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Well it has been a shocking week of weather (no tours due to cloud!). A few weeks ago, I did had a clear night and was able to capture an image of galaxy M83. Love the spiral structure of this galaxy.

Fingers crossed for clear weather soon!
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Well it has been a shocking week of weather (no tours due to cloud!). A few weeks ago, I did had a clear night and was able to capture an image of galaxy M83. Love the spiral structure of this galaxy. 

Fingers crossed for clear weather soon!

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🤞🏽tomorrow nights tours will go ahead ☺️

😶‍🌫️😶‍🌫️😶‍🌫️😶‍🌫️😶‍🌫️😶‍🌫️🙄

I had a LOT of telescope issues on the evening of the 27th June, trying to image comets Pons Brooks (left) and Comet C/2023 A3 (Tsuchinshan-ATLAS) (right). Note the very distant galaxies around comet Tsuchinshan!. It seems windows yet again reassigned my com ports and the telescope is very com port specific. A driver issue also affected the autoguider. So in the end, I rushed these images when things tried to talk to each other. Not the best, sorry!

I am also finalising the astrophotography classes. July might be a bit soon, but August is looking very good to start them off!
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I had a LOT of telescope issues on the evening of the 27th June, trying to image comets Pons Brooks (left) and Comet C/2023 A3 (Tsuchinshan-ATLAS) (right). Note the very distant galaxies around comet Tsuchinshan!. It seems windows yet again reassigned my com ports and the telescope is very com port specific. A driver issue also affected the autoguider. So in the end, I rushed these images when things tried to talk to each other. Not the best, sorry!

I am also finalising the astrophotography classes. July might be a bit soon, but August is looking very good to start them off!Image attachment

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Nice photos, I have a question, the angle of the comet to us here on earth, does it make the comet look to be moving faster to the background stars ? I took 32 photos over 8 minutes of the comet on the 25th and when I checked them on the computer, I could see the comet moving closer to a background star. The last time I photographed the comet was about a month ago and I didn't notice any movement. I know it is moving and on it's way out of the inner solar system.

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I have finally planned the July school holiday tour dates!
These are the only dates available due to a few other commitments I have.

Sunday the 7th July through to Friday the 12th.
and Monday the 15th July through to Wednesday the 17th.

Tour times are 7:30pm and bookings essential. They do tend to book up fast! All tours are weather dependent and still donation entry. Book via email or message.
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I have finally planned the July school holiday tour dates! 
These are the only dates available due to a few other commitments I have. 

Sunday the 7th July through to Friday the 12th.
and Monday the 15th July through to Wednesday the 17th.

Tour times are 7:30pm and bookings essential. They do tend to book up fast! All tours are weather dependent and still donation entry. Book via email or message.

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Update: I ignored advice and went up the ladder and managed a temporary fix. The observatory is at least operational again!

In good news (kind of) while the observatory isn't functional until I get the repair done, that will not affect the proposed first astrophotography class!! I shall post the date for that very soon (July) and likely run two dates in case people need an option.

Not much progress on the observatory repair as yet. The dome isn’t closing properly and needs a few parts fabricated and fitted to the upper shutter (top of the image). I did get the parts today but it will take a couple of helpers to fix. Sadly I’m on my own this weekend. Basically, if you look at the image, you will notice the upper dome has sagged a bit in the middle, causing it to hit the lower one. The fix will be a threaded rod inside to tighten it up and give it the shape back. My back injury is still a worry, so while I'm on my own, I'm not climbing the ladder!
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Update: I ignored advice and went up the ladder and managed a temporary fix. The observatory is at least operational again!

In good news (kind of) while the observatory isnt functional until I get the repair done, that will not affect the proposed first astrophotography class!! I shall post the date for that very soon (July) and likely run two dates in case people need an option.

Not much progress on the observatory repair as yet. The dome isn’t closing properly and needs a few parts fabricated and fitted to the upper shutter (top of the image). I did get the parts today but it will take a couple of helpers to fix. Sadly I’m on my own this weekend. Basically, if you look at the image, you will notice the upper dome has sagged a bit in the middle, causing it to hit the lower one. The fix will be a threaded rod inside to tighten it up and give it the shape back. My back injury is still a worry, so while Im on my own, Im not climbing the ladder!

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At least you know what is wrong with it and have the parts ready to go.

Yes, don't take any chances with your health. Be safe.

Take care.

While out imaging comets last night, the observatory had a mechanical issue with the dome. I am hoping to fix it Saturday so it doesn’t cancel tours but admit I’m not overly hopeful I can fix it in time for this or even next weekend. Fingers crossed. If the weather forecast is correct, it may be raining anyway. ... See MoreSee Less

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I would say you will have time to fix it. 🌧🌧🌧🌧

Fingers and toes crossed for you.

I caught up with comet Pons Brooks again on the 28th May. Imaged with the C14 at F2. The anti-tail is looking more prominent and a few rays in the ion/dust tail. ... See MoreSee Less

I caught up with comet Pons Brooks again on the 28th May. Imaged with the C14 at F2. The anti-tail is looking more prominent and a few rays in the ion/dust tail.

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Well done. Amazing captions. 👏 👏👏

Nice work

Comet C/2023 A3 (Tsuchinshan-ATLAS) imaged on the 28th of May. The comet is lower right of the image (so I could keep the two galaxies in the frame). This comet 'may' become a bright object low in the predawn sky during early October. In the meantime, it is showing a nice dust tail as it draws near the sun in coming months ... See MoreSee Less

Comet C/2023 A3 (Tsuchinshan-ATLAS) imaged on the 28th of May. The comet is lower right of the image (so I could keep the two galaxies in the frame). This comet may become a bright object low in the predawn sky during early October. In the meantime, it is showing a nice dust tail as it draws near the sun in coming months
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