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scorpius

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About scorpius

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  • Birthday 10/30/1934

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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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    Parkwood 6147 WA
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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. As far as I understand it, there is a severe storm warning for the South West tonight/tomorrow (The real SW in WA) According to Pamela on ABC this evening possibly the worst weather so far this winter. We have already had 4 occasions of snow falling on the Stirling Ranges this winter. I understand this is Global Warming !! ?? Even the Pawnbrokers have taken in their signs its so cold FROM B.O.M. For people in the Lower West, South West, South Coastal, Great Southern and parts of the Central West, South East Coastal and Central Wheat Belt districts. Issued at 4:17 pm Sunday, 13 August 2017. Weather Situation: A strong cold front will move across the southwest parts of the State tonight and Monday. The weather system is likely to cause WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS to 100 kilometres per hour southwest of a line from Jurien Bay to Narrogin to Albany from 5pm WST this evening, extending east over the remainder of the warning area by early Monday morning. These winds could result in DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY. In isolated areas DANGEROUS GUSTS in excess of 125 kilometres per hour are possible and could cause SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OR DESTRUCTION TO HOMES AND PROPERTY. The worst of these conditions are most likely southwest of a line from Bunbury to Bremer Bay between 11pm WST tonight and 5am WST Monday. Severe winds are possible in the Perth Metropolitan area from around 6pm WST this evening. These conditions are more likely from midnight tonight and are expected to continue to around midday Monday. Damaging surf conditions are likely which could cause beach erosion between Geraldton and Albany on Monday. Conditions will ease from the west from midday Monday, though gusty showers will continue for the remainder of the day. Moderate to heavy falls are possible with showers and thunderstorms as the system moves through. A Flood Watch has also been issued for the South West and Lower West districts, for further details please refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/. Dave
  2. It appears that the operations on both cataracts will not occur until Sept/Oct at the earliest, then there will will be post op care and recovery. So I would imagine that probably mid to late November Val will be able to return. I have told her not to try and rush things and to accept what is recommended by her health team. And assured her that if she needs anything she only needs to ask me. Guess that is about all I can do to re-assure and support her. Would be great if I had the cash spare to go and see her, but that is out of the question, unless my numbers come up on Lotto !!. It will be financially better for her to remain in Russia for as long as they need to treat her as the issue of her Permanent Visa looks like it will not occur until around April/May 2018 allowing her to claim a pension and health card. (Val qualified in Nov 2016 but DIABP have issued a statement that the waiting time is now around 15 months to process the paperwork.) Dave
  3. They say that every cloud has a silver lining and I have some great news regarding Val, following an eye scan, it has been disclosed that the retinal issues were a misdiagnoses and that they are OK. However Val does have a cataract in each eye and has now been seen by a specialist who will remove them later. Its a case of waiting for a vacancy in the theatre for "free" procedures, Val is entitled to free medical care under her Russian pension, but the wait is somewhat long and may not be seen until September or October. Needless to say she is much happier in her mind although still very apprehensive about having the surgery. She is certainly missed by myself and Mark and Heidi the cat has made regular vocal refrains on not finding Val in her room etc We all wish her a successful outcome and for her safe return to Perth. Dave
  4. Thanks Shane, its been somewhat devastating to handle. Not knowing the full details does not help the issue. She is such a wonderful person.
