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First Saturn

Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 07.51.21997

Follow up to Jupiter from January. I stacked 7 pictures out of 25 I took from 6:24 to 6:31 UTC today. (I rejected the rest before stacking for being too blurry.) 1/60 shutter, f/6.5, ISO 1600.

I think I might be able to do a little better with some effort. This was just my first attempt. Maybe I’ll try again the next time there is a clear night and Saturn is out.

Of course, probably can’t do THAT much better with just the equipment I have. This is just from a camera, no telescope involved.

But hey, RINGS!

To @imbou, @byufan, and all the other beep haters…


Achievement unlocked, battery changed.

@abulsme tweets from 2014-06-02 (UTC)

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  • Finally got my docs out just a few minutes ago. Time for bed. Just about 3 hours until I have to be up. Bleh. :-/ 10:53:54
  • Up late doing work for work, plus limited sleep, plus dial in numbers available for all meetings today = Work from home, skip commute. 15:14:02
  • Also, WWDC live stream! Except I will be on work phone calls for a significant chunk of it, so won’t enable to watch the whole thing live. 15:18:26
  • Reading – We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked Off in the Dead of Night – (Nathan Bethea) 16:16:46
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  • Been on conference calls for the last hour of the WWDC live stream, but had it on mute in the background. Looks like many cool things… 18:06:11
  • Family Sharing will SO get used by my family… shared purchases will be killer! No more multiple purchases! Hmmm… same credit card tho. 18:14:44
  • A big theme here is full integration between all Apple devices. Very cool if it all works smoothly. 18:19:38
  • Hey Siri! 18:22:26
  • Nest wasn’t on that home automation slide. Wonder why? :-) 18:36:52
  • Not a real programmer, although obviously I play around a bit with simple stuff. Swift makes me want to try it out. 18:54:29
  • It seems like what they announced for both OS X and iOS is a lot more extensive than people expected. Good stuff. 18:56:58
  • RT @marcoarment: They didn’t need new hardware today, and they knew it. 18:57:43
  • Nice. I’ll have to go back and watch the first hour that I missed sometime. But probably not right now. Back to work… 18:59:12
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