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Forum: Nightscapes 28-01-2015, 04:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 815
Posted By mithrandir
Good stuff, Peter. It's s great camera. But then...

Good stuff, Peter. It's s great camera. But then I'm a Sony user from way back and have had a A7s for months. :)
That goes for both FF A-mount and FF E-mount lenses. I have the genuine Sony A to E...
Forum: General Chat 08-01-2015, 06:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 397
Posted By mithrandir
Drop the leap seconds and eventually solar...

Drop the leap seconds and eventually solar transit will happen in the middle of the night.

Of course that will take a few years.
Forum: General Chat 08-01-2015, 06:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 208
Posted By mithrandir
Hubble takes new iconic shot of the 'Pillars of Creation'

http://www.sciencealert.com/hubble-takes-new-iconic-shot-of-the-pillars-of-creation
Forum: Website Feedback and FAQ 04-01-2015, 05:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 273
Posted By mithrandir
If the inch sign is a left or right curly/sloped...

If the inch sign is a left or right curly/sloped double quote Firefox will refuse to display any text.

The reply page has the meta tag "text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1". Curly quotes do not exist...
Forum: Website Feedback and FAQ 04-01-2015, 12:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 273
Posted By mithrandir
Chris, you get an empty edit box if the text...

Chris, you get an empty edit box if the text contains symbols from a character set Firefox doesn't support. I see this happening all the time with posters who use Macs or European character sets....
Forum: Beginners Talk 03-01-2015, 07:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 423
Posted By mithrandir
Stellarium does it too.

Stellarium does it too.
Forum: Beginners Talk 02-01-2015, 11:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 363
Posted By mithrandir
Pretty much agree with both Chris and Ken. ...

Pretty much agree with both Chris and Ken.

CdC can have more catalogs than you can poke a stick added, including the ones Chris listed under C2A as well as NOMAD.

If you wanted to run on Linux...
Forum: Beginners Astrophotography 29-12-2014, 08:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 536
Posted By mithrandir
Jorge, there is a link to the pre-formatted UCAC4...

Jorge, there is a link to the pre-formatted UCAC4 catalogs on the CdC Downloads (http://www.ap-i.net/skychart/en/download) page. They are hosted at Sourceforge. There are various other catalogs there...
Forum: Beginners Astrophotography 27-12-2014, 10:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 536
Posted By mithrandir
A pleasure Jorge. That FOV covers about 2'15". ...

A pleasure Jorge. That FOV covers about 2'15".
The star name tells you - UCAC4. Which version of CdC do you have and which catalogs have you loaded? Among others I have UCAC2, UCAC3, UCAC4 and NOMAD...
Forum: Beginners Astrophotography 27-12-2014, 11:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 536
Posted By mithrandir
Jorge, this should be right, created in CdC.

Jorge, this should be right, created in CdC.
Forum: Astrophotography and Imaging Equipment and Discussions 24-12-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 653
Posted By mithrandir
As Justin says, Microsoft ICE is one way. Hugin...

As Justin says, Microsoft ICE is one way. Hugin (http://hugin.sourceforge.net/download/) is another and free. AutoPano (http://www.kolor.com) is the best in quite a few people's opinion but...
Forum: General Chat 22-12-2014, 09:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 433
Posted By mithrandir
Generally speaking ABS does not release figures...

Generally speaking ABS does not release figures for census data where the numbers in a collector's district are small enough that it might identify individuals. Such collector's districts are...
Forum: Deep Space 20-12-2014, 10:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 347
Posted By mithrandir
That looks more like a meteor trail being broken...

That looks more like a meteor trail being broken up by high altitude winds with the meteor finally exploding.
Forum: Deep Space 20-12-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 347
Posted By mithrandir
Ken, the only object that shows up in MPCChecker...

Ken, the only object that shows up in MPCChecker http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/cgi-bin/checkmp.cgi is C/2010 F1 (Boattini) which is moving south at 11 arcsec/hour. That's more than a degree from...
Forum: Deep Space 20-12-2014, 01:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 347
Posted By mithrandir
Ken, MPEC gives me no known minor planets or...

Ken, MPEC gives me no known minor planets or comets in the area around the brightest of your marked objects (11:39:56.54 -63:23:35.5) assuming the time is about 2012 12 19.75 UTC. If you've got a...
Forum: General Chat 18-12-2014, 01:44 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,708
Posted By mithrandir
Many years ago I had a mate with a mini van with...

Many years ago I had a mate with a mini van with a Cooper engine bored to 1600cc which would only run on avgas. Talk about bat out of hell.

He used to complain about people breaking into it to...
Forum: General Chat 17-12-2014, 10:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 883
Posted By mithrandir
It's now 2.25 years since I retired, just in time...

It's now 2.25 years since I retired, just in time to be diagnosed with cancer. I've spent much of that time going to medical appointments, or scheduling the next appointment.

We did fit in five...
Forum: General Chat 17-12-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 799
Posted By mithrandir
Jarrod, I think you can edit the title. You have...

Jarrod, I think you can edit the title. You have to use the "advanced" edit button after you open the post with the "edit" button.
Forum: Beginners Astrophotography 16-12-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,114
Posted By mithrandir
Hey Brian! Nice to see you here. The limit for...

Hey Brian! Nice to see you here. The limit for inline images is 200KB, and that works out at around 1200 pixels for the long dimension if you want to keep the quality reasonable. I use RIOT with GIMP...
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 15-12-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,254
Posted By mithrandir
Probably H. The Geminids have a fairly long peak...

Probably H. The Geminids have a fairly long peak - the 4th to 17th this year - so I wouldn't wait much longer.
Forum: General Chat 14-12-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 433
Posted By mithrandir
Chris, a 60 sec image with 20 sec gaps means you...

Chris, a 60 sec image with 20 sec gaps means you can only get 75% of the meteors - assuming they occur regularly.

As for the actual shooting, it all depends on how your camera handles long...
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 14-12-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,254
Posted By mithrandir
Gemini will be due north at about 03:00 DST. It...

Gemini will be due north at about 03:00 DST. It rises in the NE at around 22:45 and sets in the NW at around 07:40.

Meteor showers are usually best between midnight and astronomical twilight...
Forum: Mobile Astronomy Apps 14-12-2014, 06:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 704
Posted By mithrandir
Simon it only happens on the 2013 Nexus 7 - not...

Simon it only happens on the 2013 Nexus 7 - not on other Android devices - and not on all SkySafari 4 versions.
Forum: General Chat 14-12-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 543
Posted By mithrandir
I'm waiting for a parcel the courier company...

I'm waiting for a parcel the courier company collected from Caringbah on 2014-12-08 to deliver to Glenhaven - about 60km across Sydney.

Their tracking system says it was on the collection truck...
Forum: Mobile Astronomy Apps 14-12-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 704
Posted By mithrandir
Julian, I'll quote one of Bill's replies. He is...

Julian, I'll quote one of Bill's replies. He is apparently not alone in saying Android has a bug on the 2013 Nexus 7. Just because a device is a "reference platform" does not mean it is perfect.

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