Saturn Take 3

Tonight’s been the first in over 3 weeks where we’ve not had a cloud in the sky! Despite near freezing temperatures it was a good night. I tried my 3rd attempt at deep space stuff, and failed miserably again, but given conditions were reasonable I got a couple of nice shots of Saturn. 2,000 frames, top 20% stacked in AutoStakkert2, color combined in Photoshop, no further processing. Taken on a Celestron EdgeHD 9.25″ using a ZWO 120mm on an NEQ6

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First attempt at photographing Mars

It’s been about 3 weeks since we’ve had clear skies in Melbourne and I tried to make the most of it. Here is my first attempt at Mars, which I’m told reaches opposition tomorrow, and is the closest for 11 years. This was taken with 3X1000 frames video using RGB filters, stacked in Autostakkert with the top 25 frames. I then used Photoshop to merge the RGB into a single image – my first attempt at that too. Thanks +Dylan

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Kids Riddles

A collection of some of the best kids riddles that will get your kids thinking out of the box. (read this one out) Question: One night, a king and a queen went into a castle. There was nobody in the castle, and no one came out of the castle. In the morning, three people came out of the castle. Who were they? Answer: The knight (aka night), the king, and the queen! Question: A cowboy rode into town on Friday.

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Connecting my two rainwater tanks

Finally got my two rain tanks joined up. I had one on each side of the house, but only really needed/wanted it on one side. So the challenge was to join them up from a single source – the patio roof and have as little piping connecting the two. Tank A maintains the inlet & overflow, with the connecting pipes at the base maintaining an equilibrium between the two. Now I have about 5,000 litres of water!  

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