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  • Originally posted by Barry View Post
    I'm now well into the swing of using it regularly for astrophotography and have already had two groups through.

    Up on the observation deck at ASIGN Observatory II, processing the data collected through the telescope over the past few nights.



    Downstairs, putting the finishing touches on the astrophotograph from the previous night.

    good to see you wearing high vis clothing so the martians can see you
    Cheers for now, IanB.
    Photos by Ian Browne on Facebook

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    • After many months of research and selling nearly everything that is near and dear to me, I finally drove to Sydney today to pick up a shiny new GSO RC12 inch Truss telescope. Let the steep learning curve begin!

      First cut


      OOOH SHINYYYY!


      Careful... don't tear the wrapping paper!


      Back-heavy this one.


      Balancing.


      First light at the Moon.


      Pointing at Jupiter.


      Southern Cross and Pointers out the window...doesn't get much better than this!
      Australian Wildlife Photographer

      Barry Armstead Photography
      ASIGN Observatory II

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      • Wow - that's a monster. Looking forward to seeing the results you get with it.

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        • Now we are waiting to see the pics

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          • Don't worry... so am I!

            Baz.
            Australian Wildlife Photographer

            Barry Armstead Photography
            ASIGN Observatory II

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            • Get this - I sold all my pro photography gear to buy all this, then I had to get a pro photographer in to take these photos for my website and Facebook group.... go figure...





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              Barry Armstead Photography
              ASIGN Observatory II

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

                http://www.canberratimes.com.au/tech...214-32rt2.html
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                Barry Armstead Photography
                ASIGN Observatory II

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                • Good publicity Barry and hope you are getting the school groups through as planned

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                  • 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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                    Barry Armstead Photography
                    ASIGN Observatory II

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                    • 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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                      Barry Armstead Photography
                      ASIGN Observatory II

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                      • Wow! That's heavy duty photography!
                        It's the little things!

                        Cheers, Greg C.

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                        • 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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                          Barry Armstead Photography
                          ASIGN Observatory II

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                          • Amazing Barry. Certainly looks a very technical set up but I'm sure you will get some amazing photographs. Thanks for sharing.

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                            • ^^^ Thanks mate!

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

                              It features first up, about a minute and a half into the show. http://www.jump-in.com.au/show/mansp...de-7/#autoplay
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                              Barry Armstead Photography
                              ASIGN Observatory II

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                              • That's Brilliant, great article

                                Your Ironman suit is coming along nicely too.
                                Adrian

                                Gear List

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                                • Thanks Adrian!
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                                  Barry Armstead Photography
                                  ASIGN Observatory II

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                                  • ASIGNBAZ ..... I haven't frequented the forum for a long time, but tonight decided to have a quick look through the archives. I found this thread and all I can say, is well done. What a fantastic job! A labour of love over a good period of time, resulting in something I'm sure you'll enjoy for years. There's nothing quite like the satisfaction of building something of your own from 'bricks and mortar'.

                                    These are the most interesting 8 pages I have read in a long, long time. Congratulations mate, and may you gain many, many hours of pleasure from your front yard observatory.

                                    One thing though, what are you going to do if you ever move house? Great work Barry.
                                    Rob
                                    NIKON stuff. And CANON stuff too!

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                                    • Originally posted by woolly View Post
                                      ASIGNBAZ ..... I haven't frequented the forum for a long time, but tonight decided to have a quick look through the archives. I found this thread and all I can say, is well done. What a fantastic job! A labour of love over a good period of time, resulting in something I'm sure you'll enjoy for years. There's nothing quite like the satisfaction of building something of your own from 'bricks and mortar'.

                                      These are the most interesting 8 pages I have read in a long, long time. Congratulations mate, and may you gain many, many hours of pleasure from your front yard observatory.

                                      One thing though, what are you going to do if you ever move house? Great work Barry.

                                      Thanks Rob. I hate to think of what I'll have to give up if I ever move. Looks like I'll spend the next 20 years paying off this house so I'll at least get that much out of it. If I ever get my dream property out around rural Canberra, then I'll just build a bigger one!

                                      Baz.
                                      Australian Wildlife Photographer

                                      Barry Armstead Photography
                                      ASIGN Observatory II

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