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Derek Lowe The 2002 Model

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Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: Twitter: Dereklowe

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September 22, 2006

Darn Photons

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Posted by Derek

No time for a post for today, unfortunately - I was up late last night, trying to see this from my backyard. No dice - like most amateur astronomers, I need a darker sky. Even if I'd been able to see the galaxies, they wouldn't exactly look like that photo from Kitt Peak, though - visually in my 11-inch scope, they're going to be a lot more like the first one of this series. And as for this view: well, not without my own space program.

Coming up next week: more Ariad craziness, and we'll tackle (in a separate post!) the perplexing question of whether you have an infrared spectrometer in your nose or not.

Update: forgot to mention this. I've noticed that the comment spam filters seem to be set a bit more aggressively here these days. A number of comments are wrongly ending up in the junkpile. I'm rescuing them, but often not in a very timely manner. This weekend I'll try to tweak things back a bit.

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1. S Silverstein on September 28, 2006 2:10 PM writes...

Do you do astrophotography with those ulra-sensitive detectors and computer software to merge multiple images?

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2. Derek Lowe on September 28, 2006 2:56 PM writes...

Nope, I'm a strictly visual guy as an astronomer. "Astrophotography" is a very expensive word - you need a good scope, sure, but then a *really* good mount for it, and then the detector and computer gear. My scope is a Dobsonian, so most all the money is in the primary mirror.

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