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My photos and videos of Jupiter and its moons

July 7th, 2009 · No Comments

I already uploaded the pictures to Facebook, so here’s the link:

The photographs were taken with Canon EOS 20D attached via T-mount to the T-port in the rear of Meade ETX-125 telescope.

The videos are on YouTube: and

The videos were taken using [...]

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Short video of Saturn through the telescope

March 13th, 2008 · No Comments

Just came home from work, and wanted to glance at Saturn through my Meade ETX-125AT telescope. Wow, I had never seen it so sharply – I could even make up the orange color of the planet. The planet is very far, and at [...]

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Review of “10,000 B.C.” (2008) PG-13 109min

March 7th, 2008 · 10 Comments

The plot: Narrator (Omar Sharif) talks about a legend about a blue-eyes child. It’s a girl who was discovered by tribal hunters in the mountains clinched to the body of her dead mother. Her mother and their clan were killed or enslaved by [...]

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Lunar Eclipse February 20, 2008

February 20th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Today’s eclipse is the last one until 2010.
Unfortunately I missed the beginning, but as soon as I got home I set up my rig and began shooting. I captured the full eclipse and the beginning of the end, when the Moon started to [...]

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Photos of the Moon and Mars (Feb 16, 2008)

February 20th, 2008 · No Comments

The entire slideshow is here:
I looked up in the sky and saw Mars almost lined up with the Moon. I set up the telescope and the tripod with Canon EOS 20D camera, 300mm image stabilzing zoom lens and 2x telephoto adapter.
The difficulty [...]

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Video of the Moon through telescope (Feb 15, 2008)

February 16th, 2008 · 3 Comments

You need to have flashplayer enabled to watch this Google video
Video of the Moon shot through Meade ETX-125AT telescope with just a simple cheap Canon A620 7.1MP point-and-shoot camera that can also take 640×480 videos at 30fps. The camera is mounted on top [...]

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My first photo of Mars

December 16th, 2007 · 2 Comments

This weekend I tried to photograph Mars. This is a perfect time to make pictures because Mars is in the opposition and closest to Earth as it’s ever been in the past 130 years or so. Around midnight it’s roughly overhead and the [...]

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Review of “Arthur and the Invisibles” (2006) PG 103min

November 28th, 2007 · No Comments

This film comes from a great French director Luc Besson, who is the king of French action movies. Here in the U.S. of A. we know him for creating “The Fifth Element“, which he conceived when he was a teenager, for [briefly] being [...]

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My first pictures of the Moon through the telescope

November 20th, 2007 · No Comments

Tonight for the first time I tried to make pictures of the moon through my new telescope, Meade ETX-125AT.
Around 10:30pm I went outside, setup tripod and the telescope on it. Attached 26mm eyepiece to the eyepiece port. Attached Meade #64 T-adapter with T-ring [...]

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