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Lunar eclipse of 16th of June 2011

June 16th, 2011 by Ivan Boldyrev

Very sleepy after observing eclipse whole night. I tried to make some photos, by my cheap cam gave me very poor images.

I also observed two passes of ISS during the eclipse. It seems it was first time when I do planned ISS observation 🙂

As January solar eclipse was at sunset, this eclipse was at “moonset”.

I was observing with binocular and telescope sitting on a sofa on parent’s balcony 🙂

New old book

April 13th, 2011 by Ivan Boldyrev

Yesterday I received copy of “Observing Earth Satellites” by Desmond King-Hele (1982). It was advised on SeeSat list, and I found a copy affordable for me.

Yesterday event was successful. Andrey’s 75mm refractor displayed nice images of Sun with spots, and my 130mm reflector displayed the rising Moon. The Moon was low-contrast on daylight sky, but children enjoyed it anyway (though some were unable to spot it, but many managed to see lunar maria).

Happy Cosmonautics Day and Yuri’s Night!

April 12th, 2011 by Ivan Boldyrev

Today my fellow Andrey and I will bring out telescopes to show Sun and Moon to schoolchildren at city museum.

ESO’s Hidden Tresures Contest: congratulations to Igor Chekalin, Russia

January 14th, 2011 by Ivan Boldyrev

My congratulations to Russian astrophotographer Igor Chekalin, winner of ESO’s Hidden Treasures 2010 competition. You may see his artwork.

Igor visited SibAstro event twice and conducted workshops on astrophotography (unfortunately, I haven’t managed to visit them). But I know him personally anyway, as I bought his optical finder for my dob and we met on SibAstro 2009 🙂

Berd river on APOD :)

January 12th, 2011 by Ivan Boldyrev

There is a nice eclipse photo by Aleksandr Yuferev published recently on APOD: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110107.html.

Description states that it was made from the bank of Berd river. Berdsk, the town where I live, is named after Berd river 🙂

Unfortunately, I don’t know Aleksandr personally, but I suspect he is rather photographer than astronomer 🙂

Eclipse photos

January 5th, 2011 by Ivan Boldyrev
Solar eclipse on sunset in Berdsk, Novosibirsk region, Russia

Solar eclipse on sunset in Berdsk, Novosibirsk region, Russia

Eclipse, clouseup.

Zoom from the above image.

Solar eclipse today

January 4th, 2011 by Ivan Boldyrev

I will observe it with my friend on top of high building.

Eclipse will be on sunset at our location.

Outdoor temperature is about -35C (-31F), sky is almost clear.

Going to SibAstro

September 17th, 2010 by Ivan Boldyrev

Bye! 🙂

Going to Sibastro

September 11th, 2010 by Ivan Boldyrev

I finally paid for one-night participation on SibAstro (17-18 of September).

Perhaps, I would spend there full two nights, but I have to go Barnaul (capital of nearby region) for 5 days soon after SibAstro.

ObservationManager 1.020 in gentoo-astronomy overlay

September 10th, 2010 by Ivan Boldyrev

I have managed to create ebuild for Observation Manager 1.020 recently released. Old versions were not working with system install (AFAIR, they attempted to write to /usr/share/), but 1.020 seems to work.

It was a difficult task, as package has two source packages with individual Ant project for modules in each package.

If you are Gentoo-using amateur astronomer, fill free to check my Gentoo Astronomy overlay!