OMSI ASTRO-IMAGING CONFERENCE: Saturday, 4/17/10
The conference began at 8:15am with a very sophisticated presentation by David Haworth on imaging Quasars and Blazars. Not only imaging them, but then taking their spectra for analysis. 90% of it was way over my head, but it was still fascinating. David takes a very meticulous, scientific approach putting his data and analysis into spreadsheets and graphs.
Neil (Heacock) did two very useful and practical presentations on proper preperation for an imaging session, and then on extreme wide-field imaging. Both were well done!
Then it was my turn. After the high quality of the first two speakers, I was even more nervous about my very simple, basic presentation on moon and planetary imaging with a webcam. Actually, and very pleasantly surprising, it went quite well......with a few awkward moments. The demonstration of Registax 5 software went over very well. It very dramatically showed the amazing improvement that Registax (aligning, stacking and optimizing) brings to a raw video frame.
The afternoon session included a terrific and humorous talk by Tom Carrico, covering much that he has learned in 20 years of imaging. I loved his story about SPU's.......Spousal Purchase Units......that one has to accumulate in order to make major astronomy purchases and yet keep peace in the family. Sean Curry did a great job walking us through the basics on ImagesPlus software. Very imformative and useful.
I had to leave, and missed the last two presentations, but I have no doubt that they were every bit as good as the others.
Well done, Neil!!! You did a great job organizing the conference. Everything went off without a hitch.
Couldn't resist taking this photo of the ISS model at OMSI * Taken with Neil's IPhone