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Forum: Astrophotography and Imaging Equipment and Discussions Yesterday, 11:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 159
Posted By Steffen
Ahh, that 17-35 f/2.8... It is also the only...

Ahh, that 17-35 f/2.8...

It is also the only zoom I purposefully bought, many years ago (besides a cheap travel zoom I picked up on a whim). It turned out to be one of the best photography...
Forum: Trade/Wanted 21-11-2014, 08:46 PM
Replies: 5
[WANTED] Cheap eq mount
Views: 141
Posted By Steffen
But surely, $39 has got to be a typo? That's how...

But surely, $39 has got to be a typo? That's how much you pay for a 2" extension tube.

Cheers
Steffen.
Forum: Star Parties, Club and Community Events 21-11-2014, 08:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 478
Posted By Steffen
It's going to be great! How do I know? I can't be...

It's going to be great! How do I know? I can't be there :mad2:

Certain family/social matters require my presence on Saturday night, so I have to pull out.

Enjoy folks!

Cheers
Steffen.
Forum: Equipment Discussions 20-11-2014, 11:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 149
Posted By Steffen
Wow! That's, what, 40.5 arc seconds per blip? ...

Wow! That's, what, 40.5 arc seconds per blip?

How fast can you move the scope before the signal overwhelms the Argo? I'm impressed the Argo Navis supports that high resolution encoders out of the...
Forum: General Chat 20-11-2014, 11:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 629
Posted By Steffen
"AntRid" uses execution by Borax. It's readily...

"AntRid" uses execution by Borax. It's readily available, if you really want to kill the whole colony.

Cheers
Steffen.
Forum: General Chat 18-11-2014, 10:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,177
Posted By Steffen
Maybe not. It seems like they may have actually...

Maybe not. It seems like they may have actually made a scientific discovery or two in the making of the film: http://www.wired.com/2014/10/astrophysics-interstellar-black-hole/

Cheers
Steffen.
Forum: Star Parties, Club and Community Events 18-11-2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 478
Posted By Steffen
I'm more than happy to give any visitors looks...

I'm more than happy to give any visitors looks through my scope. I find public outreach sessions very rewarding in any case, so if this is for a mutual benefit then I'm all in.

Cheers
Steffen.
Forum: General Chat 17-11-2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,177
Posted By Steffen
Yeah, I've gotta get me one of those black...

Yeah, I've gotta get me one of those black holes... :P

Cheers
Steffen.
Forum: Star Parties, Club and Community Events 17-11-2014, 12:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 478
Posted By Steffen
What are the chances of my new tripod arriving by...

What are the chances of my new tripod arriving by Saturday AND the weather being nice?

But I remain optimistic :)

Cheers
Steffen.
Forum: General Chat 17-11-2014, 12:32 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 5,082
Posted By Steffen
"Nobody...", oh never mind :lol: Cheers ...

"Nobody...", oh never mind :lol:

Cheers
Steffen.
Forum: Equipment Discussions 14-11-2014, 10:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 232
Posted By Steffen
Having a 150x1800 Mak on that I utterly love...

Having a 150x1800 Mak on that I utterly love (also on an HEQ5Pro mount) I'm obviously biased, but I think you need to consider this:

If you want to get your feet wet with imaging consider a...
Forum: General Chat 14-11-2014, 09:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,177
Posted By Steffen
I watched the movie tonight and thoroughly...

I watched the movie tonight and thoroughly enjoyed it. It wasn't a gadget movie, and it wasn't a western in space suits. It had moral dilemmas, space-time dilemmas, love, great special effects that...
Forum: Equipment Discussions 14-11-2014, 09:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 332
Posted By Steffen
Ken, that's some nice looking shed, BTW. It looks...

Ken, that's some nice looking shed, BTW. It looks like the roof rolls off to the back?

Cheers
Steffen.
Forum: Equipment Discussions 14-11-2014, 10:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 332
Posted By Steffen
I ordered a Berlebach Planet. On the...

I ordered a Berlebach Planet.



On the HEQ5Pro tripod the pin is at the polar leg, and I'm going to keep it that way with the new tripod (they come like that).

Cheers
Steffen.
Forum: Equipment Discussions 14-11-2014, 10:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 332
Posted By Steffen
I'm an electrical engineer but did enough...

I'm an electrical engineer but did enough mechanical engineering at uni (about 30 years ago) to realise that this calculation was beyond by abilities :shrug:

I know that the absolute weight, the...
Forum: General Chat 14-11-2014, 12:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 629
Posted By Steffen
Ants can't stand the smell of cinnamon. A bit of...

Ants can't stand the smell of cinnamon. A bit of powder or a stick here and there should keep them away from places you don't want them to go.

Cheers
Steffen.
Forum: Equipment Discussions 13-11-2014, 08:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 332
Posted By Steffen
I think that 30 is the most pleasing and...

I think that 30 is the most pleasing and reassuring leg spread for a tripod. That way the legs form an equilateral triangle with the ground. A wider split might put too much sideways force on the...
Forum: General Chat 12-11-2014, 09:54 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,201
Posted By Steffen
No, nothing like that. It was a humorous remark...

No, nothing like that. It was a humorous remark about ASIO getting all hot and bothered about big scopes that look like rocket launchers :)

Cheers
Steffen.
Forum: Equipment Discussions 12-11-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 332
Posted By Steffen
Thanks guys, much appreciated! Cheers ...

Thanks guys, much appreciated!

Cheers
Steffen.
Forum: General Chat 12-11-2014, 01:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 509
Posted By Steffen
You forgot the deadliest of them all. European...

You forgot the deadliest of them all. European honey bees kill twice as many people in Australia as snakes plus all of the above. Not kidding. Even more dangerous: horses. Horse riding related...
Forum: Equipment Discussions 11-11-2014, 11:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 332
Posted By Steffen
Thanks Julian, it seems to me that the narrow...

Thanks Julian,
it seems to me that the narrow spread (around 20 degrees) is very typical of photo and other light load tripods, whereas heavy load astro tripods tend to have a larger foot print (the...
Forum: General Chat 11-11-2014, 11:32 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,201
Posted By Steffen
Ha, turns out my first post bears this mark: ...

Ha, turns out my first post bears this mark:

"Last edited by [1ponders]; 23-03-2010 at 09:32 PM. Reason: inflammatory & breach of TOS"

Try to beat that :)

Cheers
Steffen.
Forum: Equipment Discussions 11-11-2014, 10:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 332
Posted By Steffen
Lightbulb Info sought: Leg spread of popular astro tripods

I would like, if I may, ask you to measure the spread angle of your tripod, be it Meade, Celestron, Skywatcher, Orion, AP, SB, or whatever.

I just need the angle of a leg from vertical, so if you...
Forum: Equipment Discussions 10-11-2014, 08:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 235
Posted By Steffen
Dan's Pier Top Plates (http://pierplates.com)...

Dan's Pier Top Plates (http://pierplates.com) might be a go, but they're extremely expensive, too.

Cheers
Steffen.
Forum: General Chat 09-11-2014, 11:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 642
Posted By Steffen
:thumbsup: I don't usually go straight...

:thumbsup:

I don't usually go straight overseas (yet), but more often than not I end up buying there.

Cheers
Steffen.
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