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First the positive.  90 pages of the new book completed, estimated total 250 pages.

Now the negative.  All my (5) observatory computers are XP-based machines as there are still plenty of astronomy bits running on ancient software.  As you know Microsoft no longer supports XP, this is apparently no problem for the 4 Intel machines – but a big problem for the Athlon which has now kindly locked me out.  Thank you very much Microsoft – like I need these unnecessary problems on top of trying to maintain a parallel imaging array.

 

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This is a possible front cover for the new photography book I am currently writing:

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Cybele, with Bluebonnets – just read it!

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I had discussions with a book publisher yesterday to see how he felt about a “photography book” project I have been mulling over for around 2 or 3 years now.  I am pleased to say that he thought it was a good idea, so now the hard graft begins of putting it all together.  This is a “specialist” book, so it’s not about going out and taking snaps with your new DSLR, it includes Deep-Sky imaging, photomicroscopy, macrophotography, high-speed photography, pinhole camera photography, special effects photography like “Little Planet” images, and there is even an Appendix on Computer Generated Imagery.  I estimate this to be around 250 pages long, coffee-table book size (in landscape format) and printed to an extremely high quality to bring out the best in the images.  Current estimate for draft completion – around September/October this year.  We’re off!!

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Sirius “Louey”, honorary human 18th May 2006 – 5th March 2014, far too soon :(

 

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This is a Hyperstar III image of the recent supernova in galaxy M82.

15 subs at 4-minutes per sub taken on January 25th 2014 during a short break between all the clouds and rain.

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Where are the peer-reviewed Journal papers in a quality publication to back up your claims?

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But will we get 10-minutes of clear sky to image it?

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Got today’s Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD) http://epod.usra.edu/ with the recent “12 brightest stars” montage I put together.

Thank you Jim at EPOD for continuing to publish my work :)

 

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Using the Canon 200mm prime lens at f#4.5 and the M25C 6-Megapixel one shot colour CCD.  Only 6 x 15-minute subs for this one, clearly I need to get a LOT more data on this when it comes round again next year.  I have now moved the 200mm lens onto the top plate of the mini-WASP array and have fitted one of the 10-Megapixel M26C cameras to the back.  Just need to get the chip flattened to the lens and then I’ll be ready for the winter goodies – weather permitting.

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