ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!

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Gary wrote:Red rings never looked so good! Good job!
Thank you Gary.

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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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Beautiful shots as expected!

Just saw the clip of Better Homes and Gardens on your website. Awesome! Especially the top to bottom panning views of your observatory.

A pity your Iron Man suit was not fully operational then. Imagine wearing it during the filming! [smilie=admire.gif]
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Gary wrote:Beautiful shots as expected!

Just saw the clip of Better Homes and Gardens on your website. Awesome! Especially the top to bottom panning views of your observatory.

A pity your Iron Man suit was not fully operational then. Imagine wearing it during the filming! [smilie=admire.gif]
Cheers Gary!

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

It features first up, about a minute and a half into the show. http://www.jump-in.com.au/show/manspace ... /#autoplay

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For those of my overseas friends that can't view the Manspace TV segment on their website, it is now on the home page of the ASIGN Observatory II website.

http://www.asignobservatoryii.com

I wonder how I can edit the video and dub over the bit that calls me John....

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Congrats Barry! You are now a true blood celebrity!
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Airconvent wrote:Congrats Barry! You are now a true blood celebrity!
As long as the schools and youth groups see it and start to take advantage of the facility on offer, I'll be happy.

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