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Posts Made By: Maxwell Palau

November 10, 2013 04:31 PM Forum: ASTRONOMY

Comet ISON Photo Contest

Posted By Maxwell Palau

Hello Astromart Community,

I am a student of astronomy/astrophysics and have entered a contest for astrophotographers who imaged comet ISON.

My image is currently in 1st place as determined by the general public who views and casts their vote for their favorite image.

Your vote would be truly appreciated.

The contest ends at the end of this month. I need your vote daily until December 31.

Below are the steps to follow to cast your vote. Thank you very much.

Step 1:
Log into your, a friends and/or family members Facebook account. Then click the link below. It will connect you to the Facebook page of the host of the contest, Oceanside Photo & Telescope (OPT).

http://woobox.com/9i43fj/vote/for/1608659

Step 2:
Once the page is open, a dialog box will pop up stating that in order to participate, you must “Like” OPT. Once you do this, you may continue to the voting area.

Step 3:
Now you will be directed to area where all the images are located. My entry will automatically pop up for you. Click on VOTE on the top left of the box.

Step 4:
Repeat! The vote count ends on December 31. So you may cast your vote once every day from now until then and it will add to the total. Again, all your votes are much appreciated.

Thank you for your support. See you in the forums.

Clear Skies,


Maxwell Palau
www.facebook.com/MXPalau

December 5, 2013 11:58 PM Forum: Comets

Comet ISON Photo Contest

Posted By Maxwell Palau

Hello Astromart Community,

I am a student of astronomy/astrophysics and have entered a contest for astrophotographers who imaged comet ISON.

My image is currently in 2nd place as determined by the general public who views and casts their vote for their favorite image.

Your vote would be truly appreciated. With only 30 more, we can establish 1st place!

The contest ends at the end of this month. I need your vote daily until December 31.

Below are the steps to follow to cast your vote. Thank you very much.

Step 1:
Log into your, a friends and/or family members Facebook account. Then click the link below. It will connect you to the Facebook page of the host of the contest, Oceanside Photo & Telescope (OPT).

http://woobox.com/9i43fj/vote/for/1608659

Step 2:
Once the page is open, a dialog box will pop up stating that in order to participate, you must “Like” OPT. Once you do this, you may continue to the voting area.

Step 3:
Now you will be directed to area where all the images are located. My entry will automatically pop up for you. Click on VOTE on the top left of the box.

Step 4:
Repeat! The vote count ends on December 31. So you may cast your vote once every day from now until then and it will add to the total. Again, all your votes are much appreciated.

Thank you for your support. See you in the forums.

Clear Skies,


Maxwell Palau
www.facebook.com/MXPalau

April 23, 2014 01:44 PM Forum: LUNATICS

Are you sitting down? You are going to like this!!

Posted By Maxwell Palau

Hello everyone!

You are in for a real treat!

I've spent the better part of a day then an additional 11 hours manually stabilizing each frame putting this together.

Here is the story.

On the night of the "Blood Moon" Lunar Eclipse I headed out to a remote dark sky site in Tierra Del Sol, CA. I arrived at about 9:00pm. I then proceeded to set my telescope up and began immediately imaging the moon almost exactly at 10:00pm.

All in all, I spent 5 hours imaging the Moon and the eclipse, capturing 1032 images! It really was one of the most beautiful events I have ever witnessed.

I compiled all the data and turned it into a high resolution time lapse video.

I am happy to present it here to you all!

Share this with your friends and family. It is a video that everyone will enjoy watching!

Click the link below to view it.


http://youtu.be/PkLizr7YQaU



April 23, 2014 01:47 PM Forum: ASTRONOMY

Are you sitting down? You are going to like this!!

Posted By Maxwell Palau

Hello everyone!

You are in for a real treat!

I've spent the better part of a day then an additional 11 hours manually stabilizing each frame putting this together.

Here is the story.

On the night of the "Blood Moon" Lunar Eclipse I headed out to a remote dark sky site in Tierra Del Sol, CA. I arrived at about 9:00pm. I then proceeded to set my telescope up and began immediately imaging the moon almost exactly at 10:00pm.

All in all, I spent 5 hours imaging the Moon and the eclipse, capturing 1032 images! It really was one of the most beautiful events I have ever witnessed.

