Go Back   IceInSpace > General Astronomy > Observational and Visual Astronomy

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #81  
Old 09-05-2005, 04:04 PM
Brendan's Avatar
Brendan
casual star gazer

Brendan is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Lower Hunter Valley-Maitland
Posts: 264
no anthony didn't hit him, thought the peice of grass hanging out of its mouth like a durrie was kinda amusing at the time. gota love abs.
Reply With Quote
  #82  
Old 13-05-2005, 09:05 AM
JohnH's Avatar
JohnH
Member # 159

JohnH is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: NSW
Posts: 1,179
Sat pm it looks to be clearing up is anyone intending to show up?
Reply With Quote
  #83  
Old 13-05-2005, 09:11 AM
iceman's Avatar
iceman (Mike)
Sir Post a Lot!

iceman is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Gosford, NSW, Australia
Posts: 36,709
Wrong thread John, try this one:

http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/s...&threadid=2002

Do you want to be added to the central coast mailing list?

I'll be turning up if it's clear.
Reply With Quote
  #84  
Old 18-02-2018, 04:20 PM
frogman's Avatar
frogman (Anthony Lord)
Host to the Stars

frogman is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Canberra (used to be Kulnura)
Posts: 531
Hello strangers ..... i havent posted since 2005 .. found a 4 inch dob for the verandah and thought of you " bunch " ....
Anyone still observing ?
Think i met Rod again here in Canberra but not sure .

Anthony
Reply With Quote
  #85  
Old 18-02-2018, 06:07 PM
h0ughy's Avatar
h0ughy (David)
DOGHOUSE REBORN

h0ughy is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: NEWCASTLE NSW Australia
Posts: 30,561
Quote:
Originally Posted by frogman View Post
Hello strangers ..... i havent posted since 2005 .. found a 4 inch dob for the verandah and thought of you " bunch " ....
Anyone still observing ?
Think i met Rod again here in Canberra but not sure .

Anthony
wow now there is a blast from the past!
Reply With Quote
  #86  
Old 18-02-2018, 06:56 PM
frogman's Avatar
frogman (Anthony Lord)
Host to the Stars

frogman is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Canberra (used to be Kulnura)
Posts: 531
Yeah man ... found the posts and all the old gear and nights we spent out .... i miss it
Reply With Quote
  #87  
Old 23-02-2018, 06:49 AM
Rodstar's Avatar
Rodstar (Rod)
The Glenfallus

Rodstar is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Central Coast, NSW
Posts: 2,697
Quote:
Originally Posted by frogman View Post
Hello strangers ..... i havent posted since 2005 .. found a 4 inch dob for the verandah and thought of you " bunch " ....
Anyone still observing ?
Think i met Rod again here in Canberra but not sure .

Anthony
Hey Froggy! Ah that takes me right back....our first gathering was, if I recall at that crazy bloke's place in Woy Woy, who wanted to build a Planetarium at Kariong...then the first ever observing session for IIS at the Water Tower at Somersby....and then...your kind invitation to Paint Ball, and the rest is history!

I remember your 12 inch dob very well, your enthusiasm and generosity in welcoming us to Paint Ball every month. Lots of memories of the early group of observers with their scopes - Mike Salway (10 inch dob), Rocket Boy (130mm Takahashi), HOughy (12 inch SCT), John Bambury (10 inch Dob), Atatalas (110 Takahashi?), Wayne (8 in SCT), Ed Roca (18 inch Dob), George Lavanos (who wore shorts and bare feet in the middle of winter!!), Gary Kopff, Andrew Murrell, Narayan. And then the many others who came to join us at Paint Ball with their children..Joe and Anushka, Scott (now back in the US) with his boys, my three kids, the list goes on and on...

Froggy, to your original question, for some of us, astronomy is something you cannot maintain the rage about indefinitely - it is an interest that (rather appropriately) waxes and wanes over the years. I bought a law firm 5 years ago, and the energy needed to run a business with 50+ staff has made it far more difficult to observe as I am so dang tired at night. However, in a few weeks I will be taking delivery of a brand new 20 inch SDM, and I am expecting this will get me much more motivated in 2018!

Good on you for buying the verandah dob! There is a passionate group of amateur astronomers in the ACT, so you should be able to connect with some IIS people down there if you are keen.

I don't recall seeing you in Canberra - last time I think I saw you was at Zanzibar in West Gosford. Nice to hear from you, and hope to meet you in person, possibly under the Milky Way, some time soon!

Last edited by Rodstar; 23-02-2018 at 11:33 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #88  
Old 23-02-2018, 12:42 PM
Octane's Avatar
Octane (Humayun)
IIS Member #671

Octane is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Canberra
Posts: 11,158
Wow, dude! Good to see you here again! I was checking out your profile the other day to see when was the last time you had logged in.

Where abouts are you here in Canberra?

