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Forum: General Chat 27-01-2016, 04:34 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 6,383
Posted By gaa_ian
I have posted this up in the shop window for all...

I have posted this up in the shop window for all to see Mike.
This is inspiring for many a budding Astrophotographer !
Forum: Equipment Discussions 27-01-2016, 03:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,170
Posted By gaa_ian
Drop in to the shop with your Vixen some time, I...

Drop in to the shop with your Vixen some time, I would love to see it and compare to the Kson ED102. If we get a weather break :cloudy: we may do an observing night at Lake Placid in Feb !
Forum: Equipment Discussions 23-01-2016, 09:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,170
Posted By gaa_ian
Hi Bob I will be interested to see how that...

Hi Bob
I will be interested to see how that goes. I have now added Viden to the scopes I stock. It is certainly clear in cairns tonight !
Forum: General Chat 21-01-2016, 08:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 804
Posted By gaa_ian
This will be an amazing discovery when it is...

This will be an amazing discovery when it is confirmed. Might be a job for the James Webb Tekescope once it is launched !
Forum: General Chat 18-01-2016, 06:31 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 6,383
Posted By gaa_ian
That's awesome Mike. Certainly a first in my time...

That's awesome Mike. Certainly a first in my time involved in amateur astronomy. Although this really shows your work is certainly "professional" Well done mate !
Forum: General Chat 10-01-2016, 09:40 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,911
Posted By gaa_ian
It is disappointing to hear of the closure of...

It is disappointing to hear of the closure of Bintel in Melbourne, I have certainly benifited from repairs there a number of times from the other end of the country! People certainly do like the...
Forum: General Chat 19-12-2015, 09:05 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 948
Posted By gaa_ian
I have a gluten intolerant friend who is a...

I have a gluten intolerant friend who is a pastafarian and is totally accepted and has been touched by the great Noodly appendage of the holist one :D
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 15-12-2015, 07:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 463
Posted By gaa_ian
To my surprise, in addition to the 5 I saw around...

To my surprise, in addition to the 5 I saw around 10pm, I was able to watch a further 15 bright Geminids this morning between 4:15 & 4:45 am.
There would have been more but the radient is on my...
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 08-12-2015, 12:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 463
Posted By gaa_ian
I managed to get one good image this morning and...

I managed to get one good image this morning and got another look at the fast moving Catilina.
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 07-12-2015, 07:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 463
Posted By gaa_ian
From our northern location in Cairns, I saw the...

From our northern location in Cairns, I saw the comet this morning :thumbsup: with an 8" reflector at 42x with a 16.8 Ortho eyepiece. Condensed core with a Coma brighter to one side. Very slight...
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 06-12-2015, 05:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 463
Posted By gaa_ian
Comet Catalina moon & Venus

I think this is an early morning show not to be missed.
I could say lots about this but I think Ian musgraves blog...
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 03-11-2015, 09:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 476
Posted By gaa_ian
Hi Steve We had an observing night near Mareeba...

Hi Steve
We had an observing night near Mareeba FNQ last Friday night. Being aware of the Northern Taurids we were on the lookout and saw several of them. This was despite the radiant bring low on...
Forum: Beginners Equipment Discussions 01-10-2015, 10:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,202
Posted By gaa_ian
Interesting discussion on EP's ! I have a number...

Interesting discussion on EP's ! I have a number of customers looking for higher magnifications (for the planets principally) on for example an 800mm FL scope (F4)
I have not really used a EP of...
Forum: Astronomy and Amateur Science 29-09-2015, 06:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 564
Posted By gaa_ian
It was great to watch this press conference live...

It was great to watch this press conference live this morning. This will I hope accelerate the search for life on Mars & it is certainly clear there are a number of missions planned in the next few...
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 16-08-2015, 09:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 915
Posted By gaa_ian
Not much chance in Sydney I am afraid & now the...

Not much chance in Sydney I am afraid & now the peak has passed.
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 13-08-2015, 08:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 915
Posted By gaa_ian
This mornings Perseid score; Perseid's : 20 ...

This mornings Perseid score;

Perseid's : 20
Others: 10

Was worth s look !
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 12-08-2015, 08:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 915
Posted By gaa_ian
Should be good from townsville, radiant just a...

Should be good from townsville, radiant just a bit closer to the northern Horizon
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 12-08-2015, 11:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 915
Posted By gaa_ian
Perseid's 2015

Had to share this from my NightSkySecrets Facebook page, where it went Viral (5000+ views!)
I did three radio interview and a newspaper story on this yesterday !

It's come around to that time of...
Forum: Astronomy and Amateur Science 18-06-2015, 06:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,780
Posted By gaa_ian
It is great to hear this little lander back in...

It is great to hear this little lander back in the mainstream news for all the right reasons :-)
Forum: Solar System 15-04-2015, 03:36 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 8,391
Posted By gaa_ian
Here is some detail from the Southern Comets...

Here is some detail from the Southern Comets Homepage (http://members.westnet.com.au/mmatti/sc.htm)
Forum: General Chat 08-04-2015, 08:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,127
Posted By gaa_ian
I have met people who have done this job and they...

I have met people who have done this job and they loved it ! If you love astronomy, enjoy telling stories & public astronomy, it would be fantastic ! As for the pay, anything in tourism is usually a...
Forum: Beginners Talk 08-04-2015, 10:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 881
Posted By gaa_ian
My experience has been to use a heat band on the...

My experience has been to use a heat band on the corrector plate of a SCT (almost essential) and for a Dob to use a 12V hair dryer if dew on the EP or secondary is an issue.
Forum: Beginners Talk 03-04-2015, 12:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 881
Posted By gaa_ian
I agree Suzy, I certainly learnt something from...

I agree Suzy, I certainly learnt something from that. It seems the fans on most scopes are not a lot of use :question:
Forum: General Chat 03-04-2015, 10:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 375
Posted By gaa_ian
I talk to the Media a bit and I sure did not tell...

I talk to the Media a bit and I sure did not tell them Friday :shrug:
You can bet that they went off a USA site and then told everyone it was Friday ! I made that mistake in my first year of doing...
Forum: Deep Space 13-03-2015, 11:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 710
Posted By gaa_ian
Awesome image Paul, as a bit of a fossicker, I...

Awesome image Paul, as a bit of a fossicker, I straight away thought of a huge space born Opal ! It is one of my favourite nebulae to view.
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