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  • Birthday 03/21/1966


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    only actively involved in am astronomy since 2007.
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    Wangaratta,Victoria, Australia
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    8" GSO RC
    Moonlite CS focuser
    Skywatcher NEQ6PRO
    Meade DSI
    Imaging Source DBK21AU618.AS
    tasco galaxsee 114500
    Televue powermate 5X
    fujifilm s96

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  1. WOW. Ripper shot mate. Shane
  2. NGC7209

    Hi Greg, I have had 2 lamenectomies and a vertabrae fusion. I always have some pain but this time it was a lot worse than usual. I just have to deal with it as I have since it all started about 10 years ago. The way I look at it, even though I bitch at times, is there is always someone worse off than me. In other words "harden up princess" lol. Shane
  3. UPS for obs

    AP mount.......one of a few on my short list of dream mounts that I will probably never own. Others are 10 Micron and SB Paramount MX+. Shane
  4. NGC7209

    Beautiful Prof. Unfortunately my job trial ended in abject failure due to my back incapacitating me, so I have not been able to get out. Rather typical as I have had some nice clear skies and inabilty to take advantage. Shane
  5. UPS for obs

    Yep, my biggest issue, apart from possible damage to pc, is that when the mount loses power it also loses where it is. So after any power loss I have to muck about, getting it back to a home position, and that is most likely not exactly the same as it was which throws out slews and positioning and needs to have PA etc redone. Shane
  6. "Holy Grail" time lapse

    Very nice Gordon. Shane
  7. UPS for obs

    Hi Ray, primary reason is power loss. I have had a couple of times where I have had power loss to obs for unknown reason and want to have time to power down pc, mount and camera. Shane
  8. UPS for obs

    Hi guys, I think its time to add a UPS to the obs and need some advice. Not sure what size I actually need but am considering the following ones. I have a pc, 2 monitors, camera, dew straps, mount, warm room heater(I could dispence with if necessary). https://www.scorptec.com.au/product/UPS/UPS/45712-VALUE2200ELCD https://www.scorptec.com.au/product/UPS/UPS/67796-CP1500EPFCLCDa-AU https://www.scorptec.com.au/product/UPS/UPS/44933-VALUE1500ELCD sugestions and reasons for choice would be appreciated. Cheers Shane
  9. Struck Down Again

    That is awesome news mate. Bought a smile to my face. Shane
  10. MiniWASP article

    Good read Greg, it was quite a trip getting the rig up and running to satisfaction but the results show it was worth it. Shane
  11. MiniWASP article

    I saw that on FB, but am yet to read it mate. Shane
  12. Some macro work

    Brilliant Greg. Shane
  13. Trifid Nebula

    Looks good so far mate, that is quite a small FoV hey. Finally got my kit running again, as of just this second. I think I will check collimation tonight and have a crack at Mars if the clouds stay away. It has been a very long time since I have done any planetary work. Shane
  14. First Light for 5 Months

    Not bad at all Ray. Congrats on getting something. If it's not cable probs it's the bloody weather here keeping me from getting anything, I'm having withdrawals lol. Shane
  15. dead mount cable?

    Not sure exactly Ray. I had a couple of power outs in the obs that were a tad strange. When I say strange I mean that I lost power to all gear in the obs but did not trip any overloads and power returned almost instantly (no power loss to garage or house), I "think" the usb extension was on the way out and may have caused the issue, possibly dew. I can't really complain about the lifespan of these usb entensions and eqdir cable as they are around 8-10 years old, and the fact they cop a pretty hard life with temp changes and dew, but it is still annoying when they go. Shane