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Cloudy weather means I am posting an image of The Prawn Nebula, I actually captured a few weeks ago. A few exciting ventures I am working on in the background... More information soon (I hope).

A few things of note, if you hear about a meteor shower this weekend, it is sadly not for Australia. It is a northern hemisphere event. Enjoy the full moon though! I generally have full moon weekends to myself (the moon is too bright to view much through the telescope).

Don't forget tours are available most Friday and Saturday night or, if I'm available, some midweek tours for groups of 5 or more.
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Cloudy weather means I am posting an image of The Prawn Nebula, I actually captured a few weeks ago. A few exciting ventures I am working on in the background... More information soon (I hope). 

A few things of note, if you hear about a meteor shower this weekend, it is sadly not for Australia. It is a northern hemisphere event. Enjoy the full moon though! I generally have full moon weekends to myself (the moon is too bright to view much through the telescope).

Dont forget tours are available most Friday and Saturday night or, if Im available, some midweek tours for groups of 5 or more.

It was a very still evening on the 7th. As such, I was able to get some stunning detail on the Moon. Some close ups and slightly wider views. Enjoy. ... See MoreSee Less

It was a very still evening on the 7th. As such, I was able to get some stunning detail on the Moon. Some close ups and slightly wider views. Enjoy.Image attachmentImage attachment+4Image attachment

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Thank you for sharing these amazing images.

Looks like something inside the crater

Spectacular!

I had a very narrow time slot between some work I had to do, to image the Moon on the 3rd of August. A bit of a rush, but ok I think! ... See MoreSee Less

I had a very narrow time slot between some work I had to do, to image the Moon on the 3rd of August. A bit of a rush, but ok I think!Image attachmentImage attachment

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Nicer than okay.

Great snaps

Great pics. Thank you.

Anthony Kat

Galaxy NGC 6744 is a bit like our own Milky Way galaxy. It has a central bar, spiral shape and even smaller satellite galaxies (like our own). It is about 30 million light years away from us though. Though galaxies don't seem to ignite as much interest as when I post planets and nebula etc, there is something about this image that just keeps me staring at it!

Quick poll!!! I want to have some images taken at the observatory available for visitors to purchase. What would people like? Postcard sized prints or larger say 8 by 10 sized you could frame?

We have also updated the web page. Have a look and let me know if we have covered everything!
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Galaxy NGC 6744 is a bit like our own Milky Way galaxy. It has a central bar, spiral shape and even smaller satellite galaxies (like our own). It is about 30 million light years away from us though. Though galaxies dont seem to ignite as much interest as when I post planets and nebula etc, there is something about this image that just keeps me staring at it!

Quick poll!!! I want to have some images taken at the observatory available for visitors to purchase. What would people like? Postcard sized prints or larger say 8 by 10 sized you could frame?

We have also updated the web page. Have a look and let me know if we have covered everything!

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I think both. Maybe make cards that people can send to their friends ("wish you were here), which could have the observatory details on it, then some 8x10 prints, plus an option to order larger prints - the cost to include postage in a tube.

I would thing starting with small numbers an several sizes to see which sells more, like supermarkets, if an item, although you and I love it, if the supermarket isn't making what they forecast then it's off the shelf never to be seen again.

Also has a magellanic cloud like companion too!

I’m a galaxy fan.👍

I was taking advantage of some clear skies over the weekend to image the Milky Way with just the camera and a lens. I have been asked if I will do astrophotography classes. In short, YES. Message me sometime if interested as there would be some requirements.
Speaking of tours, here are the August dates with a special mention at the end....

Friday the 5th and Saturday the 6th
Friday the 19th and Saturday the 20th
Saturday the 27.

Bookings essential, tours will be at 7:30pm and still donation entry.
NOTE, AS SATURN IS SUCH A WONDERFUL OBJECT, I MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR MIDWEEK TOURS IN ADDITION TO DATES ABOVE FOR GROUPS OF 4 OR MORE. It will be best to check the day before as I can be unavailable a few mid weeks nights. But give it a try.
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I was taking advantage of some clear skies over the weekend to image the Milky Way with just the camera and a lens. I have been asked if I will do astrophotography classes. In short, YES. Message me sometime if interested as there would be some requirements.
Speaking of tours, here are the August dates with a special mention at the end....

Friday the 5th and Saturday the 6th
Friday the 19th and Saturday the 20th
Saturday the 27.