  5. Hi all, apologies for being AWOL. But as you know my wife Valentina comes from the Russian Federation and we have been married now for 2 1/2 years and has qualified for her 801 Visa (Nov2016) But the Australian Depot of Immigration is in such a mess that it is unlikely that she will received the paperwork until March or April 2018 at the earliest. This also means she cannot register for Pension and health care card. As such she has returned home to Russia each June for free medical checks under her Russian pension scheme. Val left on June 18 and it was for almost 2 weeks I heard nothing from her and have now established that she has been diagnosed with Macular Degeneration in one eye and a Cataract in both eyes, one of which is reducing her vision considerably The Retina operation may not occur until September/October, followed by the removal of the Cataracts. At present she is undergoing daily injections and preparation for the upcoming treatment. But it does look like she is going to be unable to return until later this year. A friend of hers has given Val a temporary position assisting at a "Housing Centre" office to supplement her pension. Dave Valentina at her friend's Office July 5.
  6. Whilst on holiday in 2016 on the South Coast of WA I ran a slide film through my Canon 3000N SLR. The film got "misplaced" and I recently found it among a load of junk waiting to be sorted out. I recently also acquired the Canon EOS 1n HS SLR Film camera and remote control release and ran a Print Film through it. Both films were of a batch which expired about 3 years ago, but have been stored in a cool environment in a "Medical Sample Cooler" box. The films were processed by Michaels, a Company established in 1916 in Melbourne who now specialise in all formats of film processing and supply of film. https://michaels.com.au/pages/film-developing-processing-in-store-mail-order I was extremely pleased with the results of the Fuji film I sent for processing, both slide and print, despite being out of date. I explained the situation to Michaels and they have a process that can bring out the best of old films. At the moment I am in the middle of a grand clean out at home sorting out an accumulation of 45 years of collecting junk but will scan some examples of the the photos and include in a followup post. But I do recommend these people for extremely friendly, efficient old fashioned service and communication. Finding a good processor of film is becoming increasingly harder these days. But Michaels appears to be a thriving business. Maybe not not the cheapest - but the best IMHO
  7. The T-Bar and the basic fittings are extremely solid and serviceable. The central mount (red knobs) is very useful, you can just about fit anything on it and adjust it finely, again a solid well made QR mount. Dave
  8. Received the 210mm Dovetail plates. I ordered two of them they are always useful. and mounted the 8" rings. Works great solid as a rock unless you give it a belt. So the Long Dovetail is now back on the 10" rings. I will now make an adapter so I can put the 90X1250 Mak on the EQ 6 as well. Really enjoy using that little scope its size belies its ability. The EQ1 with the motor is OK but leaves the stability a bit to be desired. OK for Mooning I recently picked up a T Bar to which you can add various mounts etc. For photographic purposes I have set it up on one of my Tripods. I will make an adaptor with a 3/8" UNC fitting to the spare dovetail I have so I can use it on the EQ6Pro mount. Pics below show the individual mounts The Right one is the Manfrotto 14RC head I picked up for $7 on Ebay and rebuilt. Dave Camera Canon Powershot 520A
  9. https://www.dpreview.com/news/6846393455/mathematician-turns-juno-images-into-stunning-jupiter-flyby-video?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2017-june-07&ref_=pe_1822230_241488590_dpr_nl_263_25 N-Joy Dave
  10. Spot on ! (no pun intended) Very nice. Dave
  11. I was checking out my main computer, I think there is a small excuse that am entitled to an upgrade Dave
  12. Valentina and I send our deepest sympathy. The Lord will give you strength. Dave & Valentina
  13. I do not have any 10" FDs now, but a heap of 5" and 3.5". Plus the original placky box for 10 X 10" disks Dave
  14. I think it will be a long time before the Iridium "plated" satellites will disappear. Looking at Stellarium app there appears to be hundreds of them fighting for space up there. With world production of iridium only around 7 tonnes a year, its a much demanded commodity, used to be used for plating fountain pen nib tips, spark plugs etc, but other plating materials are replacing Iridium. Totally off subject; the MP3 has died -- long live the mpegH (AAC) The creators of the MP3 have "Officially" totally closed down all support and continuation of the media. Now where did I put those 10" floppy disks for My WANG processor. Dave Hey Dad, what's a floppy disk? B4 your time son! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MPEG-H_3D_Audio
  15. Poste scriptus: I have been in touch with the Nissin Manufacturing office and have been advised they have no record of the Flash Gun in their archives. They are still in business in Japan and Hong Kong and do a complete range of Flash Guns from Amateur to Full professional units, mid priced to ouch !! Dave