I compiled all the data and turned it into a high resolution time lapse video.

I am happy to present it here to you all!

Share this with your friends and family. It is a video that everyone will enjoy watching!

Click the link below to view it.


http://youtu.be/PkLizr7YQaU


April 25, 2015 02:32 AM Forum: ASTRONOMY

2 Nights on Palomar Mountain - Milky Way Time-Lapse

Posted By Maxwell Palau

Palomar Camp-Out Meetup Event
April 17-19, 2015

Click the link below to go straight to the video or if you like good stories read the write up detailing the events of this past weekend's awesome excursion up to the Observatory Campground on Palomar Mountain, California.

http://youtu.be/7Ax8F80Y9pc

Please check out and support my Facebook page with a "Like". Thanks!
http://www.facebook.com/StarDudeAstronomy

WHAT AN AWESOME WEEKEND!!!

About midafternoon on Friday, 4/17, the group met up and headed out on our journey up Palomar Mountain to the Observatory Campground. Upon arrival, we set up our tents and camping gear. With time left to spare we thought we would try out luck and see if we could go up to visit the Observatory. The public entrance was closed, but the "Authorized Personal Only" gate was wide open...Hmmmm. LETS GO FOR IT! So we drove in. We parked right next to the observatory and did the tourist thing, snap lots of photos. The building was closed, but it was great just being next to it and seeing just how big it was!

After a while we drove back to camp, got the fire started and cooked up some food and hot beverages all the while chatting and laughing. Finally darkness took over as the Sun set. Our first night of photography was centered on Widefield, Star Circles, Milky Way and Milky Way Time Lapse imaging. After thoroughly going over the processes involved in taking night images with a DSLR, we began shooting!

We made a tweak here and an adjustment there until images were coming out just right. As it got later and later it got colder and colder. Weather forecasts said it would be in the high 40's. It felt like the high 30's. But the night sky was SO clear! Not a cloud in the sky and no humidity, perfect for imaging. Finally 2 AM rolled around and we were greeted with a spectacular view of an arm of the Milky Way Galaxy! We framed our shots and began imaging. It looked like a small robot army of cameras shooting up. All cameras were hooked to Intervalometers and shooting away on their own for the rest of the night.

The following morning we slept in a bit, waking up at about 8:30. We slowly got our bearing and reviewed our images with childlike enthusiasm! We shared our images with each other and congratulated one another on a night of successful imaging.

Next on the plan of events was to attend a tour being held later in the day of the inside of the Palomar Observatory. A few of us drove up, this time through the public access entry, headed to the gift shop and purchased the tickets. We spent a few minutes afterwards walking around taking pictures and marveling at the size of the pine trees there! They had to have been as tall as the observatory itself...One really big Christmas tree!

We drove back down to camp, met with everyone and confirmed the time of the tour. The plan was to hike 2.2 miles and up 700 feet of elevation by way of the Observatory Trail from the campsite to the Palomar Observatory. A few decided to meet us there while the rest packed up and began the hike! It was a beautiful hike filled with great views of the mountainside, interesting tree formations, local wildlife - including a Red Fluffy Spider - haha, and of course the company of a great group of people.

We met up with the rest of the group at the Observatory just as the tour was about to start. The docents were all very well informed and happy to answer questions. We entered the observatory through the basement and from there moved up to the main room. The size of the 200" Hale Telescope was nothing short of Amazing! Looking at the photos of it now still wow's me!

After the tour ended, some of the group drove back to camp and the rest of us hiked back. The hike was pleasant and much easier on the descent. We have more photo opportunities as we weren’t rushed this time. Once back to camp most of us ended taking naps while we waited for the night. As the Sun slowly went down on the horizon, I proceeded to set up the 4" Stellarvue SV105T Apochromatic Triplet Refractor Telescope for a night of astrophotography. The scope was set up to accept either Canon or Nikon DSLR's mounted directly to the focuser of the scope. The skies were perfect once again, dark and clear. Through the scope we were able to see and image bright stars, faint stars, double and triple star systems, planets, nebulas, planetary nebulas, galaxies, globular clusters and open clusters.

