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Photos of the day

After tooling around a bit today, and utterly failing to get to Sim's metals for parts to weld into a table, and having the CNC parts fail to arrive today, tugrik, Matt — who was visiting — and I randomly decided to get our cameras and head up Mt. Hamilton to Lick Observatory.

About an hour of twisty roads and 4000 feet altitude later, we reached the top, just in time to get in before they closed the visitor center. We also got into the last tour of the day showing their original 36 inch refractor telescope, that was built in 1887.

Lick Observatory Refractor Telescope

After they closed, we sat up at the top looking at the view for a half hour or so, watching the sun set rather nicely. I managed to get a good shot of Tug and Matt silhouetted by the sunset. I wish we'd brought a tripod, though, to get some images of the city lights as they twinkled on.

Sunset from Lick Observatory

Sunset as seen from Lick Observatory



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Nov. 13th, 2005 10:37 am (UTC)
You will perhaps have the good fortune to have a tripod with you next time.

Even so, nice images.

Sounds like a tranquil way to conclude a day.
Nov. 13th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC)
Totally awesome.
Nov. 13th, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC)
Very badass!
Nov. 13th, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC)
Your sunsets rival the ones from the desert. Vvvveeerrry nice!
Nov. 14th, 2005 06:42 am (UTC)
The deep dark secret of those photos is that I took them with a telephoto 300mm lens, so that's only about a 5° arc of sky. I was about a hundred feet back from Tug and Matt. :)
Nov. 13th, 2005 10:58 pm (UTC)
... CNC parts?
Nov. 14th, 2005 04:25 am (UTC)
Parts for their computer-controlled machine tool rig. I've been in @envy for about a week now };>.

Nov. 14th, 2005 06:45 am (UTC)
What Deuce said. More specifically, we have a CNC-ready TAIG vertical mill, and a TAIG lathe. Still waiting to get the rotary table, stepper motors, and controller for the mill, though.
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