Find an Object to Image in the Night Sky

Use the neave planetarium site to find an object in the night sky to image.

Cross reference the objects in the night sky with the Messier Catologue or NGC catalog to find something that will be up. The object must be brighter than Magnitude 10 and bigger than 0.5 arcseconds.

You can also look at prominent stars – Magnitude 3 or brighter – to image. Each one of you should have a hit list of stars and deep sky objects that you’re interested in imaging.

Your process should be the following:

  1. Spend some time individually finding objects you have an interest in imaging. Any object larger than 0.5 arcsec and brighter than magnitude 12 will suffice. Find three to four objects.
  2. Convene with your partnership – groups of three to four. Decide on which of the objects you’d like to image. Get that signed off by Brian. You should do a max of four objects. I’d probably recommend two would be better because you’ll be able to collect more data the fewer the objects you plan to image.
  3. With the group, plan out what type of wide field image you’d like to capture. Do some research on wide field imaging. (constellations, milky way, timelapse, star trails)

Good luck!

Welcome & Assignment 1

Hello all. Welcome to Mary and Brian’s fall 2019 Physics course. I will be posting work here and to the Google Classroom. Each student should also create a blog to house their portfolio of student work. This portfolio will serve as the evidence of growth and will allow students to obtain their final grade in the course.

Our first class project is linked below. Students should create a blog as a digital warehouse of their work. They can use WordPress, Blogspot, Wix, Weebly, etc. The important thing is that they will have assignments due each week on their blog.

For this week’s project, get your three photos up along with your short written piece accompanying all three. Include a short reflective piece on your blog. Share what you learned about photography. What was your process like? Did you enjoy it? Do you see yourself doing more photography?

Students will submit their weekly blog post through Google Classroom. Assignments will also be posted there.

Intro to Photography Project

World is Ending Articles

Human Impact:

  1. Salton Sea Looming Environmental Disaster
  2. Salton Sea Faces Catastrophic Future
  3. Governor Jerry Brown to Decide Fate of Bond Proposal

High Altitude Balloon

  1. Watch the first HTH Balloon Video
  2. Watch Ascent
  3. Photography from a balloon
  4. MIT Balloon Article

Drone Film

  1. Watch Golden Coast for ideas
  2. Watch New York City film
  3. Watch Epic Drone Film
  4. Read How Drones Fly
  5. Read What Drones Did Next 

Tree Planting

  1. Listen to this RadioLab
  2. Read Bark Beetle
  3. Read Plant a Tree

Sea Explorers

  1. Read Ocean Acidity
  2. Read NASA 
  3. Read Ocean Might Swallow CA
  4. Explore NOOA’s Sea Level Rise Predictor