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 Post subject: The full Monty
PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:54 am 
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Even with terrible imaging conditions last night (water vapour and an intrusive Moon) I managed to get enough reasonable data to fill in the "missing notch" in the Markarian Chain mega-mosaic. Just bolted the last three frames onto the rest of the mosaic without bothering about blending to see if it all fitted together. Now there is rather a LONG bit of image processing to follow on this lot to make a decent image out of the region - and that can wait for a bit, I am more than a little fed up with this one for the moment grin01

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 Post subject: Re: The full Monty
PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:52 pm 
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cybermystic wrote:
...I am more than a little fed up with this one for the moment..

Greg, I think you probably owe several billion sentient entities who live there an apology. :P No doubt they think it's a wonderful place about which no other sentient entity could possibly become fed up. :twisted:

Congratulations on the capture. The transparency, here at least, was pretty poor last night.

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 Post subject: Re: The full Monty
PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:33 pm 
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Bob - there are no sentient entities out there - we are the only life-forms in the entire Universe :cry:
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 Post subject: Re: The full Monty
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I did use Drake's equation about a year ago to guesstimate that there was only one intelligent/technological/communicative race likely in a galaxy the size of the Milky Way at any one time. Unfortunately that same equation didn't make it totally clear that we qualified! :oops: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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  • Assumptions: R=10 billion, fp=30%, Ne=0.33, fl=80%, fi=0.01%, fc=100%, L=100,000 years.
    I assumed "fi" low as a large moon is needed to stabilize a planet's rotational axis.
  • Conclusion: 0.792 implies we may be the only civilization currently in the galaxy. Communicative doesn't help if there's nobody else. :(

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Nice to know you managed to get the data.

Just noticed the two fuzzy galaxies at the bottom of the chain, combined with the bits around it look rather like a face to me.

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