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1  Out Of Bounds / Outdoor Planning / Re: December in Texas on: December 05, 2014, 10:48:09 PM
I'm glad the site still has a purpose; I'd like to give it some attention but time is a limited commodity these days.
I don't have any plans to close it down anytime soon; its on a server that I need up anyway.

I loath social media more or less too; Google+ seems to not be so social but more content if you choose to build your content providers in such a way.
I see it as a social network for the anti social, or individuals looking to learn from others on specific topics like photography, 3d printing, programming, etc. personally I've learned a ton through the astronomy and programming communities.  Twitter, linkd, and the rest are the bane of my web marketing world; as I still do it part time for the company I've always done it for. Website rankings, and what not are excessively skewed by social media "trickery" ripe with false accolades and "traffic" and its difficult to compete with and because of that I have to market via social media at times.

I forgot to mention that I succeeded in launching and retrieving a high altitude weather balloon this past June.
My club students, and I researched and developed a system from scratch to collect data, and track its flight path. 
We used an Arduino Uno board, w/ a barometric pressure sensor (analog)/thermometer paired with a program we wrote in C++ to convert the pressure to altitude, record temp and time, and alt on an internal micro SD chip.  We achieved an altitude of 120,000', and of course captured the video and audio data on a DIY HD cam.
We launched in West Hartford, and 3 hours later it landed in North Stonington 7 miles away from our forecasted target; and 2 mins off in time.

Here you can see Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod 3/4 the way up

And just a few other random shots near the bursting altitude

And since I'm showing photos here's some astro shots

Shot of Saturn

Milky Way on the Cape

Moon mosaic ( This image has been reduced down to 20% its original size; there is quite a bit of detail on this one; however this is not perfect.
I did this all manual means of blending images I snapped with the DSLR body keeping location by landmarks; I've learned of better methods but I have yet to try


What a fantastic hobby; I just need time to play

Talk to you later.
2  Out Of Bounds / Outdoor Planning / Re: December in Texas on: December 02, 2014, 04:41:00 PM
Well Tommy, It sure has been a long time since we last communicated.

Things on my end are quite busy; My son is 4 now, and I'll be having another son in a few weeks !
New puppy (9months old now: BloodHound / German Shepard Mix)

Three Scopes, and am buying Jonathan (4 y/old) his own for Xmas.
I have accomplished quite a bit with astrophotgraphy; and am working on building an auto-guider for my Meade LXD55 8" SN scope.
Moon, Saturn, Jupiter w/ Moons, Orion Nebula, Ring Nebula, Many Clusters (Its a great hobby)

I've been meaning to catch up with you for a while; just got the twitter notification you posted here so I'm striking while the iron is hot.

Great to know you are heading back up to the Wasatch for the winter; I hope to pop on more often than I have as of late.

I do a great deal of sharing w/ Google+ so if you look me up there you will see a good amount of imaging, (I'm in the amateur astronomers community; learned a TON from them, and am  humbled by what the "pros" can do)

3  Out Of Bounds / Gear Talk / Re: G2 Climbing Skins on: October 22, 2013, 09:00:07 PM
NicWax makes a ski skin water repellent.  I've used it to avoid ice build up in the fuzzy stuff on transition type days.

Are you actually absorbing water in the base material of the skin or is it ice build-up that melts in the back of the van?

(Tail clips -- mandatory -- I even ground a notch in the tail of the skis to keep them from slipping sideways -- I always have duct tape, even when just snowboarding in-bounds.)

Tommy T.

I was just thinking NixWax ( I thought it was spelled with an "x" but I'm guessing here ), TeleDancer, I feel your pain, I've been off on soggy snow for a tour only to literally hike back cause my skis and skins wouldn't get along anymore... It sucks !
4  Out Of Bounds / Outdoor Planning / Re: MORE SNOW AND SKIING!! September 23, 2013 on: October 22, 2013, 08:54:21 PM

Amazing stuff, so much to catch up on.

Hello all !!

Tommy, Glad to see you are still posting; Surf,  You too !
5  Off The Beaten Path / Astronomy / Re: Saturn Opposition on April 27th on: June 22, 2013, 07:56:24 AM
Missed it but i've photographed Saturn.

Coming soon !
6  Off The Beaten Path / Astronomy / Re: Imaging Tutorials on: June 22, 2013, 07:55:48 AM
I;ll check that out, thanks for sharing.
7  Off The Beaten Path / Astronomy / Re: Moon Stack - clear sky = better image on: June 22, 2013, 07:55:32 AM
Coming back to the forum late, I'm not sure which date that was.
I have some nice images to share.

Saturn, Moon etc..

They will be up soon.
8  Out Of Bounds / Trip Reports / Re: The Beehive Trail-Acadia NP on: June 22, 2013, 07:53:48 AM
Thats the coolest hike I've seen !
9  Out Of Bounds / Trip Reports / Re: Gulf of Slides on: June 22, 2013, 07:52:23 AM
Awesome !!!

Sorry I haven't been around lately, but I"M BACK !
10  Out Of Bounds / Trip Reports / Re: Introducing a new rider on: March 18, 2013, 08:43:11 AM
Nice !
Its always nice to share a passion with someone who is interested
Good work !
11  Off The Beaten Path / Astronomy / Re: Moon Stack - clear sky = better image on: March 17, 2013, 04:45:43 PM
Your idea of the various phases has intrigued me, so I'm practicing; however I'm not completely satisfied with my technique and image quality yet; I want reach the limits of the equipment I have.

12  Off The Beaten Path / Astronomy / Waxing Crescent 3/15/13 on: March 17, 2013, 04:43:42 PM
Waxing Crescent : 3/15/13, Taken @ 8:07PM EST, New Hartford CT

Prime Focus: 4.5" reflector / CCD Webcam Mod Image Stack: RegiStax 6, post-process photoshop CS6
13  Off The Beaten Path / Astronomy / Re: Moon Stack - clear sky = better image on: February 24, 2013, 04:18:53 PM
Well, I had a few mins to myself to play with this image.
Any more repairs would be more effort than taking new images.
14  Out Of Bounds / Trip Reports / Re: Annual Ski and Snowboard Thing 2012/2013 on: February 24, 2013, 03:09:12 PM
Happy Birthday ! (Belated)
Glad its snowing out there again, SB and the rest sounds like they were hurting for a while?
Hope things shape up.

15  Off The Beaten Path / Random Thoughts / Re: Tommy's Home-Made flugelhorn Video on: February 24, 2013, 03:03:31 PM
Nice vid, very skilled; though I'm not really one to judge.

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