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  1. My dad got first shot, 2nd scheduled in a few weeks. Hasn't reached my mom's age group yet. Late 30s myself so who knows when I'll get mine. 


    I was exposed Christmas day, 4 days later symptoms hit. The next 3-4 days was crushing headache, fever and back ache. I spent time either in bed or a hot bath. Lost my smell and taste the week after, with difficulty getting deep breaths. No dry cough. Really about a month of extreme fatigue. I still had high oxygen levels through the course of it. I can only imagine how awful it is for those that had it worse. 


    Keep taking precautions, its no joke.

  2. What is truly mind blowing for me is as big as the planets are, they're all able to fit between the earth and the moon. So for two of them, that many hundreds of millions of miles away to be seen so close together is astonishing. I'm glad I was not only able to see it, but to take pictures of it!

  3. Here is my contribution to the conjunction. I've never done planetary photography before, but I'm pretty chuffed with what I was able to capture. One is a composite with levels up on Jupiter moons and Saturn for detail; the other being much closer to what was actually visible. Saturn, being almost twice as far away as Jupiter was much dimmer.
    Celestron C6N with motorized mount, shot with ZWO ASI224MC. Stacked with AutoStakkert and sharpened with Registax.





  4. Here's what I did in autocad...I took the landing chart that shows where each photo was taken from. In this case the visor shot is AS11-40-5903. In it you can see the tip of the landing probe is directly in line with Neil and Buzz. The chart show there was another photo taken from the opposite side, AS11-40-5917. I overlaid the image from LRO and scaled it based on the landing pads. I marked the two photo locations for reference. Since they are in line with the probe I extended a line from Neil's position through it to the small crater on the LRO image. Offset 12" circles from his position and it comes to +/- 19' to the edge of the little crater depression behind Buzz. Pretty close to my original estimate of +/- 20' I made on my phone. I think the arrows pointing direction of photos are just slightly off.


    I can't get the image to imbed, but here's the link


  5. I'm posting this in general discussion to improve the odds of being seen. I've built a few models now using aluminum foil and metal leaf adhesive. Generally speaking I've had really good luck with it staying put on the plastic but have had a few instances of the edges pulling up. Has anyone else run across this? Is there a good way to seal it and keep it looking like the metal?


    I'm working on a model now with a number of compound curves on it and want to keep it from peeling up on the edges.


    Thanks in advance


  6. I don't think I've finished anything since 2011, right after I got married. Fast forward 8 years and divorce all but finalized I'm looking to make 2019 a good year. Doing a lot of self care, including doing more with my model building and photography. Autograph collecting the past few years has greatly helped with my depression so that will keep going strong. 


    Today was the Pinewood Derby and the kids, err...dad's all did a good job. Being her first year, and a lion, my daughter was kind of disappointed hers didn't go faster, it finished middle of the pack; but was really excited she won the most creative design. So there's planning for next year on the back burner. 

  7. On 4/26/2018 at 12:37 PM, TheBadger said:

    @habu2, apparently the mockup airframe was taken to Fort Worth Aviation Museum to be restored and displayed.


    The mock-up is indeed there, I saw it last summer when I went through the museum. Unfortunately the mock-up is sitting outside. Folding wings were sitting on the ground next to it. Fingers crossed they'll be able to restore it. 

  8. I still need to get all the pictures set back up, but a small update. I've been getting used to working with the punch and die, as I've never used one before. Talk about a patience maker! I've made hundreds of punches with the .028" to start putting the bolt heads on the exposed parts of the parachute recovery compartment.

  9. Holy cow. Three years later I've dug this beast out of the stash to get to working on her again. I've got an order in with Roll Models for Waldron punch and dies to work on the small rivets and bolts. We'll see where the road takes me this time.

  10. I took the week off from my job to drive from Texas to Kansas. I was able to bring my daughter to see my folks for the week (she hasn't seen them very much since we moved to Texas early summer 2016). I went to St. Joseph with my cousin and her husband. I'd been prepping for months to make sure I was ready. I had my telescope ready to go with tracking, camera attached to it. Different camera (converted to infrared) for landscape shots and a GoPro for video of it all. I had my computer ready to go to attach to telescope camera with a program to control shooting during totality, and my photography plan in a binder ready to go minute by minute. It was all great until the sky clouded up after sunrise and stayed that way. We got a brief hole, no more than twice the width of the sun/moon the instant of totality...got to see the Bailey's Bead, Diamond ring and the corona flash as the moon covered it all before the clouds closed up again. Total time was roughly 1-2 seconds of totality, just long enough for my mind to ask what in the heck was it seeing?! All in all though it was still an amazing experience, even though cloudy the whole thing was surreal. The quality of light was the strangest thing I've ever seen! Having grown up in Kansas I've seen my fare share of thunderstorms, and that is the closest I can describe it...the clouds dark like the strongest severe storm is happening but things were utterly calm. For those that have experienced severe weather the light can be off, almost a green tint...this wasn't a certain color, but it was just...off somehow. It's really indescribable to put into words what happened. There was brief periods where the clouds thinned enough to see some after totality but with the clouds they made it too dark to shoot through a solar filter and too bright to shoot without it so we ended up just watching with our glasses. I got a few shots after totality that turned out decent, the clouds giving it a very different look.




    I'm already scouting locations and planning for 2024! Center line it is supposed to be about 4 min ~25 seconds in Texas so I'm hoping to redeem this years!

  11. I've never used brand name bare metal foil, but made my own with aluminum foil and metal leaf adhesive. Same concept though. 


    When I deal with compound curves I cut out small triangles so when they lay down on the curve the edges match up. Mostly trial and error though. To get rid of the seam the ultra fine steel wool will blend it right out. I also use a lens cleaner micro fiber cloth to burnish it down and that brings out some shine. 

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