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It’s been a long time

Wow. So the last post here is now getting OLD.
I’ve let the blog get stale for a long time, but I think it’s time to get it back to life.

Over the recent year I’ve bought an oldie 4X4 and started enjoying off-road driving, who thought that I, who was once afraid of sleeping outside his house, will enjoy spending 3 nights in the middle of the Negev desert, away from all civilization? Apparently these things happen to the best of us. Hopefully I’ll be able to incorporate some of my hobbies in the blog as well and keep it interesting.

Here’s to a new beginning!

How I learned to love enumeration and passed the OSCP

TL;DR – I passed the OSCP exam and had lots of fun doing it.

The Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) certification is well known in the security industry as a really tough certification, unlike many certifications that rely on memorization and rote learning, the OSCP is awarded after a hands-on exam that forces the exam taker to demonstrate his knowledge through action.

I will try here to give a brief overview of the path I took towards this certification and share some of my thoughts about it.

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“Star Party” at Wadi Barak

WOW, long time to write a first post…

Call it “Wadi Barak”, “Nahal Barak” (Same thing but in Hebrew) or what ever you want, I simply love this site. Sure, there may sometimes be better conditions in other places, but the few times I came to this site were almost perfect. The only drawback I could find was the wind that was way too strong until it died out at around 11PM.

You’re probably asking now “where the heck is this site?”, and the simple answer is down south in the Negev Desert. A more accurate answer would be about 45km south of the town Mitzpe Ramon beyond the wonderful Ramon Crater, the largest erosion cirque in the world.

Or, if you prefer a map, here it is: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=30.36921,34.973899&num=1&t=h&z=16

On October 12th this was the place chosen for our monthly star party, in lieu of the regular abandoned camp north-west of Mitzpe Ramon.
I arrived at the site well after dark, as I probably continue doing for the winter as I have classes every Friday, I had the pleasure of setting up my equipment in the dark. A cold wind blowing across the desert, the Milky Way about our heads and a casual chatter with neighboring cars served to make the conditions perfect for the night.

My goal for the night was to test the full setup: SkyWatcher 150P OTA,  HEQ5 Pro mount, EO S1000D camera, EQASCOM control and the new battery with lighter sockets attached to power the mount. Laptop and Camera charging were handled with a small inverter off the car battery.Unfortunately with all the work to do, I did not have a chance to observe much with any scope that was there but still had a pleasant night.

My targets were M33 “Triangulum Galaxy”, the “Rosette Nebula” and M78. After doing some extensive polar alignment and goto training for EQMOD (12 stars FTW!) M33 was quite easy to find and I could make out it’s shape on every sub-exposure I’ve made, almost smack center. My fears arose though when I noticed a bit of a blur in the image which made it certain I was out of focus and without a focusing mask, getting the camera in focus was quite hard.
After focus was established, pics were taken of all 3 objects and I’m quite proud of them and will post them later.
Around 4AM I decided to quit, set the scope to capture darks and went to sleep. At 5:30 with the sun only a little bit under the horizon I started taking flats and packed for home. |
All in all, a great star-party at a great site and there’s even cellular internet reception there.

Getting Started

Hello world 🙂
Welcome to the relaunch of my blog, my very own place to put my 2 cents in everyone’s face.
This blog is centered on MY hobbies: Diving, Astronomy, SciFi and more, as well as my mouthpiece on all current events.
So, at this time (It’s almost 2AM here and I’ve got a calculus test tomorrow), good night to you all. 🙂