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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:58 am 
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The mini-WASP array February 2014 by cybermystic, on Flickr

Front and back views of the array beginning February 2014.
On the top a Canon EF200 prime lens with a Trius M26C OSC CCD.
On the left (front view) two TS80 triplet APOs with M26C OSC CCDs and Hutech IDAS LP filters.
Top right a Megrez 80 with SX guide camera.
Bottom right a Sky 90 with filter wheel and M26C OSC CCD.
All sitting on a Paramount ME.
Now all I need are some clear skies to play with the damn thing :( :( :(
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:30 pm 
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It looks very impressive, that's for sure.

Crikey, I wouldn't like to follow the instruction manual for assembly!!!!! :lol:

Hope you get a few clear nights soon.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:11 am 
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oldCarlos wrote:
It looks very impressive, that's for sure.

Crikey, I wouldn't like to follow the instruction manual for assembly!!!!! :lol:

Hope you get a few clear nights soon.


Thank you :D The most difficult part to follow in the assembly manual is the precision wiring as you can see in the image :shock: :shock:
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:17 pm 
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"Clear nights"? Well, I understand the words but I've forgotten the meaning! :P

Looking good, Greg. An elegant solution to the limited imaging time we suffer from here in Blighty.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 2:23 pm 
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On average, how many fully clear nights do we get in a year? (a couple of dozen, maybe?)

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 4:43 pm 
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It's not only clear nights - but Moonless as well if possible. It's a well known fact that when there's a full Moon there's always a clear night.
Number of imaging nights in a year - for my location it works out at 40 - 50 and that's even when I've had 3 months without a single image.
When I am able to image every month then mother Nature seems to compensate by dropping the number of good imaging nights in a month.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:46 pm 
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Apologies Greg, yes I was meaning `clear`, as in no moon, clouds, atmospheric disturbance, which enables you guys to get the images you want with your equipment.
More fully `clear` nights than I thought tbh, but even @ 40-50 it must get frustrating at times. Sure shows the level of your interest and commitment. Hats off to you.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:04 am 
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"Level of interest and committment"??

Nah - it's an obsession pure and simple :D :D :D :D
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:07 pm 
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lol I was just being polite. :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 9:48 pm 
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"Gordon Bennett"! What a set up. That is impressive :mrgreen: Greg, you clearly have "issues" :lol:

Thinks.......If I can somehow get the bank manager to see this, then maybe she'll not be phased by a new photographers coat and a couple of lenses appearing.... :twisted: :wink:

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 10:07 pm 
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"Gordon Bennett"! What a set up. That is impressive :mrgreen: Greg, you clearly have "issues" :lol:

Thinks.......If I can somehow get the bank manager to see this, then maybe she'll not be phased by a new photographers coat and a couple of lenses appearing.... :twisted: :wink:


Funny you should say that. I give a number of talks throughout the year on the deep-sky imaging stuff - and a number of times after giving the talk I had guys comping up asking if they could have a copy of this picture:

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New Forest Observatory control room by cybermystic, on Flickr

Now this was a bit disappointing in that they weren't asking for a nice deep-sky image but just the computer setup, but I thought to myself that perhaps they were just even more nerdier than me and I soon forgot about it. It was only when something like the 10th bloke asked me for the picture that I had basically had enough and asked, "O.K then, you've seen all the deep-sky stuff and you're asking me for a picture of the 4-screen setup - what gives???" I really wasn't expecting the answer at all. "Well all I want is a new laptop and if I show the missus a picture of what you have then she'll think she's getting off lightly and let me buy one". I had absolutely no idea :D :D :D
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:25 am 
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:lol:

I've used this technique on a number of occasions over the past 30 years, when looking at cars as well as photography gear etc.
I roughly decide what I want, but then leave a tab open on the PC, or the page in a magazine open, with a similar but far more expensive item for my `moneyboss` to catch sight of.

Sometimes it can take a few weeks of priming, but usually I tell her i'll settle for a cheaper option, which is actually the item I want. :wink: That way we're both happy eh! :mrgreen:

eg; BMW X5 = Honda CRV. Nikon D4 = D800. 600mm F4 lens = 300mm F2.8. Canada goose winter coat = Harkila coat........

You can't beat a bit of `reverse psychology` :wink:

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