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Post  adrian ss on Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:34 pm

moredeep wrote:Laughing Laughing Laughing you'll have to think of a name for your fuzz ball  [Adrian's fuzzy ball comet 900]

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I am beginning to think that my fuzz ball is/was a white cockatoo at approx 1/2 to 1 k distant.


April 2020:
Not a cockatoo. It was in three pics roughly 1 min apart. beets me. alien


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Post  adrian ss on Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:07 pm

The sun this evening through the smoke haze from my front yard.
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Post  moredeep on Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:14 pm

I don't love a sunburnt country, amazing pic Adrian affraid

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Post  gold bug sniper on Thu Dec 26, 2019 9:49 am

Awesome shots Adrian, you finally talked me into buying one before they are all gone on the web since its a discontinued model now, the P1000 is the active latest model now but too large to carry well. We ordered a P900 kit w/64 gig card and two batts, bag, couple days ago off Amazon, will use in Nevada when out gold detecting to try and get some wild horse photos and some antelope shots. Maybe get lucky and find some wild burro's too. I think the macro shots are very good, should be excellent indoor with proper lighting added.
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Post  adrian ss on Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:06 am

You are certainly going to the right places to get some great shots.
Good luck on the trip.
I had a look at the 3000x cam and it is a heavy beast and the tripod mount is poorly placed. Have not been able to try one out. Whenever I get to the shop the battery is flat. ??. I guess this camera is mainly for those who need a really big zoom. Being able to take pics in RAW plus the hot shoe mount is an advantage.
I will be staying with the 900 for a while yet.
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Post  adrian ss on Wed Jan 08, 2020 6:58 pm

New visitor to our back yard arrived this arvo,
Gang Gang Cockatoos.
Very chilled out birds showing complete nonplus to our approach to within 1/2 a mtr.
Unusual to see them here at this time of the year. Maybe the fires have chased them here

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The sun a few minutes ago. No solar filter required. Just point n shoot.

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Post  adrian ss on Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:48 pm

Moon is still a bit orange tonight even though the bush fires smoke has cleared a bit at ground level.
Temp is chopping and changing a bit lately . 23deg C to day and going to be 40 tomorrow.
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Post  moredeep on Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:46 pm

Nice pics Adrian,thanks for sharing them,love those gang gang's.
I think you're right; birds are defiantly flying further a field for feed.


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Post  hugh62 on Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:37 pm

Shocked Well I've never ever heard of them or seen them ! They appear slightly smaller than a white cockatoo Question maybe theve been used to being feed :?:Do they sound the same as a white cockatoo Question Normally i'm dead set against feeding wild life ,but in these trying times I've thrown the rule book out ,so was in IGA today ,thought i'd get some cheap bird seed for apostle bird 's ,willy wagtails ,kurrawong's ,magpies ,finches ,but came away empty handed ,GAWD Shocked TALK ABOUT SELECTION Exclamation of pet food ,I thought us consumers were bombarded enough with too much selection Shocked I thought maybe one of those blocks with seed Question I know cocky seed easy enough ,but what about those birds I mentioned ,any ideas Question
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Post  adrian ss on Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:28 am

G/day Hugh62.
Yes we used to not feed them but they seem to be struggling a bit these days so we supply them food and water daily.
Generally there is not a bird in sight but about a minute after putting food out the yard is chockers with cockatoos, galahs, crested pigeons, black birds, even the magpies have taken to eating seed, and at night a possum arrives that cleans up what the birds have left behind.

The Gang Gangs live along the SE coast low land areas and come into the higher ground during winter but this is the earliest that I have seen them in my back yard, so am guessing that the fires have moved them inland a bit early. These birds are by nature very tolerant of people and will allow you to get quite close. They are very noisy in flight but when feeding or perched in a tree they make a sound a bit like a cork being unscrewed from a bottle. When feeding they actually sort of make a quiet growling sound, very odd to hear from a bird.

Our magpies and Currawong like a bit of red meat (beef mince)and cheese and the occasional crumbly biscuit.
We give the small birds....wait for it! wait for it!...."Small bird seed", but the little sons of guns  seem to like the parrot food as well.

I have not seen an apostle bird but They are ground feeders so I imagine that small grass parrot seeds would be fine for this fella.
  You could try the seed blocks. I find that when I leave a seed block out that the cockatoos demolish it quick smart. I even spotted one fly off with the whole block in its beak.Laughing
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Post  adrian ss on Sun May 03, 2020 11:02 am

We have a new buddy.
This fella comes out to warm up in the sun and takes food from our hand..Getting cold now so he will likely go into hibernation soon...Hope he makes it through the winter.
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Post  adrian ss on Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:52 pm

First sun spot of any significance for a year or so now. Sun is at solar minimum for longer than usual.
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Post  moredeep on Thu Jun 04, 2020 7:24 pm

I've got a few sun spots my self Adrian but not as big as that one,is that sun spot about the size of earth ??


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Post  adrian ss on Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:26 am

Yes approximately but could be twice as large if you include the other stuff around it. I do not have a solar scope and H Alpha filters , so pics are a bit vague.


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Post  harryopal on Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:44 pm

Adrian, very impressed with your results from the Nikon P900.

First Nikon I had was an ELW bought in Singapore 50 years ago. It was a revelation. Later got a Nikon FE compact and last of the pre electronic cameras. Only camera at the moment is a little Panasonic Lumix DC vario which was just over $100. Handy size and not bad pics but hardly in the Nikon class. Now I am getting a powerful urge to get the Nikon P900.

The camera is said to have an inbuilt GPS which automatically logs your location. A couple of snaps of the area where you found your nugget would be a great accessory. I had previously bought a GPS but my tiny brain could never really understand how to use it. Does your camera have GPS and have you tried it?

