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About scorpius

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    Saturn's Groupies
  • Birthday 10/30/1934


  • Biography
    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
  • Interests
    Just about everything
  • Occupation
    Life of leisure
  • Astronomy Equipment
    8" home brew Dob 10" Dob
    EQ6Pro asstd Binos/scopes.
    Canon 350D, A520. Var film.

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  1. Had a call from NBNCo saying they will be calling round to my place on Monday 29th Mar to install NBN. That will be great to see the speed meter move a bit further round the dial from 3.6KB/s !! Our 50 year old copper is so slow it runs backwards. It sucks. All I need now is Telstra to replace the wire from the pit to the house which only has 2 wires left which are cross-patched and the cable has surfaced above the ground, the pipe coming apart. Been like this for 2 years, even a complaint to the ITO didn't cause them to do anything other than wrap a bit of insulating tape round the pipe breakage. TPG have sent a an el cheapo TP-Link modem, but will be using my AC68U Asus Router which is NBN compatible and a Cisco VOIP phone router box. Far more reliable setup. Dave.
  2. It's snowing!!

    When I was in the Norfolk County Constabulary, (1957 - 1968) standing outside the Norwich Gates at Sandringham House for 4 hours at a time and within the grounds, surrounded by 6ft drifts of snow it was not amusing, especially when the Superintendent in Charge of Sandringham Division (Lt Col R B Mitchell) drove up in his heated car, winding the window down and saying ..."But think of the honour chap!" I spent 9 Christmases and many other occasions at Sandringham House being one of the "honoured" chosen few. Dave
  3. Scope Cams

    Remember these beasties that one always had hanging around one's neck in the days of film !! Still got mine. Dave
  4. Especially when you do it twice !! My eldest is 56 and my youngest is 35 5 sons: 6 grandchildren 3 girls 3 boys (at last count) Val and I do not have any plans ) I was 26 when my first was born. Dave
  5. IC2944 Palmers Cosmic Clumps

    I am doomed never to see such things. Every time I even think about setting up the scope, leaden clouds roll in and obliterate the heavens ! But yeah, great shot
  6. Orion's Belt 200mm

    Magnifique Mon ami ! Dave
  7. Gee doesn't time fly! 11 years since I joined. Have upgraded my web link etc that was years out of date But on reflection, yeah been a real pleasure and found some good friends on here. I am still in contact with one friend at ASWA, she came to my wedding when I remarried in 2016 and has been a close friend of myself and my wife Valentina. Age is creeping up on me, but I still try to be active and positive in mind and body Thanks guys Dave.
  8. Film and slide conversion

    These are still available on EBay starting at around $AU24 http://tinyurl.com/yb9h38of The one above is around $75AU. http://tinyurl.com/y9e8zrrg Comes with two "carriers" 35mm film strip and 35mm mounted slides. The film needs to be cut into 6 frame lengths, though not absolutely necessary. Dave.
  9. Film and slide conversion

    Quite some time ago I bought a device off ebay, which could process negative film and transparency film to an SD card. Bought mainly to transfer the many reels I have of photos taken on the oil rigs in the NW and of my scale model ships. It got tucked away in the bottom of a wardrobe and forgotten, until today when I discovered it, looking for another "lost" item. This is a Fuji film shot of my HMS Manchester taken with a Pentax SP500, which I still have. The converter plugs into and is powered by the USB port and saved to the SD card, 1GB appears to be the max it will accept. The Manchester was launched in the late 30's and was scuttled off Tripoli in 1942 after an attack by 2 Italian E Boats by torpedoes. The loss of 180 men. (The Malta convoys) The ship was scuttled because it was carrying the latest Radar invention, despite this the Capt was court martialled and died a very embittered man. Subsequent dives on the vessel after the war showed his action was justified as the damage done would have prevented her survival. In fact a few years ago another German Dive team used a series of photos and videos taken of my model, to familiarise themselves with the layout of the vessel. They found that the detail I had used extremely helpful. The model is exact scale (192cm long) and powered by 4 electric motors by Radio Control. Dave The Viewer. HMS Manchester model. 3 years in construction. Scratch built (All parts hand made!)
  10. Scope Cams

    That was taken from the Win 10 Weather app. Which is supposed to source its info from BOM. But I think its very unreliable. Direct via Perth Radar is better. Digusting night, humidity is up around 87% this morning and still 100% cloud cover. Radar shows maybe some rain again if you happen to be standing in the right squares. Off to Oral Heath Centre Nedlands again today Got 7 appointments between now and Easter. Not the best of pastimes, but the 3rd year Student I have is very good. Dave
  11. Scope Cams

    Yeah Have you looked at next Wed thru Fri ? 37 40 42 This is insane !
  12. Scope Cams

    From this front crossing the coast !!! Right now having a "reasonable shower" Garden giving gasps of relief 10:20
  13. Scope Cams

    Do not hold your breath. Right now 100% cloud cover and 36 droplets of something wet on the patio this morning ! Perth Radar showing a lot more cloud coming up. Dave
  14. Scope Cams

    The only one I know of is here https://fitzgeraldphoto.com.au/film-processing.html In Fitzgerald Street, Northbridge. I recall I did check with them quite a long time ago and for some reason never followed up. Guess can try them or even call into their shop. Dave
  15. Scope Cams

    Same here, except mine is mixed slide and print film by Fuji. I found that to be great in the latter stages of using film. Although out of date it is still producing some great Terrestrial pictures both modes. I get mine processed at "Michael's" in Melbourne. https://michaels.com.au/pages/film-developing-processing-in-store-mail-order Very good and cooperative people Dave