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tim57064
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #6373968 - 02/13/14 11:46 AM

Must be late summer down under huh?
Love that scope setup and what you have done with everything.


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bloodhound31
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Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #6377135 - 02/15/14 01:25 AM

ASIGN Observatory II on the front page of The Canberra Times today.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/technology/sci-tech/canberra-stargazer-brings...


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EdTheEdge
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #6377387 - 02/15/14 09:15 AM

Cool story in the Sydney Morning Herald!

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/canberra-stargazer-brings-astronomy...


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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: EdTheEdge]
      #6499637 - 05/01/14 05:50 AM

Ok here you go. :thumbup:

After 30 hours of cutting, drilling, bolting and painting, ASIGN Observatory II is now sporting a very stylish pergola and banister over the front entrance.

And a bonus little screen grab of Johanna Griggs from the Better Homes and Gardens team with me on the observation deck.





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seawolfe
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #6499641 - 05/01/14 06:08 AM

Did you ever get the dome motorized?

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Midnight Dan
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: seawolfe]
      #6499667 - 05/01/14 07:10 AM

Gorgeous! The pergola's not bad either!

-Dan


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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: seawolfe]
      #6499947 - 05/01/14 10:11 AM

Quote:

Did you ever get the dome motorized?




I'll get around to it one day. For now I'm young and strong enough to push it.


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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #6499950 - 05/01/14 10:12 AM

Quote:

Gorgeous! The pergola's not bad either!

-Dan




Ta Dan.


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bloodhound31
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Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #6531647 - 05/17/14 09:29 PM

Thanks Dan.

1. It's been couple of nights of rapid progression at ASIGN Observatory II. First night I got collimation of the mirrors sorted out.



2, 3 &4. Last night I had a fellow astronomer visit and help me through configuring of all the software that runs the telescope and cameras. Here's a few shots of the setup.







5 and finally, here's the first image (60 second single exposure) out of the new telescope through the deep space imager. It should be noted that there was nearly a full moon up and the mist filled the sky with poo. I can't wait to get a clear moonless night on some distant galaxies!



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rockethead26
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #6532742 - 05/18/14 03:34 PM

An amazing journey you've had. Now you can reap the rewards of all your hard work. Really outstanding observatory!

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csa/montana
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #6533139 - 05/18/14 07:57 PM

This has got to be one of the most amazing (if not THE most amazing) build documented here! What a gorgeous end result of all your hard work. It is such a pleasure to follow this thread, and see what all you've accomplished!

Now, sit back and enjoy!


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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6533421 - 05/18/14 11:38 PM

Thanks so much Carol and Jim!

Baz.


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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #6535626 - 05/20/14 06:34 AM

More testing of the new optics. I still have lots of room for tweaking the focus, but I am still fighting a sky full of moonlight and moisture/smoke. Too many people in our bush capital still using wood fires for heating.

The first picture is a single subexposure of M82 Southern Pinwheel Galaxy of ten minutes, guided using an SBIG ST-i guide camera and the Orion Starshoot (V1) as the main imager.

The second image is a single five minute subexposure of the Carina nebula.

Normally I would take twenty or thirty identical exposures, stack them together with dark, flat, offset/bias frames before exporting them to photoshop for final processing, so I'm pretty excited to see this level of detail, brightness and colour at the bottom of the pile.

Focus and collimation both need work, but that will come in time.





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hm insulators
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #6536220 - 05/20/14 01:07 PM

Gorgeous pictures!

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jblaschke
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: hm insulators]
      #6536717 - 05/20/14 05:26 PM

Mighty impressive images for single shots! I can't wait to see your results once you nail focus and collimation then start stacking...

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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: hm insulators]
      #6556702 - 06/01/14 08:51 AM

Quote:

Gorgeous pictures!




Not a touch on what is possible with this scope I suspect.


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bloodhound31
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Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #6622815 - 07/08/14 06:06 AM

A television show in Australia called MANSPACE aired my observatory last night. They did a great job, apart for the part where they called me John.... LOL!

It features first up, about a minute and a half into the show. http://www.jump-in.com.au/show/manspace/episodes/season-1/episode-7/episode-7...


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LoveChina61
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #6622860 - 07/08/14 07:19 AM

The video link will only allow those located in Australia to watch the video. Too bad cause I would have really liked to have seen it.

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bloodhound31
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Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: LoveChina61]
      #6629141 - 07/11/14 11:38 PM

Quote:

The video link will only allow those located in Australia to watch the video. Too bad cause I would have really liked to have seen it.




For those of my overseas friends that can't view the Manspace TV segment on their website, it is now on the home page of the ASIGN Observatory II website.

http://www.asignobservatoryii.com

I wonder how I can edit the video and dub over the bit that calls me John....


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Christopher EricksonModerator
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #6629853 - 07/12/14 01:47 PM

Very nice!

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