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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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    8" home brew Dob 10" Dob
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    Canon 350D, A520. Var film.

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  1. No Comment. Just to let y'all know I am still alive Dave VID-20191223-WA0000.mp4
  2. Christmas 2019

    Situation Normal Ray.. Have a good one in 2020 mate Dave.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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 !!
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. M20 RGB 2 pane Mosaic

    Incredible ... That is mind blowing. Well done. Dave
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
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