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Snorkeling with Black Trigger Fish

Snorkeling with Black Trigger Fish (Melichthys niger) in Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii, the site of the Captain Cook monument. The ones beneath me would turn up on their sides to look up at the kook with the camera. We went with Fair Wind cruises, really nice outfit. If I ever get back there, I’d like to try there night snorkeling with the manta rays. Recorded on September 14, 2010 using a Flip Video camcorder.

Something you see ONCE in a Hundred years!

The last Venus transit till 2117 and who knows what the world will look like when that happens! This is footage both in the visible and H-alpha wavelength of the Venus transit of 5th June 2012. I watched it from near the power substation for the Keck Observatory, about one vertical mile below the summit (although I was still at an altitude of ~ 10 000 ft, ~ 2miles). This whole trip was put together at incredibly short notice. Indeed this was my first attempt at solar timelapse and my first attempt to use the H-Alpha telescope to do it. Knowing nothing about such things, it’s usually my reckoning that it takes about 3 attempts to get good at this sort of thing. If I had know more about H-alpha telescopes, I would have certainly spent more on one. The solar scope I got cost about 1000 bux (in europe where i was at the time), but if I had really known what I was doing I should have probably spent 2-3x that amount. However even if I had known that, it was not clear I would be able to buy such a telescope in time, and even if I could, when I travelled to Hawaii, virtually ALL of my weight allowance was tied up in equipment (plus a change of underwear). Even at that, I borrowed a tracking mount from a local and very well equipped astronomer friend (MANY thanks Chris) without which this simply wouldnt have been possible. I’ve got to say that given the constraints that I had (inexperience, lack of proper kit, lack of transport ability lack of time etc etc) I’m actually very happy

What’s Happening This Month – July 2012

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Hawaii Sea Camp session 2 part 2 – Scuba camp for teens

www.hawaiiseacamp.com 808-443-7189 Session 2 at Hawaii Sea Camp was the best yet with 14 kids from all across the US learning how to scuba dive, free dive; cliff-jump and bodysurf in the beautiful waters surrounding Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island! Don’t miss the breath-taking manta ray night dive at the end. Learn in paradise! Set in stunning Captain Cook, Hawaii,Hawaii Sea Camp is geared toward young people who are interested in the marine environment, either for recreation or as a prospective career. We run scuba certification, snorkel and marine science programs for four two week sessions during the summer, and for customizable time slots year-round. All levels of PADI certification are offered up to Master Diver, including Open Water referrals (for those just getting started), Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver. Teens can choose to specialize in a variety of skills including underwater photography and videography, deep diving, search and recovery; night diving, etc. Once the certifications are achieved, HSC campers participate in tropical marine science programs in partnership with the University of Hawaii, helping collect data on marine life to better understand the state of Hawaii’s reefs. Next, an excursion is always made to any number of beautiful spots on the Big Island – whether it’s bodysurfing at green sands beach, cliff jumping from the southern most point in the US or camping in the stunning Waipio Valley, adventure is our priority! Each two week session