Wednesday, 28 July 2010

An astronomical model

Bet you thought I was going to talk astrophysics for a change! Sorry.

Below is a picture I took the other day of Submillimeter Valley near the summit of Mauna Kea at dawn. There's the CSO down to the left along with our emergency evacuation vehicle in case we have a serious medical case at the summit. In the middle is the JCMT and to the right are the dishes of the SMA and the hangar where we keep the alien spacecraft we shot down overnight.

Just for a bit of fun, I sent the picture to TiltShift maker. I tried it before with a picture of Santa Barabara but haven't tried it with summit pictures before. The whole idea is to put most of the picture so out of focus it makes the whole thing look like a toy model. I prefer the Santa Barbara picture but this isn't too bad!

Click on the pictures for larger versions as ever.


Keera Ann Fox said...

That effect seems to work best with a lot of man-made structures around.

I always knew one of those telescopes was actually a camouflaged cannon! So, when do we get to see a pic of that spaceship you guys shot down?

Tom said...

It's a secret. Let's just say this little bugger never made it back out of the atmosphere! ;)