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Richard S. Wright Jr.'s Blog

I believe the point of a blog is to update it more than once every six months for so... okay, REALLY, I'm going to try and do better.

First of all... I think somewhere it says 'Seeker Developers Blog" or something like that. At least it used to. I am still working on Seeker, and I'm still in charge (mostly) of our Theater Suite for planetaria and such. Lately, though I've been pushing our mobile developments forward. I've shown some things off privately, but so far I don't know if there has been any "official" announcement, so let me be the first to spill the beans on the web site:

Yes, Virginia, Software Bisque has noticed the trend towards mobile development.

Our first iPhone/IPad app will be out very soon (it's actually done), and it's called "Gas Giants". I'm sure you can guess it's intent. I'm hard at work on what's next, and no, iOS is not the only mobile platform we are "thinking" about.

Star Party season is here! Woot! I actually live in Florida (alas, not Colorado like the brothers Bisque), and all summer I languish for clear skies and good seeing. Tomorrow I'm loading up my car and heading up to the Mid Atlantic Star Party in Robbins, NC. I'm giving a talk Thursday about our new mount, TheSkyX Pro, and our "iStuff" I'm working on. I'm kind of a beginning imager, and I hope to practice a bit with my Canon DSLR.... yes, not everyone at Bisque uses $50,000 SBIG cameras... okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a little, but some of you know what I'm trying to say. I just got myself the shiny new Canon DSLR SDK from Canon, and Matt Bisque just cranked out our final polished up SkyX camera/focuser plug in architecture and documentation. You do the math on that. :-)

Back to the Star Party circuit... after MASP, I'm going to my own clubs (Central Florida Astronomical Society) star party at Kissimmee Prairie reserve in South Florida. It's actually this weekend, so I'm coming straight down, picking up my amateur astronomer son, and going straight there. Honestly, the skies are better than at the Winter Star Party in the keys (yes, I'm attending there too, and trying to drag Tom and Steve along as well), and it's a LOT less crowded. Of course good seafood is harder to come by. Oh well.

Next stop is Night Fall in Borrego Springs, CA. I've longed for years to spend the night under desert skies, and I'm looking forward to this one a lot. I'm giving two workshops and a talk there too... oh boy, do I have somebody fooled.

Finally, is the PARI Star Party in Rosman, NC. This one is my favorite, but I'm a bit biased because I'm sort of the co-organizer for it. Fingers crossed, toss the chicken bones, and say the magic words... I _MIGHT_ even have an MX there to show off on the helipad one night. This one is a bit smaller and informal, and somewhat new. If you need a URL, here's a ity bity one:

 Time to get packing. So many scopes, so little room in my trunk....



Posted 10-04-2010 2:02 PM by Richard Wright


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