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About poppasmurf

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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
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  1. Struck Down Again

    Good news on the cancer front my friend. Stay well. Congrats on the cam purchase. Shane
  2. Orion Nebula

    That would be awesome with some short exposure so core isn't blown out. Nah, it's still awesome. Shane
  3. Rosette nebula

    Nice mate. I'm having massive guide problems at the moment so no imaging for me. Shane
  4. playing with PixInsight

    The first video in the 12 part beginner series shows a way to have your work flow, named how you want it, every time you start. This info alone has helped me immensely. There is another piece of software out now called Astro Pixel Processor, I've had a quick play but prefer PI. Shane p.s. I'll give you a pm tomorrow regarding something I'd like to discuss with you mate.
  5. playing with PixInsight

    Found some great youtube tutorials for PI. Although they are for total beginners there is lots of great info. I even learned some useful tips with keeping icons available on the desktop for ease of use. and one from Warren on the astro imaging channel page https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=pixinsight Shane
  6. NGC 1466

    Seems the only clear nights have the bloody moon imposing and I was itching to do some imaging so said stuff it and got this one. Object:NGC 1466 Object Info:from wikipedia NGC 1466 is the New General Catalogue designation for a globular cluster in the deep southern constellation of Hydrus. It is located in the outskirts of the Large Magellanic Cloud, which is a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way. The object was discovered November 26, 1834 by English astronomer John Herschel. John Dreyer described it as "pF, pS, iR, glbM, *7 f", meaning "pretty faint, pretty small, irregular round, gradually a little brighter middle, with a 7th magnitude star nearby". When using a small telescope, this is a "faint, small, unresolved and difficult" target with an angular size of 1.9 arc minutes. It has an integrated visual magnitude of 11.4. This cluster has a reddening corrected distance modulus of 18.43±0.15, corresponding to a distance of 48.5 kpc. The cluster has a mass of about 140,000 times the mass of the Sun. It is an old cluster, having an estimated age of 13.1 billion years. In photographs, the cluster spans an apparent size of 3.50 arc minutes. The core radius has an angular size of 10.7±0.4 arc seconds, while the half-light radius is 24.3 arc seconds. There are a total of 49 known and one candidate RR Lyrae variable stars in the cluster, as of 2011. Eight are RRd, or double-mode RR Lyrae variables. The average periods are 0.591 days for RR Lyrae type ab and 0.335 days for RR Lyrae type c. These are consistent with a classification of Oosterhoff-intermediate for the cluster. Twelve other variables have been identified, including two long-period variables and a Cepheid variable. Number of Subs: L 20 , R 20 , G 19 , B 20 Sub Length: 60sec Total Integration Time: 79 minutes Date Captured: 24/12/2018 Imaging Camera: Moravian G2 2000 Imaging Telescope: GSO RC8 CF Reducer: no Focal Length: 1625 Image Scale: 0.94 arcsec/pixel Field of View: 19 x 25 arcmin Mount: SW NEQ6 Pro, Rowan belt modded Guide Scope: Orion ST80 Guide Camera: Prostar LP colour (toupcam) Capture Software: APT Astrophotography Tool Guide Software: PHD Guiding 2 Processing Software: PixInsight Shane
  7. M45 superdeep

    that looks much better than FB on my phone. Great job Prof. Shane
  8. Ioptron mounts

    Cheers for the info Tony. Perhaps one to keep in mind if I can ever afford to upgrade from my SW NEQ6. Shane
  9. SAO76540

    Lots of dust in there. Shane
  10. Eastern Veil

    Very nice indeed. I wish I could afford to upgrade the mount, maybe one day. Thoughts on the Ioptron? Shane
  11. M31

    spectacular Prof. Shane
  12. NGC 300 WIP

    Cheers Ray. Look forward to getting the colour data for it now. Shane
  13. NGC 300 WIP

    quick process of 8 hrs of Lum Shane
  14. Above Caph

    WOW that is a lot of stars. Shane