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Old 09-15-2011, 10:00 AM   #5551
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Thanks Jim. I have to go to town today, so I may not get to setting any of the tiles. It's going OK so far.

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Old 09-15-2011, 11:19 AM   #5552
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This thread has more than a quarter of a million views so far. Not the record but close. Pretty amazing.
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A special for Jim...and anyone else interested.

I got Randy to send me a shot of the supernova along with a note as to which it is. Pretty rare event. I think there have been about four of these over the past 150+ years.

He took this from his light polluted back yard in Nanaimo.
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That's amazing. What kind of camera did he use?

Thanks for showing it.

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Thanks a ton buddy, I really do appreciate that, if you will thank Randy for me I would appreciate it. I am saving the photo to my pictures. That had to be really exciting to actually see that in person, it would have been for me.
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That's amazing. What kind of camera did he use?

Thanks for showing it.

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Not sure which one he used Barb, he has a new Canon DSLR, but he may have been using his dedicated astro cam. I'll send him a note and ask.
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Thanks a ton buddy, I really do appreciate that, if you will thank Randy for me I would appreciate it. I am saving the photo to my pictures. That had to be really exciting to actually see that in person, it would have been for me.
Well, you get to see the next best thing Jim. I will get that email off to him PDQ.
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Randy's imaging setup for the super nova was an 80 mm apochromatic refractor scope with his ATIK 314e Monochrome CCD camera attached.

In order to get colours from a monochrome CCD camera, it is necessary to make different exposures through RGB filters. (Red, green and blue.)

These images are combined to produce a single colour image. You need to have a special program to be able to do that, and you need to be pretty good on a computer - which Randy definitely is.
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Well, yesterday's story was yet another with great expense attached.

The previous night, the main battery bank finally expired, so it was time for a new one.

Over to town yesterday, had a long chat with our local battery expert. They are still recommending the Trojan T-105's. Slightly improved since the last batch we bought. Rated at 225 amp hours each, 6 volts. We need multiples of 4 for the 24 volt system we run. Bought 8...and that will be $1500 thank you very much Sir.

So I feigned a heart attack right on the spot and had them worried for a minute. I think I will get four more next month just to be absolutely certain that there is no problem with the electrical system this winter. Probably don't need them, but extra insurance will be nice as I'm at the house using power constantly now.

Couple of small glitches with the new bank going in, but got it all fixed up jig time.
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It has been very dull and drizzly here for the last 3 days, so I was surprised to see this white rose out in bloom. (Must be the great care I have given them while the missus is laid up!)
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Before this lousy weather hit I did get a couple of coats of varnish on the front rail...here's your last look at how that ended up.
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Picked up another 200 lbs. of thinset and 50 pounds more grout for the floor. I don't want to run out this weekend when I try to get the nook floor done.

Sunday will be partly taken up as I have agreed to help someone with a little work on the other side of the island.

Barb will be interested to hear that they have a log cabin built by Norse Log Homes up in Lantzville. Those are the guys who build them the way they are supposed to be built.

I'm pretty sure I can manage a pic or two once I get underway over there.

Gotta pay for those batteries somehow!
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Oh my stars, if I had to buy the batteries we would be in the dark for a good while, man they are proud of them aren't they.

That rose is beautiful Keith and your rail turned out fantastic, it don't get better than that.
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After the battery exercise today I got to do more painting...this time on the opposite end nook wall. I'm going to have to wait to do behind the chimney, as it's a tad warm right now. But it sure makes the paint dry fast!
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A couple of hours before sunset, this was showing through the clouds over the airport at Nanaimo.
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