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Forum: Software and Computers Today, 12:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 46
Posted By mithrandir
It should be simple enough. Most GPS provide a...

It should be simple enough. Most GPS provide a serial output that's easy to decode. Any one of these would do for lat/lon and time, but $GPGGA provides height and $GPRMC the date:
...
Forum: General Chat Today, 12:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 91
Posted By mithrandir
Apart from it being a phish, they must be more...

Apart from it being a phish, they must be more stupid than the regular phishers.
Australian mobiles don't get charged to receive calls - at least while connected to an Australian transmitter.
Forum: DIY Observatories Yesterday, 06:51 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,698
Posted By mithrandir
10 deg off N should be fine Mike. If you wanted...

10 deg off N should be fine Mike. If you wanted to set and forget you'd be better off setting the angle for winter since you get less intensity with the longer atmosphere path at lower elevation, and...
Forum: Deep Space Yesterday, 06:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 129
Posted By mithrandir
CdC lets you add more catalogs than you would...

CdC lets you add more catalogs than you would ever want to know about:

Information from catalog: Bica
Catalogue of extended objects in Magellanic Clouds
Lindsay 1
Alt1: ESO28SC8
Dimension:...
Forum: Solar System Yesterday, 05:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 303
Posted By mithrandir
Draco, Cartes du Ceil will generate charts...

Draco, Cartes du Ceil will generate charts showing the path. All you need is a Linux, Windows or OSX box to run it on. http://www.ap-i.net/skychart/en/start and of course it's free.

You can...
Forum: DIY Observatories Yesterday, 04:09 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,698
Posted By mithrandir
Mike, the tilt doesn't matter that much. I'd say...

Mike, the tilt doesn't matter that much. I'd say set to your latitude and forget. What's more important is how close the panels face to true north. If you're way off you might do better to parallel...
Forum: Star Parties, Club and Community Events 31-08-2014, 09:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 148
Posted By mithrandir
Mal, that "un-Australian thing" is played in more...

Mal, that "un-Australian thing" is played in more parts of the world than "the Melbourne game".

Of course none of them are really "football". The game called "football" when played at the...
Forum: Terrestrial Photography 31-08-2014, 09:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 49
Posted By mithrandir
Steve, we now have four kookaburras that come...

Steve, we now have four kookaburras that come around to be fed. They appear to be a family - dad, mum, teenager and youngster. One will eat from your hand.
Today the rainbow lorikeet pair that come...
Forum: Software and Computers 31-08-2014, 09:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 42
Posted By mithrandir
Graham, because it has an exe extension Windows...

Graham, because it has an exe extension Windows probably doesn't give you the unzip option. Did you try saving the file, launching winzip and pointing it at the file?
I don't use winzip. The command...
Forum: Star Parties, Club and Community Events 31-08-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 148
Posted By mithrandir
Shows how close you can get when you give half...

Shows how close you can get when you give half the team the night off. :P
Forum: Solar System 29-08-2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 424
Posted By mithrandir
jjj, Nebulosity will do it. It's not free, but...

jjj, Nebulosity will do it. It's not free, but also not that expensive - $US80. Save the individual aligned frames (not the stack) and run that through your video creator.
You can try before you buy...
Forum: General Chat 28-08-2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 362
Posted By mithrandir
Leon, good to hear you are recovering and Alice...

Leon, good to hear you are recovering and Alice is OK.

My almost 91 year old mother got out of hospital yesterday after a stay of more than 2 weeks because of an infected cut on her leg. She still...
Forum: Terrestrial Photography 27-08-2014, 09:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 185
Posted By mithrandir
David, you will decide the Rainbows are either a...

David, you will decide the Rainbows are either a delight or a right royal pain. We have a pair who eat out of our hands, but they also try to chase off every other rainbow and most other species that...
Forum: Beginners Astrophotography 25-08-2014, 08:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 160
Posted By mithrandir
NGC121 to be precise. Early evening on the...

NGC121 to be precise.

Early evening on the 30th is closest - about 1/2 a degree.
Forum: Nightscapes 24-08-2014, 10:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 226
Posted By mithrandir
Sumitra there are two things involved in setting...

Sumitra there are two things involved in setting the image size. One is the number of pixels and the other is the quality setting. You need to play around with both of them to get a files that fits...
Forum: Software and Computers 22-08-2014, 08:46 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 727
Posted By mithrandir
As far as OpenGL is concerned NVidia drivers beat...

As far as OpenGL is concerned NVidia drivers beat Radeon ones hands down. Always have done.

If Rick is seeing problems on NVidia I would blame the fault on TheSkyX.
Forum: Software and Computers 20-08-2014, 11:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 372
Posted By mithrandir
Before you go buying RAM, check the motherboard...

Before you go buying RAM, check the motherboard specifications. Older motherboards can't cope with the newer large DIMMs. You might be restricted to 2GB ones.
Forum: Solar System 20-08-2014, 11:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 498
Posted By mithrandir
H, find_orb predicts perihelion 2015/01/30.1 ...

H, find_orb predicts perihelion 2015/01/30.1

At Sydney's latitude it will only be visible for a couple of hours per day and below 20 deg. Queensland gets a better view.
Forum: Equipment Discussions 20-08-2014, 10:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 312
Posted By mithrandir
Is that one half of a split base focuser for a C8...

Is that one half of a split base focuser for a C8 (or other SCT with the same size thread)?
Forum: Software and Computers 19-08-2014, 08:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 372
Posted By mithrandir
I have one warning if you are migrating. Newer...

I have one warning if you are migrating. Newer drives are using native 4KB data clusters. Windows 7 (and probably 8) does not cope with some files built with 512B data being used on disks with 4KB...
Forum: Solar System 18-08-2014, 08:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 294
Posted By mithrandir
Good one there Stephen. Marc, there's no...

Good one there Stephen.

Marc, there's no need to hold back. Tell us what you really think. At least living on a ridge our house can't get washed away.
Forum: Astronomy and Amateur Science 17-08-2014, 11:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 571
Posted By mithrandir
I might add that since the beginning of June 2014...

I might add that since the beginning of June 2014 Stu is credited with 9 discoveries.

Date Location Type Mag Name
2014/08/13.731 ESO 87-G31 Ia 17.0 PSN J06363000-6643540 ...
Forum: Software and Computers 16-08-2014, 08:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 205
Posted By mithrandir
Leon, do you mean that Windows has detected the...

Leon, do you mean that Windows has detected the wifi card and connected to your network?
I'm surprised Windows hasn't forced IE onto the PC. Is IE on the taskbar rather than a desktop icon?
You can...
Forum: Astrophotography and Imaging Equipment and Discussions 15-08-2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 159
Posted By mithrandir
There's no reason why a webcam like an SPC900NC...

There's no reason why a webcam like an SPC900NC wouldn't work. PHD works with most WDM cameras.

You would probably be constrained by how big your guide scope was as they don't have high QE.
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 15-08-2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 406
Posted By mithrandir
Suzy the date is wrong in the title. It should be...

Suzy the date is wrong in the title. It should be the 18th. Just after they rise Venus and Jupiter will be ~25 arcmin apart.

That's several degrees below my horizon. They don't clear the trees...
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