[PROJECT] ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!

Discussion in 'Other Toys/Hobbies' started by ASIGN_Baz, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. Optimus.

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    That is awesome. Very inspiring stuff. Love the colour of it!


    Were you lucky enough to watch Comet Lovejoy from your fancy shed? :p
     
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    I've got tons of images of it, but my telescope is too big... I can only shoot a part of it - just the head and a tiny bit of tail.
     
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    ASIGN_Baz

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    Processed last night's data on M78 in Orion. This was 12 x 10-minute exposures (total of 2 hours). I would have got more but I fell asleep and it was the telescope's alarm going off telling me that the desk had got in the way and the camera on the telescope was pressed up hard against it, ruining the alignment. Ah well, 12 exposures is enough this time.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I just want to thank you for your contribution to this forum. I always enjoy seeing your work regardless of what it is. Keep it up! :thumbup::)
     
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    It is as always, my extreme pleasure!

    Bless ya!

    Baz.
     
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    Awesome stuff AB, Keep it up :)
     
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    Thanks man. :D
     
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    Ever had this problem? "MY TELESCOPE IS TOO BIG!!"

    Comets are great in a big scope and all, but their tails are so long that a powerful telescope is zoomed in too much. Without some sort of focal reducer, I have to improvise.

    I found this old busted blue Newtonian at the recycle centre so $15 later, I've clamped it to the side of my big scope.

    Now I can track the comet and whack the Canon camera into the side of the Newt!

    Cheerin!

    Hope I'm not too late to catch some awesome tail action. Clouds go away!!!

    [​IMG]
     
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    Not a bad telescope for $15 :)
     
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    It'll do. :)
     
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    Any new pictures Baz?
     
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    No pics lately mate, but I am making progress with the firmware glitches and other IT problems. Having a super-capable mount that is all run by open-source software and firmware is challenging for me as I am more practical with my hands than I am with my brain.

    Luckily, I have a good friend who also runs much the same rig and he is visiting me when time and clear skies allow to iron it all out one step at a time.

    With his help, I got PHYSICAL alignment of the mount absolutely nailed. That was a big foundational problem that had lots of flow-on pointing-accuracy problems which should never bother me again.

    We are currently writing it a new brain-map to improve it's target acquisition.

    A few more little software issues to solve and I should be able to get back into it with much improved images. (Sharper).

    After that, we have some design improvements on the rear mirror cell to fix.

    Baz.
     
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    Hey Baz, It was a pleasure to meet with you & your family :thumbup:
    the tour of the galaxy was amazing, A big thankyou my friend for your hospitality:thumbup::)
     
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    The honour was all mine my friend! You guys are most welcome back any time! It's so nice to mix with people with character and you mob had plenty of that! :thumbup:
     
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    As with the Iron Man build, so many people contributed to the vision of ASIGN Observatory II. I have lost track of many of you, but you remain in my heart for all you did. Please rest assured that the mission still continues although a bit slow at the moment. I am confident these things move in seasons, with their ups and downs.

    I have already had groups of kids and their guardians in for sky tours and explanations of the telescope workings and the processes of astrophotography. I've had the Salvation Army kids, a group of primary school kids, some home-school families from rural areas, church and work friends, visits from prominent amateur astronomers and more.

    Once the telescope mount is de-bugged, the mission moves ahead!

    God bless ya's all!

    Baz.

     
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    BREAKTHROUGH! EUREKA!

     
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    Some brilliant things on your website, you really are very talented. :thumbup:
     
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    ASIGN_Baz

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    Thank you Ma'am.
     
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    Awesome, Baz!

    Now when you get some nice photos, email HD ones to me at 3440x1440 for my wallpaper, please! - :)
     

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