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Space! the final frontier. New Forum at Amigans.net
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We are pleased to announce the opening of the Official Digital Universe Forum on Amigans.net

BillE will be the moderator/maintainer for this forum.

We hope that this will whet many people's appetite in Astronomy matters on their Amiga

Want a forum for your product on Amigans.net? Contact a staff member and we'll consider it.

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BEER forum would be kewl !!


Are we nearly there yet ?
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Thanks for setting this forum up.

The first real posting will be the news when the final full 1.5 version is available.

Until then I can always answer questions about the 68k 1.03 version and the recently released demo version of the OS4 native 1.5.


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I'm very impressed with the demo BillE - well done!

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We hope that this will whet many people's appetite in Astronomy matters on their Amiga


Can I use it to predict the result of the lawsuit?


Just kidding.


Welcome and thanks for the support forum, BillE!

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just gotta say that i found the demo version very solid and snappy! great work!

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Can I use it to predict the result of the lawsuit?


Grrrr. It is an "astronomy" application not mumbo jumbo "astrology" !


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Just kidding.!



Of course DU *can* be used to accurately predict where Hyperion will be in the future. But I refer to the moon of Saturn and not the company

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You only like dross beer though!

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when i saw the heading in recent posts i instinctivley thought Star Trek :)

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Of course DU *can* be used to accurately predict where Hyperion will be in the future. But I refer to the moon of Saturn and not the company


While you can see something called Hyperion now and in the future, can you see any moon, planet or star named after Amiga Inc.? No? Hint, hint...

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Asteroid number 2309 does have the official name Mr. Spock !

It was apparently named after the discoverer's cat which was named after the character from Star Trek.


Live Long and Prosper,


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Hmmm looking at your Avatar, have you read the new book?

Rude!

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Hey you could have tried to keep on topic, for instance by mentioning that Sirius, Bellatrix etc are the names of real stars that you can find in DU !

The missus got her copy the other day so I will have to wait until she has read it first

Dune fans will also find quite a few stars that have been used as planetary names in that series of novels too.


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Ever since my copy of "Distant Suns" stopped working i was
anticipating this release (because i knew it will come, you
know, i'm psychic)

Thanks for the update, Bill

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You've ALMOST made me drag out the 10" Newtonian and give it a clean up. But I always promised myself that I wouldn't get back into astronomy until I could finish figuring the 15" mirror. It's been sitting in its box in the cupboard for so many years now that I think it will have sagged in the middle and it'll have to go back to the fine grinding stage.

What CCD cameras are recommended these days?

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You've ALMOST made me drag out the 10" Newtonian and give it a clean up.


Mine is packed away for the summer, I am so far north it never gets dark at all this time of year.

I want to keep the mirror nice, the last one for some reason would never keep its coating and very soon after re-aluminising it would end up with holes in the surface. It still gave surprisingly good images though.

At least the newone is shiny and reflective. It is a bit shorter f/ratio too which meant I could make the whole thing smaller and more portable.

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But I always promised myself that I wouldn't get back into astronomy until I could finish figuring the 15" mirror.


Wow. And I thought my 10" scope was big enough. And you make your own mirrors too ? I built all my mountings but leave the mirror to the experts.

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What CCD cameras are recommended these days?


No idea but I can guarantee they will not work with the Amiga without a lot of hassle.

I did write a processing application once for an old Starlight Express camera, not that I owned one but took some pics in Portugal using one. The A1200 made a better job creating the images from the raw data than the original PC software did

Sadly as it was written in HiSoft Basic it will not work on OS4

One day I may convert it to C with a MUI interface. Assuming that SX camera is still available, it was a while ago.


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The 15" mirror was bought by the Club many years ago, as part of some guy's shed cleanout (he sold a whole lot of stuff). The mirror had been rough ground only. Another club member and myself decided to finish it off and we spent several months of Sundays re-grinding it from the beginning (it had bad scratches in it). It's f/5.5. We got it to the stage where I had it set up on a pedestal in an unused bathroom (the bathroom was good because I could hose it all down to clean it). It's fine ground and showing a bit of polish over most of its surface except the very centre.

The other guy dropped out of the project and the Club lost interest, so I bought it from the Club. I've never made one before and I don't imagine it'll be easy to get it nicely polished - I don't have a clean room any more.

Back when the comet hit Jupiter we had a meeting that night and it turned into quite a party. I had my 10" with a TV camera, the image displayed on TV sets in the clubhouse so everyone could see the display. I remember seeing one of the impacts and there was a clearly visible shock wave radiating from the point of impact. Awesome stuff.

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While you can see something called Hyperion now and in the future, can you see any moon, planet or star named after Amiga Inc.? No? Hint, hint...



Want to bet !

Have a look at http://www.digitaluniverse.org.uk/amigastar.png

This demonstrates DU's ability for a user to add recent supernovae or other fixed position objects.

Of course unless Bill McEwen coughs up the dosh then the new star will have to be removed


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