An amateur astronomer’s new camera

So, just this last week on Februray 18th, only six days ago, an “amateur” astronomer took a “photo” of a supernova only 80 million light years away. Man, talk about a serious camera, right?

Before I get into this thing I wanted to lay out what exactly a supernova is. A supernova is a transient astronomical event that occurs during the last stellar “evolutionary stages” of a massive star’s life, whose dramatic and catastrophic destruction is marked by one final titanic explosion. This material as it spreads out allows for its mass to be reformed with other materials to form “new” stars.

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The primary article that I first read regarding this new supernova being seen in action was from the Los Angeles Times. The title of the article reads as follows; An amateur astronomer testing a new camera happens to catch a supernova as it’s being born.

When I read the title, the first thing that comes to my mind is an amateur astronomer. I have a few friends that have some pretty new telescopes at home. With that, I would consider them to be enthusiasts. You know… amateurs. The types of cameras and telescopes they tend to be able to afford and use look like the following.

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The amateur astronomer that took the “photo” was Victor Buso. He used a 1-Meter Swope telescope, which also happened to be attached to the Carnegie Institution for Science, Las Campanas Observatory, in Chile. The “camera” that he used was the following “telescope”… you know, because “amateur“.

ammoi.pngAnd yet, when you look up other articles on this topic you will be shown completely different equipment and locations. Like, so…

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So, which is it? One article says that he took the images from the roof of his home. And another article says the images were taken in a science lab.

Now, I could sit here and go even further by talking out the logic that goes into what it actually means to “take a photo” against what actually happens within an observatory by gathering none observable “data“.  But, I won’t. And the reason why is simple.

I don’t need to.

If these people can’t keep their story straight, why believe anything  they say? If you want to believe in evolution you go right ahead. But, if you want to get technical about it, the only evolution that has even been observed doesn’t seem to be a reliable source.

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The Store finally completely updated

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It has been a really fun project, but all fun things eventually come to an end. Updating the store has been completed. All of the listings on The Store have gotten totally overhauled visually. In the process I also went through and did some updates to the Analytics for the site as well to help boost traffic. And I have to say, I am already seeing a difference.

Here are how some of the photos turned out.

The friend of mine that was very happy to help in this endeavor was my friend from church Mercedes Morgan. She is a professional photographer here in Austin. She does special events, family portraits, weddings, and the like. I definitely recommend checking out some of her stuff. Her skills with the camera are very clean and I am thinking my family will be hitting her up sooner than later for some family photos for the dining room.

Updating the store and my music page

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I have been busy updating the store on Etsy. Although I still have a lot to update for each listing on the store, I am a lot closer to finished than if I had just started. I am really happy with how the photos turned out. A friend of mine from church helped me on that front.

As for the music…

I spent this morning updating the music section of my website. Rather than just having a hyper link in the navigation bar that sent you to an entirely separate site, I have integrated all of the music from my tour days into the site with the use of bandcamp embedded HTML.

Only three more to go

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I just wanted to post a quick notice, pointing out that the Etsy Store is only 3 followers shy of reaching 2,000. With that, I just wanted to mention to everyone that reads my blog, if you haven’t already… please go check out the store and give it a follow. I think it would be epic if we hit the 2,000 mark this weekend with your help.

In order to become a store follower all you need to do is “favorite” the shop!

Friend from Church drew something new

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A friend, who’s drawings have been shown on my site before, drew up something new. After having collaborated on it together (me mostly just coloring in her sketch), this is what it turned into.

She is really talented.

I think it would be awesome to see her do something more with it. I am trying to challenge her to start experimenting with inking pins. From there, anything could happen.

Store Update in the mix

iss_fullxfull.15012351_k96u42w8Well, today the etsy store hit 4,000 sales. That’s pretty good if you ask me… considering the fact that I am just doing it as a hobby. Every time the store hits a big event number like that, these promo images get posted to those people that have chosen to follow the store. With this milestone in mind, I am also only one review away from reaching 900 reviews. For that one, I am going to be posting one in celebration of the “900 reviews mark” of Jesus causing a ruckus.

I looks like so…

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The next major milestone that still might take a little bit of time would be reaching a total of 2,000 store followers. These followers are the people that think the store is worth receiving updates about. So, when the store adds new items or posts an update like the above milestones, they will get notifications. I am only about 20 followers away from reaching that next goal. It might take a little while though, because that is a slow moving number compared to the other two.

Regardless, the store is thriving even though it is just a casual hobby.

The next major update is going to be updating the listings with new and improved photos. See the following post I did last week for a sneak peek at what these new photos are going to look like. They are much cooler and cleaner looking than what I currently have posted on the store.