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Post  adrian ss on Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:01 pm

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Post  adrian ss on Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:13 pm

harryopal wrote:Adrian, very impressed with your results from the Nikon P900.

First Nikon I had was an ELW bought in Singapore 50 years ago. It was a revelation. Later got a Nikon FE compact and last of the pre electronic cameras. Only camera at the moment is a little Panasonic Lumix DC vario which was just over $100. Handy size and not bad pics but hardly in the Nikon class. Now I am getting a powerful urge to get the Nikon P900.

The camera is said to have an inbuilt GPS which automatically logs your location. A couple of snaps of the area where you found your nugget would be a great accessory. I had previously bought a GPS but my tiny brain could never really understand how to use it. Does your camera have GPS and have you tried it?

The P900 has built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and GPS.....No I have not tried it.
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Post  adrian ss on Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:44 pm

harryopal wrote:Adrian, very impressed with your results from the Nikon P900.

First Nikon I had was an ELW bought in Singapore 50 years ago. It was a revelation. Later got a Nikon FE compact and last of the pre electronic cameras. Only camera at the moment is a little Panasonic Lumix DC vario which was just over $100. Handy size and not bad pics but hardly in the Nikon class. Now I am getting a powerful urge to get the Nikon P900.

The camera is said to have an inbuilt GPS which automatically logs your location. A couple of snaps of the area where you found your nugget would be a great accessory. I had previously bought a GPS but my tiny brain could never really understand how to use it. Does your camera have GPS and have you tried it?

Harry this may be of interest to you before you purchase a 900.
https://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/nikon-p900/nikon-p900-field-test.htm
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Post  pablop on Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:14 pm

adrian ss wrote:
harryopal wrote:Adrian, very impressed with your results from the Nikon P900.

Harry this may be of interest to you before you purchase a 900.
https://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/nikon-p900/nikon-p900-field-test.htm

Harry/Adrian, I found their summary towards the end to be surprisingly honest and accurate.  From my perspective generally very good, but focus can be fiddly and low light such as night shots then forget it.
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Post  adrian ss on Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:33 am

That sunspot has evolved nicely.
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Post  adrian ss on Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:44 am

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adrian ss wrote:
harryopal wrote:Adrian, very impressed with your results from the Nikon P900.

Harry this may be of interest to you before you purchase a 900.
https://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/nikon-p900/nikon-p900-field-test.htm

Harry/Adrian, I found their summary towards the end to be surprisingly honest and accurate.  From my perspective generally very good, but focus can be fiddly and low light such as night shots then forget it.


Auto focus is the way to go at night if your subject is within range of the inbuilt range finding red light. Otherwise select manual focus. If your subject is at long distance then select infinity or any night shooting mode.
The manual focus can be allocated to the LH side zoom control and is a bit faster than the thumb wheel control.

I do agree tho that overall the manual focus arrangement of the P900 is pathetic.... The P1000 has a focus ring
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Post  Nightjar on Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:52 pm

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Post  adrian ss on Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:22 pm

Testing the time lapse function of the 900 tonight and snagged a meteor.
Pic looks a bit weird coz it is off the comp screen.
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Post  Nightjar on Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:17 pm

Have a lot to learn here. Fitted a 2 X 300 lens and zoomed but it was still a fly peck. Don't know what I did wrong? However we did see the Space Station pass over us in a couple of minutes.

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Post  adrian ss on Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:10 am

I have not tried to photograph the space station but I reckon you would need at least 50x to see any shape to it and even then the brightness of the thing might obscure any features.
    Using a movie cam with a good zoom would  be ok and then you could go through the recorded frames to find a reasonable image...if yer lucky. You might have to crop the image to bring any shape out.
Computer controlled scopes won't be able to track it coz it is a bit fast at 18,000 mph and only approx 300 km up.
    A 6 inch or larger Dobsonian would be handy because they are easy to move manually in az and alt. Strap a movie cam to the scope and track visually through the finder or eyepiece or fit the cam to the scope eyepiece and track visually through the finder scope.
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Post  adrian ss on Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:25 am

Have ordered a little Star Tracker to set my camera on for night sky shots.
Will be interesting to see if it is of any real use?
Also an equatorial mount type adapter to set to the mount to the correct latitude.

https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/reviews/mounts/baader-nano-tracker-travelling-mount-baader-nano-tracker-travelling-mount/
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Post  adrian ss on Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:06 pm

Couple of pics of th  moon the other night. Almost the Same shot slightly cropped in cam a few seconds apart.

Notice the bright spot that has appeared in the second shot (lower pic)  alien

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This one a few mins ago tonight 26/06
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Post  adrian ss on Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:50 am

The Space Station crossing the face of the sun.

This extrordinary pic from.
space weather .com
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SPACE STATION TRANSITS THE SUN: Theirry Legault is not an easy person to surprise. Over the years, the celebrated French astrophotographer has taken some incredible pictures of the International Space Station (ISS), routinely capturing details previously thought impossible. Nevertheless, on June 25th, "I was surprised," he says. "I photographed the ISS passing in front of the sun and saw the station's robotic arm."

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Pic has been cropped.

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Post  adrian ss on Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:28 am

adrian ss wrote:Have ordered a little Star Tracker to set my camera on for night sky shots.
Will be interesting to see if it is of any real use?
Also an equatorial mount type adapter to set to the mount to the correct latitude.

https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/reviews/mounts/baader-nano-tracker-travelling-mount-baader-nano-tracker-travelling-mount/

The star tracker never arrived and have received a refund via Ebay...Very fast response to my request for a refund... Three days. Thank you Ebay.
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Post  pablop on Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:10 am

Sorry it didn't come Adrian. I was interested to see how it performed. Obviously, if it didn't come then it hasn't performed well.
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