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  2. Yeah mate, I gotta take one for the team every now and then. Got up just before sunrise but it was over cast. Getting some nice thunder but the lighting here seems to hide in the cloud. We are in the pool whilst it buckets down. Ray
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  4. I'm in Bali till the 21st. Great weather, lots of lightning and an active volcano shutting down flights. Will post any decents or weather events. Ray
  5. IC348

    That second process is amazing mate. Love it. Ray
  6. IC348

    And here's the Noel Carboni process of the same data. Greg
  7. IC348

    First "proper" image this season. 3 x Sky 90s and 3 X M26C OSC CCDs went for IC348 in Perseus with 30-min subs. Total of 21 subs by the end of the session. Needs about the same again. Greg
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  9. Christmas 2017

    That really sucks mate. Hope you feel better soon. On a brighter note I have a clear night and are capturing some images for the current project. Shane
  10. Christmas 2017

    This weather is crazy. To top things off, my back eased the past 2 days. At 2.30 am I awoke and in severe pain. Took me 30 mins to get up and access my PK fortes in the kitchen. Now I am stuck horizontally polarised. Gee I need Val here that's for sure. May have to call Silver Chain support in. Why do these things always happen on weekend! Being on my own not funny and Heidi the cat is no help ! All she wants is food.. Managed that ☺ Dave From my MediaTek tablet.
  11. Christmas 2017

    Your weather sounds like ours although we didnt get thunderstorms Shane
  12. Christmas 2017

    That's great composition Dave. How crazy is our weather in Perth at the moment, thunderstorms this morning, clear skies all afternoon, cloud again tonight. Ray
  13. Christmas 2017

    Great shot, and Merry Xmas to you and your family Dave from Wangaratta Victoria. Shane
  14. Christmas 2017

    I am going to start the ball rolling for this Christmas with a photo from my good friend Kerryn Murphy, a very keen photographer and Astronomer. Kerryn holds all rights to this photo. Having said that may I wish everyone on the Forum a very happy Christmas and Great New year from Perth Dave, Valentina and Mark. Image of Fir tree topped out by Venus. Great Stuff Kerryn
  15. Near Earth Object

    I would be surprised if it is not logged somewhere. Great catch regardless Ray. Shane
  16. Near Earth Object

    Excellent - well done!! Please keep us informed. Greg
  17. Near Earth Object

    I've got the Smithsonian Institute looking into it and also The Royal Astronomical Society. Be interesting to see what comes of it. Ray
  18. Near Earth Object

    Very nice catch Ray. I would check out some of these amateur groups that look out for these things and get them to tell you what it is - they are experts in tagging these things. Greg
  19. Near Earth Object

    FOV: 15.79' x 11.89' Resolution: 0.28"/pixel Area: 187.7 sq' Focal length: 3910mm Focal ratio: f/11.0
  20. Near Earth Object

