[Saturn] [Lunar eclipse] The Shallow Sky (shallowsky.com)

Shallowsky.com: Akkana Peck's website, covering a wide range of topics.

"Shallow Sky" encompasses the solar system: observation of our moon, the planets and their moons, comets, asteroids, and the sun. The term was invented by David North as a pun on the "Deep Sky" term long used by observers of galaxies, nebulae and other distant targets.

Social media:

[Jay feather] "Shallow Thoughts" blog [me] @akkakk on Twitter Contact me by email

Topics on this site:

My books!

Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional, second edition is a comprehensive guide to image editing using the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) for editing photographs and creating digital art.

Jumpstarting the Raspberry Pi Zero W: Control the World Around You with a $10 Computer gets you started using a Raspberry Pi Zero W, or any other Raspberry Pi model, to control a wide assortment of hardware. Includes instructions on how to blink LEDs as well as two more detailed projects: using temperature sensors to control a fan or air conditioner, and controlling a programmable colored light string to reflect the state of Twitter or any website you choose. Also available on O'Reilly Media in both paper and electronic format, or on Amazon as a a Kindle Edition.

If you buy the books via the Amazon links above, I get a tiny kickback from Amazon. No pressure, though. :-)


Linux and Open Source
The Linux for Presentations Howto, the Multiple Network Schemes Howto, information on Linux imaging, and more. Plus you can find quick Linux tips in my blog archive.

I give talks on a variety of technical and semi-technical subjects.

Programs I've written, including the pho image viewer and metapho image organizer, the Saver and Pandora GIMP plug-ins, PyTopo tiled map viewer, many little astronomy apps, Crikey for mapping strings to keys, assorted useful scripts, and plenty of other free open source software.

Or you can browse my Github repositories, including pho and metapho, pytopo, useful scripts and gimp-plugins, some of my dotfiles, and more.

I like to teach short courses in programming and technical subjects, such as summer workshops for high school girls in Robots and Sensors using Arduino and Javascript, and an online Python class.

Akkana's Resume
I'm a software developer specializing in Linux and open source, and I sometimes do technical and science writing.

Metal art

My latest hobby is welding junk metal into sculpture. You can see samples at my art website: JunkDNAArt.com.


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Moon, A collaborative compendium of information for anyone observing the moon through a telescope.

Astronomy sketches ... homebuilt 8'' dobsonian ... Astronomy links ... my astronomy page ... with links to Java applets, observing reports, etc.

I also wrote the monthly Shallow Sky column for the SJAA Ephemeris for many years.


"Shallow Thoughts" blog ... Birds of the West ... Bay Area Wildflowers ... Public speaking ... Photography ... Geology ... R/C airplanes ... Kayaking ... Mountain biking ... Motorcycling ... Autocrossing a Fiat X1/9 ... and an old and seldom updated personal page.

Please visit the Shallow Sky Bookstore for book recommendations, and help support this site! Thanks!

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