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Forum: General Chat Today, 08:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 76
Posted By mithrandir
Generally speaking ABS does not release figures...

Generally speaking ABS does not release figures for census data where the numbers in a collector's district are small enough that it might identify individuals. Such collector's districts are...
Forum: Deep Space 20-12-2014, 09:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 174
Posted By mithrandir
That looks more like a meteor trail being broken...

That looks more like a meteor trail being broken up by high altitude winds with the meteor finally exploding.
Forum: Deep Space 20-12-2014, 02:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 174
Posted By mithrandir
Ken, the only object that shows up in MPCChecker...

Ken, the only object that shows up in MPCChecker http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/cgi-bin/checkmp.cgi is C/2010 F1 (Boattini) which is moving south at 11 arcsec/hour. That's more than a degree from...
Forum: Deep Space 20-12-2014, 12:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 174
Posted By mithrandir
Ken, MPEC gives me no known minor planets or...

Ken, MPEC gives me no known minor planets or comets in the area around the brightest of your marked objects (11:39:56.54 -63:23:35.5) assuming the time is about 2012 12 19.75 UTC. If you've got a...
Forum: General Chat 18-12-2014, 12:44 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,007
Posted By mithrandir
Many years ago I had a mate with a mini van with...

Many years ago I had a mate with a mini van with a Cooper engine bored to 1600cc which would only run on avgas. Talk about bat out of hell.

He used to complain about people breaking into it to...
Forum: General Chat 17-12-2014, 09:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 574
Posted By mithrandir
It's now 2.25 years since I retired, just in time...

It's now 2.25 years since I retired, just in time to be diagnosed with cancer. I've spent much of that time going to medical appointments, or scheduling the next appointment.

We did fit in five...
Forum: General Chat 17-12-2014, 10:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 518
Posted By mithrandir
Jarrod, I think you can edit the title. You have...

Jarrod, I think you can edit the title. You have to use the "advanced" edit button after you open the post with the "edit" button.
Forum: Beginners Astrophotography 16-12-2014, 04:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 540
Posted By mithrandir
Hey Brian! Nice to see you here. The limit for...

Hey Brian! Nice to see you here. The limit for inline images is 200KB, and that works out at around 1200 pixels for the long dimension if you want to keep the quality reasonable. I use RIOT with GIMP...
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 15-12-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,179
Posted By mithrandir
Probably H. The Geminids have a fairly long peak...

Probably H. The Geminids have a fairly long peak - the 4th to 17th this year - so I wouldn't wait much longer.
Forum: General Chat 14-12-2014, 06:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 273
Posted By mithrandir
Chris, a 60 sec image with 20 sec gaps means you...

Chris, a 60 sec image with 20 sec gaps means you can only get 75% of the meteors - assuming they occur regularly.

As for the actual shooting, it all depends on how your camera handles long...
Forum: Celestial and Astronomical Events 14-12-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,179
Posted By mithrandir
Gemini will be due north at about 03:00 DST. It...

Gemini will be due north at about 03:00 DST. It rises in the NE at around 22:45 and sets in the NW at around 07:40.

Meteor showers are usually best between midnight and astronomical twilight...
Forum: Mobile Astronomy Apps 14-12-2014, 05:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 258
Posted By mithrandir
Simon it only happens on the 2013 Nexus 7 - not...

Simon it only happens on the 2013 Nexus 7 - not on other Android devices - and not on all SkySafari 4 versions.
Forum: General Chat 14-12-2014, 10:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 364
Posted By mithrandir
I'm waiting for a parcel the courier company...

I'm waiting for a parcel the courier company collected from Caringbah on 2014-12-08 to deliver to Glenhaven - about 60km across Sydney.

Their tracking system says it was on the collection truck...
Forum: Mobile Astronomy Apps 14-12-2014, 10:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 258
Posted By mithrandir
Julian, I'll quote one of Bill's replies. He is...

Julian, I'll quote one of Bill's replies. He is apparently not alone in saying Android has a bug on the 2013 Nexus 7. Just because a device is a "reference platform" does not mean it is perfect.

...
Forum: Software and Computers 13-12-2014, 09:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 464
Posted By mithrandir
You could take the iPad somewhere with free wifi...

You could take the iPad somewhere with free wifi and use their bandwidth. Just don't do anything that requires security while you're there.

We've got 3 iDevices and they all take different...
Forum: General Chat 11-12-2014, 04:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 233
Posted By mithrandir
Nah, we don't have water views yet. It'll take...

Nah, we don't have water views yet. It'll take quite a few more metres of rain to achieve that. :)
Forum: Software and Computers 11-12-2014, 04:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 212
Posted By mithrandir
You also need to watch out for USB cables that...

You also need to watch out for USB cables that claim to have FTDI chipsets but don't. A recent release of FTDI drivers identifies imitation FTDI chips and kills them.

The hard part is that cable...
Forum: Software and Computers 10-12-2014, 11:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 212
Posted By mithrandir
One thing you will have to watch out for is USB...

One thing you will have to watch out for is USB compatibility. Some devices (or their drivers) will only work with USB1.x or USB2 ports. Given that warning W8 is supposed to have better USB3...
Forum: Astrophotography and Imaging Equipment and Discussions 08-12-2014, 11:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 759
Posted By mithrandir
I've had one for a few months one but haven't had...

I've had one for a few months one but haven't had a chance to use it for astro yet.

Also see this thread http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/showthread.php?t=119181
Forum: General Chat 08-12-2014, 04:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 514
Posted By mithrandir
I've had emails from IIS blocked, apparently...

I've had emails from IIS blocked, apparently because the web farm where it is hosted got blacklisted. It hasn't happened to me for a while, but then I haven't expected any PMs lately.
Forum: General Chat 06-12-2014, 02:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 846
Posted By mithrandir
Jeanette, I remember fondly the day Graeme came...

Jeanette,
I remember fondly the day Graeme came down to Heather and my place to discuss computer programs for astronomy. Apart from that we shared histories and cancer treatments.
We all share in...
Forum: General Chat 06-12-2014, 02:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 446
Posted By mithrandir
[/QUOTE] The CdC downloads for the big UCAC...

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The CdC downloads for the big UCAC catalogs are split into northern, southern and equatorial. Suit yourself if you want some or all. They extract into the one set of directories and the...
Forum: Beginners Talk 05-12-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 165
Posted By mithrandir
It probably will stay free Fahim. It's been there...

It probably will stay free Fahim. It's been there for months and I'm part way through it.
Forum: General Chat 05-12-2014, 07:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 598
Posted By mithrandir
Bob, it was almost continuous thunder and...

Bob, it was almost continuous thunder and lightning here a couple of hours ago. Nothing spectacular but I've got a couple of flashes on "film".

I can still see cloud-to-cloud flashes to the SSW....
Forum: General Chat 05-12-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 464
Posted By mithrandir
I've got too may trees in that direction. :(

I've got too may trees in that direction. :(
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