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  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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...
  4. 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.
  5. Crikey..!!!

    I reckon the countryside & climate would be very different Greg!
  6. 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.
  7. 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..!
  8. The night of Mercury's transit

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

    Apologies for the belated reply Greg, Dave & Tim - thanks!
  10. Much harder than I imagined, mainly due to my disgraceful filing...or rather things getting out of hand over time. I'll just load what I found although I think that there are only 1 or 2 missing at most from the ones I originally posted...
  11. (Nearly) all images reloaded...

    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!
  12. (Nearly) all images reloaded...

    What - no Mars animation..!
  13. (Nearly) all images reloaded...

    Looks like everything went ok except I didn't bother too much about the order...
  14. Well, this is kinda hard 'cos even though this year has presented poor seeing for a lot of the time we still have oodles of images since I last posted something here...which were 2015 images. Neptune & Uranus were the subjects I posted images of on MAS back then & we had only just commenced imaging Neptune...since then we have been in a couple of pro-am collaborations for Neptune & our (Pat & my) work was presented at the international Planetary Scientists conventions as part of this, one Neptune night's work capturing several storm spots including one that only the Hubble had imaged & which our image accorded with "point by point except for one small artefact" as Prof. Ricardo noted at the time. This year the Keck only recently made a fanfare news release about a very large storm on Neptune's EQ where the winds rage at around 1000km/hr making the storm that was imaged there very unusual: in actual fact Pat & I had discovered this storm first quite a while earlier & our images on June 10th & July 14th were the first & last time it was imaged...this period being quite amazing for such a large storm to stay together in those conditions where they are "normally" never found. Here's the BAA link to our feat as well as the link there to the Keck release: https://britastro.org/node/10860 But I'll kick off with a few Jovian images from 2016/7 then some Saturns of the same vintage & Mars from last year also if I can fit them...apologies for the haphazard array but I have drives coming out of my ears half the time..!
  15. ...funny you should mention that Ray - it is actually "half-correct!" In fact, every time I drag my sorry arse here it seems to play up...most likely my end! (to extend the pun!) Sometimes I've got to re-enter my password for some reason or another (usually when I can't remember/find it of course) & I remember several times last year where no matter what I tried I couldn't get any images to load... Me & Murphy most likely... Anyway, I'll stay on until I get those images loaded today...I'll use the filenames to pull them into a temporary folder & repost the images in a "reload" thread: we'll see how it goes, fingers crossed.
  16. Thanks Shane & Ray..."were..!" :rofl: The filenames are still here so I'll hunt around to put them back in again tomorrow - I have just about every port on the home pc plugged with 2 to 5Tb external drives atm...a veritable bloody crow's nest! Time for some file compressing! Still with the ol' C14...& just our usual 2 main haunts of Sedan in the Murray Mallee about 180kms from home & Carrieton about 400kms away...but for the 2nd half of this year it has been either clouds, jet-streams or both!
  17. Ooops - maybe this is worthwhile if it fits/works...I haven't loaded the 2017 image yet but it gives another spin to the ring tilt as opposed to the set of still images above. (which do include 2017!)
  18. Mars is coming up again later next year but I haven't posted any from the 2016 apparition here on MAS afaik...next year Mars will be a whopping 24 arcses as opposed to the 18 arcsecs this year...really hoping I can image then..!!! Ok - apologies for doing this, especially like this: I must remember to log in a bit more often in the future 'cos I still think fondly of folks here. My only real excuse is abject laziness but I did have some trouble at one stage trying to post images here & getting nowhere even though Ray & Tim tried their best to assist with whatever the problem was...but no sucj bad luck this time whatsoever..!
  19. Thought I'd post the Joves first to see if everything was working... The ring tilt series is included along with a few Saturns over the last couple of years...just a few of them out of many tbh.
  20. Last Saturn this apparation.

    Yeah Ray, I have to watch what I eat very carefully although it seems like my blood/sugar levels rose very markedly with little explanation whilst I stopped monitoring it for sometime this year...sometimes you get so sick & tired of stabbing yourself every morning to check it but it was hopefully a good kick up the backsides...just had my eyes checked & they seem to be fine - diabetes can really %$#! your eyesight - & I really wouldn't want that!
  21. Last Saturn this apparation.

    "Time flies" for sure Ray - I reckon it might've been your #2 who was very young who I referred to above... I've been a bit slack about my diabetes so hopefully the kick up my pants can help me get it back under control...can do funny things unfortunately. Hi Shane! I'll put a "compendium" together of our images & post 'em in the next day or so...
  22. Last Saturn this apparation.

    Hi Ray - I've been a bit under the weather for quite a while now but seem to be on the mend: of course it hasn't stopped us from imaging the planets but tbh the weather this year has generally been atrocious & probably nowhere near the number of times we'd normally go out... The good side of that is I suppose I've not run myself down as much as I would've if there'd been lots of consecutive nights of good imaging chances...I'll try & pull a selection of the year's results together sometime soon & post 'em. I hope you & your family are all well - I'm probably off-beam but I seem to remember it was only a couple of years ago you had the sound of little feet pattering around on the horizon...even twins possibly..?
  23. Last Saturn this apparation.

    Hey - not bad at all Tim! I've looked in a couple of times over the last year or so but never had my password whenever I did - "Hi!" to anyone here who still recognises me!