Pictures from space by home enthusiast

by Clayton on March 25, 2010

A Stars Birthplace

I’ve always been fascinated by space and space travel, some of the pictures that are taken by hubble beggar belief, the numbers alone can be frightening. Circumstellar Space (nebulas where stars are ‘born’) can be over a trillion light years long! I mean really, how long is that? I can’t comprehend a number that large, maybe if someone told me how many crème eggs in a row that was it would give me more of an understanding.

So this guy from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, had a flash of inspiration to take pictures from space with a normal camera. Ok, come up with a statement like that to the missus and there will either be instantaneous laughter, ‘How much will that cost’ or even both. Robert Harrison, a married IT Director was adamant he wanted his project to take off – see I made a joke, well a joke-ette (sorry).

So here’s what he did, all from knowledge gathered off the internet I might add. The control of the balloon was a standard GPS device, pretty much like a Tom Tom, linked to a radio transmitter which allowed a good monitoring system for both height and distance. He linked a simple Canon camera to software on the ground and wrapped both in loft insulation from a local DIY store keeping the weight down to a meagre 1kg. All this costing just £500 a pop, he’s launched 12 in total since October 2008 and I think you’ll agree the pictures are stunning…

“…You just need a bit of technical know-how. I know nothing about electronics and what I do know, I learned from the internet. My family and friends thought I was a bit mad at first but they were suitably impressed with the results. The pictures speak for themselves; they put everything into perspective…”

One of Robert Harrison's stunning pictures from space.

“…NASA had heard what was happening and wanted to know how I’d done it so cheaply,” he stated. “People think this is something that costs millions but it doesn’t…”

Good work fella, that’s VERY cool as…

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