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Moon Shots

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.. Took out the big gun to try out the new snapzoom Binocular attachment with my zhumell 25×100’s moon.  I am not expecting really good quality shots with my crappy phone camera but I am happy with the results.  The moon had quite a glow so getting the image quality right via limited settings was difficult.. Might need some other software..or not. It is actually nice to look at whatever you are viewing on the back of the camera instead of craning my neck to have a look.

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.. And some ‘fiddling with settings’  shots.. A full moon is hard to get a good shot of due to it all being so bright..and cruddy camera work.

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Construction

 

Snapzooms Binocular Attachment

The other week I was messing with my binoculars and was trying to take some shots with my camera through the eyepiece.. With mixed results.  Too wobbly and hard to hold in place.  Got me thinking that there must be something online which could do something to help..

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The apparatus attaches on to the eyepieces and an adjustable area designed for phone cameras allows a user to look at the (attached)  phone screen and take pictures with a greatly enhanced zoom.

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Took about 2 minutes to get the snapzooms attachment on to the binoculars and a couple more minutes to get the phone aligned correctly ( the phone took the pictures so no pictures with the phone attached).

The before shot:

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.. And the 2 shots using snapzooms:

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You will need a tripod (or a beer case) to make the shot steady.. These shots were through the day to day 15×70 binoculars and they are fairly heavy so the shots were unusable due to slight movement. Before I attach the snapzooms to my 25x100s I will bring out my tripod.

More results soon.. I need to wait for some sunny days and something to take pictures of  something which is worth taking pictures of.. Not that my garbage bin is not beautiful.

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2015 in Purchases

 

Sure Signs of Improvement

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It is easy to tell that the weather is improving.. Loki in her usual warm weather sleeping area between bouts of squirrel patrols. 

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Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Animals, dogs

 

Mighty rare in these parts!

We need to speak quietly so as not to frighten the elusive mechanical creature during its reintroduction stage. I don’t want to spook it.

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Don’t get me wrong,  the last 75 days of trekking have been great but we want to bask in the luxury of driving all the way in to our house for a while!

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2015 in Construction

 

Light Gardening

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The first things a good garden boxes need is light and heat.. So we did 4 hours of analysis and decided that the snow was not helping things and shovelled off the beds.  Who said gardening was rocket science!

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We think that these raised beds are going to be herbs and spices only..with a tractor on our purchasing horizon we will have a bigger garden.. Maybe not this year but hopefully established this year sometime.

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2015 in Gardening

 

Better Late than Never

Warm weather is finally starting to hit…about a month late but welcome none the less. We also get a slush/water/ice walkway for free! And,  in other positive news,  we are able to walk to the truck without snowshoes today. Coming soon,  a truck on our own land! (I am actually really excited about that)

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.. And out local arborist, a pair of pileated woodpeckers.  About the size of a crow and easy to find once they start hammering a tree.  Fairly loud for around these parts.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2015 in Construction

 

Like snow posts? Look no further.

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Who likes posts about more snow!  Make it stop and I will too.

I predict May 7th for the first Spring Peeper sounds.  Depressing.

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The good news is we are cutting way down on mowing.. The shovel is at the bottom of the snow on the frozen grass.  Still about 50cm of snow on the lawn.

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And we dug out around the Nootka trees as the snow is really settling and weighing the limbs down.  This is more snow (as you may have noted with the same themed posts) than I thought possible for the area and had I known what it might have now done to the trees and bushes I would have wrapped or shovelled differently.  Some of the bushes seem really spread where they were normally were tightly bunched.

Truthfully it is not as bad as things seem the snowshoeing has been great too.

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Posted by on April 8, 2015 in snow

 

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