Ross Cunniff's Home Page

Last Updated April 16, 2011

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Open Source Projects

Electric Cars

Telescopes

Astrophotos

Open Source Projects

Over the years, I've contributed to a few open-source projects. Here are pointers to a couple of the most notable ones:

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Electric Cars

I've also converted two cars to electric, and built a third from scratch for a theater production:

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Telescopes

I have a variety of telescopes:

In the future, I'll have some pictures and construction tips here. Until then?

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Astrophotos

Due to the lack of equipment, most of my astrophotos are pretty simple. Here are some of my favorites:


hb-m31-a.jpg  (101 KB)

Hale-Bopp and M31, taken on March 27/28 1997 at 8:30 PM MST. Lens was a 135mm f/2.8, film was Fuji 800 EG print film. 120 second exposure. Fuzzy up and to the left is NOT the Hale-Bopp UFO, it is an internal lens reflection.



hb-n-me.jpg (41 KB)

Hale-Bopp and me. Taken out my back door with a camera on a fixed tripod. I had to run to make it into the frame, that's why I look slightly transparent.



hyakutak.jpg (35 KB)

Comet Hyakutake. Taken in March, 1996 (exact time and exposure will be updated later). This one was taken before I had gotten an equatorial tracking mount, so the stars are somewhat trailed. For an idea of the apparent size of this comet, note the Big Dipper in the left of the frame. Note also that with the naked eye, the comet was three times longer than this from a dark site!



venushya.jpg (31 KB)

Venus, the Pleiades, and Comet Hyakutake over moonlit Horsetooth mountain and reservoir. Taken April 1, 1996 with a 28mm f/3.8 lens, 30 second exposure on Kodak Gold 1000 print film. The comet is located about 1/4 of the way from the top/right corner of the pixture, just above and to the right of the long jet trail. Venus is the extremely bright white spot above the mountain peak. The Pleiades are the little specks next to it.



MoonComposite.jpg (399 KB)

A composite of 7 digital photos of the Moon, each taken with a shiny new Canon EOS 300D 6MP digital SLR with my 12.5" f/6 and a 2x Barlow, giving an effective focal length of 3800mm at f/12. Exposures were 1/320 of a second at ASA 400, and were taken on February 1, 2004. The pictures were downsampled by 2x in each direction (to reduce noise) and then composited in Corel PhotoPaint, producing the 3600x4800 picture you see here.


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