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Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 31-08-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,158
Posted By gaa_ian
That was a great pickup with a 140mm Refractor...

That was a great pickup with a 140mm Refractor Steve. I was thinking a much larger scope was needed to see this comet. I will certainly be looking for this comet once i get my hands back on a scope...
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 27-08-2014, 09:08 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,158
Posted By gaa_ian
Thanks Glen A great tip off, if only I had more...

Thanks Glen
A great tip off, if only I had more than my little 80mm spotting scope I travel with I would have a crack at this one ! Is this comet destined to brighten or fade ? I will be home in a...
Forum: Solar System 24-08-2014, 06:57 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 88
Posted By gaa_ian
Sunday 24/8 Conjunction

Morning Folks, just a quick shot of the conjunction this morning with the Moon-Venus-Jupiter. No time for a tripod setup, so this was just a quick nightscape mode handheld shot. (Stacked in camera)...
Forum: Astrophotography and Imaging Equipment and Discussions 22-08-2014, 10:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 226
Posted By gaa_ian
With a little reading up on a canon...

With a little reading up on a canon Astrophotography (http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2012/astrophotography_techniques.shtml)page
I went out to get what I hoped would be some...
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 18-08-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 408
Posted By gaa_ian
Just a quick shot with an iphone, grabbed on the...

Just a quick shot with an iphone, grabbed on the way to work this morning (yep I start work at 6am !) Photo is cropped and contrast enhanced to better show the planets against the brightening Sky.
Forum: Astrophotography and Imaging Equipment and Discussions 17-08-2014, 10:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 226
Posted By gaa_ian
Yep, been out doing that very thing tonight !

Yep, been out doing that very thing tonight !
Forum: Astrophotography and Imaging Equipment and Discussions 16-08-2014, 10:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 226
Posted By gaa_ian
Finally moved into DSLR World

I must have talked about getting a DSLR a dozen times !
Well I finally took the plunge and now have my Canon 700D with a series of lenses including a 10to18mm for night scape photos (my main...
Forum: Observational and Visual Astronomy 30-07-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 260
Posted By gaa_ian
Well, I had a last look this morning. In 1/2 an...

Well, I had a last look this morning. In 1/2 an hour I saw 5 Aquarids, I bright Piscis Austraid & 1 sporadic. With a clear dark sky and an unrestricted view this would have been an awesome shower to...
Forum: Observational and Visual Astronomy 29-07-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 260
Posted By gaa_ian
Thanks Alex I appreciate your kind words. I just...

Thanks Alex I appreciate your kind words. I just hope you get to see some of these meteors. Sitting out watching showers like this one gives one the time to pause and think, what a busy and dynamic...
Forum: Observational and Visual Astronomy 29-07-2014, 12:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 260
Posted By gaa_ian
A triad of meteor showers

We are very fortunate to have upon us a triad of meteor showers in the form of the Aquariads, Capricornids & Piscis Austraids.
The story is up on my blog at night sky secrets...
Forum: Observation Reports 16-05-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 693
Posted By gaa_ian
Thanks Liz, good to hear from you again. I have...

Thanks Liz, good to hear from you again.
I have joined up the T'ville forum this morning :-)
This is getting lots of Media coverage up here.
I ended up doing 3 radio interviews before 8am :eyepop:...
Forum: Observation Reports 16-05-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 693
Posted By gaa_ian
Townsville Meteorite 15 may 2014

Reports are rolling in this morning of a meteorite strike at the Ross Dam area near Townsville North Qld:
15MAY2014 Matthew Manser Townsville, Qld, Australia 18.52 +10 1sec Australia Saw a green...
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 15-05-2014, 08:40 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,891
Posted By gaa_ian
For us here in FNQ, the clouds rolled in ! I did...

For us here in FNQ, the clouds rolled in ! I did manage to see Saturn close
To the moon I. The early part of the evening though & this was certainly
Worth the effort
Forum: IceTrade Archives 11-05-2014, 10:21 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 505
Posted By gaa_ian
Super Abbe Ortho 24mm Eyepiece

This 4 element eyepiece design is superior to the Plossl for lunar and planetary study in particular. Finish is Black anodized machined Aluminum, threaded for filter attachment. Fully multi coated...
Forum: Deep Space 11-05-2014, 10:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 519
Posted By gaa_ian
One of my favorite clusters & one of the best and...

One of my favorite clusters & one of the best and most detailed images of it I have seen to date. Oh ... to see this detail visually !
Forum: Deep Space 06-03-2014, 11:01 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,847
Posted By gaa_ian
I was just having another peek at M42 tonight...

I was just having another peek at M42 tonight Paul & Sharing with my Partner, This is a great image to contrast with what we saw ! Certainly the best image I have ever seen of M42
Forum: General Chat 17-01-2014, 09:50 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,887
Posted By gaa_ian
RIP John Dobson ..... If you ever saw the...

RIP John Dobson ..... If you ever saw the documentary on his life as I did his words "Come look at the Moon" echo in my mind. He was also a dedicated sidewalk astronomer, showing countless 1000's of...
Forum: Beginners Equipment Discussions 15-01-2014, 02:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 710
Posted By gaa_ian
Hi Ted Welcome to IIS :-) I am not really...

Hi Ted
Welcome to IIS :-)
I am not really into imaging (not even after 10 years in the hobby), however this page I have set up for getting a first telescope...
Forum: Nightscapes 09-01-2014, 03:46 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,655
Posted By gaa_ian
Awesome Colin ! was it Visual at all, or is this...

Awesome Colin ! was it Visual at all, or is this Photographic only ?
Forum: Equipment Discussions 09-01-2014, 03:41 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 13,459
Posted By gaa_ian
My new favourite scope is my Kson 102 mm tabletop...

My new favourite scope is my Kson 102 mm tabletop dobsonian. I used it over the Christmas break to take camping, sharing some of the eyecandy DSO's with some friends who had largely not looked...
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 09-01-2014, 02:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 683
Posted By gaa_ian
I have heard about it from your posts in the past...

I have heard about it from your posts in the past few days, but thanks for the reminder, it will be going into my observing calendar for sure ! As a bonus it is close to the new moon too :thumbsup:
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 05-01-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 683
Posted By gaa_ian
Quadratids Meteor Shower - reports

Gove amateur Astronomers in the NT did go out for a look at the Quadrantids on Saturday morning the 4th with 2 club members present, myself & Peter.
I was pleasantly surprised to see 7 Quadratids...
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 04-01-2014, 07:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 671
Posted By gaa_ian
Well, I did end up going out for a look at the...

Well, I did end up going out for a look at the Quadrantids this morning with a fellow club member. I was pleasantly surprised to see 7 of them either rising up from the horizon or skimming it in the...
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 03-01-2014, 11:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 671
Posted By gaa_ian
For those of us closer to the equator, this could...

For those of us closer to the equator, this could be worth a go in the morning !
The attached map is for Cairns so for Gove it is slightly higher (about 2deg above the horizon)
Could be interesting...
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 14-12-2013, 08:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 674
Posted By gaa_ian
This mornings Geminids peak was spectacular...

This mornings Geminids peak was spectacular :eyepop:
from 3:30am to 4:50am we saw 101 Geminids.
Along with 2 other members of Gove Astronomers at a dark site on the beach with a good clear N - NW...
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