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  1. Crikey..!!! - over one year later!!!

    Hi Ray & Tim - thanks, & good to hear from you two! I was thinking of you two (& Shane) when I dropped in here yesterday...a fairly hot day today & I've replaced the wheels with new tyres on the van a few minutes back - time for my senior's nap now..!
  2. Well, hi all the old crew here - it has been a funny old year that's been & gone for sure...finishing up for us with Pat being told in November that she urgently required a quadruple by-pass which she had on 21st December & has recovered well from - hopefully quite a few more miles in her tank now! On a somewhat similar subject Mark the mobile caravan service man visited today & got our van ship-shape & we hope to head off for a few days of fishing soon just to break the cycle of late: apart from not travelling nearly as much last year mainly due to either covid or the constantly cloudy weather, we have not used the van since early October. I thought I'd touch base & post some of our mars images from the 2020 apparition...as said the weather was very poor but we set ourselves the task of creating a set of Mars images to cover the entire vista of Mars' globe & were successful, creating annotated disk maps where quite a lot of Martian features are listed. (can't remember the name for Martian geography is atm ) I'll make a normal map sometime also, probably before the start of Jovian & Saturn imaging commences but we'll be scaling back quite a bit as age & infirmity tax us nowadays! For 2020 Mars rose to 50° at the most with most imaging done at about 48° - next time around we'll be older & slower & Mars will be much lower again so this might represent our last real chance at decent images.....as it was the ADC was an essential piece of equipment for the elevations we had to work with..! Greetings to everyone who comes here & I hope all the old crew are still upright & mobile..!!!
  3. Crikey..!!!

    Hi Ken - good to hear from you...haven't been travelling regularly to Melbourne for a long time, not since Pat's Mum died around the time of the last Venus transit, except when we visited our eldest son the year before last... We did have a great week of imaging at Natimuk just out of Horsham last year & I remember coming back from Ballarat not that long ago & looking out for the Snake Gully turn-off on the road that heads S-W of Ballarat - can't remember when that was but probably the visit to our son - nobody doing much moving around atm though! Hi also Ray - everyone please take care!
  4. Crikey..!!!

    Yeah, lots of local temperature variation in different places around Oz Ray - it was almost 46 on the back verandah from our sensor & old bulb thermometers which makes it hot in anyone's language: the fires are horrific everywhere & Kangaroo Island has been incinerated in a large section with the loss of lives. Living on the coast down the bottom regions of Gulf St. Vincent we get a lot of the KI smoke when the wind blows from that quarter, but it is not nearly so bad as in the East: talking a few days back to a friend in Canberra he says he can't see his neighbour's house across the street! After the almost 46 on Friday it was just over 20 yesterday here...5mm of rain overnight last night & perhaps some more today with a maximum of 20...quite bizarre! Pat who keeps local rainfall records just told me that last January we only got 0.4mm - so I guess we've smashed that figure already, not that it did much good on KI or in the Eastern States...
  5. Crikey..!!!

    Thank Tim - good to hear from you! A hot day coming up today, 110F+ & I'm up at 5am 'cos I have hardly been able to sleep all night...looks like an inside day with the aircon on today! The fires in Oz atm have been very nasty unfortunately.
  6. Crikey..!!!

    I reckon the countryside & climate would be very different Greg!
  7. Crikey..!!!

    Hi Shane & Ray, good to "talk" & Merry Xmas & a good 2020 to both of you & your families. Still dragging that old C14 around Ray - they always seem to do a decent job. A lot of Jovian images in 2019 but not too many Saturns... a few Neptune images etc revealing storm spots plus a single decent Uranus - that's it. By pure chance we imaged when the GRS was in view, chronicling some of the activity there with good resolution: below is a late Jupiter animation from Leigh Creek plus one of the polar projection map compositions featuring said GRS over the apparition.
  8. Ribblehead Viaduct Nightscapes

    First rate..!!! (I wanted to give this 3 "thumbs up" icons but it looks like Ray is getting stingy with the number & types he offers nowadays! ) Co-incidentally the Ribblehead viaduct was on one of those British rail series reruns again a week or so ago - a snippet of this would've really lifted the "wow" factor..!
  9. Crikey..!!!

    Looks like the most recent posting here apart from Ken's earlier in the year was mine, whenever that was...just found my password so I thought I'd at least say hello & post a pikky or 10! The GRS of Jove got a lot of airspace this year...I hit 70 a couple of weeks ago & it seemed like a long year of imaging until clouds effectively blotted out the sky except for a few nights over the last 3 months...c'est la vie! I post some of the Natimuk images...a small place about 30 klicks west of Horsham in Victoria that we went to for the first time back in June...strangely had never been there although Horsham has seen us many, many times. Anyway, a few nights of excellent seeing & some nice days exploring the interesting country around Natimuk:...here are the best from that little trip which is really no further than many of the places we go to in Sth. Aust for us... 23rd June was the poorest seeing but still pretty decent, with a couple of Saturn images thrown in from the time at Natimuk: the nights (& especially the mornings) were very cold indeed! Cheers to all the Old Crew here on MAS!
  10. The night of Mercury's transit

    Hi fellas - nice & warm in Adelaide atm!
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    Apologies for the belated reply Greg, Dave & Tim - thanks!
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    Thanks fellas...I don't know what it is about me but the passwords keep on getting "lost" after sometimes only a single re-visit - happens here & on CN also & I have to re-load/save them...& it might hold it for a while, but then it happens again... Enough whining...Ray, we were very satisfied with the cloud definition last year in our Mars images - we're really hoping with next year's "super-Mars" at 24 arc-secs that some special nights might pop up: atm trying to do a few jobs around the house so we can leave straight after the Grand Final this Saturday (C'arn the Crows!!! :lol:) because there "might" be a couple of nice nights after that... We'll head off for some fishing R&R also after any imaging we manage to get, because a by-product of not having many decent imaging opportunities in the last few months means we don't get to be out in the van as much as we like...& we get a bit toey staying at home too much!
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    What - no Mars animation..!
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    Looks like everything went ok except I didn't bother too much about the order...