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Posts Made By: Jeff Poplin

June 9, 2004 09:14 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Solar System

Transit from Skyline Drive, VA

Posted By Jeff Poplin

Quick montage from Tuesday morning.

Location: Thorofare Mtn. Overlook, 3595 ft. near Luray, VA
Camera: Nikon 990, Scopetronics Digi-T adapter, 26mm eyepiece
80mm f/5 Short Tube (no filter - for this shot)
2000mm f/10 Meade SCT (TO full ap filter)

November 6, 2004 11:50 AM Forum: Solar System Observing

Difference in a Day

Posted By Jeff Poplin

Venus is on a fast track to the horizon, eh?

Digital Rebel - 400 ISO - 5 sec

December 30, 2004 11:23 AM Forum: Solar System Observing

Busy morning

Posted By Jeff Poplin

Taken Tuesday December 28, 2004 ~1140UT from King, NC.
300D - stock lens - ISO 400 - 4 sec
reduced ~2/3 of original size
brightness/contrast tweaked in PS to show ISS

3 planets, one spacecraft, one airplane

September 3, 2006 09:48 PM Forum: Star Parties

Okie-Tex - ESSP - Southern Utah???

Posted By Jeff Poplin

I'm planning to be in the Albuquerque area the last two weeks of September. If time permits, I might stop by Okie-Tex on the way out. Would love to make ESSP again, if only for a day or two. High priority is the Four Corners area and southern Utah. Looking for specific information on astro-friendly campgrounds in the SE Utah area. Not dedicated to organized star parties (which are fun), but needing more options to increase my clear sky chances on this cross-country trip. Any tips will be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance,

September 30, 2006 11:15 AM Forum: N.A.S.A.

HiRISE online!

Posted By Jeff Poplin

First images from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) on MRO are now available!

Zoom and pan around some of the highest resolution images ever returned from Mars!

HiRISE homepage:


October 7, 2006 10:36 AM Forum: N.A.S.A.

Opportunity on Cape Verde

Posted By Jeff Poplin

For a wonderful sense of scale to Victoria crater: (~413 kb)

Sorta puts it into perspective, eh? grin

Rest of the latest press release images are here:


October 25, 2006 08:50 AM Forum: Landscape Photography

Western Panos

Posted By Jeff Poplin

Here's a few panos from my recent trip to the 4 Corners area. All were hand held shots from stock 300D, stitched together with the included Canon software. Nothing fancy, just cool memories.


First is taken just west of Durango, CO at the Mesa Verde entrance, just after season's first snowfall.

December 5, 2006 09:56 AM Forum: N.A.S.A.

New MRO Images

Posted By Jeff Poplin

Just released images from Mars!

The stereo image of Victoria Crater is all I had hoped for. Almost like hovering a few meters above the surface. Dust off your red/blue glasses!


December 5, 2006 10:04 AM Forum: N.A.S.A.

News Briefing on Mars 12.06.06

Posted By Jeff Poplin

NASA has a "significant" announcement coming Wednesday, Dec 06.

Keith Cowling (NASA Watch) and Aviation Week may have a hint.



December 21, 2006 10:04 AM Forum: N.A.S.A.

ISS - Shuttle Undocked Video

Posted By Jeff Poplin

Despite all the gremlins trying to ruin my attempts to catch the recent undocked pass of ISS and STS116, I managed to get the pair just before shadow entry on the first pass after undocking. Manually guiding a 66mm f/6 scope with a PC164 lowlight video camera gives you fresh appreciation for some of the excellent shots others have done.

The 30 (useable) seconds is jerky and starts out of focus, but you can see the separation as the close pair enter the Earth's shadow. Based on replays of NASA TV and running commentary, I estimate the distance at the time at just under 245 meters (800 ft) at a distance of 1100 kilometers (684 Miles).

I put the video (2meg) here: