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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. 10" Skywatcher and me.

    Hi Ray, Yes. I still have all of my Astro equipment, I did at one stage think of putting it up for sale, but there is over $K5 invested in that to replace it, including accessories, plossls etc. I still have the original wooden DOB mount and they are all in mint condx. Plus my camera adapters both commercial and custom made. The EQ6Pro by Sky Watcher is great mount. But I do not think there are as many serious Amateur Astronomers as of yesteryear these days. The very few supporting Astro Forums and sites has declined considerable over the years. I have resolved the lifting problem. I found a long length of thick wall 2" thick wall (1/4") Aluminium Mast pipe. I am going to mount it on one of the beams of the back patio roof, with a block and tackle to lift the 10" onto the EQ6. Will get my son to assist me next time he is in Perth. Dave
  2. 10" Skywatcher and me.

    Found this in my Archives. I think this was taken shortly after I made the cradle for the EQ6Pro Tripod Mount. Note the right angled eyepiece on the spotter scope and the modified Orion focuser remote motor control. I also made a cradle for the home brew 8" DOB. They were highly successful, with quick release case fasteners. Lost a bit of weight since then Dave
  3. Over the years when I have been involved with medical issues, especially those of a serious nature, I have often turned to throwing a bit of paint at a canvas. It is a very relaxing hobby. but also at the same time a big challenge, one of the hardest things about oil painting, or in any other medium come to that, is the blank white space staring at you from the easel. I have rarely painted using photos or pictures and never copy other artist's work. In general I sit gazing at the blank canvas and mentally imagine a scene, describing the scene to myself. -- It also helps to be slightly mad to achieve this ! Here are a couple of my renditions. Not worth a lot ATM, but probably millions when I am dead. .....N-Joy I will soon be adding an Art page to my Website with more of my works. Dave. #1. Meadow Falls Oil on canvas 36" x 48" (The remotes are not part of the picture! Should have removed them off the cupboard!) #2. Mountain Fall Oil on canvas 24" x 20"
  4. Moon

    With the latest medical issues I almost forgot I had that new Dell laptop! Fired it up today and found a dozen moon shots taken with that little Scope cam. Installed Registax and processed them, they were not the best as seeing was very bad when taken, but Registax has produced this "reasonable" photo. N-Joy Dave Huge magnification! Stand back 6ft to view it
  5. So much has happened and so much time has slipped by. But here is a quick update. My Oncologist at Fiona Stanley Hospital has decided on hormone treatment due to my age and some minor heart issues. Been on pill for a week now and in another week will change to a slow release subcutineous micro pill injection. That will last 12 weeks and I will return et seq every 12 weeks for replacement. Periodic Pathology will be called for to monitor my PSA and other indexes. So far very little side effects, just battling these freezing nights here in the West !
  6. Everything has been arranged with Hospital and Silver Chain Nursing Care services. So now it is a case of waiting another week B4 I get some sort of prognosis. Must say this latest episode has really tried my stamina and mental ability. But many friends have rallied around me with support. Val now fully aware of the situation and supporting me daily in her prayers. I have beaten it before. I guess I can do it again. Thanks ... There is now a greater meaning in looking up into the heavens... Will update next week. Dave
  7. Thanks Shane. Yeah, poo happens, just as I thought things had settled down. Will post updates as and when My next goal is to get that telegram in October 2034 from whom ever is King or Queen. But again, we may be a Republic by then! Dave
  8. Been doing that for quite a long time Ray. But looks like a dormant cell has been laying there for a very long time (some 18 years). Yeah I have the appointment on Friday 22nd June. (2nd June above is in error) Will update after I have had that visit and know a bit more. Meanwhile I will endeavour to soldier on. Been there, done that before Dave
  9. As you may know, I have since last year been under sufferance of issues with a spine that has been ravaged by the years of misuse, overloading and other un-nice occurrences. This resulted recently in further scans of the lower Lumbar region. L4, L5, S1 were found to have severe impingement upon the spinal nerve column by displaced intervertable disks. However, a very observant Radiologist also noticed that there were other alien substances visible and recommended further dedicated Autrasound, Bone and CT Scans with disclosing, also accompanied by a PSA test. The result is to put it very basically and bluntly is, I have several lesion (non malignant) on my right kidney and a mass located as the seat of the prostatectomy operation performed in 2000 together with other points of interest on my Pelvic Bone and Spine which are described as being in keeping with multiple sites of prostatic metasis. Prostate Cancer has returned , as such it is not curable and can only be treated to control its further spread. It is terminal, maybe 5, 10 or 15 years. Its the luck of the draw. I have been referred to 2 Specialist at the Fiona Stanley Hospital Cancer Clinic and have an appointment with an Oncologist on 22nd June and later an Urologist. I 've let Valentina know in Russia, still not sure when she will be returning after her eye surgery, for which she is still being treated. Dave
  10. Its really magic what one can do with digital cameras. However in bygone years many fine close up photos where captured of the insect world on film. It just was not quite so easy to do back then. Yeah great shot. !!
  11. Another ISS pass

    Somewhere in a large bag of old B&W antique photos I am sure I have a photo of the "Sputnick I" will have to see if I can find it. That would be around 1957 if my memory serves me right I had just been posted to North Walsham in Norfolk after joining the Norfolk County Police, having completed my training at Eynsham Police College. . The camera was an Agfa Isolette, I bought when I was in the Navy.
  12. Another ISS pass

    Great Dave
  13. NGC 1365

    Where not to set up your scope in WA Perth Metro and Southwest. Image processed in "Paint.net" Tammin is where ASWA has its DEEP SKY observing paddock I believe. Along the Great Eastern Highway about 100km from Perth https://www.lightpollutionmap.info/#zoom=7&lat=-3843553&lon=12990439&layers=B0FFFFTFFFF Dave
  14. Prism 10

    Hi Shane: Got a bit of a shock this morning: Dr told me the latest Scan also showed a "lesion" on my right kidney. So have Injections for spine this Weds and then an Ultrasound on the 17th. Here's hoping its benign !! Fingers X'd. Yeah single airfare from St P to Perth is $1250AU Dave
  15. Prism 10

    I also checked out SkyXPro. Like other programs of the same ilk, I found that a lot of its features are sold as add-ons etc. so you often end up paying well over $500US. Some of the software is being priced way beyond the average guy's purse these days. I have settled down on Stellarium, a quite old but still reliable bit of free software and of course the price is right Dave
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