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Re: Pluto/Charon Pictures
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2015, 10:03:07 AM »
Problem solved. I started out by first moving the stories massive amount of files & database to a brand new clean server & domain. On my slow DSL connection, & even slower upload speed it was a long task, & as usual, many files didn't download to my machine & upload to the new server without errors, data loss, & corruptions. So I had to do it over & over again for the whole thing a few times, then do over again for many selected files & folders. I also had to write tons the directory & referral paths to direct the right scripts & folders to each other, the new server, domain, & databases.

So stories is now at PearlCorona.com.

Phase 2. Except for a functioning backup/archive of stories, I wiped clean the entire server at BuffaloBetties.com. Then I repeated the same task I did to move stories, to move this place here to BuffaloBetties.com. The stories stored here, are not my regular backups, but a functioning preserved state of exactly what it was when I took it offline. Regular backups of the sites in case of failures & repair, get stored at home.

Phase 3. Except for a functioning backup/archive of the main board, I wiped clean the entire server for UncleGadget.com. I moved the backup site, 5dot4.com, that was currently serving PSK Research, security, & large files served for here, & at stories onto the UncleGadget.com server. It's now our new server #3. I canceled my account for our old server #3 for 5dot4.com, & the domain. Board #3 is now at http://unclegadget.com/psk

Board #3 won't be our backup board in case of failures anymore. The copy of the main board I preserved there will be activated as our back-up board if we have a system failure.

Mission Accomplished! I've been up for 45 hours!

Phase 4. I'll have to polish over & tweak a few things here & there. The interface from server #3 to the other servers is a little slower than it should be, so needs some tweaking & streamlining. But that will have to be done much later, because I'm totally exhausted. I've been working on, fixing, moving, & testing sites since Thursday, with very little sleep in between. Soooo tired.



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Re: Pluto/Charon Pictures
« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2015, 12:02:24 AM »
Well as usual you have done your thing to ensure your site operates fully and efficiently and we love you for it. Thank you for all the hard work and long hours. 


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Re: Pluto/Charon Pictures
« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2015, 05:05:50 AM »
Thanks. Wound up not going to sleep until 4pm. So now my sleep cycle/bio cycle will be way screwed up for a few days. But I'm used to staying up late a lot lately, & catching a nap just before or after dinner to make up for it theses days.

So I guess it's business as usual again until more shyt happens... life is always full of obstacles.

Getting tired of official releases of new Pluto images at a rate of  only1 or 2 pictures every 3-5 days, so I dug up non-official releases of images not available on most public sites.

The site: http://unclegadget.com/psk Pluto: http://unclegadget.com/psk/index.php?topic=55

Please note, that due to server failures, I've switched PSK Research to another server, & put it on my UncleGadget.com domain this week for it, so it has a new address. Delete your bookmarks of our old 5dot4.com address because it will no long exist, & bookmark the new address.

Enjoy!

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Re: Pluto/Charon Pictures
« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2015, 07:21:31 PM »
They released more images of the comet from the Rosetta space probe. The newest images start on page 9 of the probe & continue through page 12.

Enjoy!

http://unclegadget.com/psk/index.php?topic=26.40

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Re: Pluto/Charon Pictures
« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2015, 09:08:10 AM »
I added some more cool images of Pluto, super enhanced by me & my own unique software. The newest images begin at the bottom of page 5 of the thread, & continue through to page 7 there. Enjoy, Astro Fans!

http://unclegadget.com/psk/index.php?topic=26

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Re: Pluto/Charon Pictures
« Reply #15 on: August 04, 2015, 09:32:32 PM »
Perseid & Aquarid Meteor Shower in Early August

http://unclegadget.com/psk/index.php?topic=58

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Re: Pluto/Charon Pictures
« Reply #16 on: August 04, 2015, 09:50:15 PM »
Pretty nice pics Betty, I always looked at the stars as a young boy from a hill over a nearby lake but as the city grew there were more lights to make it harder to see anything clear enough and I lost interest. I do sit out at night when we travel up north as it is always an impressive show in the northern skies.

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Re: Pluto/Charon Pictures
« Reply #17 on: August 04, 2015, 11:51:54 PM »
Yep, you gotta get far away from cities, towns, & civilization these days to see more than a few dozen stars. In my dimmer area of the city, I'm lucky to see much more than a dozen stars on a clear night. As a kid in the city, I'd see hundreds, & in the country just 40 miles west, thousands. Now the skies in that spot in the country are overwashed with the orange/pink glows of the town lights 10 miles away.

The only place I've seen skies as dark & full of stars like when I was a kid, is halfway across the state & way down by the NY/Penn border. It's in the middle of the wilderness many miles from even very tiny towns.

