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  1. Hi all, After recently finalizing my new AP setup - I had the opportunity to give it a whirl - Mainly to ensure the optics are in good order and to measure the mounts tracking ability. So, without further ado, I would like to share my first light experience / AP details Edit: image updated/PS editing done with levels/curves from another person Camera: Nikon D5000 (unmodified) Filters: Ba'adar UHC-S Scope: SW BD ED80 Guide camera/scope: QHY5/Meade 50mm Finder Mount: HEQ5 Subs: 16x6min (total 1h36m) + 6x6min Dark Frames Location: Light pollution central Stacked with Deep Sky Stacker, RGB calibrated in DSS. Image then adjusted in PS (levels, B/C and finally colour balanced, Filtered with Unsharp Masking and Noise reduction) P.S For my own comments, I definitely need to try stretching out the subs to +8 mins due to the IR cutoff filter in the D5000 and light pollution. Regards, Robert
  2. So I dusted off my good ol eq5 mount to bring it back to life Since I got my new Dslr, I decided this should be so much easier when I was doing this with film. Now I have decided to set myself that challenge I have been palming off for about 5 years now. It's time to capture all the messier objects on film. Anywho, I shall be adding these on the weekly photo updates so I can keep myself motivated. For those who are interested in my setup, Take a looksie here. And I'll start everyone off with M8 and M20 over near the tail of scorpio. Although It still needs a bit more editing and I have to properly polar align my scope. I guess I did alright. What do you guys think Rob.
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    Man... Black lace.... I still have their cd somewhere
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    Some people sicken me

    Selling a child to fund their gaming habits. Disgusting! Unfortunately, the selling of children, especially males is a big thing in china. I know first hand as my wifes sister was sold off many years ago for about 5000rmb as her mum kept on having females rather than males.. Also, the abduction of male babies is still very big in china.
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    Getting a bike delivered

    E-go couriers if a pushie, any of the motorcycle transport companies if of a motor kind (as plebs had mentioned)
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    Home Loan advice

    I'll give you a rundown on what I had done, and hopefully this can help you. *disclaimer* whatever I say here is only to be taken as my opinion, you would need to make up your own mind. Firstly, here are some of my tips - create a budget and work out close to the dollar, what you require to sustain month to month living. - ensure that you are able to at least pay off your minimum mortgage repayments in the even interest rates are +2-3% the current. - start low, aim high. Once you know at you want to achieve in the property market, you can play your strategy around that. - get rid of all credit cards and reduce overall limit to as low as possible - dont apply more that 2 times in a row to any home lender in the event your get declined. This can hinder your applications - speak to your banks free financial advisor. - try not to borrow more than 90% LVR Now, to my story. I started off with a 45k salary and 10k in my bank account. Partner was not working, but we had a 8 month old child. As we were first home buyers, I decided to look for a property, that will allow me to borrow 90% with the funds I had on hand. if you pass this point, LMI will be a big kick in the arse. With the job I was in, I knew my salary was to increase and my partner would eventually get to work. So my choice of place was a 2br unit within 15km of the city, that I knew from past growth figures, will net me good profit when I was ready to sell. My first homes purchase price was 280k. Fast forwarding to now, 3 years on. I have just recently sold my unit for 375k and with the money, was able to refinance my loan and purchase a house worth 580k. All with very little effort of saving up. If you play your cards right and research. You can play it smart and own a house with no issues. I'll edit later with links that helped me out. Rob
  7. Man, I had been staring at the first 3 photos for soo long trying to determine if they are real or models... Thats how good the tilt shift is working for you. Unfortunately I'm notquite prepared to spend the money on the lens, but my god, this is my next project!. Thanks MJ for the motivation Rob
  8. Sell it locally, I'd love to be able to buy steak every night, but at $20 -$30 a kilo I refuse to. Flooding the market with local product should mean my steak price per kilo would drop. As much as that sounds like a good idea and I would love a cheap steak too. Unfortunately, Australia can only consume ~30% of what we produce annualy. Therefore, flooding the local market with more meat will only increase the potential for more unsold/wasted product. That is why there is an export market for our meat industry and the cattlemen can continue to make their money.
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    First time you got electrocuted and how...

    Surprisingly, first time was 2 days ago. Light switch lost it's spring, and stupid me thinking " oh how hard will it be to change a light switch " Did I learn my lesson. All the muscles in my arms were pulsating and I could feel my heart jump. Never doing that again...
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    Sydney Photomeet anyone?

    count me in for now as well.
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    This guy LOVES to slap the pipe!

