Red Daisy Rusher


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Now the third of the Daisy Rusher flowers. There are definite differences between the various strains of this flower, when viewed through the different light spectra. The question is which one do you like the look of more? Continue reading Red Daisy Rusher

Ring and Dumbbell nebulae


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After quite a long period of poor weather, I finally had the opportunity to do some imaging with my Orion VX12 telescope. I encountered some problems due to my operating close to the limit of the capabilities of the Celestron CGEM, but did manage to get a few useable frames of the Ring and Dumbbell nebulae. Continue reading Ring and Dumbbell nebulae

Wagyu beef – closeup


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Having eaten the Wagyu beef the other week, I thought it would be great if I could take closeup photos of the meat to show the marbling effect of the fat running through the meat. Having eaten the Aldi rib-eye steaks the week after the Wagyu beef, I noticed that the Wagyu definitely had more flavour. Hence when the opportunity arose again to buy the Wagyu beef, I could pass on the chance. Continue reading Wagyu beef – closeup

Pink Daisy rusher


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This is the second of the daisy rushers I have photographed. The question is whether they do look different under the various light spectra compared to the white (and the red)? Continue reading Pink Daisy rusher

Lacerta MGEN + Orion Thin Off-axis guider update


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Recently I have had a chance to fine tune my imaging setup due to the great weather I had one evening. This finally gave me the opportunity to get various settings of my guider setup sorted. My equipment for imaging is as follows: Celestron CGEM mount on a pier, Orion VX12 Newtonian, Olympus E-PL5 full-spectrum camera, Orion Thin off-axis guider, Lacerta MGEN autoguider, Astronomik CLS-CCD filter and Baader MPCC III coma corrector. Continue reading Lacerta MGEN + Orion Thin Off-axis guider update

Dim Sum


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On Saturday as part of the celebration of our youngest daughter’s birthday, we went to have dim sum for lunch in Paddyfields Restaurant in Oxford City Center. When we do crave for dim sum, we will go to there, as it is the closest restaurant which serves authentic dim sum which tastes good. Below are some of my family’s favourite dishes. Continue reading Dim Sum

White Daisy Rusher


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One of the first flowers we planted this year were daisy rushers. These flowers came in different colours: white, pink and red. It would be interesting to see if they all look the same under the same light spectra. Continue reading White Daisy Rusher

Trevi Fountain


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The Trevi Fountain is arguably one of the most beautiful fountains in the world. We have been to Rome and to the Trevi Fountain, and in fact I have taken pictures of this fountain in infrared. Hence when our family went into Toysrus recently and noticed a new line of Lego models, the one of the Trevi Fountain caught our eye. My oldest daughter had to buy this to build. Continue reading Trevi Fountain

Baader LaserColli III


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Previously with my Astrotech 8″ RC telescope, I found it very simple to adjust the collimation – and it helps that it held its collimation so well that this was not required very often. But then came the upgrade bug and I bought the Orion VX12 12″ Newtonian to grab more light for imaging. With that came the problem of collimating a Newtonian, which is something I’ve never done before and have absolutely no experience. And because mine is a fast Newtonian at F4, it is crucial that I get the collimation right each time – and this needs checking everytime I move the telescope. I did own a Cheshire eyepiece collimator, but wanted to get a laser collimator to help with this. Hence after researching online and considering the cost, I chose to get the Baader LaserColli III. Continue reading Baader LaserColli III

Sunday fellowship meal


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We had our church fellowship on Sunday. And afterwards, there is a time of sharing food which some brothers and sisters cooked. As the food was delicious and looked very nice, it is only fitting for me to post them in a thread for all to enjoy. I had my Olympus E-P5 with me, and used a name card to bounce the on-camera flash to light these dishes. Continue reading Sunday fellowship meal