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[PROJECT] ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!

Discussion in 'Other Toys/Hobbies' started by Builds By Baz, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. OP
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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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    On holidays - may be a road trip coming perhaps. Would love to see this when its all up and running.

    So so envious.
     
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    It's been up and running for some time now so shoot on over mate. :)
     
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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.

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    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.

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    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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    Nor can we!
     
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    Looking good
     
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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, I only just stumbled on this thread tonight and read it from go-to-whoa.
    I am completely and utterly impressed.
    As a fellow Canberran - well-fking-done mate. You'll probably get visits from the ANU boys asking to use your gear :D
     
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    Bless ya mate. I can't take all the credit though. I might have co-ordinated it all and built 90% of it, but the amount of help I had from around the world in the form of help, advice, structural plans, money, physical assistance and material donations..... All I can say is, wow - I am humbled by the good in the hearts of many.
     
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    It's amazing that you can sit in your front yard and see something so clearly so far away. Brilliant.
     
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    If only the sky would clear more often!

    Here you go. Apart from all my duties as a husband and father with a full-time job and several projects on the go, this is all the sky has allowed me to capture so far.

    Two measly five minute exposures combined to produce this image of Centaurus A, 10–16 million light-years away. One of the closest radio galaxies to Earth, it's center contains a supermassive black hole with a mass equivalent to 55 million solar masses.

    This was two subexposures (frames) only. I really need to combine about thirty of them, along with dark frames, flat frames and offset/bias frames.

    GSO RC12 Truss, Orion Starshoot One Shot colour imager (V1),Off-axis guiding with SBIG STi, EQ8 Equatorial Mount.

    I'm just starting to get the hang of the new equipment but still got a ways to go.

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    Very cool Baz. Nice work!
     
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    Thank you sir!
     
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    That's very awesome, space has always fascinated me!
     
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    Plenty out there to keep the fascination-o-meter up mate! :)
     
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    Just saw you on Man Space. Good segment if a little short. Well done!
     
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    Thanks mate. These sorts of shows generally are pretty short. They can fit more in then and cater for more interests.
     
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    Well done Barry!
     
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    Ta mate. :thumbup:
     

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