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Compressed Time at the Australia Telescope Compact Array

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the ok-ok-it's-an-illusion dept.

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epaell writes "I've been playing a little bit with time-lapse and video editing over the last week while Duty Astronomer at the CSIRO's Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) near Narrabri in country New South Wales (Australia). Playing with video is all quite a new experience for me but I had fun putting this together and thought others may enjoy it. I've captured a number of videos of and around the telescope and attempted to highlight not only the instrument and the skies but also some of the wildlife we encounter on a daily basis while observing there. It also includes an obligatory video of cockatoos taking a hayride on one of the dishes and the frogs in the control room that are our constant companions during long observing sessions :-) I recommend switching from 360p to 1080p and setting on full-screen mode to get the full effect of the video."

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cool (1, Interesting)

epiphani (254981) | more than 3 years ago | (#36344026)

Very nice work. Can you tell us about your gear and what you did to get it all coming out so nicely?

Re:cool (1)

toxygen01 (901511) | more than 3 years ago | (#36347714)

The description has been updated, so you can find it in the link. But just to make life easier:
Equipment: Canon 5D Mk II (for all video and time-lapse imagery);
Canon 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye (for wide-field shots);
Canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6 (for animal scenes and zoom shots);
Canon TC80N3 Timer Remote Control ... and a cheap broken tripod :-(

Software: Quicktime Pro (to generate video from stills); iMovie to edit and compile movie.

More things to see (5, Informative)

a_ghostwheel (699776) | more than 3 years ago | (#36344058)

For those who like that kind of stuff, also check out this video [] - one of the best I've seen so far.

Re:More things to see (2)

Schwarzy (70560) | more than 3 years ago | (#36344260)

This one is nice too: []

Since two weeks, I saw very good videos of this kind.

Re:More things to see (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36344314)

WARNING: Rick-roll!

Re:More things to see (3, Informative)

Verteiron (224042) | more than 3 years ago | (#36344416)

Don't forget this one [] . Some of the best aurora footage I've ever seen.

Re:More things to see (0)

juventasone (517959) | more than 3 years ago | (#36344468)

Right. I don't understand why this is on Slashdot. I've watched dozens of nature and astrophotography time lapses, and most are better than this one.

Because it's from AUSTRALIA! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36345258)

It's the weekend, and that means timothy and the other Aussiephiles begin their Slashdot Ausspamming.

Re:Because it's from AUSTRALIA! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36345708)

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You fucked off the Aussies and they modded you down!

Re:More things to see (4, Interesting)

psydad (12743) | more than 3 years ago | (#36345138)

Also this one from the VLT in Chile - stunning stuff!! []

Slashdot: News for Nerds, stuff that matters (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36344112)

Now featuring amateur videos!

Re:Slashdot: News for Nerds, stuff that matters (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36344192)

get off my lawn

Re:Slashdot: News for Nerds, stuff that matters (4, Funny)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#36344218)

Yeah, he's right! We should go back to arguing about which smartphone OS is the best!

Re:Slashdot: News for Nerds, stuff that matters (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 3 years ago | (#36345034)

Smartphones are for pansies. Programming Editors are for geeks.

Emacs rules! (And besides, it has an OS built in).

Thank you (3, Interesting)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 3 years ago | (#36344118)

Very, very nicely done work. Thank you for the break, and the demonstration of why art and science aren't always two different things.

Re:Thank you (1)

excelsior_gr (969383) | more than 3 years ago | (#36344830)

They are pretty much the same thing: well done science is a piece of art.

Needs more general relativity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36344202)

Pretty! Why not show some of the array's results though, or at least a photo of the horrific GR that we know all you cosmologists cook up to scare the rest of us ;-)

Re:Needs more general relativity (1)

NixieBunny (859050) | more than 3 years ago | (#36345746)

You wouldn't want to see the results! Generally speaking, radio telescopes produce graphs instead of pictures as their product. I work in submillimeter-wave spectroscopy, which produces a spectral plot labeled in Kelvins (Y axis) and km/second (X axis) with a spike in the middle indicating a detection. I've seen the results of an interferometry run (millimeter-wave VLBI), and it's enough to confuse me greatly. A bunch of graphs with axes labeled in units I've never heard of.

Kompressed Time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36344392)

I was hoping this would have to do with Final Fantasy VIII.

Very nice! (1)

davesque (1911272) | more than 3 years ago | (#36344668)

It's always great to see people undertaking personal projects like this and putting something really nice together!

We did something similar at nearby Mt. Hamilton (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36345228)

Everything here was shot with a Nikon D7000 that my sister's ex- loaned to me and a friend for a weekend. Most of the shots are actually with a 50mm lens, except of course when we're obviously using a wide-angle (11-16 mm) lens. The morning shot we had to shoot twice because some stupid termite or something parked itself right on the lens for half of the shot, but it worked out well because there wasn't any fog rolling around in the first one, plus we redid the angle to catch the planes taxiing for SJC.

A Day in the Life of Mt. Hamilton []

This doesn't happen much on /. (2)

axlr8or (889713) | more than 3 years ago | (#36345268)

Finally something nice and.. Thanks!

What's that bird? (1)

aGuyNamedJoe (317081) | more than 3 years ago | (#36345694)

I've never seen a bird rolling around on the ground playing with something before. What kind of bird is that?

Is that the same kind of bird as the group that's grooming each other later in the video?

Oh -- and am I correct that the lights streaking across the night view at various points are aircraft, and not meteors?

Re:What's that bird? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346340)

The grey bird rolling around is an Apostle bird (Struthidea cinerea).

Re:What's that bird? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346488)

I think you're right, those streaks of light must be aircraft. On a time-lapse video like that, meteors wouldn't show up for more than a single frame.

Dog help me (1)

Reed Solomon (897367) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346626)

Man, I read that as Australia Tesseract Array. Which would be pretty damn cool.

"The Dish" (1)

ihaveamo (989662) | more than 3 years ago | (#36346920)

If you want to see a great nerdy movie about australian space telescopes (Specifically, Parkes), make sure you see "The Dish". One of the great australian movies, IMHO. []

It's a true storey about the "Fun" that was had when a small group of Aussies and the Parkes telescope became pivotal in the apollo 11 moon mission.

close ups of animals with a wide angle lens (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36346928)

cuuuute......very cuuuuute

Cool video (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36347882)

Cool video.

I actually have had a chance to do a bit of work with CSIRO as part of my university studies (not in astronomy; in their ICT Centre), and they are a great organisation that all Australians should be proud to support!

Wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36349232)

If everyone can get their Youtube crap promoted on Slashdot this way, then let me have a go at it. Here's my laptop ranking video, using GPU score as rank factor:

This is why I read slashdot (1)

drgregoryhouse (1909704) | more than 3 years ago | (#36350050)

For articles like this. Thanks.

Nice. (1)

vegiVamp (518171) | more than 3 years ago | (#36351240)

Nicely done. This wonderful universe we live in keeps amazing me with it's beauty.

When I saw the cackatoos ride the dish, just for a moment I got the impression that they now full well what's going on there and are tagging along to see what happens, too.

Well done (1)

bryan1945 (301828) | more than 3 years ago | (#36352870)

Very nice! I got a laugh out of the bird wrestling with the leaf/twig, and the frog at the end was suitably freaky. A nice blend of real-time and time-lapse work. And good choice of music. I look forward to seeing more of your work.
Good luck!

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