Friday, February 27, 2009

Off Topic: Phishing

Not everyone is aware of this, but they should be.

We all get 'phishing' emails on a regular basis. At least I do; they're easy to spot. Often it will be from "paypal" or "XYZ Bank" or whoever, asking for you to 'click here to verify...", etc.
From now on, when you get one of those, forward it to the company being phished for. For example: If it's a Paypal scam, forward the entire email to Same goes with banks, etc. They appreciate it and every email helps.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


The learning curve can be very steep sometimes in astronomy, no matter what your age or experience. I 'cleared a level', so to speak, last night (after weeks of study). Then slept very well. |)
To come to truly understand a concept, especially a complex one, is enormously satisfying.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Comet Lulin on Jan 30, 2009

I had to get up at 3:30 am to make a delivery to Hollywood, so was out in time to catch a glimpse of Comet C/2007 N3 (Lulin) in 10x50 Binoculars. It was fairly easy to find, but featureless compared to the recent images I've seen. I expect to have a recently ordered adapter arrive soon so I can get my own images. (The Mogg adapter will marry my Atik IC16 camera to some old Pentax lenses I have that have been sitting in a case since the 80's. The same ones I used to capture images of Halley's Comet on 35mm film.)