astro bling

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here are some of the pins related to achieving the Master Observer Award, plus others earned by observing lists of things at the Texas Star Party.

Plus a few extras from observatories I’ve visited and one from a shuttle launch.

The Solar Eclipse pin from India is one of my favorites.   I still can’t read comments left here so if you want to drop me a note, just send it to me at astrobeck at gmail dot com

and finally, after a zillion years of logging stuff…..

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I earned this cool certificate, that basically says I logged a dump-truck load full of astro goodies.

And if there’s any wisdom that emerged out of this epic odyssey of wandering through the solar system, galaxy and deep dark recesses of space it’s this:

I really don’t care much for observing galaxies.  They bore me, unless they’re really bright and big, which few are.  ( I adore looking at our home Milky Way Galaxy, but it’s bodacious!)

I like big bright shiny things (I was a crow in a former life) like satellites, globular clusters, comets and deep Roma tomato red carbon stars.

My adventure continues as I continue to watch satellites, double stars, carbon stars, comets and whatever else tickles my fickle sky watching fancy.

I still can’t read comments left here so if you want to drop me a note, just send it to me at astrobeck at gmail dot com

Your comments are always welcome. Biggie sized Thanks!

my new friend

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and his name is Clayton…

oddly, I can’t read comments left here anymore, so if you want to drop me a note, just send it to me at

astrobeck at gmail dot com

I always like to hear what you think about stuff.   Biggie sized Thanks!

new pinhole, funky foto

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I built a pinhole camera over the weekend, with a LOT of help from my husband.

You see, I have no problem working the table saw, or the chop saw or the drill press, but I’m a total fraidy-cat when it comes to the router.  The thing spins so crazy fast that it literally scares me witless!

Anyway, here’s a really funky shot done with the new camera, which I’ll post shots of later.

The photo was shot with a sheet of 4 x 5 black and white film, that I think has been expired for a while.  I can’t read the date on the box, and since the box came from overseas, I can’t read the other writing.  I scanned this as RGB, thus the very funky colour! It kinda looks like the photo has been stepped on or buried in the dirt, but I sort of like it.

VIP tour of the VLA

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A couple of weekends ago I toured the VLA and got to see the inner workings of radio astronomy.  I snapped this photo with a vintage Diana camera loaded with slide film and then cross-processed.  (this only means that E6 slide film was souped in C41 print film chemicals–it’s the artsy thing to do)  Anyway, the tour was fab, and I want a big dish in my yard!  I think I can afford one, but not so sure I can afford the shipping!  It’s always the dang shipping that gets you isn’t it??