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    My web pages tell it all --- The good, the bad and the ugly..... But basically I have spent nigh on 65 years in radio communications, operating, designing and building, servicing etc from very high power industrial transmitters to mini micro devices. I have held a ham licence G3UJS / VK6DX for almost 50 years, since June 1964. Became interested in Astronomy at the turn of the century and plunged in head first and built my first DOB, an 8", using a storm drain pipe for the tube and a couple of 2nd hand mirrors.
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    Just about everything
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    Life of leisure
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    8" home brew Dob 10" Dob
    EQ6Pro asstd Binos/scopes.
    Canon 350D, A520. Var film.

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  1. Maksutov Scopes

    Found my box of remotes, as usual they were in that "safe" place! Here is a shot using the EOS750D Prime focus Mak 127/1500 Range around 500 metres give or take a few. Conditions dull and overcast. Compared with one I took this morning without the remote ....chalk and cheese. Ah the joys of "Essential Tremors" Dave
  2. Maksutov Scopes

    Thought I would start a new post with the appropriate Title. The "demo" EQ3-2 mount arrived yesterday, Friday, and very pleased, it was in mint, showroom condition. A veritable bargain Here is photo of the Mak 127/1500 on the EQ3-2 and my Mak 90/900 on an AZ1, behind. The camera is connected "Prime Focus" direct to the 2" focuser. I have replaced the small spotting scopes on both unit with Red LED finders. When this cloud gives me a break will attempt some astro pictures. I also have a motor upgrade kit coming for the EQ3 Plus a WiFi interface for my EQ6Pro. Photo taken with Canon PS-A520 4mpx [wow!]. Dave
  3. 90mm SW Refractor on order.

    I have the SW Mak90/900 which I was very impressed with, the 270/1500 is brilliant. I managed to set both up to compare and had a few glimpses of the Moon and Venus the last 2 evenings. Comparing the two, the 90 is good with a variable 25 - 8mm, set to 8mm, but the 127, with an "Angel Eyes" 2" 26mm with a Moon and Lightglow filter on is brilliant, incredible focus ability and sharpness, that even my ancient eyes beheld the smallest pinpricks of craters with great clarity. The provided SW 2" 28mm eyepiece has a local light exclusion cap is very good also. I have also picked up an EQ3 manual mount/tripod for half price from store, ex "demo" unit - I also have a go-to motor control kit coming, from all places, The Ukraine. They were the cheapest of the the bunch. So, I have a setup far below the RRP. Its good to occasionally have a few pennies put aside. In any case the Govt is going to pay me back shortly If there's a break in the clouds will try the EOS750D on it. Some interesting activity upstairs ATM. Dave
  4. 90mm SW Refractor on order.

    Greg was unable to get the Refractor, so he went through his stock and came up Skywatcher Black Diamond Maksutov 127mm x f1500mm OTA. He whittled the price down to bare bones and I just had to find a few more DB. Saved shipping and picked up as NVT is only 15 mins from my place. With 2" Focuser w/- 90 deg adapter 28mm 2" Super plossle. Adapter rings for 1.25" eyepieces. Dave
  5. Hi All. Have just ordered a Skywatcher Black Diamond 90X900mm Refractor Telescope from Greg at NVT My local Astro store. Having been in Non-spending mode for quite a long time, had accumulated a few pennies and decided to grab this unit. A tad over $400 with postage and a manual Alt/Az mount. These mounts lend themselves to being motorised very simply by obtained geared 9Volt control boxes replacing the hand control knobs. I have done this with an earlier manual mount. which I have for my MAK90. This and the MAK90 can easily be tossed into the car and drive to a dark paddock and without busting my back with my larger DOBS, Now all we need now is for this cloud to pack up and disappear and the postie deliver to get on board with a bit more activity.. Cheers Dave.
  6. Hi Ray, As well as can be expected. Have just completed a round of Pathology, Bone and CT Scans and now waiting for appointment for review by Oncologist, which will probably be called in the next 2 weeks. As far as I know, everything is running smoothly and the Implant Injection every 12 weeks is doing its job well. No Astronomy, have the SW Mak90 set up and sometimes have look around the Moon. but with all the blinkin cloud (No rain) every night setting up the the 10" is not very inviting. I have an old timer friend who has an 8" dob, who wants to do a local setup with me to check it out. That could be rather interesting "IF" we are ever going to get some clear skies? We have some local parks close by which would be ideal for the project. Trust all is well with you. Dave
  7. No Comment. Just to let y'all know I am still alive Dave VID-20191223-WA0000.mp4
  8. Christmas 2019

