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2021/10/25 09:18 · john

Night Sky Images - 03/10/2021

Very clear. This was a short session to test that I was able to set up my recently acquired Sky Watcher Star Adventurer 2i successfully, which I was.

Gear:

  • Canon EOS 200D
  • Tokina AT-X Pro SD 11-16mm f/2.8 (IF) DX
  • Tripod
  • Star Adventurer 2i tracking mount

Weather:

  • Clear (less than 5% cloud)

Location:

  • Garden

Software

  • Rawtherapee - RAW file importing, optical correction & image processing
  • GIMP - RAW/TIF to JPEG, cropping

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2021/10/04 09:40 · john

Night Sky Images - 21/09/2021

Mostly clear. Very bright Jupiter just visible over the horizon at our location.

Gear:

  • Canon EOS 200D
  • Tokina AT-X Pro SD 11-16mm f/2.8 (IF) DX
  • Sigma F2.8 105mm EX DG HSM OS
  • Tripod

Weather:

  • Mostly clear

Location:

  • Garden

Software

  • Rawtherapee - RAW file importing, optical correction & image processing
  • GIMP - RAW/TIF to JPEG, cropping

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2021/09/29 12:40 · john

Book Collection

I've been meaning to catalogue my collection for years now, and rather than use anything complicated to do it, I thought I'd take advantage of my current wiki to do it.

Nothing as complex as my Videogame Database, but at least all of the information is in one place.

Cover Title Series Series Number Author(s) Publisher Keywords Other
Beyond This Horizon Robert A Heinlein New English Library Science Fiction
Between Planets Robert A Heinlein New English Library Science Fiction
Carson of Venus Venus series 3 Edgar Rice Burroughs New English Library Science Fiction, Pulp
Escape on Venus Venus series 4 Edgar Rice Burroughs New English Library Science Fiction, Pulp
Pirates of Venus Venus series 1 Edgar Rice Burroughs New English Library Science Fiction, Pulp
A Princess of Mars Barsoom series 1 Edgar Rice Burroughs Four Square 2’6 Science Fiction, Pulp
A Princess of Mars Barsoom series 1 Edgar Rice Burroughs New English Library Science Fiction, Pulp
Gods of Mars Barsoom series 2 Edgar Rice Burroughs New English Library Science Fiction, Pulp
Thuvia, Maid of Mars Barsoom series 4 Edgar Rice Burroughs New English Library Science Fiction, Pulp
The Chessmen of Mars Barsoom series 5 Edgar Rice Burroughs New English Library Science Fiction, Pulp
Master Mind of Mars Barsoom series 6 Edgar Rice Burroughs New English Library Science Fiction, Pulp
Swords of Mars Barsoom series 8 Edgar Rice Burroughs New English Library Science Fiction, Pulp
Synthetic Men of Mars Barsoom series 9 Edgar Rice Burroughs New English Library Science Fiction, Pulp
Llana of Gathol Barsoom series 10 Edgar Rice Burroughs New English Library Science Fiction, Pulp
John Carter of Mars Barsoom series 11 Edgar Rice Burroughs New English Library Science Fiction, Pulp
Edgar Rice Burroughs: Master of Adventure Richard A Lupoff Ace Non-Fiction
Land of Terror Edgar Rice Burroughs Ace Adventure, Pulp
Pullucidar Edgar Rice Burroughs Ace Adventure, Pulp
Total Eclipse John Brunner Orbit Science Fiction
The Robots of Dawn Asimov’s Robot series 7 Isaac Asimov Panther Science Fiction
The Rest of the Robots Asimov’s Robot series 1 Isaac Asimov Panther Science Fiction
The Caves of Steel Asimov’s Robot series 4 Isaac Asimov Panther Science Fiction
Earthsea (Omnibus edition) Earthsea Ursula Le Guin Book Club Associates Fantasy
Childhood’s End Arthur C Clarke Pan Science Fiction
One Step From Earth Harry Harrison Arrow Science Fiction
Prelude to Space Arthur C Clarke New English Library Science Fiction
The Weapon Makers Isher series 2 A E Van Vogt New English Library Science Fiction
The Clocks of Iraz The Reluctant King series 2 L Sprague De Camp Grafton Fantasy
The Goblin Tower The Reluctant King series 1 L Sprague De Camp Grafton Fantasy
The Paradise Game The Hooded Swan series 4 Brian Stableford Pan Science Fiction
A Step Farther Out: Part 2 A Step Farther Out series 2 Jerry Pournelle Star Non-Fiction
The World of Ptavvs Larry Niven Orbit Science Fiction
The Long Arm of Gil Hamilton Larry Niven Orbit Science Fiction
The Flight of the Horse Larry Niven Futura Science Fiction
The Ringworld Engineers Ringworld 2 Larry Niven Orbit Science Fiction
Ringworld Ringworld 1 Larry Niven Sphere Science Fiction
Protector Larry Niven Orbit Science Fiction
The World Inside Robert Silverberg Panther Science Fiction
The Dagger Affair The Man from U.N.C.L.E. series 4 David McDaniel Ace Espionage
The Copenhagen Affair The Man from U.N.C.L.E. series 3 John Oram Ace Espionage
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. series Michael Avallone Ace Espionage
The Doomsday Affair The Man from U.N.C.L.E. series Harry Whittington Boxtree Espionage
City of the Beast Michael Moorcock New English Library Science Fiction
The Land Leviathan Michael Moorcock New English Library Science Fiction
The War Lord of The Air Michael Moorcock Quartet Science Fiction
Haynes Explains Babies Haynes Manuals series N/A Haynes Non-Fiction, Comedy
Interview with a Vampire Interview with a Vampire series 1 Anne Rice Warner Books Fantasy, Horror
The Queen of the Damned Interview with a Vampire series 3 Anne Rice Warner Books Fantasy, Horror
The Vampire Lestat Interview with a Vampire series 2 Anne Rice Warner Books Fantasy, Horror
The Godwhale SF Masterworks (later) T J Bass Gollancz Science Fiction
A Deepness in the Sky SF Masterworks (later) Vernor Vinge Gollancz Science Fiction
The Body Snatchers SF Masterworks (later) Jack Finney Gollancz Science Fiction
Inverted World SF Masterworks (later) Christopher Priest Gollancz Science Fiction
Helliconia SF Masterworks (later) Brian Aldiss Gollancz Science Fiction
Dhalgren SF Masterworks (later) Samuel R Delany Gollancz Science Fiction
Revelation Space SF Masterworks (later) Alastair Reynolds Gollancz Science Fiction
The Difference Engine SF Masterworks (later) William Gibson, Bruce Sterling Gollancz Science Fiction, Steampunk
Arslan SF Masterworks (later) M J Engh Gollancz Science Fiction
The Female Man SF Masterworks (later) Joanna Russ Gollancz Science Fiction
The Prestige SF Masterworks (later) Christopher Priest Gollancz Science Fiction, Horror
The Food of the Gods SF Masterworks (later) H G Wells Gollancz Science Fiction
Cat’s Cradle SF Masterworks (later) Kurt Vonnegut Gollancz Science Fiction
The Island of Doctor Moreau SF Masterworks (later) H G Wells Gollancz Science Fiction, Horror