I find a simple set of $40-$50 7x50 binoculars brighten up & sharpen the stars enough in the city to be almost like the sky was years ago... although through binoculars, it's only a narrow view at a time. I don't recommend above 10x (like 10x50) or higher powers for simple hand-held binocular astronomy. Your hand can't keep the the view steady enough to enjoy casual stargazing at higher powers. Bigger heavier ones also are difficult to hold up for a long time. In binocular astronomy it's not about higher power, but boosting the light, sharpening the images, & bringing out more colors. Unlike telescopes, you have 2 image sensors (your eyes) to resolve the images, & twice the processing power (your brain is used to processing both eyes), so it gives you more a view & feeling like you're almost like out there.

Most lower power binoculars, esp. 7x50 & 10x50 offer a wide field of view, so you're seeing a larger portion of the sky through them. They also offer what called a longer "exit pupil". That's the distance you can hold them away from your eyes & still get a full view. If you're a glasses wearer you'll want a long "exit pupil" so you can still see through them well while wearing glasses. However, if your eyes aren't too bad, binoculars have enough focus range, to adjust the focus to compensate for your eyes without the glasses, but when you hand them to someone else to view, they'll have to re-focus them for their eyes. But it only takes a couple seconds.

If you have a very steady hand, & learn some tricks to prop yourself or the binoculars against to keep the view steady & not jitter, you may be able to get away with 10x50 binoculars. But 7x50 is best for just scanning stars & enjoying the colors. Stars all different colors & shades through binoculars. Anything less than 7x50 will be disappointing though, esp. near towns & cities. Even something easily viewed with the naked eye, the Pleiades, look totally dazzling through simple binoculars.

If you don't mind spending more they make some nice 20x70 & 20x80 giant binoculars that are fantastic for stargazing, with a marvolous view. You can even see some nebulae, galaxies, & star clusters with them. They can be found on sale for under $200 sometimes. But you will need a tripod to use them. Don't expect spectacular big views of the moon, Jupiter or Saturn though. They're best for stars. Avoid binoculars with zoom features, they tend to distort or blur the image for astronomy use.

People often ask what is the best scope to get. Your best one will be the one you use the most. A giant monster you had to save up for, that's too bulky to lug around much, takes too long to set up won't be your best if you hardly use it, or had to live without it long until you saved up enough for it. 7x50 binoculars can be kept in your glove compartment, backpack, side pack, briefcase, or tool box. Even those 20x70 & 20x80 binoculars, with a cheap collapsible $18 camera tripod can fit in a backpack with plenty of room to spare. Anyone can easily carry 20x80 binoculars mounted on a tripod with 1 hand.

You can see of the map of the world's lights at night below why all the stars & the milky way are missing.


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Re: Pluto/Charon Pictures
« Reply #18 on: August 05, 2015, 12:27:26 AM »
I should also note that using lower binoculars inside through a window when it's too cold outside to look at the stars, will show much less distortion caused by the window glass, screen, or specs of dirt on the glass. So if you're looking a birds, wildlife, or stars through a closed window. Low powered binoculars are better. In 7x50, 7x is the power, & 50mm is the main lens diameter. For the best image, less distortion through glass or screens, & brighter more colorful images of faint objects, don't go smaller than 50mm. Larger main lenses are more important than high magnification.

Avoid those binoculars with gold or ruby tinted lenses. They're terrible. They're just a gimmick that look cool to mask the fact they're selling you bad optics. Nobody who makes good binocular & telescope optics tints them.

$28 http://www.telescope.com/Binoculars/Standard-Size-Binoculars/Meade-TravelView-7x50-Binoculars/pc/-1/c/5/sc/67/p/113706.uts

$45 http://www.telescope.com/Binoculars/Standard-Size-Binoculars/Pentax-10x50-WA-Binoculars/pc/-1/c/5/sc/67/p/114003.uts

$56 http://www.telescope.com/Binoculars/Astronomy-Binoculars/Orion-10x50-Binocular-Stargazing-Kit/pc/-1/c/5/sc/72/p/101453.uts

$100 Tripod required http://www.telescope.com/Binoculars/Astronomy-Binoculars/Celestron-SkyMaster-25-X-70-Binoculars/pc/-1/c/5/sc/72/p/9172.uts

$111 Tripod required (best) http://www.telescope.com/Binoculars/Astronomy-Binoculars/Orion-20x80-Astronomy-Binoculars/pc/-1/c/5/sc/72/p/99638.uts

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Re: Pluto/Charon Pictures
« Reply #19 on: August 05, 2015, 12:57:00 AM »
BTW, camera & old video camera tripods will fit big binoculars (20x70 - 30x100). Do not buy a telescope tripod, the mounting is different.

More from another store

$27 http://www.walmart.com/ip/Meade-7x50mm-TravelView-Binoculars/40626575

$30 http://www.walmart.com/ip/Meade-10x50mm-TravelView-Binoculars/40880829

$94 Tripod required http://www.walmart.com/ip/Barska-20x80-X-Trail-Binoculars-with-Tripod-Adaptor/30224602



 

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