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Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 16-08-2015, 10:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 663
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, 09:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 663
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, 09:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 663
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, 12:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 663
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, 07:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,540
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, 04:36 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,446
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, 09:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,885
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, 11:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 734
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, 01:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 734
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, 11:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 323
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, 12:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 604
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.
Forum: General Chat 13-03-2015, 12:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 428
Posted By gaa_ian
Yep ... with only limited success, but enough to...

Yep ... with only limited success, but enough to keep me looking.
My best advice is think "Gravity Sucks" and gold is 16x heavier than water.
Gold and other heavy minerals have a way of working...
Forum: General Chat 13-03-2015, 08:03 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,681
Posted By gaa_ian
We all like to have a go at the UFO followers....

We all like to have a go at the UFO followers. But it should be acknowledged that there are some unsolved UFO mysteries out there with no good rational explanation. It's fine to be a sceptic. But...
Forum: Beginners Astrophotography 22-02-2015, 02:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 461
Posted By gaa_ian
On the subject of OIII filters, do you guys know...

On the subject of OIII filters, do you guys know of a list of the DSO's that most benefit from the use of an OIII rather than a UHC ?
I have had a high demand for my UHC/Nebula filters, but few...
Forum: General Chat 22-02-2015, 02:38 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 11,334
Posted By gaa_ian
To be honest I don't mind any kind of question....

To be honest I don't mind any kind of question. What does annoy me is when you give people the answers & they want to argue the point. IE: Conspiracy theory's that have been disproved by the most...
Forum: Nightscapes 22-02-2015, 11:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 677
Posted By gaa_ian
That is certainly my idea of a good night out....

That is certainly my idea of a good night out. There are only a handful of people here in FNQ with scopes that size. Brings back memories of IISAC, just wish I could of been there this year ! Oh well...
Forum: Nightscapes 18-02-2015, 10:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 532
Posted By gaa_ian
I love Wanaka ... I celebrated my 45th Birthday...

I love Wanaka ... I celebrated my 45th Birthday there with my Dad who lives in Timaru ....Gotta get back there again !!!
Forum: General Chat 18-02-2015, 10:46 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 11,334
Posted By gaa_ian
And can you believe some people would say they...

And can you believe some people would say they are just clouds !!!
Unbelievers :abduct:
They will see :screwy:
Forum: General Chat 16-02-2015, 05:12 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 11,334
Posted By gaa_ian
Ron, that does not surprise me at all. One day...

Ron, that does not surprise me at all.
One day I am sure the mothership will appear over Mt Tibrogargan
Clearly the caves at the top of the mountain are portals :-)
Forum: Beginners Talk 16-02-2015, 11:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 525
Posted By gaa_ian
Welcome Dave :welcome: You will find lots of...

Welcome Dave :welcome:
You will find lots of very helpful people here who hopefully will help you to avoid some of the pitfalls & teach you a whole lot of new skills.
Yep, and a good chance to pick...
Forum: General Chat 16-02-2015, 08:44 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 11,334
Posted By gaa_ian
After reading the results of the survey, I agree...

After reading the results of the survey, I agree with the #1 beef of most AA'a "The Moon Landing Conspiracy"
Just plain stupid :screwy:
The growth in "National Geographic" channel conspiracy shows...
Forum: Deep Space 15-02-2015, 03:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 332
Posted By gaa_ian
That is an awesome shot Barry, the LMC like I...

That is an awesome shot Barry, the LMC like I have never seen it before. It is very clear from your photo that is was a barred Spiral before our galaxy gobbled up its outlying stars !
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 15-02-2015, 01:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,638
Posted By gaa_ian
That's the one Merlin ! I was at Garma Festival...

That's the one Merlin !
I was at Garma Festival doing my Annual Astronomy tours in August & had to explain to the onlookers how this bright orange star was not normally visible at all ! The skies...
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 14-02-2015, 11:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,638
Posted By gaa_ian
Very interesting Rob How bright is this Nova...

Very interesting Rob
How bright is this Nova expected to become ?
Last really good one I saw was visual magnitude & quite orange in color in Cygnus
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 13-02-2015, 10:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,248
Posted By gaa_ian
Interesting to read the eyewitness reports...

Interesting to read the eyewitness reports (http://www.weatherwatch.co.nz/content/meteor-over-northern-nz) !
Shows how peoples perceptions vary & you have to wonder what some of them were on !
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