Archive for September, 2010

Here you can find a short Video clip of the triple screen system at the NFO control centre.  This video was taken on the Canon 5D MkII DSLR camera using a 14mm fish eye lens.  The movie clip was uploaded on to my Flickr site and you can see the result by clicking on the word “Video” in the first sentence.  This is just under a minute’s worth of HD video and took up something like 305Mb which as you can imagine took a little while to load up on Flickr.  Still – it looks like a promising way to upload home made video files to the NFO site when you don’t have a dedicated camcorder.

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Details to follow!!!

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Sir Patrick had a Whisky tasting event he hosted at Farthings on 17th September 2010 and we were educated in all things distilled by Dr. Andrew M. Forrester who is the Balvenie Ambassador U.K.  Some rather fine Whiskies were sampled over the course of 3 hours and we were given the background on how they were made – fascinating stuff.  Must admit the highlight of the evening for me was when the very special bottle was opened at the end – now those of you that know me know that I’m not into drink at all – but that stuff was pretty amazing 🙂  I’m not saying how much per bottle, but you could get a couple of 2″ narrowband filters for about the same price.

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After a very succesful Exhibition of the Star Vistas images at the ArtSway gallery – Star Vistas will now be showing at the Photo Gallery in Bristol from October 23rd until November 3rd 2010.  There will be a Preview and Talk on Friday October 22nd from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.  If you missed the ArtSway Exhibition and you’re in the South West – drop in to see the Star Vistas images at the Photo Gallery 🙂

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One of my high speed flash images appeared last night on Meridian TV 🙂

Video clip Copyright Meridian TV.

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Noel has just processed our largest deep-sky dataset to-date (there is a larger one waiting to be finished).  This is the Cocoon nebula with the associated  huge dark nebulosity.  The picture below shows a print I just made on the HP Designjet 130 6-colour printer.  You can tell from the filing cabinet that this is a fairly large print 🙂  It actually measures 22.5 x 58 inches and is printed at 200DPI!!  This is the biggest, highest resolution print I have made with the HP printer to date.  This print will be available for sale shortly, but as it took nearly two hours to print out and consumed an outrageous quantity of ink – it won’t be cheap.

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Well with the Sky 90 doing the imaging and the poor C11 just acting as a guide scope we are rapidly coming to the point where I go the whole hog and move over to mini-WASP imaging.  Doesn’t look like first light will be 2010, but it will probably be running during the first half of 2011.  Phase 1 will be just 2 x Sky 90s with their own one-shot imaging cameras, phase 2 will be 4 x Sky 90s each with its own one-shot colour camera.  This is a long drawn out project that’s for sure – lucky I used to do Bonsai – I have patience when necessary 🙂

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Put the Sky 90 plus SXVF-M25C back on top of the C11, so once again my beautiful 11″ reflector has been relegated to the role of guide scope 🙁  Anyway – I was trying to get the Stock 2 region of Perseus, but I think I missed it – quite amazing when you have a 3.32 x 2.21 degree field of view to play with.  Never mind – got 49 subs at 200 seconds per sub of the unknown region and Noel processed the data yesterday, result below.  I just love the Sky90’s FOV and the way the stars come out with this combination of kit.

Noel has confirmed that I did actually manage to get Stock 2 contained in this image 🙂

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The Exhibition opening went extremely well last night with standing room only for my presentation on “The Magic of Photography”.  The Exhibition runs over the weekend, and then the next chance to see the images and hear a (different) presentation will be at “The Photo Gallery” in Bristol from 23rd October until 3rd November 2010 – more details to follow.

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Yesterday I received the best news I’ve had in a really long time – I’ve been granted early retirement from the University – YIPPEEEEEE!!

I can now pursue all my interests without the incessant distraction of the day job 🙂 🙂


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