    Situation Normal Ray.. Have a good one in 2020 mate Dave.
  9. Christmas 2019

    Good onya mate. Yeah getting a bit thin on the ground. Been very busy Re-establishing my media system. wiring got reral messy. So ripped out everything and doing a complete re-install which will be run thru a Dell 790 SSF computer. Be able to throw away a dozen remotes and just use4 a mouse. My son has also completely reconfiged my HP Server. Put Linus on there and running great. Ah well Hope the New Decade will bring some better weather. Been ages since I have had the gear out. Cloud pouring down from the tropics has just about killed Astronomer over here in the West. Cheers Dave
  10. May I wish all our members and visitors a very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy Ney Year. My the new decade of 2020 bring you Joy, Happiness and Prosperity. Dave Image: Turtle Dove nesting in my Lemon Tree. About to hatch.
  11. The night of Mercury's transit

    Jeeperz. What shocking weather, I eventually got on the roof and changed out the water pump with one I serviced. It is working well, I have run the beast on both mains and solar, draws around 450 watts, from my 8Kw inverter That is good for 3.5Kw continuous use from 400 Amps of battery storage, but not for long if there is a lot of cloud around. The inverter is pure sine wave and in itself is a bit greedy in generating 240v. Today's temp here 41c inside 25.5c I can live with that Got a 1Kw Continuous pure sine inverter coming on Monday that should be more efficient and handle the cooler continuously, the inverter can handle up to 2Kw peaks. Understand should be some activity of Geminids tonight. But with a waning full moon in Gemini and most possibility of the usual night cloud, I am not holding my breath. Dave
  12. The night of Mercury's transit

    You can keep the end bits I will stay in the middle. The water pump on my Breezeair Cooler decided to die on that 104F (40.4C) +/- a bit Dave
  13. HEIDI LES CHAT NOIR

    Yeah Ray, Unfortunately I think her days may be numbered, been doing some research and her propensity to get get very vocal especially at daybreak is causing concern. From what I have discovered its a sort of Cat's Alzheimers, Which is part of their ageing where they will just sit and howl for no apparent reason. My niece apparently had a similar breed for 17 years and had to have it put down. I Had a similar breed prior to Heidi, she was also somewhat crazy and used to sit on the side of the road and play "chicken" with cars passing by. One morning she wasn't quick enough and I found her laid out on the verge. her name was "PC" (Pussy cat.) she was 10 years old. So I have had a long experience with the breed. They are very affectionate with their owners, but can be very demanding. Yes, she has a special "Whiskers" blanket which she sleeps on. !! Dave Be glad when this cloud stops coming down from the North !!
  14. HEIDI LES CHAT NOIR

    She is known as a "Havana" short haired domestic. In bright sunlight her fur is a very dark brown with dark orange stripes. Is a cross Siamese and also displays those tendencies, can get very noisy when she wants something. Very wary of strangers and occasionally does "wheelies" around the house going flat out in a crazy manner. Very fussy eater will only eat canned tuna and Whiskettes biscuits. She rejects most proprietory cat foods. Dave
  15. HEIDI LES CHAT NOIR

    My cat, Heidi - Just celebrated her 17th birthday. Camera EOS750D Getting old and collecting a few grey hairs. She likes to put on a pose for the camera Dave
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