August 2008

Just announced, Obama chooses Joe Biden as V.P.

How interesting.

No, not Biden… that part isn’t particularly interesting at all. He’s fine, normal, and perfectly expected. The interesting part is that his choice wasn’t Hillary. With Obama’s polls slipping quickly away, it makes me wonder if the upcoming Democratic convention might become something more than just a ceremonial roll call for Hillary delegates. Should  actually be interesting to watch. (more…)

Came up with a good idea. At least, I thought so. Anyone who’s ever used a good telescope knows the difficulty of locating celestial objects with it. Anyone can point at some bright dot in the sky, but finding something specific takes some learning. Aligning equatorial mounts, declination & right ascension, coordinate systems; it can become very confusing to a beginner.

I’ve heard about star-finding systems before, with varying opinions. Though, having a piece of electronics that can tell you the position of a given object with the click of the button is interesting, a complete lack of any type of magnifying optics led me to believe the units were essentially useless. One day, it hit me… stick it on a telescope! Of course! No need for lengthy alignment procedures (unless you’re using motorized mounts for photography). You don’t even need to learn anything- just point! (more…)

I tried to find a lighting solution for my macroscope recently. I got tired of using a flashlight on a stick. However, no one knew what the hell I was talking about. Browsing some websites, I noticed these items were now called “Stereo Microscopes.” We didn’t call them that in college. When did this change? (more…)

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