Star Seeking Imager
Senior Capstone Project

The Star Seeking Imager (formerly the Celestial Tracking and Imaging project) will focus on creating a device to improve photographers’ ability to perform high quality astrophotography easily and at a low cost. The device will consist of three parts. The first part will be a physical tracking device, able to connect to a DSLR camera and tripod. The device will be able to easily move the weight of a camera and lens, with mobility to point to any location in the sky. The second part will be the backend programming of tracking. Instead of using conventional tracking methods (calculating the speed of the object, or using the velocity of Earth’s rotation), this project will use image processing to locate the object of interest on the sensor and constantly refresh to keep the target centered. The last part is an automatic finder in the form of a phone application. Not only will this app be able to control the entire device’s tracking, it will also allow users to input coordinates or the name of a celestial object. The app will then communicate with the physical device and automatically find the object with the camera.
Project will be completed by May 2017

Designing the Image Processing System
for the Citizen CATE Experiment

The Citizen CATE Experiment is created by Dr. Matt Penn from the National Solar Observatory. The purpose of the project is to ulitize the upcoming trans-continental eclipse to collect never before seen data from the corona of the sun. The ecplise will last a total of 90 minutes as the moon travels across the sun. The advantages of this eclipse is that the path is almost entirely on land, this is the key to the proposed project. Setting up 60 sites across the US, Dr. Penn hopes to capture at least 30 seconds of data from each. After the eclipse, using image processing, will produce a seamless high definiton video feed of the eclipse. This will also astronomers to study phenominum in the corona, never seen before. In this project, image processing is incredibly important. While the images will all be taken with the same set-up, many variables change. It is important to keep all of the images as standard as possible. There are three main uses of the image processing; Image Alignment, High Dynamic Range Processing, and Characterization. Each important and useful in this topic

The Art of Printing
Shakespearean Plays

Shakespeare's plays themselves are widely studied, read, and preformed almost everywhere in the world. But not only is the text stuied, but the way the text was printed. This paper focuses on four seperate copies for Shakespeare's plays, printed between 1800-1900. This article uses high magnification photography to illistrate the techniques described for printing, image making, and typeface use in these books.

The Forewing of a
Cabbage Butterfly

A white cabbage wing butterfly is very common in the United States. Many times they can be seen in fields of flower gardens. Through the use of microscopic-photography, we are able to view the butterfly wing as never before. The full image is over 400 composites stitched together for a seamless zoom-able capability. The structures of the wings and defined and photographed in higher magnification to examine them further.

Shakespearean Genres

Shakespeare is a well known playwright who produced argueably 36 plays during his lifetime. Scholars have studied these plays extesnively and categorized them into 3-4 distinct genres. While the overall feel of many of Shakespeare's plays bridge the gap between comedy and trgedy. Many times the plays themselves have elements of 2 or more genres. This has caused literary experts to categorized the plays more based on the ending, than the other acts. The fourth genre, The Romances, is sometimes not included. This genre was added in the end to encompass

Study of Macrophotographic Lighting

Lighting in any photographic setting is important to the final image produced. There are many different set-ups and reasoning behind certian lighting techniques, escpecially based on the subject and enviornemnt in which the shoot is taking place. Marcophotography is an incredible different setting than the normal Studio or Advertising shoot. There are specfic standardized set-ups that are used to guantee the success of the final image. Through this paper eight different set-ups are explained throughly. Examples and diagrams are provided to help illistrate the pros and cons of each. Click on the image to read the article.