25 March, 2017

Reached early evening to the observatory.. Summers have started to show up with the change in the CCD camera cooling system. Inwas imaging at -30C, now swtiched to -20C. I have already got dark library for -20C so no extra work for me!

Tood some images of M82, the cigar galaxy tonight, until it changed the meridian. Also my observatory wall started obstructing the telescope view. 

Adaptive Optics' Autoguiding was working at 3 Hz.. 3 corrections being applied in 1 second!! Though it was slightly windy at the time, but 3 Hz kept the galaxy dead center at all times!

Inital processing seems promising! 

23 March, 2017

I am not happy with my current flat field images.. i have tried various changes but still the background is not what i would like it to be. 

Will be attempting a new method next week.. peeparing stuff for that. 

22 March, 2017

Spent the whole night in takig new flats. Using an image rotator is a blessing indeed when it comes to finding a guide star BUT its a curse when using flat frames! 

Also made three animation of a couple of comets captured this last week. 

100 new drak frames of 120 seconds are also new tonight. 

20 Feb, 2017

18:45

After a long time, i came to the observatory. Weather is clear though not very transparent. 

21:00

For some unknown reason, everything is reset in the Gemini Control.. Everything! The Gemini GPS reciever is working incorrectly.. it correctly identifies the geographical coordinates but the timezone is completely wrong. I woud have to look more into it. For now, i am doing manual entires.

Telescope says the mount is tracking but it is not. Have restarted the Gemini Control a few times.. no solution yet.

22:00

'Cold Start' is the final solution for almost every problem Gemini faces. Pointing it at North and restarting the mount as 'Cold Start'

Pointing and Tracking is still bad.  Also the SkyX Pro is not correctly controlling the mount.

22:30  

Slewed to a star, Caster and synched the mount with it. All is fine now.

23:00

I do not usually image DSOs.. but for fun, aqcuiring luminance data of a spiral galaxy right now. 

03:00

Clouds came after some time and i could get only 80 minutes of luminance data.

04:00

Observatory is closed.

22 January, 2017

19:00

Observatory was closed.. Roshaan and i had a good conversation on Astronomy, life and everything in between. 

21 January, 2017

20:00

Cloudy and humid weather is keeping the observatory room closed.  It will continue for a few more days.

I am trying the USB coonection from the observatory to the meeting room. Cat5/6 cable connection is not working. Have checked two different cables and connectors. This is a problem that needa to be resolved ASAP.

20 January, 2017

19:00

Came to the observatory.. Roshaan Bukhari (Secretary LAST)  joined me.

We talked about LAST plans for LSM, Astronomy, Astrometry, near future workshops and more.

I tried some new cables to connect and work for me but that did not work out.

Sky was clear for some time but due to high humidity level, the telescope room was closed. 

 

18 January, 2017

21:00

Two first time visitors came to the observatory tonight. Showed them around. We talked about Astronomy reseacrch, Education and Telescopes. It was all great!

13 January, 2017

18:30

A couple of visitors came to the observatory this evening. We saw Venus, Mars, Uranus and Neptune.. along with Orion Nebula and some stars. A lot of Astronomy and Physics was also discussed.

12 January, 2017.

20:00

Some guests were here and we saw a few objects from the C14 and SBIG setup. The moon was destroying the sky but we will managed to observe some. 

23:00

Acquired some data of an asteriod for more than an hour.  

02:00

Tried to find a quasar galaxy but was not successful, probably because it was in low horizon. Also humidity increaed to 89%, resulting in the fog covering the optics and i was forced to close the observatory. 

11 January, 2017

22:00

I came a bit late to the observatory but managed to find Vesta at the right position in The SkyX Pro with a fone guidestar at 359 degrees angle.

Moon is very bright and there is nothing else for me to do but to image bright asteriods.

01:00

Kept imaging Vesta for a long time. The data js unprocessed yet. 

01:30

Observatory is closed. 

25 December, 2016

Came for a short time at the observatory this evening.. a very passionate young pre-engineering student Yausoob Latif wanted to meet me and see the observatory. 

I should him LAST's meeting room and the stiff it has there. Detailed him about the activites we do here every month.

Then we went to the roof, where he saw the three rooms and the telescopes they have. He was very very excited to see all this stuff. We also saw Venus and Mars and some bright stars.

Yausoob wans to learn everything about Astronomy.. I will be happy to help in anyway possible. He will be coming to our monthly meetings from now on. 

15 December, 2016

I have been very busy and could not find time to come to the observatory lately. Yesterday, i came in the evening and saw the damage a mouse has done! Wires were cut and a small amount of Polystyrene sheet were damaged. Found the mouse eventually and got rid of it in about 2 hours! I should keep coming here.

4 Decmeber, 2016

Had visitors at the observatory in the evening. A young and a very enthusiastic child, who is just 5, saw the planets and the moon with the 127 refractor telescope. 

Main observatory was closed.