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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.

    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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  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

    I have found a set of images of the Cloned T7 Astrocam (ZWO ASI120c) I purchased. I will save a few thousand words with the images which are self explanatory. As you can see its very versatile and can be used as a stand alone cam, as a prime focus cam or a guiding camera. It also has a guiding feature with supported mounts. Prices vary on EBay but around $100 - $128 AUD. Software and drivers available from ZWO web. You need to download all to work. The "Asicap" software contain a full rundown on setup and use in a Help PDF file. Dave
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. T7 Astronomical Camera

    Mentioned it to ZWO service dept. Very nice reply by return mail. Said, Thanks. Does not affect operation, but will correct it anyway. Dave.
  17. Horsehead and flame nebulas

    Brilliant ! Dave
  18. T7 Astronomical Camera

    FWIW... Here is a sample of the txt file that accompanies each frame of photos taken. [ZWO ASI120MC] Auto Exp Max Exp = 30ms Auto Exp Max Gain = 50 Auto Exp Target Brightness = 100 Bin = 1 Brightness = 0 Capture Area Size = 1280 * 960 Colour Format = RAW8 Debayer Preview = ON Exposure = 193us Flip = None Gain = 44 Hardware Bin = OFF High Speed Mode = OFF Mono Bin = OFF Output Format = *.PNG OverClock = % Raw Foramt = OFF StartX = 0 StartY = 0 Temperature = 29.0 C Timestamp Frames = OFF Turbo USB = 40 White Balance (B) = 95 White Balance (R) = 52 Spot the spelling mistake ?? RAW Foramt (Format?) Dave PS. 0400WAST 23/02 WX 95% cloud. Will it never end.
  19. T7 Astronomical Camera

    On 19th Feb (Full Super Moon) I set up the 10" SW dob on the EQ6Pro and plugged in the S7 camera. Using Stellarium for guiding the scope and Asicap for the camera. Skies were clear with no cloud, but there was a lot of atmospheric heat aberration. Very common here during the summer months causing rippling of image. Previously I had driven the cam on test around the kitchen using the stand alone lens. On this occasion I used it in prime focus with the 70% aperture ring. As the image shows it has ginormous magnification. Focusing was somewhat difficult as it appears the Dell 1500 laptop was having memory issues and lagging, so focusing was a hit/miss issue. The S7 is quite complex in setting up using the ZWO software, and on the first run I failed to limit the number of frames and it banged off 5G worth of images and files!! Each image is also accompanied by a text file which gives the parameters of the shot. Eventually I got things setup and reasonably stable and set the frame batch rate at 10 frames per run 16bit RAW. The 2 images below are #1 single unprocessed image as taken by the camera. #2 is 10 images, stacked in Registax and touched up in Photo Shop Not the best of my attempts, but does show the potential of the device. I have a spare Dell 790 (SFF) which has a better video card and RAM I will later check it out and dig deeper into the intricacies of the beast. At least I scored a break in the cloud cover that rolls in regularly every night...... Last night (20th) very cloudy by 3am blocking the moon and everything else. I have since cleaned the mirrors of the 10", they were not the best having been in storage for over a year. Dave
  20. T7 Astronomical Camera

    Probby PS light room ! Dave
  21. Greetings

    Happy Australia Day Dave
  22. 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
  23. Comet Wirtanen 46P

    BTW. British Airways are Celebrating 100 years of service by painting one of their aircraft with the old B O A C logo. Aircraft Images from Flight Radar24 Dave In honour of the airline's Centennial year British Airways Boeing 747 G-YGC will be the first aircraft to receive a special livery celebrating BA's past
  24. Comet Wirtanen 46P

    Here ya go I will look for the internal picki later Magnificent machinery Argonaut 1957
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