Monday, June 30, 2008
It all comes back to Pennsylvania.
This is my new digiscoping setup, it's a Canon Powershot connected to a Kowa TSN-1 Scope. This was/is a really cool project and I'm really excited about the possibilities...
The biggest challenge was getting the camera lens to be the *perfect* distance away from the scope lens, the next was to have it be mounted so I didn't have to hold the camera all the time.
The solution? I used a soap bubble plastic tube that I stole from the girls, cut a slit all the way up the side and fitted it over the scope eye and taped it so it was snug. The top (where the lid screwed on) is luckily exactly the same size as the lens of the Canon, so when I insert it into the top it's held perfectly tight. In addition, the black duct tape blocks the ambient light to help avid aberrations in the pictures.
The results? I'll let you decide.
P.S. When the Canon is inserted into the bubble tube, I need to zoom it 3.8x before it will block out enough of the tube to just see the light at the end.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Basically, you use your digital camera and a scope to create one hell of a long lens for taking pictures. After about 5 minutes of playing around, I came up with these shots tonight. They were all taken from inside the living room (with the deck slider open) How cool, huh?
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
I made this little video for one of my favorite sites, Lifehacker.com. They have a flickr pool of user contributions hoping that their tip makes it to the site. Cross your fingers for me!
I see my neighbors either bagging or raking their grass clippings. Bagging is a lot of work (especially when the lawn is high) and raking just plan stinks.
I learned this tip when I was a landscaper (read: lawn cutter) for a summer. It works great, makes for a healthier lawn, and is easier than bagging or raking.
People always want to know if I blow them off of the lawn, and if so where do they go? They aren't blown off of the lawn, rather they are spread evenly so that you just don't see them, really!
This is Jamie McMurray's show car that was on display in downtown Bethlehem a week ago.
It was really cool to see the COT in person and get a get a good look at the splitter in the front.
Isn't she perty? (Becky, I mean)
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sent to you by -SPK via Google Reader:
A Royal Navy veteran has been reunited with his watch, 67 years after he lost it during World War II—and, it worked perfectly. In 1941, Teddy Bacon, a lieutenant aboard HMS Repulse, was throwing a line from ship to shore when the gold Bulova watch, bought in the Azores for $55, slipped off his wrist and into Gibraltar Harbor. The timepiece was never found, until the harbor was dredged, seven decades later.
After seeing his watch splosh into the water, Teddy sent down a couple of divers to search for it, but without any luck. So, he informed the deputy harbor-master who logged the missing object. Fast-forward to 2007, and the watch turned up during the dredging of the harbor. When the authorities checked the log, they found Teddy's claim, and sent the watch, still ticking, off to him. Now 90 years old, the reitred sailor couldn't believe his eyes when a package containing his gold watch arrived at his new home.
'To say I was stunned could be considered a major understatement,' he said. "It truly was a miracle that I had been reunited with that watch after a lifetime. Now I wear it every day and it keeps perfect time, even after all those years in the water. It is absolutely excellent and I consider it a long-lost friend.'" [Daily Mail]