Sculptor Galaxy – Take one

This is my first attempt at a deep sky object after a long cloudy winter so go easy on me! This is the Sculptor Galaxy (NGC 258). Taken with a Celestron 9.25″, Hyperstar, ASI 1600 cooled. Two exposures of 15s merged using DeepSkyStacker and an auto levels adjustment in Photoshop. I didnt use any filters, and this was with an almost full moon. It’s taken all night to get something and I’ve so much to learn, but I suppose I

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Heidelberg Motor Museum – Putting up the old artefacts

I used to run the site way, way back. I’ve put some sub pages up for you to reminisce about what used to be. LeaveĀ  comments if you know what the vehicles are called. I have long forgotten.   People have blogged about it here and here   This is the official story: 26 November 2003 BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO SOUTH AFRICA TERMINATES ITS SPONSORSHIP OF THE HEIDELBERG MOTOR MUSEUM British American Tobacco South Africa has announced its decision to close

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Saturn in full colour

  Tonight’s conditions were supposed to be good according to ScopeNights yesterday, but deteriorated throughout the day. I managed to get a quick RGB of Saturn in after some visual of Venus and Jupiter’s conjunction. Conditions must have been reasonable, given the detail I got. This is 1000 frames each of RGB (thanks +Kevin Franklin for the suggestion to increase the frames), stacked in AutoStakkert 2, and then processed in Photoshop. +Dylan O’Donnell you’ll enjoy that the colours are closer

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OzLotto Statistics

A long time ago I created a site for fun – betterlotterynumbers.com I’ve now migrated the code to my site: http://terencelegrange.com/lottery/ Here you can search for the following charts. Clicking on the link will take you to a pre-generated image. The sum of numbers – how often do all the numbers drawn add up to say, 150? Sum of numbers by zones – if you add up all the numbers in each draw, you’ll find the highest occuring totals will

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Resources for Astrophotographers

I’ve started a kind of log book for astrophotographer resources that might help. Light pollution – if you’re looking for places where there are dark skies, this site helps alot. It gives a reading of the radiance of your air. http://www.lightpollutionmap.info   ISS flybys – this site provides great times of when it’ll fly by your city. https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/view.cfm?country=Australia&region=Victoria&city=Melbourne#.V2aYSKJOzEI   For a 5,000 megapixel view of the milkyway, this site has to be up there as a great resource: http://skysurvey.org/blog/2011/2/17/for-all-the-nights-stars

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Software for Astrophotography

This is my work in progress list. There are obviously others, but this is what I use: For planetary capture via an AVI file, SharpCap – http://www.sharpcap.co.uk/ For stacking the often-thousands of frames in the AVI file – AutoStakkert – http://www.autostakkert.com/ For stacking RGB images – I have the Adobe Creative Suite – http://www.adobe.com/au/products/cs6.html For my DSLR photography – BackyardNikon – https://www.otelescope.com/ I am slowly moving to SGP – mainsequencesoftware.com/  

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