6/15/2018 Transit of Jupiter’s Red Spot with Io and it’s shadow


Friday night I went up to the River Ridge Observatory to shoot some planets. I started with Venus which is about as high in the sky after sunset as it will get in this apparition. It was disappointing so I moved on. Next up was Jupiter. I’m using a monochrome camera with RGB filters so here we have the combined result with the red, green and blue images that went into it. The color image is softer than I’d like but shows Io and it’s shadow that were transiting the disk of Jupiter this evening, They were both near the meridian of Jupiter when I started and visible on the laptop. Below are the red, green, and blue filter monochrome images that went into the image above. Notice the red spot is barely visible in the first image which is the red channel and darkest in the last image which is the blue channel.


Camper Build 6/9/2018


It’s the hottest part of the day so I’m taking a break. I’ve got the frame on the future camper now,  most of it at least. Now I will turn my attention to the roof. The walls you see here are about 56 inches tall. I can stoop under the top boards as I pretend to go through the someday door. This clears the lowest part of the garage door by 7.5″ so I have 6″ to play with, giving 1.5″ for error. The lowest profile vent cover I’ve found is 2″ tall when closed so I have 4″ to work with. The camper will have a lifting roof that will raise enough that i can stand up in it at least most of the way. If for some reason I can’t pull that off, then I’ll just add enough to this so I can stand up and the forget about working in the garage.

Camper Build 6/3/2018

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I worked on the camper. Friday and much of Saturday I built wheel wells. Open boxes with exterior plywood on the you know exterior and the same ply that makes up the floor for the inside. Two layers of primer and another of the black enamel used for the trailer. There was a lot of work then wait. So i also picked up 2x2s to start the walls with. I ripped a inset in them so that they would match the thickness of the foam. Sunday I installed the wheel wells and then started the corners. The middle picture shows one side, the two back posts are pretty solid with their two angle brackets. The front ones only have one each so far so I need to be careful around them. That angle is trickier than a simple 90 degrees and but I’ll get it done.