Dangerous Visions SF Masterworks (later) Various, Harlan Ellison (editor) Gollancz Science Fiction
Of Men and Monsters SF Masterworks (later) William Tenn Gollancz Science Fiction
The Gods Themselves SF Masterworks (later) Isaac Asimov Gollancz Science Fiction
Sirius SF Masterworks (later) Olaf Stapledon Gollancz Science Fiction
The Man in The High Castle SF Masterworks (early) 72 Philip K Dick Gollancz Science Fiction Hardback. Duplicate numbering by the publisher
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress SF Masterworks (early) 72 Robert A Heinlein Gollancz Science Fiction Hardback. Duplicate numbering by the publisher
Dune SF Masterworks (early), Dune 71 Frank Herbert Gollancz Science Fiction Hardback.
Mockingbirds SF Masterworks (early) 70 Walter Tevis Gollancz Science Fiction
Dark Benediction SF Masterworks (early) 69 Walter M Miller Jr Gollancz Science Fiction
Roadside Picnic SF Masterworks (early) 68 Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky Gollancz Science Fiction
Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang SF Masterworks (early) 67 Kate Wilhelm Gollancz Science Fiction
Life During Wartime SF Masterworks (early) 66 Lucius Shephard Gollancz Science Fiction
Rendezvous With Rama SF Masterworks (early), Rama 65 Arthur C Clarke Gollancz Science Fiction
Tau Zero SF Masterworks (early) 64 Poul Anderson Gollancz Science Fiction
A Maze of Death SF Masterworks (early) 63 Philip K Dick Gollancz Science Fiction
Mission of Gravity SF Masterworks (early) 62 Hal Clement Gollancz Science Fiction
The Child Garden SF Masterworks (early) 61 Geoff Ryman Gollancz Science Fiction
Ringworld SF Masterworks (early), Ringworld 60, 1 Larry Niven Gollancz Science Fiction
Dying Inside SF Masterworks (early) 59 Robert Silverberg Gollancz Science Fiction
The Penultimate Truth SF Masterworks (early) 58 Philip K Dick Gollancz Science Fiction
The Simulacra SF Masterworks (early) 57 Philip K Dick Gollancz Science Fiction
Downward to the Earth SF Masterworks (early) 56 Robert Silverberg Gollancz Science Fiction
Time Out of Joint SF Masterworks (early) 55 Philip K Dick Gollancz Science Fiction
The Space Merchants SF Masterworks (early) 54 Frederik Pohl, C M Kornbluth Gollancz Science Fiction
The Dancers at the End of Time SF Masterworks (early) 53 Michael Moorcock Gollancz Science Fiction
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch SF Masterworks (early) 52 Philip K Dick Gollancz Science Fiction
The Shrinking Man SF Masterworks (early) 51 Richard Matheson Gollancz Science Fiction
Eon SF Masterworks (early), Eon 50, 1 Greg Bear Gollancz Science Fiction
A Fall of Moondust SF Masterworks (early) 49 Arthur C Clarke Gollancz Science Fiction
Grass SF Masterworks (early) 48 Sherri S Tepper Gollancz Science Fiction
The Invisible Man SF Masterworks (early) 47 H G Wells Gollancz Science Fiction
Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said SF Masterworks (early) 46 Philip K Dick Gollancz Science Fiction
The Complete Roderick SF Masterworks (early) 45 John Sladek Gollancz Science Fiction
The Lathe of Heaven SF Masterworks (early) 44 Ursula Le Guin Gollancz Science Fiction
Valis SF Masterworks (early) 43 Philip K Dick Gollancz Science Fiction
Bring The Jubilee SF Masterworks (early) 42 Ward Moore Gollancz Science Fiction
Jem SF Masterworks (early) 41 Frederik Pohl Gollancz Science Fiction
Blood Music SF Masterworks (early) 40 Greg Bear Gollancz Science Fiction
The City and The Stars SF Masterworks (early) 39 Arthur C Clarke Gollancz Science Fiction
The First Men in The Moon SF Masterworks (early) 38 H G Wells Gollancz Science Fiction
Nova SF Masterworks (early) 37 Samuel R Delany Gollancz Science Fiction
Now Wait For Last Year SF Masterworks (early) 36 Philip K Dick Gollancz Science Fiction Second copy, worn.
Now Wait For Last Year SF Masterworks (early) 36 Philip K Dick Gollancz Science Fiction Better copy.
Pavanne SF Masterworks (early) 35 Keith Roberts Gollancz Science Fiction
The Fountains of Paradise SF Masterworks (early) 34 Arthur C Clarke Gollancz Science Fiction
Non-Stop SF Masterworks (early) 33 Brian Aldiss Gollancz Science Fiction
Dr Bloodmoney SF Masterworks (early) 32 Philip K Dick Gollancz Science Fiction
The Centauri Device SF Masterworks (early) 31 M John Harrison Gollancz Science Fiction
A Case of Conscience SF Masterworks (early) 30 James Blish Gollancz Science Fiction
Man Plus SF Masterworks (early) 29 Frederik Pohl Gollancz Science Fiction
More Than Human SF Masterworks (early) 28 Theodore Sturgeon Gollancz Science Fiction
Timescape SF Masterworks (early) 27 Gregory Benford Gollancz Science Fiction
Ubik SF Masterworks (early) 26 Philip K Dick Gollancz Science Fiction
Flowers for Algernon SF Masterworks (early) 25 Daniel Keyes Gollancz Science Fiction
The Time Machine & The War of The Worlds SF Masterworks (early), H G Wells Time Machine 24, 1 H G Wells Gollancz Science Fiction
The Book of Skulls SF Masterworks (early) 23 Robert Silverberg Gollancz Science Fiction
Behold The Man SF Masterworks (early) 22 Michael Moorcock Gollancz Science Fiction
