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About Chunk

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    Asteroid Belt Surfer
  • Birthday 12/16/1974


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    Wangandary Vic
  • Interests
    Playstation 3 online gaming & Nitropowered remote control cars
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    SWProED120 with QHY9Mono(filterwheel) & StartShoot Autoguider/Finderscope on HEQ5 Pro on a pier. Rolloff shed. Also GSTAR EX & SW909 & 12inch Dob

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    Wangandary Victoria, Australia
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    Interesting things from microscopic to telescopic.
  1. I've got heaps of reptiles where I live. Mostly good ones. But every winter I have to save many of these marbled geckos in my firewood. My little daughter and I gathered quite a few on this occasion and relocated them to another old tree stump with lots of hides and moisture. They are slow and sleepy this time of year. They are so cute. But have to be careful as they drop their tail in defence. I was told their tail is the source that gets them through winter without the need to eat. Summer is a completely different story. So many jacky dragons, lace monitors, brown and black snakes and even turtles, yet, hardly see these geckos.
  2. Looks fantastic Greg. Would like to try dark neb one day myself. Hard finding good info about these though.
  3. Thanks gentlemen. Yep, agree more data would better. Happy with this one for now though.
  4. Been fumbling around trying to sort out a filter wheel issue over the last 2 weeks. Managed to piece together 3.5 hours of data from Saturday night to get this faint galaxy in Pavo. Apparently the surface brightness is around mag 12 but actual mag of 8 (well that's what stellarium says). Lucky it's fairly big at around 20'00'' x 19'54''. Shot at F6.3. Interesting Galaxy as it has another Galaxy near by (NGC 6744A) similar to our Magellanic clouds. In shot there is also IC4820 to the left and IC4823 below right of centre. Also something to the right the looks like a small edge on, but my software doesn't recognise it. Bloody filter wheel issue was annoying. Always something hey? Took all day today messing around to fix it (hopefully). It got that frustrating, I volunteered to go grocery shopping with the Mrs. Dan.
  5. Impressive close-up Ray. Good object to be spending time on. The NB colours look good. You must have good guiding at that FL!
  6. Top work mate. Good effort too given the conditions over the last month or so.
  7. No worries. If I knew how to send you the original files, you are welcome to play around with them. You've done a good job bringing out more detail with just the JPEG, especially the brown dust. I would like to see what you could do with the original TIFF &/or FIT files. I would get more data but I am extremely flat out this time of year with my job, which really sucks as the weather here is ideal at the moment for imaging. I like the old ED120 too. It's been a great scope for my capabilities. Yes - how did you do this? Dan.
  8. That's right. I remember now..you're using the QSI with Off axis guiding yeah? Can you do a recalibration in Maxim after the flip? I'm not familiar with Maxim as I use PHD. I like PHD as it's easy to use and basic. My SSAG is older than that. Probably around the 2011 I think or older? So hopefully I'm safe. Yes the SSAG is the QHY5 I'm pretty sure. Updates really drive me nuts. Everything requires an update it seems. Probably a way for manufactures to make things obsolete in an attempt to make us upgrade. I would not be happy either.....It's always the way, something crappy happens when you least expect it. Maybe one positive is an opportunity to repro some old data perhaps? Dan.
  9. Thanks Guys, Still not professor quality, probably a bit over sharpened when I look at it again. I was a bit blurry eyed while processing which made me sharpen a bit too much. Using my old skywatcher ED120 (upgraded to moonlite focuser) with 0.85 Focal reducer and QHY9 mono. Using astronomik filters. 6x5min L and 5x1min L and RGB all 3x5min. Was lazy and used 10min dark frames as I forgot to do more darks for 5 min subs. Combined the 5 min subs with 1 min subs as Luminescence frame for the core and a few layer masks. I had to try the reducer to flatten the edges out. The old skywatcher is only a budget scope and the edges are a bit crappy when using the KAF8300 chip as it really shows up the imperfections/limitations of this scope. I think the reducer helps with flattening the edges. Dan
  10. Had an opportunity to try out the T2 adapter for my focal reducer the other night. Not a lot of data, but enough to slap an image together. Dan
  11. Hope you blokes don't jinx me. My SSAG has served me great over the years. What focal length or ratio is you guide scope Ray? Dan.
  12. That's good news. Bloody insects are a curse. I have earwig issues if I leave my scope setup overnight, so after every use I have to pack the scope/camera away. Lucky I have a dust tight sealed box. One of those big plastic boxes that goes on the back of utes or 4WD's. Takes time to pack up and set back up, but better that than breeding earwigs in my scope/camera. Good to hear though. Hope you can get set back up and imaging soon. Dan
  13. Amazing image Greg. 40 min subs? Crazy! Great guiding and patience. Dan.
  14. That's giving the Mrs the universe (or part thereof)! Dan
  15. Well done. All great looking shots. You will have to show me PI one day. Looks like you're getting the hang of it. Dan