The ASV. Perry Vlahos

Through a miracle of modern technology I managed to record a presentation given by Perry Vlahos, of the Astronomical Society of Victoria, that was broadcast on The Space Show by Andrew Rennie (a long running radio program on and streamed over the Internet. The miracle was that I was at a restaurant with my wife three hundred kilometers away from Melbourne having dinner and I recorded the audio stream on my phone while involved in casual conversation.

I did miss the circumstances of the presentation as to where and when exactly it was recorded but my guess would be at the Space Association of Australia's monthly meeting.

The presentation runs for about 15 minutes and is 15MB in size.

All credits and links have been provided in the above post.

19.06.2014. 23:36

Saturn Occultation

Wednesday, May 14 2014 The Moon passed in front of Saturn providing me with my first real viewing of an occultation using my nice little 100mm reflector and with the 1280x1024 USB telescope camera mounted on it.

Moon occultations can be difficult since the Moon is so bright and the occulted object usually being quite dim. So the huge difference in contrast can make it a challenge to get a decent photo. I had to continually move the telescope so the camera would adjust to the brightness and allow the image of Saturn to appear next to a very bright Moon.

Overall I'm rather pleased with the results.

A view of the Moon while setting up. Too late to catch Saturn before the occultation.

Taken with my Canon SX50, just before Saturn disappears behind the Moon

Saturn appears from behind the Moon. Taken through the telescope with the astro-cam.


14.05.2014. 13:21