Star Maker SF Masterworks (early) 21 Olaf Stapledon Gollancz Science Fiction
A Scanner Darkly SF Masterworks (early) 20 Philip K Dick Gollancz Science Fiction
Emphyrio SF Masterworks (early) 19 Jack Vance Gollancz Science Fiction
The Sirens of Titan SF Masterworks (early) 18 Kurt Vonnegut Gollancz Science Fiction
The Drowned World SF Masterworks (early) 17 J G Ballard Gollancz Science Fiction
The Dispossessed SF Masterworks (early) 16 Ursula Le Guin Gollancz Science Fiction
Stand On Zanzibar SF Masterworks (early) 15 John Brunner Gollancz Science Fiction
The Demolished Man SF Masterworks (early) 14 Alfred Bester Gollancz Science Fiction
Martian Time Slip SF Masterworks (early) 13 Philip K Dick Gollancz Science Fiction
Earth Abides SF Masterworks (early) 12 George R Stewart Gollancz Science Fiction
Last and First Men SF Masterworks (early) 11 Olaf Stapledon Gollancz Science Fiction
The Rediscovery of Man SF Masterworks (early) 10 Cordwainer Smith Gollancz Science Fiction
Gateway SF Masterworks (early), Gateway 9 Frederik Pohl Gollancz Science Fiction
The Fifth Head of Cerberus SF Masterworks (early) 8 Gene Wolfe Gollancz Science Fiction
Lord of Light SF Masterworks (early) 7 Roger Zelazny Gollancz Science Fiction
Babel-17 SF Masterworks (early) 6 Samuel R Delany Gollancz Science Fiction
The Stars My Destination SF Masterworks (early) 5 Alfred Bester Gollancz Science Fiction
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? SF Masterworks (early) 4 Philip K Dick Gollancz Science Fiction
Cites in Flight SF Masterworks (early) 3 James Blish Gollancz Science Fiction
I Am Legend SF Masterworks (early) 2 Richard Matheson Gollancz Science Fiction, Horror
The Forever War SF Masterworks (early), Forever War 1 Joe Haldeman Gollancz Science Fiction
Childhood’s End SF Masterworks Hardback Collection VI Arthur C Clarke Gollancz Science Fiction Hardback. Not a bad book, but one of the most depressing stories of all time. Let’s just all give up…
The Unadulterated Cat Pratchett, Jolliffe Gollancz Humour
The Rise of the Automated Aristocrats Burton & Swinburne Adventures 6 Mark Hodder Pyr Steampunk
The Return of the Discontinued Man Burton & Swinburne Adventures 5 Mark Hodder Pyr Steampunk
The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi Burton & Swinburne Adventures 4 Mark Hodder Del Rey Steampunk
Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon Burton & Swinburne Adventures 3 Mark Hodder Pyr Steampunk
The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man Burton & Swinburne Adventures 2 Mark Hodder Pyr Steampunk
The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack Burton & Swinburne Adventures 1 Mark Hodder Pyr Steampunk
Ganymede Clockwork Century series 3 Cherie Priest Tor Steampunk
Dreadnought Clockwork Century series 2 Cherie Priest Tor Steampunk
Boneshaker Clockwork Century series 1 Cherie Priest Tor Steampunk
Behemoth Leviathan Trilogy 2 Scott Westerfeld Simon and Associates Steampunk Hardback.
Leviathan Leviathan Trilogy 1 Scott Westerfeld Simon and Associates Steampunk
American Gods Neil Gaiman Headline Fantasy
Anansi Boys Neil Gaiman Headline Fantasy
The Ocean at the End of The Lane Neil Gaiman Headline Fantasy
The Time Ships H G Wells Time Machine 2 Stephen Baxter Voyager Science Fiction
The Dumas Club Arturo Perez-Reverte Voyager Mystery
Anathem Neal Stephenson Atlantic Books Science Fiction
Snow Crash Neal Stephenson Penguin Science Fiction
Foundation Foundation series 3 Isaac Asimov Voyager Science Fiction
Foundation & Empire Foundation series 4 Isaac Asimov Voyager Science Fiction
Second Foundation Foundation series 5 Isaac Asimov Voyager Science Fiction
Anvil of Stars Forge of God series 2 Greg Bear Orbit Science Fiction
The Forge of God Forge of God series 1 Greg Bear Orbit Science Fiction
Darwin’s Radio Darwin’s Radio series 1 Greg Bear Harper Collins Science Fiction
Darwin’s Children Darwin’s Radio series 2 Greg Bear Harper Collins Science Fiction
Eternity Eon 2 Greg Bear Warner Books Science Fiction
Scarecrow Matthew Reilly Pan Espionage
The Hunt for Red October Jack Ryan series Tom Clancy Harper Collins Military Fiction
The Difference Engine William Gibson, Bruce Sterling Vista Steampunk
Children of God The Sparrow series 2 Mary Doria Russell Black Swan Science Fiction
The Sparrow The Sparrow series 1 Mary Doria Russell Black Swan Science Fiction
Red Mars Mars Trilogy 1 Kim Stanley Robinson Voyager Science Fiction
Green Mars Mars Trilogy 2 Kim Stanley Robinson Voyager Science Fiction
Blue Mars Mars Trilogy 3 Kim Stanley Robinson Voyager Science Fiction
The Dark Design Riverworld Saga 3 Philip Jose Farmer Del Rey Science Fiction, Fantasy
The Fabulous Riverboat Riverworld Saga 2 Philip Jose Farmer Del Rey Science Fiction, Fantasy
To Your Scattered Bodies Go Riverworld Saga 1 Philip Jose Farmer Del Rey Science Fiction, Fantasy
The Gods of Riverworld Riverworld Saga 5 Philip Jose Farmer Del Rey Science Fiction, Fantasy
The Magic Labyrinth Riverworld Saga 4 Philip Jose Farmer Del Rey Science Fiction, