Suburban Viewing with a MallinCam
Posted 16 December 2007 - 10:16 PM
Posted 17 December 2007 - 09:28 AM
I suspect this device is going to alleviate all sorts of frustrations for me and entice me up out of the ATM dungeon for more nights outside... - j
Posted 17 December 2007 - 03:14 PM
Posted 17 December 2007 - 03:27 PM
If you are viewing from suburban locations with any level of light pollution, folks start talking about averted vision. I call it averted imagination!
No mistaking the details when I use the MallinCam.
Posted 17 December 2007 - 03:47 PM
Posted 17 December 2007 - 03:56 PM
Posted 19 December 2007 - 11:41 PM
Posted 20 December 2007 - 12:29 PM
And, of course, this is all taking place in my backyard, with a mass-produced 11-inch scope, 15 miles from center city Philadelphia under the most horrendous light pollution you can imagine with the images coming up on-screen in 30-seconds or less. Knowing what these cameras can do even if I moved to a pristine, dark-sky site, I would still use the camera a good portion of the time.
Posted 20 December 2007 - 01:23 PM
Posted 22 December 2007 - 05:45 AM
Posted 22 December 2007 - 10:14 AM
Posted 22 December 2007 - 11:41 AM
I've been away for a couple of days and was surprised to see the end of eyepieces thread locked and then removed. Seems some unnecessary comments were posted -- there's always room for everyone's opinions without any personal reprisals.
Perhaps my comments were misinterpreted. Let me set the record straight: I happen to think this type of video astronomy is great. Further, I have nothing against its use. However, for me, YMMV, it would be limited to outreach events or observing with groups in a suburban setting or simply allowing one to observe from their backyard. I think it would entail a great deal of work to completely shield the monitor so that it could be used at a dark sky site without sacrificing someone else's dark adaption. If I understand correctly, one would not want to use a red screen over the monitor or even dim the monitor significantly. I know at a couple of the dark sites that I use a red flashlight that is overly bright and reflected off of white paper can ruin your night vision, so I would imagine that the monitor would present a unique challenge.
My comment about hoping that not many start coming to dark sky sites seemed to have touched a nerve with some. What I meant was that if these rigs become commonplace it could lead their users to become less dilligent about protecting the darkness, thereby causing a segregation of those who prefer a more traditional experience. I remember once this past fall where a guy had such a setup. He positioned himself at the end of the observing field with no one on one side. Then he constructed a sort of tent using heavy black tarps to encircle his equipment, positioned the monitor close to the ground, and even employed use of his truck as a barrier. This worked out well, but I wonder if everyone would be willing to put the time and effort into it that this guy did. He spent well over an hour getting ready before he ever turned the monitor on. He also walked around the field to ensure that there was no light trespass.
Posted 22 December 2007 - 12:10 PM
Posted 22 December 2007 - 11:15 PM
Clear skies....keep observing.
Posted 25 December 2007 - 11:53 AM