Excuses for Not Doing Astrophotography

Or: I am in air-conditioned comfort and want to stay that way.

 

As I write this, it is 2130 local time, and the outside air temperature is 38° Celsius. Ideally, I would have dragged my mount and telescope out and started the first of possibly 3 nights worth of exposures for an upcoming picture, but things have come up.

 

Like my comfort.

 

And computer games, and thesis writing, and paper writing, and interneting, and work around the house, and looking after my relatives, and more computer games.

Oh, and the possibility that the cooler on my very shiny and very expensive CCD camera might not be able to drop the sensor temperature down to -20°C, for best image results. (Theoretically, it should be able to, but why take the risk of overworking it? I haven’t even watercooled it yet.)

 

But mostly comfort.

 

Oh, and the moon is in waxing gibbous phase right now, and right next to Orion, so that’s this season’s four best targets out of the picture. (heh) Also, moving 120+kg worth of equipment seems far more daunting than it actually is when you walk out the door and can feel your eyeballs shrivel and die a little from the heat.

 

My computer chair is very comfortable, for the record.

 

I think I’m going to fix myself a snack, and then maybe look up some semi-permanent observatory setups that I can automate. Maybe dream about being able to remotely control my telescope and image from the comfort and convenience of my very own computer chair. Maybe I’ll get to work processing the image for next week’s post.

At any rate, it’ll be something that involves staying in air-conditioned comfort and not battling the heat, the burning winds coming from inland, and the various buzzing, oversized blood-sucking horrors of the Australian night.

 

Stay in superior comfort, my friends.

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