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Technobill

Hello From Geelong, Australia

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G'day Everyone,

I am new to the forum and wanted to introduce myself.

I am from a town call Geelong which is west of Melbourne in Australia.

I am a late commer to astronophotography and have only been into astronomy for about a year. I started off with an 8" meade Lx200 a year ago, got hooked and have since aquired an ed80 and built an observatory. This week I am purchasing a 12" LX200R to complete the obs. That should be fun.

I have a couple of images on my website, not that many, but I also documented the building of the observatory for those that are interested.

www.billd.net

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Welcome on board!

You'll find a lot of great, and knowledgeable guys always ready to help.

I'm an Expat from Heathcote; so another Victorian!

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Hi Billy,

Welcome to SGL, you'll love the LX200R, the flat field optics are fantastic.

Steve..

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G'day Billy, and welcome to SGL.

Nice to have another Ozzie join the forum. We have a few.

Trust you didn't suffer any losses in the recent Bush Fires. An absolute tragedy.

I have a cousin in Yarra Junction, outside of Melbourne, but thankfully they were unscathed.

Dave

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Hi Billy,

A warm welcome to SGL, I think you aught to give yourself a pat on the back for the amount of work you have put into your astronomy in just a year.

Regds,

John.

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what ho! Billy and welcome to SGL, very nice photos I hope I can do something like that....... if we ever get a clear night!

Pete

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Thanks everyone for your kind comments.

Expecially those that say I acheived a lot in a year. I thought I was pretty slack actually especially over winter (quickly discovered that packing up damp equipment is not fun) Hence the decision to build the obs.

Bill D

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Welcome to SGL Billy hope you enjoy your stay.

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G'day Billy and welcome to SGL.

My uncle emigrated to Australia in 1955 (a £10 pom) and settled in Geelong (worked at the VW and then Ford factory?).

I visited Geelong in 1998 and stuffed myself silly at the restraunt at the end of the Pier (Smorgy's ?). Ah, happy days!

Dark skies,

Zaph

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Hi Zaph,

Yup Smorgy's is still there. Hehe I have been in Geelong for nearly 20 years and often walk along the pier during my lunch breaks and I have never actually eaten there hehe.

Bill D

G'day Billy and welcome to SGL.

My uncle emigrated to Australia in 1955 (a £10 pom) and settled in Geelong (worked at the VW and then Ford factory?).

I visited Geelong in 1998 and stuffed myself silly at the restraunt at the end of the Pier (Smorgy's ?). Ah, happy days!

Dark skies,

Zaph

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HI Bill,

I am writing from British Columbia, Canada.

Just by sheer coincidence my lady friend departed from Geelong at 1pm your time today (Thurs). on route to Sydney prior to returning home.

I was wondering how much the smoke has hampered your viewing.

Also I have only joined this site today.

Alan

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Hi Alan,

The weather in general has been bad for astronomy this year. We have had so much cloud but very little rain down south (while the north of the country is under metres of water (one river up in the north west is 30metres yes THIRTY above its normal level and at the other extreme our city water catchment here is less than 30% full. hehe last week a lake actually caught on fire..well it used to be a lake).

This last week we have had a few clearish nights but if the wind blows the wrong direction there is a very hazy atmosphere like a light smog. Last night for example the whole sky had a soft red glow at sunset even though there were no clouds here. So I did not bother doing anything...

Not bothering might also have something to do with being just days away from having a 12 " scope instead of an 8" hehe

BillD

HI Bill,

I am writing from British Columbia, Canada.

Just by sheer coincidence my lady friend departed from Geelong at 1pm your time today (Thurs). on route to Sydney prior to returning home.

I was wondering how much the smoke has hampered your viewing.

Also I have only joined this site today.

Alan

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Hi Billy, welcome to SGL, Love the Obsy, well done. I have fond memories of Geelong (the gateway to the western seaside towns, Apollo Bay was our fav) when we lived in melbourn over 40 years ago.

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