I woke up this morning to very great news. I read on www.sonyalpharumors.com (thanks, Andrea) that Sony Japan had announced the Sony A7ii. Sony had managed to squeeze in the technology which people said they could not (not in a compact mirrorless body). Well, Sony has proved them all wrong. In this post, I have looked through and compiled various bits of information regarding the A7ii with comparison to its other siblings in the same stable. Continue reading Sony A7ii: preview
On Tuesdays I normally take on the cooking responsibilities in my household. But I find conventional cooking very mundane, and hence have to find ways to make it more interesting i.e. the perfect opportunity to use my ‘toys’ to do the cooking for me. Continue reading Rib-eye steak with a twist
I recently purchased the Tele Vue T2 adapter for the Tele Vue 1.25″ powermate, as I had borrowed my friend’s 2.5X powermate for solar imaging. I wanted to get magnified views of the sunspots using the Skywatcher ED100 (900mm focal length F9); this is not possible with my Celestron 2X Barlow. Using my Olympus E-P5, the effective focal length (EFL) of this telescope would be 1800mm (2x crop factor). But with the 2.5X power mate, it would be EFL 4500mm. Continue reading Solar imaging 18/11/14 (something special)
I had the chance to go to the Jacqueline Du Pre Music Building today, in St Hilda’s College Oxford. She was famous as a brilliant cellist and an honorary fellow of the college; hence the building was named after her. It is the venue for a series of music concerts, but also serves as the venue for the ABRSM for piano exams. The 200-seat Edward Boyle auditorium houses a Steinway D concert grand piano, which is also used for the piano exams. Continue reading Jacqueline Du Pre Music Building
Previously I never liked drinking coffee as instant coffee just tastes awful. But over the last 2 years or so, my perception of coffee has completely changed, once I discovered the beauty of a nice cup of coffee. The smell of freshly ground coffee beans and the aroma emanating from the freshly brewed coffee, is enough to wake one up in the morning – not to mention the caffeine. Continue reading Fancy a cup of coffee?
Beef rendang is one of the spicy curry dishes from my youth that I still have fond memories of. I recall the time when I had the hottest beef rendang ever, which burnt my tongue and caused a lot of pain – I literally had to wash my tongue with running water from the tap to reduce the heat. But it was also the tastiest I had ever had – and the yard stick by which I have compared subsequent tastings.
After a two week trip around the other side of the sun, AR2912 is back. It is now just visible on the edge of the sun. As there was clear skies today, I decided to image this again. Unfortunately the seeing is not very good today. I used my Skywatcher ED80 with Celestron 2x Barlow and Baader Herschel Prism with Solar continuum. Camera: Olympus E-P5. Continue reading Sunspot AR2192 – it’s back
There are many different varieties of chilli out there. There are some chilli which are very mild, while others are extremely hot. I have some Bird’s eye chilli plants growing in my conservatory for the last 2 years. These are reasonably hot, but I wanted to grow some extremely hot chilli as well. Hence I bought the Bhut Jolokia (Ghost pepper) plant, which was at one point in time the hottest chilli in the world (in 2007). Continue reading Ghost pepper – Bhut Jolokia
Recently I managed to image sunspot AR2005 with the Skywatcher ED100. Unfortunately the seeing was rather poor and hence that was limiting what I could achieve with a single shot. Continue reading Sunspot AR2205 – stacking
Recently we had been to Yo Sushi! for lunch and really liked the tempura prawns there. Hence when I saw the tempura mix in Tesco, I decided to buy some back for my wife to cook with. Continue reading Food photography: tempura