Tips & Tricks
Hello, my name is Bob Franke (as in
yankee) and I am not the folk singer. I may have to change my web presence to Robert
Franke. The image, to the left, was taken on my retirement day in Feb 2007.
I was a software developer for a Fortune 500 company near Seattle, WA.
All images, before 2007, were taken from the Seattle neighborhood of
Magnolia. This is about three miles from the core of downtown Seattle.
I now live in Chino Valley, AZ with my wife,
The mission of the
Focal Pointe Observatory is to
produce "pretty pictures." Purists will say my images are bogus
because the data is highly modified and all scientific value is lost. Well,
like many other astro-artists, I just donít care about science with my
images. The closest I may get to science will probably be searching
for a super nova. Shown below is a comparison of an unprocessed "scientific" and
"pretty picture" image. The two images were created from the same data.
After 20 years of
engineering software development, I was burned out on
programming. I am now starting to finish some of the
programs I have started for astrophotography. Five free
programs are now available, just click the "My Freeware"
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the images on this site, adjust your display contrast and brightness
to clearly see the division between all 23 gray tones in the above
image. You may find it necessary to turn the brightness or contrast
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content are Copyright ©2003-2012 by Robert Franke, unless otherwise
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computer (for wallpaper, etc), or in a non-profit publication (such
as a club newsletter) with proper credit to the author. Any
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