First Lunar Image from Cohoes NY in a long time

First Lunar Image from Cohoes NY in a long time
Waning Crescent Moon
North is Up
Camera:Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS,
Lens: Tamron AF70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di
Image Created 2016/02/02 06.43 EST
F-Stop: f/5.6
Exposure time: 1/200 sec
ISO Speed: ISO-400
Focal Length: 300mm
Exposure Program: Manual


Well that is CometWatch Episode 11 Cometbase recorded and the shownotes done and up on the Astronomy.fm site ,This month we talked to Taras Prystavski and Kirill Grishin about Cometbase.net!


No Radio Gear..... No Scope......

Yesterday I started to build the NX-01 Enterprise kit from Polar Lights Finally - has bits missing oh Fun. Being Snap-together I can retrofit it with lights at a later date. I also have the Constitution Class Enterprise I can build too!

The good thing is while I'm waiting for my scope and radio gear to arrive from the UK I can have some fun building a few kits and walk. On my wanted  list I have both the Saturn 1B & V, A Westland Lysander,The De Havilland Mosquito, The Britten-Norman Trislander, A WW2 Bren Gun Carrier The  De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter Seaplane  A Jumblie (aka The Westland WS-61 Sea King, Not breasts as per the Urban Dictionary!)  and a Lynx. I might look  for a  British T class sub kit and maybe Airwolf and a few more  WW2 British planes eventually. Once all my stuff is here I do have a few electronic projects  like doing a copy of a friends Telescope USB  distro box and adding a Lipo battery output reducer (from 16 to 12v) to it

Cometwatch-Ep010 - Bill Bradfield - Comet-hunter- Extraordinaire - 1927-2014

Cometwatch-ep010-bill-bradfield-comet-hunter-extraordinaire-1927-2014 is now available as a Podcast , http://astronomy.fm/?p=16731
Russia is running a year long QRP marathon called "Field Flowers" ..... I do wonder how many will be actually running 10w or under? http://www.outdoorqrp.org


This is one of the reasons I want a Dashcam .and a all sky weather cam ....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P5MJue1DWk  

SKYWARN Recognition Day

 So It's SKYWARN Recognition Day (In the US anyway )and my first station worked was WX1BOX Taunton, MA.,followed by KC0YKX N0F NWS Sioux Falls South Dakota,WX4NC NWS Raleigh, NC, WX2PHI NWS Mt. Holly, NJ,WX8APX NWS Gaylord, MI., WX7SLC NWS Salt Lake City asked to work me direct, ( it's fun to be able to say your in Skywarn US & UK ! and give your local weather report from your own PWS!!)WX6MTR Monterey, CA., KØMPX Minneapolis St Paul, MN., WX4MLB NWS Melbourne, FL., and finally worked WX4NHC Miami, FL as both KC2VWR & 2E0LUN as my last NWS station of the night! In total I worked 10 NWS stations not bad for my first time looking fwd to getting a Certificate for the Wall!
With  my scope packed and Slooh socked in with clouds I ended up working one more NWS office to make it 11 NWS offices in the end as I added WX6NWS Sacramento, CA in the dying minutes of #‎SkywarnRecognationDay, while waiting for the VOIP Hurricane net to start, so I have earned the Cumulonimbus Certificate Not bad for my first year doing this ,even mentioned #‎StormDesmond‬  and the #metoffice during my overs

‪#‎SkywarnRecognationDay‬ ‪#‎SKYWARN15‬


My challenges for next year :) 
 Get my US  General/Extra Upgrade done and maybe a Canadian Callsign too?
 Take part  in the Isabel Williamson Lunar Observing Program.
 Get CometWatch back on the air and do more of the Event^Horizon.
 Visit York University Observatory​.
 Take part in the VoIP Hurricane Net​  and the Hurricane Watch Net​ and  cook more from scratch !
 and join the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. I'm still a member of ALPO  just can't decide if I should join The Astronomical Society of the Pacific or The American Astronomical Society!


Just getting ready to record Comet Watch Episode 2 with Neil Norman and Guests Terry Lovejoy and Nick Howes


I feel a Construction project coming on .....need to build an adapter for my Yeasu 736R so I can have my Digimodes box and the Main PC to CAT connceted 24/7......and just swap USB connectors at the PC/Laptop end.........