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Dragon Man last won the day on March 18 2019

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About Dragon Man

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    Pluto The Rock
  • Birthday 07/30/1957


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    Snake Valley, Australia
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  1. CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) NOTIFICATION Due to the current Coronavirus situation we have closed our Snake Valley Clubsite/Observatory to all visitors. Club members may still enter the property and use their own equipment but not share Telescope eyepieces with other members, or allow other members to view through their equipment. ------------------------ We apologise for any inconvenience, and will inform of any changes in policy. ------------------------ Thank you Ken James - President SVAA Website: SVAA
  2. Latest Video Astronomy

    Ray, the Revolution RI2 (Analogue) up top is used as a super-widefield finderscope that goes to a small monitor separate from the computer monitors. It gives me approximately 10 degree FOV. The IMX224 in the Guidescope/finderscope is just used as a closer finderscope and also for guiding if I ever want to guide (which I rarely ever do). It is connected to a small laptop computer and runs in PHD2. The next IMX224 in the ED80 is for viewing/imaging/Live Video, and so is the IMX178 in the 6" Achromat. The IMX224's are used by some as guide cameras but they are excellent small light 1.2mp imaging cameras. That's their most popular use. They are quite good at imaging, and extremely sensitive for video work. The IMX178 is a lot slower than the 224's and is 6.4mp, so it is a great imaging camera. Both the 224 and the 178 are far more sensitive than usual astro imaging cameras. What normally takes minutes to capture takes only seconds in these cameras. They aren't really recommended for serious astrophotography. They are recommended for Live and Near-Live Video Astronomy or fast imaging. I use the 224 in the ED80 and the 178 in the 6" Achro as my main cameras. They are the ones I use for Viewing/Broadcasting/fast Imaging etc. In the software (RisingSky) I simply switch back and forth between the two cameras
  3. Latest Video Astronomy

    Nowhere near the limit Shane. Those huge 6" f/5 Achromats aren't as heavy as they look It is only 9kg. and ED80's are super light. The cameras weigh about the same as an eyepiece. The little ones weigh less than eyepieces!
  4. Latest Video Astronomy

    Here's the gear I am currently using. The pics above are done with the big blue scope on the bottom Cheers, Ken
  5. Latest Video Astronomy

    Thanks Shane and Ray Here's 2 more from last night. These two were taken with the 6" f5 Achromat Focal reduced 0.7x Who says fast Achromats are crap? Cheers, Ken
  6. Yeah Yeah, I know! 5 years since my last post. Just call me Captain Slack OK, here's where I am up to currently with Video Astronomy, apart from running a Video Astronomy Forum with a bloke called Davy in Scotland: I now currently have 19 cameras I have advanced through the Camera range waaayyy past the Mallincams, and into the latest CMOS high resolution cameras that are pretty much as fast as the Mallincams (Xtreme & Xterminator) but in much higher resolution giving far superior results. Gone are the ugly giant Mallincam blocky square stars. The 4 cameras I use simultaneously now are a Revolution Imager RI2 Analogue as an all-sky finderscope, a RisingSky 224 CMOS in my 50mm Finder/Guidescope, a Revolution Touptek 224 CMOS in the ED80 which is piggybacked on top of my 6" f5 Achromat with a RisingSky 6.5mp G3 CMOS. My scopes and Mount haven't changed much over the last 15 years, only the cameras. I'm still using much the same gear as last time I posted 5 years ago, just better cameras. Here's a sample of what I now get with these better cameras, in seconds: (remember, in Video Astronomy these are all single screen grabs of Live views with absolutely NO post-processing. Straight off the camera) Enjoy! Cheers, Ken CARINA NEBULA OMEGA CENTAURI M4 GLOB
  7. A little solar from the 18th.

    G'day Tim, yes mate, it's Ken. Things are cold and wet and cloudy. Have been for months! I've been around lurking all the time, just not logging in. But been reading. :thumbsupmate:
  8. A little solar from the 18th.

    :welldone: Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice Detail
  9. MAS gets a makeover!

    How about going back to the previous Layout and colours. :eartoear: You know the old saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". The previous Forum looked good and was easy to use. :thumbsupmate: Change for Change's sake doesn't always work. :duh:
  10. MAS gets a makeover!

    I just tried the selection of skins. Black, Black, Black, or this Blue with Black text! That's all it has. And I have to be honest, I don't like the new layout of the site. Sorry Ray, but there had to be one of us that didn't like it LOL! I opened the Forum home page and spent the next 5 minutes trying to work out where everything is, and I'm still not sure. It just seems more complicated and a big mess :duh: Oh well, others like it and they are here more often than me :emoticon-misc-003:
  11. Bushranger Observatory

    Come up a real treat, Shane. Good work mate :ta_clap5: :thumbsupmate:
  12. Not a pretty sight!

    Tony, I used to leave everything outside under a tarp, but after my crash I know bring the optics in but still leave the mount outside.
  13. Not a pretty sight!

    No good Tim. Sounds familiar though. My gear crashed to the ground during the massive storm we had here 2 weeks ago. It was too dangerous to save it during the storm so it all sat out there in the torrential rain all night! Mine was all fixed and dried within 2 days. Good to hear you fixed yours so fast :thumbsupmate:
  14. Here ya go, here's just one professionally made bracket and a home made bracket. Pro: (from Bintel Australia) https://www.bintelshop.com.au/Product.aspx?ID=8291 Home made: http://www.astronomyhints.com/digital_mount.html