Pi4 NAS

I just bought a 4GB Pi4B kit!
I went with¬†a Labists kit¬†this time, rather than the standard CanaKit. I recently discovered that I had “earned” a $50 Amazon gift card on one of the HR sites at work, so that came in wicked handy.… Read the rest

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Perseus at 50mm

After a Thanksgiving Day of clouds yesterday, I happened to glance at my Clear Skies app and saw that the skies would clear at 8:00PM, so I jumped into my new Carhartt insulated overalls and headed out. It was warm enough that I didn’t need the overalls, but they were comfortable.… Read the rest

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Leveling up my post-processing with StarNet++

The other night I posted an image of Cassiopeia that I banged out very quickly in Sequator and The GIMP. Over the last few nights, I have re-run those images through Astro Pixel Processor as a way of getting better acquainted with that tool and its huge amount of features.… Read the rest

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Running Plex on an Atomic Pi: a follow-up

I was thinking about a post to tell you about how the new Atomic Pi Plex server was working out. Splendidly, thanks for asking. But we did have an issue this evening that I was afraid would eventually pop up.

The Atomic Pi has been entirely stable.… Read the rest

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Finally caught M31 and M33 together. Plus Cassiopeia with M103

I finally got a good shot of M31 and M33! So happy.

I have a much larger version, should you be interested. In that one, you can see that I was starting to capture the arms of M33, but I really like the spikes on Mirach (the star in the center of the picture).… Read the rest

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M31 and M33 again

Revisited the sky last night after a period of inactivity due to rain, snow, clouds, and/or cold. It was nice to be outside again. Tried to get M31 and M33 in the same shot.

Because I was unable to see my two main targets, I was unable to properly frame the shot.… Read the rest

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Pretty Frank followup

I’ve raked the yard two days running and took a shower after today’s session. Neither pit was ripe. In fact, it wasn’t until nearly the end of the shower when I finally caught a hint of something from the Piper Wai pit.… Read the rest

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Piper Wai, follow-up

You may recall that back in mid-June I was trying out a new deodorant, Piper Wai. Well, there is not enough left in the jar to do both arm pits tomorrow, so I am calling it finished. 128 days.

I liked Piper Wai so much that I sent a jar to a friend in CA.… Read the rest

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Revisiting Plex and NFS

The Raspberry Pi 3B is just a bit too weak to provide quick transcoding of HD files. But it has been working great for photos, podcasts, and music. I have long wanted to get the Atomic Pi back in the mix.… Read the rest

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Triangulum Galaxy at 50mm

M33, the Triangulum Galaxy, or the Pinwheel Galaxy, and its neighborhood at 50mm.

If the sky stays clear, I am going to try again tonight at 100mm. I knew nothing about this galaxy yesterday. Now I know that it is the second brightest object that we can see with our naked eyes (under extremely awesome dark sky conditions) that is outside of our own galaxy.… Read the rest

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