pretty quiet in the Bar lately. a few locals sitting quietly in the shadows, sipping their beverage of choice. even the Bartender is rather devoid of conversation. ahh, but it is the holiday season. the locals are all home, dreaming of the electrical doodads they have wished for, and wrapping the gifts for others. and those who don't celebrate the holiday season, well, i don't know what they are doing. perhaps they are the ones in the shadows. ;)
so anyway, i have changed my avatar. as i am thinking of selling my goldwing, come spring, i saw no reason to have it as my avatar any longer.
I picked up a long telephoto lens for my camera, thinking it would make a good astrophotography setup, once i build the mount for it (controlled by an Arduino, of course). it is a 650mm to 1300mm focal length. i later found out it is too powerful for much good (needs a very sturdy mount). it wasn't too expensive (used), so i will try to make it work anyway. i will just use my Meade ETX80 (400mm, for comparison) for visual observing, as the drive is too weak to support my heavy DSLR camera. Once i get a half-decent tripod, i will play around with my camera, pointed skyward. see what settings i like best for capturing the stars, first with my 28-80mm lens. that way, when i get my long lens, i have only to pull a star into view, and i should already know what camera settings will work for the conditions.