    Awesome. Reminds me of questacon and their 'pipe' organ
  12. Bow chica wow wow Sorry, cant help myself. Keep us posted on your result. edit - wow double post in a post!
  13. The fl affects the aperture for your particular lens. If you look on the barrel, you should see 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 That defines that at 18mm you can achieve a max of f3.5 and at 55 a max of f5.6 The more expensive glass usually have a fixed f stop in their focal range. E.g 24-70 @ f/2.8, 17-55 @ f/2.8 etc etc etc. So regardless of what focal length you are at, effectively you can have f/2.8 for all settings. Rob
  14. Few tips I have for shooting in low light without a tripod. 1. Purchase a fast lens. In the case of portraiture. The 50mm 1.8 would be your best bang for your buck. Just be mindful of your depth of field. 2. Stabalise yourself and control your breathing. Breath out before you take your shot. Sort of like what snipers do before taking a shot 3. Turn on IS/VR if your lens have it. Combining with tip 2, I have pushed 1/10 handheld with success. Also, with the below photo, what was your metering set to? What I would of done is 2 things. Check the metering on the cats eyes, and on the brightest part of the scene to sort of determine what results I need to expose the photo correctly. I wouldn't say you had done anything wrong, just that your exposure would of been based on the overall scene which I am going to hazard a guess you had matrix/evaluative metering set? With the photo and it's shadows, a fill light would have been required to light up the subject. Also, the yellow tint under fluorescent lights is based on the white balance settings you have. What I can recommend, which you eventually get to anyway. Is to purchase a set of white balance cards. You can even get the foldable ones that fit snugly into your bag. Basically, if there is a dramatic change in lighting, I would pull out the wb cards, take photos in the current lighting then custom set my wb. That way you are guaranteed good results. The other option, which I would hope people do anyway, Is to shoot in raw. Once you get your photo in your editing suite of choice, you can alter your wb of the photo till you get the result you require. Sure I missed things out, but this should help somewhat. Rob
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    Found a friend in a porno...

    I'd let it slide, but I guarantee your next meeting may be awkward. On your end that is. Would only talk about it if she initiated the topic But, let's look at some senarios if it is raised 1. You could have sex with her 2. You could have sex with her, while being filmed 3. You could have sex with her, and with another person. While being filmed. If I was in your position, I would casually raise it up over a dare ice coffee, beating around the bush until I get to the root of the cause that has been bugging my mind. In other words, psychologically letting her spill the beans. Rob
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    something new to me

    Hey lord, That was one of the articles I have but not the one I was referring to. Once I get on my desktop, I'll pull it out ( refers to uv filters and night shots with bright sources of light ) Based on your last 3 photos, I would see it is a uv filter reflection of the main front element (which is fmc hence the green hue) the differing positions refer to the convex front element and the moving subject (moon). I couldn't associate it to a internal lens reflection as you normally get more than 1 and typically happen when the light source refracts and bounces when it at the edge of field. Term normally referred to as "lens flare" but I could be wrong as stadl has mentioned a possible cause as above. Rob
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    something new to me

    It is usually a good idea to use a hood as a protective device for your lens. IMO, uv filters should only be used in harsh conditions due to reflections. I'll dig up an article about all this. If the camera had moved, you would get a streak rather than a ghost. Rob
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    something new to me

    To me, that looks like a reflection of some sort. Are you using a uv filter?. Uv filters are known to produce a ghost effect on a bright subject as the moon is about +3 stops.
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    I wonder if iinet will be ok if their competitors MD wins the competition...
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    ROFL, and so begins my China fight

    The Cardboard prevents shortages and the chance of the contacts from one battery touching the other. It's all about safety
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    ROFL, and so begins my China fight

    You can sent Lithium batteries via air, But they have to be rated at a certain gram ratio (forgot what it is). AP usually wont tell you this so they don't have to worry about DG cargo. If it is within Australia, You need to send it via Road freight. Typically, for electronic devices, if the battery is removable, Keep it installed in the product itself and ensure approx 2cm of Hard Cardboard packaging on all sides. Spare batteries will have to be packed in the same manner. The reason why Lithium has been classified as a restricted DG item. There was a certain incident involving an air freight of Lithium batteries (High content) which had caught fire. This came down to how it was packaged as it was very prone to shortages (hence the fire) Rob
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    Have you purchased WoW Cataclysm yet?

    ^ this.. But I must say the Indiana jones quest chain to get this quest was pretty cool. At 85 now with mostly 333 blues and it's starting to get a little tiresome with the occational rage quits on wipes after a heroic trash mob...
  23. got myself a bottle of Moet Chandon. Figured I would check on what all the hype is on French Champagne.
  24. I know it may be oldish news, but have not seen it posted here. It strikes me as amazing on how far we have come with digital SLR cameras. I remember when the first canon DSLR came out and would still state my ISO 50 B/W film shots were better... Now I don't know what I will do without my DSLR. Better yet. I am going to get my 60d out and start shooting videos. source Rob
  25. Hey all, For those that did not get into the finals this year for the photo5 comp. Canon and channel 9 have released a 6th brief. So, get your enteries in, quick smart Eos photo 5- 6th brief Rob