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Advanced Imaging Conference

Spent the last three days over in Santa Clara at the Advanced Imaging Conference. My brain is over-full with asto imaging and processing info. There were imagers from all over the world in attendance and everyone had a great time. There were four of us from SCAC - Fred, Jeff, Al and me. The food was fantastic and the venue very comfortable both in the main room and the workshops. The final event was the door prizes.

Weather at Bonny Doon on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012

I have attached a .pdf plot showing the temperature and humidity during the night. Wind was not plotted as there was virtually none. With a humidity around 80 to 85%, we definitely had dew. TAC site reports that everyone around the Bay area and beyond had excessive dew settling on their equipment. But the temperature was very steady and the seeing reasonably good.

September BBQ

Just got back from the BBQ at Walters' house. First of all, a great big "Thank You" to Walter and Carol for hosting the gathering. Walter put in a ton of work finishing up repair and remodeling projects around the house and the place looked great. The weather was perfect and the company even better. Walter said he'd received about 16 RSVPs and that was about how many folks we had. Burgers, steaks and chops all smelled great on the barbie. Chris and Miguel brought homemade apple pies for dessert. Add a little ice cream and it was the perfect finish.

A weather comparison for Calstar

I would first like to thank the organizers for putting on a wonderful event with great camaraderie. It is an easy location for driving and has skies that were quite dark after midnight.


GSSP, the Golden State Star Party was the week before last... we had a blast. I took a ton of pics.

The locals did some great BBQs for us. We ate really well up there.

They had a great raffle with many prizes donated to GSSP.

Giant mosaic finally coming together

I did my best to get it all together for a simple Ha , OIII , OIII and then did a little crop , id say Autopano did a good job with what I fed it.

The OIII for the middle panel wasnt quite as clean as the others but itll have to do for now.

I tried to have all three shots open as Ha and then OIII in PS to balance them against each other and it wasnt really as simple as it sounds.

I made False RGB panels then had Autopano assemble them for me but I had to take it back to PS to balance it a bit more after.


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