Wednesday, May 25, 2022

AIR day 17 - item 2

The following is a blog post from the Astronomer-In-Residence (AIR) web site, reproduced here. Text and images used with permission.

Day 17 blog entry.

Wednesday 25 May 2022: Quiet

Early breakfast on this grey day. I deserved two cinnamon buns today. Hrmph.

Retrieved my camera and park laptop from the dome. Pulled the images Kathleen captured last night, cleaned them up, and uploaded them (I was told they won't appear until the weekend, sorry!).

Pulled the photos from my DSLR. Sadly, only 12 subs for the Milky Way. I have a balance issue to sort out with my barn door tracker. The individual shots looks OK. Maybe I’ll have another go at one of those. At least I got darks this time!

Visited the Friends of Killarney Store again. Noted another astronomy Almanac on the shelves. This one has charts by my favourite cartographer, Mr Tirion.

Spotted the Dakota-Lakota star finder by Annette Lee. It's a very nice design with wonderful artwork. The sales person asked where the Moose was. I turned the wheel to late summer. Voila.

And I stumbled across some astronomy-these postcards by Bill Gardner. Nice.

Treated myself to a nice hoodie with a Moose and a Moon!

Made a short movie of my images used for the star trails. Lovely motion of the stars and Milky Way rising in the east. Elaina reported that unfortunately the MPEG file will not display from the normal image folder. She'll have to make it available by other means. So, again, sorry, you'll have to wait a bit for that too.

While looking for my old presentations on getting started in astrophotography, I found the slide deck I had prepared for the recreational camping talk I did for Mountain Equipment Co-op. Forgot all about that. Strangely topical.

Hopped into the York U Wednesday Night astronomy show. Speaker Alex Innanen talked enthusiastically about clouds on Mars. After the live web cast, in the Zoom backstage, I showed my video from inside the Kchi dome. Couldn't open the observatory for the team as it was raining.

So, all in all, a very quiet day. Good for me to recharge.

The Astronomer-In-Residence program is coordinated by the Allan I Carswell Observatory (AICO) at York University with the Killarney Provincial Park Observatory (KPPO).

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