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Kokatha man last won the day on March 15 2021

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  1. New toy

    Cut out the ciggies & you'll save even faster Shane! From vowing never to own a van for many years (childhood experience of stuck in one with a tyro Dad!) we've owned a couple over the last dozen years...the 2nd has been with us for most of that period & atm we're really hoping to get away soon after not using it for about 5 months now - we had it fully-serviced just a few weeks back in readiness!
  2. Crikey..!!! - over one year later!!!

    Hi again Dave - filled the 2nd 5 cubic metre skip bin up yesterday arvo...some cleaning & tidying & I might be able to work in my main workshop area again soon! You & me sound like we have similar back issues (disk material squeezed out of the lower vertebrae & impinging on major nerves, amongst other issues! ) & although I've lost quite a lot of weight I'm thinking perhaps some more belt-tightening might be in order...mind you, for your height I reckon you are pretty light at 82kgms..! I already use a small hydraulic hoist on wheels that makes a big difference but I want/need further sophistication...trying to work out how is as much fun as the astro work in many ways!
  3. Crikey..!!! - over one year later!!!

    As I've just inferred in the pm I've just sent you Dave...unless I sort out another (even more clever) way to transport my scope those rare opportunities that got us these Mars images will make anything even rarer this year. Best wishes to you to Dave. (I think I forgot to put that on the end of my pm reply to you just then)
  4. Crikey..!!! - over one year later!!!

    Just dropped in to MAS for a quick look before going back inside the house Dave - thanks for that, I hope everything is ok with you...Pat & I are feeling our ages of late & have been clearing out all the either unwanted or unlikely to use stuff from our sheds etc - I kid myself that it is to get the workshop into a usable state again after letting things go...or alternatively, when we do go (hopefully quite sometime later! ) we won't burden our family with the huge amount of stuff my old man left for us to get rid of just over 10 years ago! With only my middle son left in Adelaide I joked to him that if we did have to be shuffled off to a nursing home, or worse, that as he was the only one living in S.A. anymore the burden would fall upon him - but of course he pitched in regardless as he is a great guy & on holidays atm! We filled the first 5 cubic metre skip bin in an afternoon yesty & I got that one taken away this morning & replaced with another at the same time - this one should complete the task hopefully..!
  5. 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..!
  6. 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..!!!
  7. 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!
  8. 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...
  9. 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.
  10. Crikey..!!!

    I reckon the countryside & climate would be very different Greg!
  11. 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.
  12. 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..!
  13. 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!
  14. The night of Mercury's transit

    Hi fellas - nice & warm in Adelaide atm!
  15. (Nearly) all images reloaded...

    Apologies for the belated reply Greg, Dave & Tim - thanks!