Bookings essential, tours will be at 7:30pm and still donation entry.
NOTE, AS SATURN IS SUCH A WONDERFUL OBJECT, I MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR MIDWEEK TOURS IN ADDITION TO DATES ABOVE FOR GROUPS OF 4 OR MORE. It will be best to check the day before as I can be unavailable a few mid weeks nights. But give it a try.Image attachment

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Oh the ocre and iron, or Chlorine and phosphorus

Sophie

Ken Lambeth

The Lagoon Nebula (M8) is a showpiece of the tours this time of the year. I still have some tour places available for August and will post those dates again soon (as a reminder).

I am also finalising a luxury accommodation option so visitors can stay on site. It should be available before the end of the year.
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The Lagoon Nebula (M8) is a showpiece of the tours this time of the year. I still have some tour places available for August and will post those dates again soon (as a reminder). 

I am also finalising a luxury accommodation option so visitors can stay on site. It should be available before the end of the year.

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Wow. Luxury accommodation!! Oh, and the photo is terrific.

Count us in for that 😃

Lagoon Neb taken with 100mm macro on Canon 2021.

Don't forget tour dates were posted yesterday with the previous Saturn image. It was an even better night on Friday for imaging and I refined my focus for imaging Saturn and the Moon. Saturn was very clear, as was the crater Langrenus on the Moon. ... See MoreSee Less

Dont forget tour dates were posted yesterday with the previous Saturn image. It was an even better night on Friday for imaging and I refined my focus for imaging Saturn and the Moon. Saturn was very clear, as was the crater Langrenus on the Moon.Image attachment

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I always love your photos.

I imaged Saturn for the first time this year on the 14th. I'm a bit rusty at planet imaging, so they will get better the coming weeks. Saturn will be a highlight of the tours from August until later this year (along with other planets later too).

Saturn would be a standout in any tour I think! Speaking of tours, here are the August dates with a special mention at the end....

Friday the 5th and Saturday the 6th
Friday the 19th and Saturday the 20th
Saturday the 27.

Bookings essential, tours will be at 7:30pm and still donation entry.
NOTE, AS SATURN IS SUCH A WONDERFUL OBJECT, I MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR MIDWEEK TOURS IN ADDITION TO DATES ABOVE FOR GROUPS OF 4 OR MORE. It will be best to check the day before as I can be unavailable a few mid weeks nights. But give it a try.
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I imaged Saturn for the first time this year on the 14th. Im a bit rusty at planet imaging, so they will get better the coming weeks. Saturn will be a highlight of the tours from August until later this year (along with other planets later too). 

Saturn would be a standout in any tour I think! Speaking of tours, here are the August dates with a special mention at the end....

Friday the 5th and Saturday the 6th
Friday the 19th and Saturday the 20th
Saturday the 27.

Bookings essential, tours will be at 7:30pm and still donation entry.
NOTE, AS SATURN IS SUCH A WONDERFUL OBJECT, I MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR MIDWEEK TOURS IN ADDITION TO DATES ABOVE FOR GROUPS OF 4 OR MORE. It will be best to check the day before as I can be unavailable a few mid weeks nights. But give it a try.

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Amazing. Somehow I'm always impressed that Saturn looks in real life just like you see in books etc!

I saw Saturn once through a telescope. It's very cool to see those rings.

yeah, nah mate. you still got it 😜

Are these virtual tours available online? 🙏🤞

Annette Taylor I want to see Saturn!

Stunning!

Where's the moons ?

Jenny Jury 😲

Oh I love Saturn

Tom McInnes

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I took advantage of a clear afternoon to image the Sun! We have a special telescope that safely enables me to image the sun. The sun is waking up and heading towards solar maximum in a couple of years time. This is evident by the number of sunspots (magnetic storms) visible on the sun today! Sometimes these can erupt in solar flares.

I will post the upcoming tour dates very soon. This will include an additional tour option for a few weeknights.
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I took advantage of a clear afternoon to image the Sun! We have a special telescope that safely enables me to image the sun. The sun is waking up and heading towards solar maximum in a couple of years time. This is evident by the number of sunspots (magnetic storms) visible on the sun today! Sometimes these can erupt in solar flares. 

I will post the upcoming tour dates very soon. This will include an additional tour option for a few weeknights.

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The sun is such an unusual body compared to planets. It is SO uniform.

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