Photographing Jupiter

I remember the first photo I took of Jupiter – well the first one that mattered anyway. I’d recently got a zoom adapter for my trusty old Canon G9 and I thought I’d try pointing it at Jupiter to see what I’d get. After a lot of playing with the settings, I managed to get this shot:

Jupiter Photo

What you can see here is Jupiter and some of it’s moons in a big mess of light. At first it just looks like some kind of camera movement – but upon checking WorldWide Telescope I confirmed that this was the correct location of the moons from my location at that time of night.

I was hooked, naturally. I thought I’d just share a few of the more recent photos of Jupiter – both of which were taken with my shiny new Canon 7D:

Photo of Jupiter and moons through the clouds

Jupiter’s moons through the clouds.

Photo of Jupiter and Uranus

Jupiter and Uranus (the bluish light at the top left)

You can see more of my photography on my Flickr website.

Download xsd.exe

Microsoft has a nifty little tool called xsd.exe which lets you create serializable classes for the .NET framework from an XSD or XML file.

PS>.\xsd juliankay.xsd /c /l:cs
Microsoft (R) Xml Schemas/DataTypes support utility
[Microsoft (R) .NET Framework, Version 2.0.50727.3038]
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Writing file 'C:\Users\Julian.Kay\Desktop\juliankay.cs'.

Unfortunately it doesn’t come with the latest versions of Visual Studio and you have to download the Windows SDK to get hold of it.

Or you can just download it here!

Microsoft’s Web Platform Installer

As a developer on the Microsoft Platform, there’s nothing as simple as setting up your development machine with the Web Platform Installer.

Version 3.0 – which is the latest at the time of this post – includes fantastic tools like WebMatrix and Visual Studio Express, as well as cutting-edge frameworks like the new Orchard CMS and the latest version of ASP.NET MVC.

Everything can be downloaded for you, and any dependancies are automatically selected as required. I remember how tricky it was before: you had to download all this stuff, then click on each installer in turn. What a pain!

But don’t click all those links above, just check out