H
Reply With Quote
  #89  
Old 01-03-2018, 02:39 PM
ausastronomer (John Bambury)
Registered User

ausastronomer is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Shoalhaven Heads, NSW
Posts: 2,467
Quote:
Originally Posted by frogman View Post
Hello strangers ..... i havent posted since 2005 .. found a 4 inch dob for the verandah and thought of you " bunch " ....
Anyone still observing ?
Think i met Rod again here in Canberra but not sure .

Anthony
Hi Froggy,

Nice to hear from you again and good to see you have got yourself a verandah scope.

I am still observing although not with the same intensity I used to. I go to all of the Ozsky Events at Coona which is an 8 day event that we host for visiting US observers. That gives me a fix and calms the nerves for a while.

I haven't observed much from home in the last 12 months due to the unsuitability of conditions in the temporary house I was living (like no back yard and telescopes buried). I have just moved house last Friday to a much better house with a large back yard and pretty decent skies so I plan to do some back yard observing again in the coming weeks. Unlike Rod, I have no need, or desire for any new telescopes. The 3 scopes I have are all premium scopes (18" Obsession and 14" and 10" SDM's) and due to the changing metallurgy of the construction materials used in the scopes, they seem to get considerably heavier with every year that passes . In addition I have ready access to scopes up to 30" with Ozsky so I don't need anything super large myself. I mainly do lunar / planets and double stars from home and both the 10" and 14" SDM's are ideal for this.

Hopefully we can cross paths again at some time in the future.

Cheers
John B
Reply With Quote
  #90  
Old 01-03-2018, 02:53 PM
ausastronomer (John Bambury)
Registered User

ausastronomer is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Shoalhaven Heads, NSW
Posts: 2,467
[QUOTE=Rodstar;1359372] George Lavanos (who wore shorts and bare feet in the middle of winter!!)


Hi Rod,

I will never forget George turning up to Paintball in early June 2005 for a nights observing, wearing nothing but shorts, thongs and tee-shirt.

Nor will I ever forget George grinding a mirror in the creek / waterhole at the first IISAC at Lostock in late January 2006, because of the 40+ degree temperatures. That is a sight I will never forget, I couldn't stop laughing. If that mirror turned out to be better than 4/1 waves it got lucky Although he was only rough grinding it.

A real character !!

Cheers,
John B
Reply With Quote
  #91  
Old 01-03-2018, 04:42 PM
RB's Avatar
RB (Andrew)
Moderator

RB is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 21,911
Quote:
Originally Posted by frogman View Post
Hello strangers ..... i havent posted since 2005 .. found a 4 inch dob for the verandah and thought of you " bunch " ....
Anyone still observing ?
Think i met Rod again here in Canberra but not sure .

Anthony
Anthony, hey buddy, how's it going, we've missed you !!!
So good to hear from you.
Ah, the memories, paintball guns, pizzas, scopes, eyepieces and the odd cigar or two...
We need a reunion....

RB


Quote:
Originally Posted by Rodstar View Post
Rocket Boy (130mm Takahashi), HOughy (12 inch SCT), John Bambury (10 inch Dob), Atatalas (110 Takahashi?), Wayne (8 in SCT), Ed Roca (18 inch Dob), George Lavanos (who wore shorts and bare feet in the middle of winter!!), Gary Kopff, Andrew Murrell, Narayan. And then the many others who came to join us at Paint Ball with their children..Joe and Anushka, Scott (now back in the US) with his boys, my three kids, the list goes on and on...
Rod, the memories keep flooding back.....

Quote:
Originally Posted by ausastronomer View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rodstar View Post
George Lavanos (who wore shorts and bare feet in the middle of winter!!)

Hi Rod,

I will never forget George turning up to Paintball in early June 2005 for a nights observing, wearing nothing but shorts, thongs and tee-shirt.

Nor will I ever forget George grinding a mirror in the creek / waterhole at the first IISAC at Lostock in late January 2006, because of the 40+ degree temperatures. That is a sight I will never forget, I couldn't stop laughing. If that mirror turned out to be better than 4/1 waves it got lucky Although he was only rough grinding it.

A real character !!

Cheers,
John B
hahaha John, what a character George was.
And exactly as you describe, I remember him grinding that mirror in the creek in that heat !!
Here's that photo I took of him that day.
Wow, just wow.

RB
Attached Thumbnails
Click for full-size image (george.jpg)
142.3 KB27 views
Reply With Quote
  #92  
Old 06-03-2018, 02:54 PM
Octane's Avatar
Octane (Humayun)
IIS Member #671

Octane is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Canberra
Posts: 11,158
Those were the days. I'd have just finished polar alignment, ready to take my first image, while everyone else was packing up getting ready to go home.

H
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT +10. The time is now 07:54 PM.

Powered by vBulletin Version 3.8.7 | Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Advertisement
OzScopes Authorised Dealer
Advertisement
Lunatico Astronomical
Advertisement
Celestron Australia
Advertisement
SkyWatcher Australia
Advertisement
Meade Australia
Advertisement
Bintel
Advertisement
NexDome Observatories
Advertisement
Astronomy and Electronics Centre
Advertisement