Monday, December 31, 2012

YouTube Audio Score Request

I have had a bunch of request for the music that I use in some of my videos on YouTube.  I created the score in Garage Band on my Mac.  You can download it here: EyeSkies_VideoScore.mp3


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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Mr. Dichter - 6th grade Astronomy

Hope everyone had fun looking through the telescope at our Star the Sun!

Science is everywhere in your world today. It is part of your daily lives, from cooking and gardening, to recycling and comprehending the weather, to reading maps and using computers. Advances in technology and science transform our world at an incredible pace!

You are our future and your life will be filled with leaps in technology we can only begin to imagine. Being “SCIENCE LITERATE” is not only fun, but a necessity in today's world. Understanding science will take you to your dreams and give you an advantage beyond your comprehension.

Some great links about the our Star the Sun:

This is NASA's Solar System page.  A great source of information and the place where I gathered most of the information for the packet I handed out.

NASA's real time 3D interactive solar system:
NASA's Heliophysics page:
NASA's Sun Mission page
Scale Model of Sun and Earth:
Solar Weather News & Info:

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Just thought I would let everyone see the settings I use when I processing images with DEEP SKY STACKER 3.3.2 for all my deep sky Astrophotography images.

Basically, if you follow all the instructions on the  DEEP SKY STACKER web site you wont go wrong.   The one setting that I have had problems with is DRISSLE... Just make sure you unchek both 2x Drizzle and 3x Drizzle.  I usual run into an out of memory.  You can read more about this issue here: Memory errors while stacking with DEEP SKY STACKER.

Couple of suggestions:

  • Take as many dark's as you can,  they really do help.
  • The output image will be very white and will need to be processed in photo editing software like GIMP (free) or PHOTOSHOP

This image has all the settings that I use:

You can find the technical details found

Hope this helps you out...

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Monday, April 9, 2012


This is a quick field guide to watching the THE LYRIDS METEOR SHOWER
You can download the PDF by clicking on the image... print it off and take it into the field with you.



Shower activity will occur  starting April 16th through 25th. The shower will climb to a fairly sharp peak on the the nights of April 21 and 22.  With a New Moon on the 21st, observers should typically see about 20 meteors per hour, although rates have been seen as high as 90 per hour.

Best time to watch the shower will start as soon as the sky is dark in your Northern Hemisphere location.  Look low along the North East horizon on the 21st as the radiant sweeps up to an almost overhead position on the morning of the 22nd.  This will repeat again on the evening of the 22nd throught the morning of the 23rd.

You'll want to be in a spot where the sky is DARK, so if you live in a city head to a rural northern location that is away from most light pollution.  Setup a lawn chair and lie back into a warm sleeping bag with your toes pointing towards the showers radiant giving your head a wide rage of visibility.  The meteors will generally be all over the sky, but mostly concentrated and moving outward from the radiant.

I like to keep a log book, my smart phone, thermos of hot coco and a good pair of binoculars while I watch for meteors.

If you plan on photographing the event, make sure you watch my video on how to TIME LAPSE this meteor shower.

Hope this is a help to you... I love hear the comments and suggestions so pour them on.
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Saturday, March 17, 2012


I was out filming the sun setting and I caught this plane crossing the face of the Sun. Look closely and you can see a bird cross just before the plane does.

Orion Deluxe 100mm Refractor
CGEM mount
Nikon D7000

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Facebook reviled the new look for "Pages" today and we just went live with our new Profile.

Most of you have already made the change on your personal page. To turn on your preview for the new Pages design, you will need to go to Facebook's "INTRODUCING NEW PAGES" page and click on the green button at the top. Facebook automatically make your page upgraded on March 30, 2012.

Facebook has a "Learn About Facebook Pages" interactive course, and a great "PAGES OVERVIEW PDF" that gives you a good rundown of the new look and how you can use it best.

If your interested in making a cool top image for your account or for your other "PAGES" you will need to create an image that is 851x315 pixels with an image processing program like GIMP (open source and FREE)  or PHOTOSHOP.  I used Photoshop CS5 to create this one and your welcome to use my template.

Hope this is a help to you and keep checking out EyeSkies Facebook page for more updates.
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Monday, February 20, 2012


Just a few photos from the other night...  All the following are single images (not stacked) on my CGEM 8 unguided with the Reducer - Corrector and D7000.  Click on each image to see its full size... Feel free to use them just reference me.

This one is a 20s exposure at 1600 ISO.  Cropped in CS5 just a bit.  

This one is a 10s exposure at 1600 ISO.  A car drove by to produce the lens flair at the bottom right.

This one is a 5s exposure at 1600 ISO.  Lots of clouds & light pollution!!!

This one is a 15s exposure at 1600 ISO.  More car light flairs!

It was a cloudy night and I had some Alignment issues so you can see some drift in the stars.  I have posted the full image on at this link...

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