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Malcolm Locke
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A small upgrade to my spectroscope.  Pretty much all the credit goes to +Bry Ashman for the 3D printing and electronics.
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L200 argon lamp
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Stoked to have played a small part in this research last winter.
Eta Carinae, the most luminous and massive stellar system within 10,000 light-years of Earth, is known for its surprising behavior, erupting twice in the 19th century for reasons scientists still don't understand. New findings include +Hubble Space Telescope images and new 3-D models reveal never-before-seen features of the stars' interactions. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1s6eqzL #aas225   #hubble25  
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Queenstown trails
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15/12/2014
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Giraffes
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Christchurch stand tall
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I follow a lot of astronomy related content on here, but unfortunately Google seems to think this means I would like to watch videos about Nibiru & Chemtrails and keeps suggesting such content to me.  No matter how much of it I mute, there's always some more waiting in the wings.  Anyone else have the same problem?
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L200 reflective guider upgrade
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Mars 2014 ANIMATION!
Mars 2014 ANIMATION! Using 7 processed and derotated source images from 7 different nights as seen in the labeled WinJUPOS map Using Photoshop to feather out the seams, this map used for the final animation A brief and related tutorial on processing Mars is...
Mars 2014 ANIMATION!
Mars 2014 ANIMATION!
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Final payload weigh in (minus antenna and parachute) - 81g.  Plus first cut of a home made yagi tracking antenna for picking up the balloon from the ground.
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High altitude balloon build
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Prototype high altitude balloon payload successfully transmitting telemetry audio.

Powered by an Arduino mini and a Ublox GPS module, the system uses FSK (frequency shift keying) to transmit location data.  Binary data is transmitted by alternating between two different frequencies for 0 and 1.

The data will be sent by radio from the balloon and decoded using the software shown, dl-fldigi, by stations on the ground.  From there it gets published to http://spacenear.us/tracker/

Next step it to hook up a radio module and battery power.
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HAB build step 1 - testing GPS module.  It works!!
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