    The Minor Planet Center's checker returns zero results. Satellites are returning zero results. FOV is about 15 arc minutes. Ray
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  22. Who has a good asteroid database for me? Stumbled across this object last night (see video). I've checked my satellite databases but cannot find a match. Could be an NEO. See attached MP4 below. First Frame DATE-OBS = '2017-12-06T16:23:39' /YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ss observation start, UT EXPTIME = 10.000000000000000 /Exposure time in seconds Begins RA (Topocentric): 07h 42m 34.4s Dec (Topocentric): -14° 40' 46" RA (2000.0): 07h 41m 44.4s Dec (2000.0): -14° 38' 12" Azimuth: 81° 11' 49" Altitude: +39° 08' 44" Hour Angle: -03h 29m 36s Moves To RA (Topocentric): 07h 42m 37.5s Dec (Topocentric): -14° 41' 12" RA (2000.0): 07h 41m 47.5s Dec (2000.0): -14° 38' 38" Azimuth: 81° 12' 47" Altitude: +39° 08' 20" Hour Angle: -03h 29m 39s Second Frame DATE-OBS = '2017-12-06T16:23:52' /YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ss observation start, UT EXPTIME = 10.000000000000000 /Exposure time in seconds Begins RA (Topocentric): 07h 42m 38.8s Dec (Topocentric): -14° 41' 23" RA (2000.0): 07h 41m 48.9s Dec (2000.0): -14° 38' 49" Azimuth: 81° 13' 13" Altitude: +39° 08' 09" Hour Angle: -03h 29m 40s Moves To RA (Topocentric): 07h 42m 42.1s Dec (Topocentric): -14° 41' 44" RA (2000.0): 07h 41m 52.1s Dec (2000.0): -14° 39' 09" Azimuth: 81° 14' 08" Altitude: +39° 07' 39" Hour Angle: -03h 29m 43s Third Frame DATE-OBS = '2017-12-06T16:24:06' /YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ss observation start, UT EXPTIME = 10.000000000000000 /Exposure time in seconds Begins RA (Topocentric): 07h 42m 43.2s Dec (Topocentric): -14° 41' 51" RA (2000.0): 07h 41m 53.2s Dec (2000.0): -14° 39' 16" Azimuth: 81° 14' 26" Altitude: +39° 07' 30" Hour Angle: -03h 29m 44s Moves To RA (Topocentric): 07h 42m 46.1s Dec (Topocentric): -14° 42' 10" RA (2000.0): 07h 41m 56.1s Dec (2000.0): -14° 39' 35" Azimuth: 81° 15' 16" Altitude: +39° 07' 04" Hour Angle: -03h 29m 47s Fourth Frame DATE-OBS = '2017-12-06T16:24:24' /YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ss observation start, UT EXPTIME = 10.000000000000000 /Exposure time in seconds Begins RA (Topocentric): 07h 42m 48.9s Dec (Topocentric): -14° 42' 30" RA (2000.0): 07h 41m 59.0s Dec (2000.0): -14° 39' 55" Azimuth: 81° 16' 06" Altitude: +39° 06' 39" Hour Angle: -03h 29m 50s Moves To RA (Topocentric): 07h 42m 52.5s Dec (Topocentric): -14° 42' 57" RA (2000.0): 07h 42m 02.5s Dec (2000.0): -14° 40' 22" Azimuth: 81° 17' 11" Altitude: +39° 06' 11" Hour Angle: -03h 29m 54s Can someone match this, would be greatly appreciated. Note the planetary nebula at centre is NGC2438. FITs headers and images available if you want to have a go. Regards Ray NEO.mp4
  23. Thanks for comment Shane, I was 27 when I first had a PID at L4 and L5 and has plagued me all my life. I am 6ft 4" tall and now at 83 there is considerable degeneration and Osteo Arthritis in residence. Fusion was considered some years ago, but I decided against it after a friend of mine with the same issues ended up in a wheelchair. (Modern procedures are a lot more advanced and safer) The Bilateral Facet Joint injections in October worked great, until ... I put those 20 Litre cans of nutrient on the workbench. In the 80's I was working on a Bertram 50 Boat in the bilges in a confined space when L5 popped and got crushed. I was stuck in there for 3 hours before my work place decided to investigate why I was not back at the workshop. I was wiring a Radio Earth plate on the hull at the time, a simple job if the owner had removed a carpet to access a particular hatch, he refused and had to crawl past the engine installation to reach the plate terminals. Owners of those floating "Gin Palaces" were more concerned about their precious boats than for servicemen working on them. He wasn't at all concerned about me in hospital, but about when his radio would be connected ! Will have the bi-lateral FJI's on 18/12 meanwhile living on whoopee pills and Prunes C'est la vie ! Dave
  24. Sorry to hear the back has gone again Dave. I can sympathize as I have had a crap back for years, after 2 lots of surgery, first a lamenectomy, followed a couple of years later with a lamenectomy and a fusion of L5 S1. Mine is sort of manegeable most of the time. Shane
  25. PS. Ray, Dr confirmed L5 S1 shot again in the back, given referral for further shots into the spine. Dave High concentrate Nutrient. 5 to 10 ml of mix A and B to 1 litre of water - ie 1.9lITRE PER 190 Litre tank of water. That should last 2 months. At 20 Kg per tank I should not have lifted them !!
  26. MEAT --- That is something that causes too much illness among humans, their liking for the flesh of animals, especially processed meats. However this really has nothing to do with space, (The Skies!) guess it fills a gap in dull, misere and cloudy skies Takes up very little room (The other space) Ray. Initial set up can be expensive, but once you have the gear its just a case of buying nutrient and seeds. That middle tank has what is known as "expanded clay balls" A volcanic substance, I plan Celery and Pok Choy in that shortly. -- 190 litre tanks of nutrient circulated for 10 minutes every hour in day time by a garden pond pump with 6ft lift. Very simple. By the way all the plastic used in troughs trays, tanks and containers are all certified "Food Grade" This is extremely essential with hydroponics. I will be writing a new page for my Web Site on hydroponics soon. Dave
  27. I could never go vegan, I like meat too much
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