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Here is a time lapse sequence of Comet C/2018 N2 (ASSASN).
This comet was discovered by the All-Sky Automated Survey For Supernovae (ASSASN) using software to analyze the images from one night to the next, and detect anything that is not a star.
The sequence was made on October 8th, 2019, between 1:35 am and 2:11 am while the comet was near the Triangulum constellation, and the M33 galaxy.
This allows a lot of use cases, for example, testing certain scenarios, or automating certain tasks.
Several examples are provided as starting points on how to write your own programs.
Patches for features, and fixes are welcome.
For this year's Eid Al-Fitr 1440 A.H. (2019 C.E.), the Muslim world had some countries, as well as some masjids in the West, ending the Ramadan fast on Tuesday. In Kitchener/Waterloo, we had the Kitchener mosque, following astronomical calculations, end the fast on Monday, while the Waterloo Masjid, following sighting, ended it on Tuesday.
Seeing the Unseeable
The problem here is that it was astronomically impossible to sight the new moon on Monday, since it is not illuminated at all.
This is a time lapse video of Comet Iwamoto C/2018 Y1, on February 22nd 2019, racing against the background stars of the skies. Note that the comet occults two stars during this video. This is a composite of 51 exposures of 60 seconds each, at ISO 800. Taken using a Celestron C8 with a 0.6X reducer on a Vixen SXD mount running OnStep, and a Canon T4i DSLR.
This is a composite video of Comet 46/P Wirtanen done from 41 exposures of 30 seconds each.
They were taken on 2019-12-19, using a Vixen SXD mount converted to OnStep, a Celestron C8 with 0.6X reducer, and a Canon T4i DSLR. You can see the comet racing against the background stars.
An Artificial Star is a point source of light. It is used to simulate a real star indoors, so you can collimate your telescope's optics indoors and/or during daylight.
Commercial artificial stars, such as this Hubble Optics one, cost $25 or more, and their main feature is a small plate that has precision holes of 50 micron up to 250 microns.
You can make your own artificial star, which is very close in function to the commercial ones.
You can watch this short 4 minute video on how I did it, and read on for detailed instructions.
If you have been experiencing audio skips or stuttering on a Raspberry Pi, then I may have a solution for you.
It was working fine for a long time, but then it started skipping audio every 10 or 20 seconds, regularly.
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