The Moon 9.8.2019

To Colonia! – Final Entry

I have arrived at the Jaques Station in Colonia, and the eighteen-month journey is finally over. The legs with dates are in the table below. The Cobra lost 65 % of its paintwork, and my exploration rank increased from Surveyor to Ranger.

My ship had a meagre ~26 light-years jump range. Upgrading to a Diamondback Explorer or Asp Explorer would have shortened the trip, and I should have enabled the jet-cone boost from the beginning. Visiting all Blue Star Line, and Colonia Connection systems led to some detours, but in exchange, I was able to collect more exploration data. Next time I will probably only visit the stations to save time.

StationSystemDateNotes
Hillary Depot Blu Thua AI-A c14-10 10.3.3304
Amundsen Terminal  Lagoon Sector NI-S b4-10 17.3.3304
Eagle’s Landing Eagle Sector IR-W d1-117 31.3.3304
Eudaemon Anchorage Rohini  15.4.3304 Removed Planetary Vehicle Hangar to increase jump range.
Sacaqawea Space Port Skaudai CH-B d14-34 25.7.3304
Gagarin GateGru Hypue KS-T d3-31 30.12.3304Started using the neutron star jet-cone boost.
CaravanseraiGandharvi  16.9.3305Installed Advanced Docking Computer.
Polo HarbourBoewnst KS-S c20-959 21.9.3305
Vihara Gate Kashyapa 21.9.3305 Installed Super Cruise Assist.
Jaques StationColonia22.9.3305

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To Colonia! – Part 8

I managed to increase the pace and reached Polo Harbour in Boewnst KS-S c20-959 system and Vihara Gate in Kashyapa system on the same day.

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To Colonia! – Part 7

Only two stops left after docking at Caravanserai in Gandharvi system.

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To Colonia! – Part 6

This finish gets closer as another leg of the journey ended at Gagarin Gate in Gru Hypue KS-T d3-31 system.

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Gibbous Moon March and April 2019

Equipment

  • Equipment:
  • Sky-Watcher Explorer 150P-DS
  • Sky-Watcher N-EQ3-2 with aluminium tripod
  • Olympus PEN E-PL7
  • 2x Barlow lens (Full disc shot without the Barlow)

Software

  • PIPP
  • Auto Stakkert! 3
  • Polarr Photo Editor
  • Adobe Premiere Rush CC

Music in the video: Ether Oar by The Whole Other

Quick astrophotos from the balcony

So far I have only done afocal moon photos with a smartphone, so a couple of nights ago I try prime focus photography with my system camera. Because I do not have tracking motors, I was able to use exposure times up to only 0,5 seconds. With the ISO turned up to the maximum I was able to capture the Orion Nebula. The quality of the images is not particularly satisfying as I only got time to capture a few frames. Also, the Trapezoid cluster seems overexposed, so I can probably tune the ISO down next time. Both of the photos above were stacked with Sequator and processed in Affinity Photo.

Copernicus crater through 150/750 Newton telescope

The final processed image shown at the end of the video is the one from My First Telescope. I used a trial version of Adobe Premiere Rush to compose the video. The user experience was much better than the open source editor I used for the previous Moon video, but the software was sluggish even on a Surface Pro with an i7. Also, all the premade titles and callouts look rather hideous.

Gas mask

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