6/10/06

Apple of my blind eye

I am currently in the market for a new digital camera, and one of my requirements is that I must be able to connect it to my telescope. I was asking Yort for camera recommendations and of course, since any conversation with Yort is almost required by law to take a left turn somewhere along the line, that is exactly what happened. I was talking about taking pictures through telescope eye-pieces, and after about the third time I said "eye-piece" he interrupted me.

"Are those made by Apple?" he asked.

"Huh?" I said. "Oh, the i-Piece. Yes, I believe it is. Or it will be. Sometime in the future."

So during the in-depth ten-minute conversation that followed, all of which had absolutely nothing to do with digital cameras, we hammered out the details since that is what we do. We determined that the i-Piece would be a hard, white shiny codpiece that plays mp3 files, and it would cost around one hundred and thirty nine bucks. This is assuming the codpiece makes a fashion comeback, of course.

Obviously, being a couple of geeks, the first thing we thought of were the Imperial Storm Troopers. I found this picture of an Imperial Storm Trooper on-line:



However, let's take a closer look:



Dammit Apple! Always stealing my ideas.

Why they didn't opt for a bluetooth wireless signal direct to the helmet is beyond me, but Steve Jobs is the king of planned obsolescence, so I'm thinking that might be it. Or it could be so that when you're at home, sitting around wearing nothing but your i-piece, you can use better headphones.

8 comments:

  1. On the serious side, I'd recommend a 35 mm SLR telescope adapter from someone like Celestron, and an 8 Megapixel Cannon Digital Rebel XT, especially if you already have a Cannon 35 mm EOS system (Rebel is the cheapest EOS film camera) camera - the lenses are interchangeable. It's about $600 from B&H.

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  2. Anonymous8:17 AM

    Heh. Funny.
    Mom: Son, stop touching your crotch.
    Son: Mom! I'm searching for an MP3.

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  3. *choking*

    Hilariously, I only use the blogger journal to upload and host photos - this is because I am too lazy to find another way to do that. When i got the email notification that someone had commented on my blogger journal, I thought to myself..."Why?"

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  4. Bwahahahahaha! Typical man, always thinking with your crotch. If I kicked you in the nuts would your dick play heavy metal?

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  5. I am pretty sure it would play the blues.

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  6. Pure gold.

    Also on a serious side, I have been using two adaptors for my slr camera: one direct which uses the telescope primary system (without the ocular, or I-codpiece) for a nice wide field view, great shots.

    But I also have in the past used eyepiece projection, which uses a long tube that screws into the camera. This requires a nice solid mount, and a good scope, as well as far better tracking. All of which are part of being a serious astrophotographer. For planets and such, this is the only way to go.

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  7. Alex, I just ordered the Rebel XT, and my scope is a 127mm schmidt from orion. Is that a good enough scope? What do I need to do i-piece projection?

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  8. The google ads are cracking me up.

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