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Colorado CJ

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    Loveland, CO
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    Photography (large format film and digital), hiking, camping, riding, exploring, FPV Drone Racing

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  1. Friday night I finished shooting an interactive galaxy pair, The Whirlpool. These two galaxies are literally running into eachother, feeding off eachother and spewing stellar matter into the universe. This is my first time shooting M51, or the Whirlpool. When the first of the many images started showing up on my screen, I was awestruck. This is the first image completed with my new scope, a Skywatcher MN190 Mak Newt. Mak Newt designs aren't very popular for some reason, but I don't know why. They are a blend of refractor and reflector and are the best of both worlds. Both vis
  2. Well, I did hammer out a few of these today while my computer was stacking astro imags Hammer Forged Leaf Necklace by Andrew Marjama, on Flickr I shot the Flame and Horse Head nebulas the other night. Tonight I finished the image. It isn't the best, but it is my first image of these two (I am pretty new to this). I did shoot over two hours of exposure, but when I uploaded the images, I seen that most have clouds throughout the images. So, this is a 55 image stack (50 seconds each at 1600 ISO). One thing I noticed is what looks like a lot of binary
  3. Thanks everyone. I shot the Pleiades (man that is hard to spell ) last night for a total of 54 minutes. 65, 50 second exposures at 1600 ISO. Shot with my Pentax K-1 and Stellarvue SV80 Access. I think I got decent nebulosity for the short total exposure, but I am no expert. This is the first time I shot this object. Pleiades finished by Andrew Marjama, on Flickr Edit: Looks like I am going to have to find a different photo hosting service. Flickr is really making these last photos look grainy. There is no grain on my Photoshop screen.
  4. Yeah, I have a pretty diverse set of hobbies. I also race FPV Drones in MultiGP :). Those globs are actually other galaxies, M32 and M110. There is a fourth galaxy in there, but it is hard to see since it is behind the spiral arm of Andromeda. Yeah, unfortunately, I tend to gravitate towards very expensive hobbies. Luckily (or unluckily) I am unmarried, so I have no one to tell me no ;). I think I am going to LOVE shooting with this scope. This is 75, 1 minute exposures taken with the Stellarvue Access 80 and Pentax K1. This is a work in progress. I still need to
  5. Another hobby I am getting into is Astrophotography. I've had a 10" DOB for years and my main hobby is photography, so I thought I should try my hand at some astrophotography. I have been using just my camera and 300 mm lens so far, but I had ordered a 80mm APO scope to get better images. I received my new Stellarvue Access 80 ED yesterday. Luckily it was also a clear night! I set the scope up on my AZ-GTI in EQ mode and shot 1 minute subs. I probably could have went a little longer as the mount was tracking GREAT, I only had to reset it for the meridian flip. So far, I am reall
  6. It was some 5/8" square stock I bought on Amazon. I bead blasted them after I finished forging, then patina'd them with some Liver of Sulfur. I then buffed them a little with steel wool and clear coated them.
  7. That is something I'd like to try. I need to watch a video to see how it's done. Forged more copper leaves yesterday. Copper sure feels different than steel. It actually takes me longer to make a copper leaf than it does a steel leaf for some reason. Hammer Forged Copper by Andrew Marjama, on Flickr
  8. I'm starting to forge leaves out of copper. Thought I'd make them on my down time (I own a company and I sometimes have a slow week), and selling them on Etsy or somewhere. There are a lot of steel ones being sold and I think copper makes them a little nicer. Not a great photo of them. Forged Copper by Andrew Marjama, on Flickr
  9. I did a little experimenting today with finishes. I was not happy with the amount of scale I've been getting. I adjusted the propane pressure as well as the air inlet to get as little scale as possible. The silver leaf I had too much air and the scale was thick. The last big leaf, I had the air inlet opening closed more and scale was thinner, giving a smoother appearance. I also wanted to bead blast the pieces to see the effect it would have. The silver leaf was bead blasted and allowed to cool where I could almost hold it before I brushed some wax on it. This gave a silv
  10. I am new to blacksmithing, its been a little over a week since I fired up my forge for the first time. I have been using a couple of 2 lb. hammers that I picked up at my local farrier supply. While reading different threads in this forum I stumbled upon a photo of a nice looking larger hammer. It was just what I was looking for. I contacted littleblacksmith asking about the hammer, turns out he makes them! Well, I had to order one right then and there and a little over a week later, I have an awesome 3.5 lb rounding hammer in my hands. The quality is outstanding, better than I ex
  11. Thanks. I'm taking some photos of the hammer and will be making a thread on it tonight
  12. Finished my first knife, made from a railroad spike and quenched in Superquench formula. Hardened up nicely. Cocobolo for the handle. That was fun!
  13. Thanks! I haven't finished the knife yet (too busy with work). I still have to sharpen the knife and finish smoothing out, thinning out the handle. It is coming along nicely though, much nicer than I thought it would be for my first knife. Railroad Spike Knife 2 by Andrew Marjama, on Flickr Railroad Spike Knife by Andrew Marjama, on Flickr I'll probably finish it up tomorrow, then on to something else.
  14. Thanks guys. These spikes were advertised as the high carbon type spikes. I know it isn't near as good as specialty steels, but they were very cheap and I figured I might as well learn with cheap materials rather than the expensive stuff. Surprisingly this one turned out much better than I thought it would. I figured I'd go through a few spikes before getting something decent out of one.
  15. I am brand new to forging/blacksmithing having just lighted my forge for the first time 2 days ago. So far I've made a few leaf keyrings, but today I wanted to try something different. I got some railroad spikes off of ebay, so I threw one in the forge and started heating it up. After about an hour and a half I had what I think is a decent start to a small camp knife. First Forged Knife by Andrew Marjama, on Flickr I forged the bevels in as best I could. Next I had to go to harbor freight and pick up a cheap $50.00 1 x 30 belt grinder. I've never had one before, always
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