As the night wore on, the temperature got lower. Finally at around 3 AM everyone decided to call it a night. We tucked ourselves back into our individual sleeping bags in our tents and slept. The next morning came and we all arose fairly well rested. We prepared hot tea and had breakfast and began to break down the camp. Sadly it was time to go home. We took a few more group pictures and random shots around the area. Then the cars we loaded, we said our goodbyes and headed for home.

What a great weekend. Honestly though, what made it a great weekend was not just the hiking, camping, photography or astronomy, but the amazing group of people who were in attendance! There could be no better group. Thank you Amy, Shelly, Giuliana, Ola, Randy, Jim, Pamelot, Jeremy, Lydia and Dad for taking the time to come out and enjoy a couple nights atop Palomar Mountain. I look forward to see you all again!

April 25, 2015 02:39 AM Forum: Digital SLR AstroPhotography

2 Night on Palomar Mountain - Milky Way Time-Lapse

Posted By Maxwell Palau

Palomar Camp-Out Meetup Event
April 17-19, 2015

Click the link below to go straight to the video or if you like good stories read the write up detailing the events of this past weekend's awesome excursion up to the Observatory Campground on Palomar Mountain, California.

http://youtu.be/7Ax8F80Y9pc

Please check out and support my Facebook page with a "Like". Thanks!
http://www.facebook.com/StarDudeAstronomy

WHAT AN AWESOME WEEKEND!!!

About midafternoon on Friday, 4/17, the group met up and headed out on our journey up Palomar Mountain to the Observatory Campground. Upon arrival, we set up our tents and camping gear. With time left to spare we thought we would try out luck and see if we could go up to visit the Observatory. The public entrance was closed, but the "Authorized Personal Only" gate was wide open...Hmmmm. LETS GO FOR IT! So we drove in. We parked right next to the observatory and did the tourist thing, snap lots of photos. The building was closed, but it was great just being next to it and seeing just how big it was!

After a while we drove back to camp, got the fire started and cooked up some food and hot beverages all the while chatting and laughing. Finally darkness took over as the Sun set. Our first night of photography was centered on Widefield, Star Circles, Milky Way and Milky Way Time Lapse imaging. After thoroughly going over the processes involved in taking night images with a DSLR, we began shooting!

We made a tweak here and an adjustment there until images were coming out just right. As it got later and later it got colder and colder. Weather forecasts said it would be in the high 40's. It felt like the high 30's. But the night sky was SO clear! Not a cloud in the sky and no humidity, perfect for imaging. Finally 2 AM rolled around and we were greeted with a spectacular view of an arm of the Milky Way Galaxy! We framed our shots and began imaging. It looked like a small robot army of cameras shooting up. All cameras were hooked to Intervalometers and shooting away on their own for the rest of the night.

The following morning we slept in a bit, waking up at about 8:30. We slowly got our bearing and reviewed our images with childlike enthusiasm! We shared our images with each other and congratulated one another on a night of successful imaging.

Next on the plan of events was to attend a tour being held later in the day of the inside of the Palomar Observatory. A few of us drove up, this time through the public access entry, headed to the gift shop and purchased the tickets. We spent a few minutes afterwards walking around taking pictures and marveling at the size of the pine trees there! They had to have been as tall as the observatory itself...One really big Christmas tree!

We drove back down to camp, met with everyone and confirmed the time of the tour. The plan was to hike 2.2 miles and up 700 feet of elevation by way of the Observatory Trail from the campsite to the Palomar Observatory. A few decided to meet us there while the rest packed up and began the hike! It was a beautiful hike filled with great views of the mountainside, interesting tree formations, local wildlife - including a Red Fluffy Spider - haha, and of course the company of a great group of people.

We met up with the rest of the group at the Observatory just as the tour was about to start. The docents were all very well informed and happy to answer questions. We entered the observatory through the basement and from there moved up to the main room. The size of the 200" Hale Telescope was nothing short of Amazing! Looking at the photos of it now still wow's me!

After the tour ended, some of the group drove back to camp and the rest of us hiked back. The hike was pleasant and much easier on the descent. We have more photo opportunities as we weren’t rushed this time. Once back to camp most of us ended taking naps while we waited for the night. As the Sun slowly went down on the horizon, I proceeded to set up the 4" Stellarvue SV105T Apochromatic Triplet Refractor Telescope for a night of astrophotography. The scope was set up to accept either Canon or Nikon DSLR's mounted directly to the focuser of the scope. The skies were perfect once again, dark and clear. Through the scope we were able to see and image bright stars, faint stars, double and triple star systems, planets, nebulas, planetary nebulas, galaxies, globular clusters and open clusters.

