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Remembrance Day

November 11, 2018 @ 11:00 By: gordon Category: Current affairs, General

Today is the 100th anniversary of the Armistice — the end of the Great War, which was supposed to be the War to End War. While sadly that clearly hasn’t happened, we nevertheless pause to remember those people who have made the ultimate sacrifice over the years so that we have the peace, security and freedom that we enjoy today.

To them and their families I say “Thank you”.

We should be more like Morocco

November 04, 2018 @ 00:47 By: gordon Category: Current affairs, General

So, unlike Morocco who just decided to opt out of daylight saving time, we are still changing our clocks in the Spring and Fall. That means that at 02:00 Sunday morning, we roll out clocks back an hour.

I’ve written about this many times in the past. The TL;DR is that setting the clocks forward and back isn’t saving us energy, actually costs money unnecessarily and results in more injuries and deaths in the week following the time change.

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Ick

October 17, 2018 @ 12:29 By: gordon Category: Weather

Well, it looks like the nice weather may be coming to an end. Or interrupted, to say the least:

TAF CYOW 171440Z 1715/1812 27018G28KT P6SM BKN040 BKN100 TEMPO 1715/1716 P6SM -SHRA 
FM172200 31012G22KT P6SM -SHSNRA BKN050 PROB30 1722/1801 2SM -SHSN 
FM180100 30015G25KT P6SM FEW060 
RMK NXT FCST BY 171800Z= 

Loosely translated, this tells us that from 6pm to 9pm, we’re probably going to see precipitation that may not be entirely liquid. It’s not going to accumulate, but it that doesn’t change the fact that it probably won’t be purely rain.

I hope I’m wrong about this and that the only thing I’m going to need my windshield wipers for this evening will be rain.

Looking North at FLO with the iOptron SkyTracker Pro

August 11, 2018 @ 11:36 By: gordon Category: Astronomy, Photography

I was out at FLO last night. The viewing conditions were surprisingly good. I was showing my iOptron SkyTracker Pro to someone and decided to see how long of an exposure I could use and still have the stars as points rather than becoming little arcs. So, I set my timer at ten minutes and started the exposure.

Click the image for a larger version.

I’m really happy with the result. You can clearly see the Andromeda Galaxy in the right half of the image and it appears that I caught a Perseid meteor almost in the centre of the frame.

The trees look kind of ghostly because the camera was tracking the stars, which causes the trees to appear to move in the image. Had I not been tracking the stars, the stars would look like arcs.

More Milky Way

August 01, 2018 @ 21:38 By: gordon Category: Astronomy, Photography

Here’s another image from the same outing that my previous Milky Way photo. This one is made up of 3 images of 5 minutes exposure, each and then some work in Photoshop. I knocked down the light pollution of Ottawa in the bottom left corner, but there’s still a bit “goo” to be dealt with.

The Milky Way galaxy

July 26, 2018 @ 17:30 By: gordon Category: Astronomy, Photography

I went out one evening last week and did some long exposures of the Milky Way galaxy using my Canon 70D on my iOptron Skytracker Pro. This is the result after stacking 4 images of 5 minutes exposure, each, and doing a bit of work on them in Photoshop. I’m fairly happy with the result, however I want to do a bit more to try any knock down the light pollution near the horizon.

 

First dragonboat practice of the season

May 28, 2018 @ 14:24 By: gordon Category: Dragonboats, Weather

This evening is the first practice of the season for my dragonboat team. Naturally, the weather is shaping up to be a bit exciting just before and just after our session:

TAF CYOW 281739Z 2818/2918 24007KT P6SM BKN020 TEMPO 2818/2820 BKN025
FM282000 26007KT P6SM BKN040 TEMPO 2820/2823 P6SM -SHRA PROB30
2820/2823 2SM TSRA BR BKN040CB
FM290200 26008KT P6SM -SHRA BKN050 PROB30 2902/2904 VRB20G30KT
1SM +TSRA BR BKN050CB
FM290400 35010G20KT P6SM FEW050
FM290600 36008KT P6SM SKC
BECMG 2914/2916 06008KT
RMK NXT FCST BY 282100Z=

Basically, on either side of our practice (from 8pm to 9pm), the weather may include light rain showers and with a 30% probability of thunderstorms.

Figures, eh?