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Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events Yesterday, 12:38 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By gaa_ian
I will be certainly have my new Canon 700D out...

I will be certainly have my new Canon 700D out for this one & inviting a few folks to join me in Cairns for a viewing night :-)
Forum: Solar System Yesterday, 09:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 209
Posted By gaa_ian
Thanks Kevin, I will check this out in the...

Thanks Kevin, I will check this out in the morning.
The chart I have (from Astroblog) shows it at Mag. 6
What Mag. do you estimate it to be ?
Forum: Observational and Visual Astronomy 16-09-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 101
Posted By gaa_ian
Working ... fortunately/unfortunately :shrug: ...

Working ... fortunately/unfortunately :shrug:
However I have managed to start my own little astronomy group out here for the workers & will be going out to do an astronomy night tomorrow with a 4"...
Forum: Observational and Visual Astronomy 15-09-2014, 01:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 101
Posted By gaa_ian
Thanks Ron, that is probably the best...

Thanks Ron, that is probably the best explanation. I should probably check the JPL site for objects in the process of being de-orbited ! The dark & dry (circa 20% Humidity) skies out here make quite...
Forum: Observational and Visual Astronomy 15-09-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 101
Posted By gaa_ian
This link was helpful...

This link was helpful (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=25998.0), but does not fully explain this object as it was moving at perhaps 5 degrees of Arc/ Second !
Forum: Observational and Visual Astronomy 15-09-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 101
Posted By gaa_ian
Hi Peter, that sounds typical of an Iridium...

Hi Peter, that sounds typical of an Iridium Flare. You will get these most places, most nights. We have one where I am that will be Magnitude -8 this coming Wednesday night !
Forum: Observational and Visual Astronomy 15-09-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 101
Posted By gaa_ian
Bright, flashing fast moving ???

Now I am not normally one to post a strange lights in the sky post, but this one has me more than a little puzzled ?
Last night in far western Qld (Roma District) what appeared to be a satellite...
Forum: General Chat 14-09-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,405
Posted By gaa_ian
I know where you are coming from Col & I too had...

I know where you are coming from Col & I too had a lower level of involvement for a few years while I ran a major community festival & got quite involved with Radio Broadcasting.
All that is behind...
Forum: Terrestrial Photography 14-09-2014, 06:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 404
Posted By gaa_ian
Being way out west, with my new Canon 700D I can...

Being way out west, with my new Canon 700D I can finally attempt some of the shots I have wanted for years ! This Australian Kestral is a regular visitor to our hillslopes in the Western Downs.
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 09-09-2014, 07:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 297
Posted By gaa_ian
I had planned to watch this, but as for others...

I had planned to watch this, but as for others cloud ! I am glad you got to see it Dean.
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 31-08-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,320
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: 1,320
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: 103
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: 249
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: 431
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: 249
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: 249
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: 284
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: 284
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: 284
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: 722
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: 722
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: 2,954
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: 515
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: 528
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 !
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