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About Darker View

Documenting a life lived on the Big Island of Hawai’i. From the reefs fringing the island, to snow covered summits high above, photos and stories of my experiences. My life revolves around the nearly 14,000ft summit of the incomparable Mauna Kea. I both live and work on this mountain, a place of stunning beauty at the forefront of modern science.

The site is a mix of photography, astronomy & astrophotography, scuba diving, electronics and more. The occasional political commentary, a bit of ranting, local events, everything would expect to find in a personal blog.

Also on DV you will find alerts to the best of what can be seen in the skies over the Hawai’i… Eclipses, conjunctions, meteors showers and more. You will know when and how to look, with times and positions accurate for the islands. This makes DV a useful resource for sky watchers across the pacific region.

The Author

I am an electrical engineer, a photographer, an amateur astronomer, a telescope maker and more. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I have lived in Oregon, England, Arizona and now Hawaiʻi. Much family is also from the northwest, with ancestors buried in pioneer cemeteries, and relatives living from Portland to Bellingham. My heritage is similarly complex, a blend of Scottish, German and who knows what else, I am also a member of the Shoalwater Bay Tribe.

For several years I have lived and worked at the W. M. Keck Observatory on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. Here can be found many adventures, beauty in nature and far more. On these pages, written in electrons and magnetic bits I attempt to share a little of my life and thoughts with the web community.

Catching up with me can be a challenge. Normally I can be found working atop the magnificent summit, sometimes migrating to the sea for underwater excursions or many points in between. On occasion I take a telescope out to enjoy a night under a dark sky. Perhaps volunteering at the Mauna Kea VIS, sharing the wonders of the night sky with visitors to the mountain.

To contact me just email…

Observing Table
The observing table during visual observing, all the necessities.

22 thoughts on “About”

  1. Your site very nice! There are many useful information hear and beautiful postcards and pictures.
    But I found it because have a big problem with CCD camera.
    Is it possible to contact you for some advises?
    Thank you in advance!

    Yaroslav Romanyuk from Ukraine

  2. Andrew thank you so much for such a special day – the transit of venus was spectacular. We ALL appreciate what you did to bring this magic to us. I can’t wait to see your photos – post them soon!!!!
    Giant space hugs from an appreciative nerd,
    Maeve

  3. Thank you so much for sharing the Transit of Venus will everyone last night. It truly was one of the most informative, educational and exciting nights of 2012. I followed along from beginning to end and didn’t want to log off, hoping for more. How many people want a purple telescope now? My only disappointment was when the “beep” was turned off. For a few hours we were all in the control room and that “beep” made the experience all the more real. Kudos to everyone at Keck!

  4. Great Videos! I´m here in La Palma, an astronomer working now more in tourism and special astronomy events. Next one will be in Sept. First Astromaster La Palma with Babak Tafreshi and Christoph Malin (TWAN)…in case you want to check it out: astromaster.astrolapalma.com

    Don´t know anyone here with a blog like yours. Exciting.

    cheers, Ana

  5. Hi Andrew, I have a nice photo of you and the Milky Way from the Oregon Star Party. How can I get it to you?

    Thanks again for being so generous with your time and sharing the stars with me and Shaina!

  6. Well, Andrew, this is what you wrote:

    “Not really a snorkeling site. Bring some lunch meat or steak scraps from last night’s dinner and drop inside the water gate. You will soon be treated to a view of a dozen or more moray eels competing for your offering.”

    So I was wondering if you done this snorkeling or just watching from the shore.

    1. The TMT does not affect me personally, but we are all watching the progress. Keck sits on the ridge right above the TMT site, we will have a ringside seat for the construction.

  7. Hi,

    I’d like to know if there is a way to re-configure the sensor locations on a Wii Fit Balance Board. For example – presently the arranged sensors detect force applied on North and South directional detection with the Wii Fit Balance Board in a horizontal arrangement. But I’d like to use the Wii Fit Balance Board in a Vertical Position and have the it detect North and South

  8. hi, just been looking at your wii board pcb repair looks pretty straight forward but i cannot make out what you have done to the two middle contacts with no wires.

    can you please advise.

    thanks

    tom

    1. I assume you are referring to the blue wires I added to the solder side of the PCB… The existing PCB traces to the middle contacts were in decent shape and needed no repair. The other traces on the PCB were badly corroded, or looked rather dodgy. Thus the blue wires were added to insure that those circuits were intact, bypassing the damaged parts of the PCB. Just follow the copper traces to see what goes where.

  9. I found your page/site looking for information about arc minutes and seconds. I am quite jealous about your position at Keck and impressed with your site (mine is E-alloftheabove.com).
    Could I ask a couple of simple questions about your site set up and spam control?

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