Thursday, September 27, 2007

Astrophotography of the Moon at Perigee

Moon at Perigee (closest to earth) was on the 27th September 2007

For you who missed the Moon...this was a picture I manage to take through my telescope with wide angel (25) eyepiece.
I only managed to get 5 shots of the Moon due to a big patch of clouds CURRENTLY (while I'm posting this) blocking my perfect moon.


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

If I have a wish, I will wish to know if there's life outside of milky way.

To those who doesn't know, the Universe is what we know as the biggest atmosphere. Within the Universe, there are god knows how many galaxies. Milky way is our galaxy. Earth is accompanied by other planets such as Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and I will still include Pluto.

Zillions of money spent on sending Spaceships and Voyagers to our neighbouring planets.
So far, technology brought humans to the Moon, ...that's all I know of. Venus is too hot thus a ship was sent and only survived for two hours in the lava. Even with our currently technology on the speed of spaceships, it takes 3-6 months to travel just to the Mars. Mars is closest to earth at 35 million miles and furthest at 250 million miles away.

Let me introduce the Astronomical Units
1 Astronomical Unit = 149 598 000 kilometers
The distance for Mars (from Earth) is currently at 1.005 AU. now 29.288 AU from Earth. You can do the calculations by google-ing 29.288AU.
Voyager 2 took 12 years to reach Neptune.

Now let me introduce to you LIGHT YEARs
1 light year = 9.4605284 × 1015 meters
Note...STARS that we see are FURTHER than our PLANETS. Antares was known as the biggest star visible to the naked eye. It is 1,108,430,000 km away.

What is bigger than Antares? You shall find out later at the end of the post. All of these planets, these stars and wonders are WITHIN our galaxy (Milky waay).

Let me see...nearest galaxy is Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy at 25,000 light years away. It is a natural satellite of Milky Way. In this case, satellite means it orbits the Milky way (ie: The moon is a natural satellite of Earth).

This is making me crazy. If there are any species coming to earth from the outerspace out of our milky way, who are we to call them aliens.....? If they can come to earth from so goddamn far away, I will follow them. If they exist, they are the smart ones. I'm the alien.

To those who thinks they are enjoying life to the fullest, this may not help. So, this is what I see tonight. Pretty damn small, eh? I feel like crying.

What is bigger than Antares? by

I love how the Universe is killing me softly.


Monday, September 24, 2007

Game One: I-Spy Round Eight!!

I spy with my little eye, something that begins with the letter "T"!

CW is the WINNER!

"tripod" can you find it?


Thursday, September 20, 2007

Surface of the Moon

Evening Moon

Surface of our Moon

54% of Full - Waxing Gibbous

:) I'm a happy girl!! Full moon on the 27th! Can't wait!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Farm Life

Air Rifle & Shotgun

Shooting a gun was one of my "future plan" and I finally did it under the supervision of Scout and Andrew who both have full firearm license. Air rifle was really quiet considering most people who have not much clue about guns will assume guns without silencer are usually loud.
The shotgun however... *shOck*! Ears buzzed, adrenaline rushed and pride (because I got the target!) The can was absolutely smashed! I was also told that there will be a strong kick back. It actually sorta cured my sore shoulder.

Andrew & Kylie's hobby farm

A farm 30 minutes away from town. Cows, chickens, birds, dogs, cats, lambs, horses, sheep, alpacas, and a variety of poo all over the 20 acre meadow. A mountain-like backyard that overlooks Birdwood.
2 storey high bonfire.

Do you prefer city life or farm life?

MiccObaYb's Amateur Stargazing

I did my small research on what and how to look for planets and galaxies in the milky way. So far, I saw Planet Venus at 5.30am and apparently the picture I posted recently is planet Jupiter. Didn't bring my camera out when I saw Venus...but I will see Venus again, so stay tuned.
I am not as skillful, and yet to know how to use the telescope, pictures do not turn out as sophisticated. Just being able to see clusters of stars that you can't see with naked eye is absolutely fulfilling.

I have decided to learn more about Astrophotography.
Here are some absolutely amazing astrophotography taken by Humayun Qureshi.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Away to the countryside for more Moon & star gazing


:) With more on galaxy photos.

Reporting from Birdwood:

  • I FIRED A SHOTGUN and AIR RIFLE! Cool! (will have pics!)
  • There is NO MOON! zzz Not until week after.
  • I saw a cluster of stars but that's about it. Can't identify. Will find out.
  • The stars out here is.... magnificent!
  • Took great shots of the farm life too!
  • Mummy! If you're reading this, you gotta make it come true! Buy a farm! Malaysia is a little hot. Come Adelaide for retirement. When I make enough money, I'll buy one for you! Love ya!

Thursday, September 6, 2007



Scenario 1: Tim spent 2 hours putting the telescope pieces together while Micco checks her blog, technorati, facebook, friendster, deviantart, multiply and had an audio conversation with her friend teaching her how to start blogging (because she's a good writer).

Scenario 2: Micco stargazing in the backyard.
The pictures are not of that high quality because I used some lousy camera...but looking at it through those telescope... I saw clusters of stars which I cannot take picture of because the stars weren't bright enough.

Image 1 : The brightest star I see in the sky. The star we see with our naked eye that doesn't twinkle. Can anyone tell me what star is that? =/
Picture was taken in "twilight" mode.


Image 2: Same star, taken in "Night" mode. Inevitable shake :P

Image 3: Manage to find two bright stars!! Then only to find out I actually caught 3 stars!

I'll be camping outback for the weekend! Bringing my new love :) Can't wait to take pictures of the Moon's surface and wink at the Moon man. :)

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Game One: I-Spy Round Seven!

"Second Coming" from Adelaide.
[from left: Curtis(bass), Yani(lead singer), reverendtimothy(rhythm), Cam(lead guitar), Alex(drummer)]

Click here to watch one of their original songs! [VIDEO]

I spy with my little eye, something that begins with the letter "

lol..less than an hour, Jane got the answer! Beard!


Saturday, September 1, 2007

Game One: I-Spy Round Six!

I spy with my little eye, something that begins with the letter "C"!

The winner is : Kendrick!