Keck in Motion

Keeping the telescopes on-sky every night is the task of the Keck Observatory Operations and Infrastructure Department. A great crew of guys that I am honored to work alongside. This video is dedicated to the guys of the Keck daycrew who make it all possible.

Author: Andrew

An electrical engineer, amateur astronomer, and diver, living and working on the island of Hawaiʻi.

9 thoughts on “Keck in Motion”

  1. Nice one Andrew and Mark! The video really works the way it was cut to the music, and it is always good to see science through art… Keep up the good work.

    Reminds me of a futuristic Koyaanisqatsi. (Can’t wait for the 10 minute Directors cut.)

    1. I get two types of comments on the effect, folks either love it or hate it, not much in-between. Thanks for the criticism, folks too often say that the piece is great, I seldom get any useful comments that can help me improve. Thanks for spreading the links around as well, the vid is getting a lot of views, with the count steeply increasing.

  2. Well done, Andrew. Very cool. While Dean doesn’t appear to appreciate the star trail effect, I certainly do. How in the heck did you do that???

    1. The effect was one I first saw in a film by a local astronomer, Jean-Charles Cuillandre of CFHT, in his film Hawaiian Starlight. Thus I call it the Cuillandre effect. You have to set up a method to create a cumulative add of successive frames in the time lapse, saving a frame after every addition to create the video. I used a Photoshop script to accomplish this, one that took me some experimentation to figure out.

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