Helix Nebula Take One

The Helix Nebula, also known as The Helix, NGC 7293, is a large planetary nebula (PN) located in the constellation Aquarius. Discovered by Karl Ludwig Harding, probably before 1824, this object is one of the closest to the Earth of all the bright planetary nebulae.[1] The estimated distance is about 215 parsecs (700 light-years). It is similar in appearance to the Cat’s Eye Nebula and the Ring Nebula, whose size, age, and physical characteristics are similar to the Dumbbell Nebula,

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Orion Nebula Take One

This is my first ever view of the Orion Nebula with my telescope! And I’m amazed at what I got after a long night. This only a single image unfortunately, and there are a ton of other mistakes, but it’s a record for me to compare progress over the coming summer. It was a beautiful night in Melbourne and Microsoft decided to take 3 hours to force an update, so I only started at midnight. On the left hand side

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Sculptor Galaxy Take 2

Tonight I managed my first round of deep sky object imaging with PHD2 guiding successfully. I managed 15 frames of 30s taken in mono (I don’t yet have RGB or narrowband¬† filters for my Hyperstar lens). Taken from my backyard in Melbourne, this is the Sculptor Galaxy again. There’s more detail and some evidence of the dust patterns in this one. Processing: 30x15s mono Camera: ZWO ASI 1600mm-cooled Telescope: Celestron 9.25″ EdgeHD with Hyperstar lens Tracking: PHD2 Capture: Sequence Generator

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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. Leave¬† 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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