Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Intercosmos - 40 years of space flight (SSTV)

Interkosmos was a Soviet space program, designed to help the Soviet Union's allies with crewed and uncrewed space missions.

The program included the allied east-European nations of the Warsaw Pact, CoMEcon, and other socialist nations like Afghanistan, Cuba, Mongolia, and Vietnam. In addition, pro-Soviet non-aligned nations such as India and Syria participated, and even France and Austria, despite them being capitalist nations.

The project also includes, first ever astronaut of India - Rakesh Sharma 
is the only Indian citizen to travel in space. He was launched on 2 April 1984 on-board  Soyuz T-11 (Soyuz T-11 was the 6th expedition to Salyut 7, and carried the first Indian cosmonaut to the Salyut 7 station.)


marks the 40th anniversary of Interkosmos space program. To mark this day ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) in coordination with International Space Station is scheduled to transmit SSTV (Slow Scan Television Image) back to Earth from space during 11th to 14th April 2018. 

I have received following SSTV images on 11th April as the transmission turned ON - 

11 April 2018 :

12 April 2018 :

13 April 2018 :

14 April 2018 :

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Extending your Wi-Fi network (wired)

If you're using WiFi  at your home or office and wonder if the range is not enough for your workspace such as multi story building or home where 1 WiFi  router is insufficient. Here are some tips, tools & tricks you required to extend your WiFi  network for maximum possible bandwidth & signal strength.

Usually Wi-Fi signal can reach as far as 100m radius of the router, which is even lower in indoor conditions in which signal gets weaker and weaker as it passes through wall/s which also means low bandwidth hence you cannot access the internet at its full.

If you have your old WiFi router lying around you can put it to work as access point by following this article.

I've been using following trick at my home since last 3 years, in which I have used more than 4 WiFi routers (using WiFi  as access point). 

Prelude :  

WiFi is a technology for wireless local area networking with devices based on the IEEE 802.11 standards - since WiFi works on radio waves to transfer the data from one point to another it does not require any physical connection; which is really cool.

The Problem :

If you live or work at area where you have multi-story building or home while you only have 1 WiFi router at home which is connected to your internet connection.

Regular use routers comes with area coverage from 100 meters in regular WiFi routers ranging under 2000/- INR - while using them in home or office place where range becomes weaker at some part of the room where you require the most or to extend the WiFi in another room to maintain the high bandwidth and high signal strength here is what you can do.

Fact :

You can use as many WiFi routers in your network as you wish - there is not such limit.

How? basically only first router (connected to internet) talks to the internet while other routers just acts as a access points in the network, these extra routers acting as access point are connected to main WiFi router via CAT5/CAT6 cable or WDS bridge (Wireless Bridge).

Method 1 (wired):

This method is quite complicated but it delivers higher bandwidth and seamless connectivity with advance features, & most importantly cheaper.

Requirements : 

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  • Cat5 cable - depending upon distance.
  • Laptop with WiFi or LAN port

Preparation :

Understand your environment - do a research where you are having low signal. If your house already has the RJ45 jacks with CAT5/6 cable running in each room or the place you wish to place your 2nd router.

Extending network :

Using your existing wifi router (manufacturer does not matter) as a main internet gateway set at and new wifi router as access point. I have been using 3 TP-Link TL-WR841N 300Mbps Wireless-N Router as a access point at my home but as long as you are planning to use wire to connect it you can technically use any WiFi router and make it access point.

Configuration : 

  • LAN to WAN : Connect the RJ45 to LAN port of MAIN router & another router's WAN port, you can use this for more routers and router will automatically become the access point. 
  • Do set : NAME of wifi and PASSWORD as per desired name. 
  • In this method you can set the Same NAME of access point while channel of 1st router and access point should be different but name & password can be same, this enables to automatically connect to highest signal wifi in your network while you transit through different rooms and you don't need to switch the network manually everytime.

Advance setup :

  • LAN to LAN Port connection can also be done while extending the network for those who are looking to manage the entire network centrally can do this setting.
  • You need to turn OFF the DHCP Server of all the extending router devices while only main (1st Wifi router) will have its DHCP server hence every time any device tries to connect to network will get IP address from main router.

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Taking the shot

When they know you are crazy about photography and you do whatever it takes to get the shot, seen here is my Endeavour in dark as we pulled over on side of the road, at 12:45am to take some night shots in 10°C cold weather while enroute Kalsubai peak trek back in december 2017. 

To get such shots you don't just need a proper gear but you also need enthusiastic team who support you in the behind the scene to capture it. 
Thanks to Sagar Mirajkar & Omkar Salunke for keep us all safe by having hockey stick in the hand in cold dark night, because at those remote locations you are on your own and help is about few hours away.

Canon 700D
ISO 400
24 sec exposure
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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Blue Moon with Lunar Eclipse

First Blue Moon total Lunar eclipse in 150 years! The first eclipse of 2018 happened on Jan. 31 2018. A total eclipse that involved the second full moon of the month, popularly referred to as a Blue Moon or Blood Moon. Such a skywatching event hasn't happened for more than 150 years. The eclipse was visible throughout most of western North America, eastern Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Ocean & parts of Middle East. Here are some pictures of eclipse by me, they're also featured in Satara, MH based newspaper. 

In Media : Newspaper "Aikya" - Satara - 1 Feb 2018

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Collaboration with Unnati Silks

Featuring : Chanderi Sico Saree by Unnati Silks

Chanderi is a fort town of Madhya Pradesh, India, with the Chanderi fort located on top of a hill, at a level of 71 meters above the town, and was built during the Mughal period. Chanderi is famous all over India and today overseas as well for its special, distinguishable and finely woven traditional handloom sarees made of silk and cotton. The Chanderi Fabric is known for centuries for its transparency, the famous hand woven Buttis, a lot of zari work and its sheer texture, besides other special features that have been included over time.

We at Pixel Pune, reviewed Chanderi Sico Saree by Unnati silks which has this amazing craftsmanship on it through the use of a pen, an ethnic art involving hand-painting or block printing on sarees, which usually subjects of Gods, temple hangings, epic scenes and other religious themes, flora and fauna as motifs with trees, creepers, flowers, leaves, birds as some of the popular subjects adorn the Chanderi Sico saree. Marked features of this fusion style are simplicity, good use of natural organic colours and we felt it is premium quality hand woven traditional saree we've came across. We had great time shooting this saree, it gives rich royal feel to the pictures. 

Here you get can, get them : 

They have great range of handwoven and handcrafted products from across 21 states of India.

For Pixel Pune,
- Nupur & Devendra 
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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Rajgad trek - 2013

"The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

Shot this about 4 years ago in December 2013 while sitting in the so called "Nedhe" on the fort, Rajgad - the fort was the capital of the Maratha Empire under the rule of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj for almost 26 years, after which the capital was moved to the Raigad Fort.

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