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Christopher Becke
I'm inspired by science and hope to share the wonder!
I'm inspired by science and hope to share the wonder!

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A new DSLR. Now what?
I received a DSLR for Christmas. This is a place to express my ignorance on how to use it for astrophotography! If you have answers, please comment! The Camera I have a Canon EOS Rebel T5i (also known as the 700D). This is a crop-frame 18MP camera that came...

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Getting to the Space Station
NASA provides several opportunities for educator professional development. I had the opportunity in June of 2015 to attend the WRATS workshop, Wallops Rocket Academy for Teachers and Students, at NASA Wallops Flight Facility on the eastern shore of Virginia...

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iPhone Astrophotography - Why the iPhone needs a users manual
So, (and forgive me for starting my sentence with "so") imaging Jupiter last night was a bust. I did manage to get the electronic controls working on my telescope, which was a good thing.  Although wobbly in the mount, there is an electronic altitude-azimut...

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iPhone Astrophotography - Background
I've begun dabbling in astrophotography using the iPhone. Inspired by the work of Andrew Symes (@FailedProtostar on Twitter), who has achieved awesome results and whose work has been featured recently in The Atlantic , I have taken my old telescope out of s...

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How 97,000 AP Physics exams get scored
I was fortunate to be a reader this year for the AP Physics exams. In order to be considered, I had to have taught AP Physics for at least 3 years before filling in the application.  It took another four years to be invited to be a reader. Readers spend jus...

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Science is not true
In the words of Indiana Jones: "If it's truth you're looking for, Dr. Tyree's philosophy class is right down the hall." As I Understand It , science is not about discovering truth.  If we say it is, we run the continual risk of truth changing with each new ...

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What we can learn from Adam's bellybutton
Recently, Bill Nye, The Science Guy, accepted a challenge and debated Ken Ham, CEO of Answers in Genesis. The topic: "Is creation a viable model of origins in today's modern scientific era?"  Reviews of the debate generally award victory to the debater that...

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About me
A blog?  Sure, why not.  Welcome to "As I Understand It", where I'll ponder and pontificate on things scientific.  I'll challenge pseudoscience, promote critical thinking and hopefully avoid arrogance and ridicule (of myself and others) while doing so. For ...
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