Interstellar Light and Other Quantum Effects

More Extreme Weather

I would love to say that these kinds of extreme events are just that, extreme events subject to us only from time to time.  BUT, this is becoming a regular feature every January and February, we enter extreme weather season. By way of example, we were subject to a hail storm yesterday that produced hail [...] Read More

Going to America

In this post you can see some of the results of violent storms that damaged SkySlab's Paramount MX.  As a result, the mount needs to be sent to America for repairs and maintenance.  SkySlab's passive solar cooling system no longer works and there was more damage to the electrical systems and computers inside SkySlab but [...] Read More

Lightning Happens

I am fairly sure that recent extreme storms have been the cause of electrical damage to SkySlab.  The unfortunate outcome is the Paramount MX used to track objects no longer operates.  Add that to the recent server failure for SkySlab's website and things have not been going so well of late! This is an issue [...] Read More

NGC253 The Sculptor Galaxy

I am pleased to present the recent data acquired from SkySlab on the visual spectrum for NGC 253, also called the Sculptor Galaxy,  also known as the Silver Coin or Silver Dollar Galaxy. This is described as an intermediate spiral galaxy and is the brightest member of the Sculptor group of galaxies, which is grouped [...] Read More

The Local Galactic Group

This is courtesy of the Encyclopedia Galactica, which was unfortunately last updated around 2005 and is slowly becoming unmaintained.  Since then there have been a lot of additions to the accuracy of the local group thanks to new technologies, however for the purposes of visualising where we are in the extended local group, it works [...] Read More

M17 – The Swan Nebula

I'm pleased to present the M17, the Swan Nebula captured through SkySlab imaging systems. M17 is an interesting nebula because we are viewing it side-on from our vantage point.  In other words, the nebula looks like a swan from the side, but if we were to take a trip in our imaginary faster than light [...] Read More

NGC6523 The Lagoon Nebula

This project is an interesting one because the finished product will require a compilation of many different regions of the sky.  For now, I've finished the central region of NGC6523 and the remaining outlying regions will take a year to finish (I suspect).  The Lagoon Nebula (catalogued as Messier 8 or M8, and as NGC [...] Read More

Processing a Typical Astrophotograph

For this example, I'm using a recent set of shots I took to put together a final shot for NGC6853 (the Dumbbell Nebula).  A friend of mine asked a while ago: Q: 'So are you compositing multiple shots together or taking differing shots across spectrums? Quite curious how this works'.  I didn't like my answer [...] Read More

TheSkyX TPoint and Periodic Error Corrections

Two quick things, well, not's taken a month to get to this point:  TheSkyX is software that controls the robotic mounts in SkySlab (whatever model it is at the time).  Tpoint is how that software pin-points targets in the vastness of interstellar space. There's a lot more to it and some complex configuration and [...] Read More

Collimating the GSO RC12-A

There are some excellent resources to help with this task, many forums on IceInSpace and CloudyNights.  Step 1 should be done in daylight - it's easier, the rest do not matter so much as long as you get the collimation close to spot on using a Takahashi collimating scope: The Takahashi Collimating Scope Coupled [...] Read More

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