Author Archives: Kirk's Universe

Don’t Read The Fine Print

I updated my iPhone astronomy app, “My Messier”. Check it out. The text size can now be adjusted, and it supports the iPhone X screen size.  I read somewhere that you can determine a person’s age pretty accurately by the … Continue reading

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Kirk is 101

The actor Kirk Douglas is one hundred and one years old today and reportedly doing great. This year I read his autobiography, “The Ragman’s Son”. It was another of my parent’s old books, a yellowing paperback that had been on … Continue reading

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Read, read, read.

  I finished reading the book “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck. It’s about a family struggling to survive,  leaving Oklahoma during the Dustbowl and Great Depression and their journey to California.  I’m not writing a book report or … Continue reading

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Adventures in Half Frame Negative Scanning

I still shoot on film, and I recently scanned my own negatives for the first time. I use an Olympus Pen FT single lens reflex camera, which takes photos in half-frame format. Using a roll of 135 format 35mm film, … Continue reading

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I Made An App.

I released my first app.  Check it out. It’s an astronomy quick reference, called  “My Messier”,  for iPhone and Apple Watch. When Apple Watch was announced, I thought I’d write an app for it (as an excuse for getting one.) … Continue reading

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Sad Shoes

I wore out a pair of hiking boots and have to say goodbye to them.  I know I shouldn’t get attached to things, but I keep thinking of all the places they took me.

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Fun with an 80 year old camera

I recently inherited a camera, a 1936 Roland Kleinbild made by Plasmat in Germany. It uses medium format 120 film in a 645 ratio with a 70mm f2.7 lens. The shutter appeared to be working so I was eager to put in a roll and see what this 80 year old camera could do. Continue reading

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