketches showing two eclipses together on a single planet!
Another system to make animation is WMM windows movie maker, a lot more simple and YouTube compatible.
Michel

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:31 AM

An animation... nice!

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:38 AM

Well, Michel inspired someone else. It's good.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:20 PM

Thanks, folks.

Andre, Michel's animation is indeed inspiring because it's so well done--but did you forget my Comet Holmes post already? ;)

Hi Michael, nice sketches showing two eclipses together on a single planet!
Another system to make animation is WMM windows movie maker, a lot more simple and YouTube compatible.
Michel


Thanks, Michel. I googled WMM and the CNET reviewer gave it a thumbs down. Have you used this program yourself?

Btw, the sketches show shadow transits--not eclipses. Shadow transits occur when a satellite like one of the Galilean moons passes in front of an object with a larger apparent diameter (in this case Jupiter).

Eclipses of the Galilean moons can be seen when they enter the shadow that Jupiter casts. These are fascinating to watch--they suddenly seem to wink out--and would be a good subject for an animation. :)

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 11:50 PM

Michael,

Very nice sketches and animation. I have a feeling you are going to get even better at this animation work quickly.

Not getting any clear skies here in Chicago lately so no sketching unfortunately.
I am enjoying you work and that of other sketchers here.

Frank :)

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:38 PM

Very well done, Michael! I really love this animation. The details are well observed and the double transit is of course a wonderful bonus. Congratulations!

Peter

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 05:45 PM

Michael,

Nice Jupiter Animation :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 06:34 PM

Tom and Peter, thank you very much. The animations are fun to fool around with on these cloudy days (and nights) and it's also fun to look back at some old observations.

Michael,

Very nice sketches and animation. I have a feeling you are going to get even better at this animation work quickly.

Not getting any clear skies here in Chicago lately so no sketching unfortunately.
I am enjoying you work and that of other sketchers here.

Frank :)


Thanks, Frank. I don't know about how quickly but I hope to make progress. :)

I know from reports that the weather isn't any better in Chicagoland than it is here. I just pulled the snow off the observatory roof (a must if I want to open it--otherwise the weight is too much for me) in case a miracle happens and the weather clears. :grin:






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