As the night wore on, the temperature got lower. Finally at around 3 AM everyone decided to call it a night. We tucked ourselves back into our individual sleeping bags in our tents and slept. The next morning came and we all arose fairly well rested. We prepared hot tea and had breakfast and began to break down the camp. Sadly it was time to go home. We took a few more group pictures and random shots around the area. Then the cars we loaded, we said our goodbyes and headed for home.

What a great weekend. Honestly though, what made it a great weekend was not just the hiking, camping, photography or astronomy, but the amazing group of people who were in attendance! There could be no better group. Thank you Amy, Shelly, Giuliana, Ola, Randy, Jim, Pamelot, Jeremy, Lydia and Dad for taking the time to come out and enjoy a couple nights atop Palomar Mountain. I look forward to see you all again!

December 14, 2013 07:48 PM Forum: Comets

Comet ISON Photo Contest

Posted By Maxwell Palau

COMET PHOTO CONTEST UPDATE:

Thank you to all who have shown your support!

With only 17 days left in this contest, there is no time to let up! Our competition is pushing harder than ever!

We can't let them catch up to us!! We need at least 65 today and every day to keep a safe distance ahead!! I need your help to do it!

The tally right now is at 1024 Votes and 689 Likes!! Next goal is to pass 1050 votes by the end of the day!!

Please Vote and Like it today and every day and SHARE SHARE SHARE with everyone you know! We need to win, make it so!

Click the link below to cast your vote.
http://woobox.com/9i43fj/vote/for/1608659

December 14, 2013 07:53 PM Forum: ASTRONOMY

Comet ISON Photo Contest

Posted By Maxwell Palau

COMET PHOTO CONTEST UPDATE:

Thank you to all who have shown your support!

With only 17 days left in this contest, there is no time to let up! Our competition is pushing harder than ever!

We can't let them catch up to us!! We need at least 65 today and every day to keep a safe distance ahead!! I need your help to do it!

The tally right now is at 1024 Votes and 689 Likes!! Next goal is to pass 1050 votes by the end of the day!!

Please Vote and Like it today and every day and SHARE SHARE SHARE with everyone you know! We need to win, make it so!

Click the link below to cast your vote.
http://woobox.com/9i43fj/vote/for/1608659

December 16, 2013 01:15 PM Forum: Comets

Comet ISON Photo Contest

Posted By Maxwell Palau

COMET PHOTO CONTEST UPDATE: TECHNOLOGICAL KOMBAT!!

There is just over 2 weeks left in this contest!! I need your help now more than ever! The New York Astronomy Association is gaining on us by about 20 votes a day. At this rate he might pass us in 4-5 days!!

We have worked too hard to let that happen. I need your help to stay in 1st place!

The tally right now is up to 1100 Votes!! The goal for today is to pass 1175 votes! We can do it! Share with your friends and have them all vote!

With only 15 days left, we need everyone to vote today and every day to keep a safe distance ahead!

Click the link below, the "like" OPT (the host of the contest). My entry will then pop up for you. Click "Vote" & "like" on the top left of the box.

http://woobox.com/9i43fj/vote/for/1608659

Thank you all very much!

December 16, 2013 01:17 PM Forum: ASTRONOMY

Comet ISON Photo Contest

Posted By Maxwell Palau

COMET PHOTO CONTEST UPDATE: TECHNOLOGICAL KOMBAT!!

There is just over 2 weeks left in this contest!! I need your help now more than ever! The New York Astronomy Association is gaining on us by about 20 votes a day. At this rate he might pass us in 4-5 days!!

We have worked too hard to let that happen. I need your help to stay in 1st place!

The tally right now is up to 1100 Votes!! The goal for today is to pass 1175 votes! We can do it! Share with your friends and have them all vote!

With only 15 days left, we need everyone to vote today and every day to keep a safe distance ahead!

Click the link below, the "like" OPT (the host of the contest). My entry will then pop up for you. Click "Vote" & "like" on the top left of the box.

http://woobox.com/9i43fj/vote/for/1608659

Thank you all very much!