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rolandlinda3
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Galaxy Point of View
      #5799632 - 04/14/13 11:12 PM

NGC 3628 is the subject of this little story and sketch that is on the last blog post at the link under my signature. There is religious content.

What a delightful night. While the 8 inch view with astro video is modest compared to a couple nights before when I used a 12.5 inch Dob, it was still a very nice view. It was a good evening to give thanks.


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Re: Galaxy Point of View new [Re: rolandlinda3]
      #5800491 - 04/15/13 12:59 PM

Roland,
Nice work. I like the way you tie it altogether with the story.

Ken


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Re: Galaxy Point of View new [Re: kenrenard]
      #5801702 - 04/15/13 10:51 PM

Hi Roland,

Beautiful sketch of the faintest companion to M65 and M66.

Are you still using the same astro video camera from years back and has it been trouble free all this time?

Frank


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Re: Galaxy Point of View new [Re: rolandlinda3]
      #5802351 - 04/16/13 11:10 AM

Roland,

Nice sketch of NGC 3528 .

CS,KLU,

,

Tom


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rolandlinda3
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Re: Galaxy Point of View new [Re: frank5817]
      #5803658 - 04/16/13 10:36 PM

Thanks Ken, Frank, and Tom. Glad you enjoyed the sketch and piece.

Frank, the video camera (MallinCAM Hyper Color) does develop a few hot pixels over time, but it is still 90% capable and I expect to get several more years out of it. And, that includes dropping it at least twice, yanking cords out of it by accident, and lots of observing. They are tough cameras. With eyes getting older and light pollution, I still think they are wonderful to use to study and sketch objects. As you know, I observe with binoculars or just EPs on a telescope, but there is nothing quite like live viewing where you can draw in something a much much larger scope can do....but only be using an 8 inch.


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kenrenard
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Re: Galaxy Point of View new [Re: rolandlinda3]
      #5804025 - 04/17/13 07:18 AM

Roland,
Good to hear about the MallinCAM. I have been learning about them. At some point I would like to get one. My wife has a retina disease so she has very poor vision. I spoke to another gentleman who uses it to show folks with poor eyesight the wonders of the sky. I always wondered how the camera's held up.

Ken


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Re: Galaxy Point of View new [Re: kenrenard]
      #5808771 - 04/19/13 02:18 PM

Ken, I think she will find them very helpful since she can get very close to the screen or change screen brightness/contrast as she needs it. My wife also thoroughly enjoys a simple moon scene as the clouds pass over the moon, but do it from a position of comfort. Even last night, as we briefly looked at the moon before the clouds rolled in, she had difficulty after a few minutes, whereas if we had used the MallinCAM, it would have been easier. Ask any questions on the yahoo group for MallinCAM or go the the CN group on video astronomy. Of course, for study and sketching, it works great. I use it for over half my observations of the heavens.

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Re: Galaxy Point of View new [Re: rolandlinda3]
      #5808879 - 04/19/13 02:49 PM

Thanks for the help Roland. We currently don't have a tracking scope so this will need to be in the future, but it is an option.

Ken


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