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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. 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
  2. M20 RGB 2 pane Mosaic

    Incredible ... That is mind blowing. Well done. Dave
  3. My New Toys.

    Yeah the Yuccas are quite spectacular. I have a number of them in my garden all white. No Ray have not had a chance yet. Am just recovering from a bout of the Flu and Bronchitis. I was wiped out for a couple of weeks. and Dr put me on some pretty hefty drugs. Hopefully get some clear skies soon. I received the programmable remote control for the D7 today, made by Jintu (2.4g) Range of up to 100 ft. The D7 has a special remote socket, this remote comes with a receiver and adapter cable. The camera can also be operated by a push button on the receiver also by direct cable from the Transmitter unit. - Works well. Dave
  4. My New Toys.

    Yeah, saw some of it on TV.. They call it "global warming"?? Had our far share of cold and wet so far this winter has shown around 350 mm of rain and should get more next week. Of course with rain one needs clouds and with clouds one cannot do Astronomy. Night temps over here bouncing just above Zero C. Yesterday was only 13C Max. Weeds and stuff absolutely bursting into life. Even this Yuccu at the front entrance has burst into flower. Also Aloe Vera is blazing forth. (Pics by Canon D7) PS. The Yucca is causing quite an interest in the Street, a number of people stopping wid M/Phones taking pictures. I have several of these plants on my block. Dave.
  5. My New Toys.

    Hi Shane Yeah, I have a couple of Opteka type lens a Wide angle and a 500mm Mirror. They are not bad for the price. The 650-1300 lens consists of 5 groups of 8 elements and coated. Mechanically solid build and neat fitting moving parts with locking. As mentioned, I do want to get rid of the remnants of this flu B4 I venture out at night. Making good progress now. Dave.
  6. My New Toys.

    Hi each N All. Just recovering from nasty Flu Attack and Bronchitis infection. First time for years. Seems like the vaccine I had did not include the beast that invaded me. Not a very nice 2 week session. Howsomeever, I had time to browse around and few pennies to spare and picked up this Canon EOS D7 body with low shutter count and in excellent condx for a little over $400AU. I have an almost full range of EF lens for my EOS 750D so they are interchangeable. The white thing ? It can also be found in black under the Opteka brand. This one, from Keldalens.com designed in Japan has Bell and Howell lens 650 to 1300mm Telephoto Zoom f/8 16 MF. Have looked through it terrestrially. - Skies at night are disgusting, after all it is winter and we are actually getting some rain as well However even on the Manfrotto RC2 tripod/mount, manually releasing the shutter causes wobblys. esp at 1300mm. I also have in my ditty box a T thread 2X converter from my 500mm Mirror lens, which is compatible. 2600mm !!??!! I think I will have to mount it on the EQ6Pro ! ATM I have a remote shutter/Timer control coming for the D7. That will be essential using this beast. Reviews appear to give similar overall views that the glass is of reasonable quality, but at 1300mm is pushing one's friendship a bit. The units do vary from who made the optics. Bell and Howell is a very old established company, better known for their manufacture of cinematic projection equipment. Will be interesting what it can produce astronomically with the moon as the subject. Hopefully I will be feeling more inclined soon and that a few occasional clear nights rock up. Quite impressed with the D7, which mechanically is based on the old 1N film camera (Which I also have) similarly built like a tank and weighs as heavy. Note: The photo with the lens extended to 1300mm does tend to indicate a bit of 'sagging' this is not the case the telescoping is very positive and has a lock ring. Its an optical 'confusion' and is quite straight One reviewer said he had issues focusing, for my part I found no difficulty - even with my ancient eyes. However it would be very unfair to compare it with a Genuine Canon Telephoto lens costing $5K!!. Dave.
  7. pulled the trigger

    Great Stuff.. I found that the FTDI control Cable/ Driver Software works well on My Dell Laptop to my EQ6Pro. running Stellarium/Ascom I had heck and all issues using Carte du Ciel with FTDI. https://www.ftdichip.com/FTContact.htm Noted on the Clouds Ray, when we did have a couple of cloud free nights the temps plummeted to 3 or 4C !! Just cannot win. Dave
  8. New home for the old girl

    Getting New or Used equipment that is in good functional condition is always a joy to experience. I have sold used gear and bought used gear as part of upgrades. One cannot always afford new. I sold my EOS 350D to a friend and she is having great experiences with it. Last week I took delivery of an used Canon EOS 7D Body, with low shutter count. Functions like it just came out of the new box. At $425 it has given me a step up in the photography world. Waiting now for the storms and clouds to disappear to try it on the 10" Skywatcher. Of course my collection of Canon EF mount lens are all compatible for terrestrial photography. Dave
  9. 1. Power Unit Amp and foot Pedals

    2. Power Unit

    3. Foot pedals removed - Coated in muck

    4. Pedal Frame cleaned and restored

    5. Cleaning of Pedal boards and Volume control unit

    6. This beast weighs a ton. Solid timber housing. Note the home made dolly to shift it around !

    7. Partially restored Roller and top of housing. 

    8. Roller and part panels removed to access switches

    9. Restored stool.  Had been used as a "coffee table"

    10. Quick shot of the Yamaha HC3W Fully restored to 100% working condition. 

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  10. 1. Power Unit Amp and foot Pedals

    2. Power Unit

    3. Foot pedals removed - Coated in muck

    4. Pedal Frame cleaned and restored

    5. Cleaning of Pedal boards and Volume control unit

    6. This beast weighs a ton. Solid timber housing. Note the home made dolly to shift it around !

    7. Partially restored Roller and top of housing. 

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    1. Radar

      Radar

      Nice project Dave. 

      Ray

    2. Radar

      Radar

      What a resto job mate. Well done. Not many of those around I bet. Was this for resto job for selling? Not that I am buying, my kids would destroy it. 

      Ray

  11. test image ngc 2024

    Noted Shane. Yeh, mine would be around that age. It has not not had a lot of use per se, but looking ahead and my age/activities/health does not really warrant any further expenditure in Astro Gear. I have picked up a couple of accessories for the Canon 750D, for which I will put together a note/pictures regarding focal length reducing rings I purchased. I feel my future in photography will probably orientate closer to the terrestrial vistas Such as heading North of Perth in the Wildflower season Could chuck the MAK90 on the back seat Cheers Dave
  12. test image ngc 2024

    Then again ever considered a squadron of UFOs flying in formation? I note that the latest mounts have done away with gears and now use belts. My old EQ6pro is still chugging along OK. Dave.
  13. T7 Astronomical Camera

    Ray You can get it for $109 with the discount voucher here You need to get the T7C which is color the T7M is mono https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/T7C-Electronic-Telescope-ST4-Guide-Star-Camera-CMOS-Equatorial-Extension-Tube/264015942551?epid=24025345592&hash=item3d78939397:g:nkEAAOSwteFb2Y7s:rk:25:pf:0 You will need to download the ZWO software mentioned earlier and the ASICAP software. I have copies if you run into strife. Dave
  14. T7 Astronomical Camera

    Yeah. I have not been the best lately so getting things up and running have not been as good as I would have liked. Suggest you shop around there are quite a variation in prices. Also have a look on Ali Express. Shipping from there is much faster. But I am quite impressed with it - When I feel a bit better will try some planetary shots. Dave
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