Thursday, May 26, 2022

AIR day 18 - 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 18 blog entry.

Thursday 26 May 2022: Outdoor Meetings Are Better

Slept till 8. Wow. Blake NcMuffin breakfast.

Received today's invite for the Haudenosaunee Astronomy Webinar. Somehow I missed the first one but I'll watch for the recording.

Raining. A little windy. Foggy. Heavy rain at times. Environment Canada showed rain all day and into Friday morning. Friday night, cloudy periods. Today was a good day for a duck, beaver, otter, frog, and a fish.

I queued up some Miles Davis then decided to have a go at freshening my "Getting Started in Astrophotography" presentation. For raw beginners and up. Made a new version in Google Docs and asked the park to print up some double-sided copies for me.

Holy nut butter! The sky brightened up. Didn't realise how dark it was before. It was clearing up. Woo hoo. Let's do stuff outside! Aired out both of the domes.

Headed to the park office. Forgot to buy something at the Friends store yesterday. When I bumped into Kathleen on trail! Funny. She was looking for me to talk about the next couple of days. I was gonna ask, at the store, if she was in her office. We had a walking meeting along the green path. Could get used to meetings like this.

new buttons

Returned to the store and bought badges! Apropos that I have "I Stargazed" at Killarney badge, don't ya think?

Back at the observatory, I set up to shoot some video. Ugh. The mozzies were out so I powered up the DEET deflector shields. Strapped my smartphone to my camera tripod with a bungee cord. Hey. It works.

I made 7 little instructional video clips for the 10-inch observatory. Uploaded them from within the Dog House and let the team know they could check them out soon.  Bruce said "right on target." Good. I was hoping.

While my little laptop pushed data up to Google, I had a look at the light panel. It seemed to work fine. On-off control with about 8 brightness levels. For when people want to shoot flats.

Low carb dinner and then wound down.

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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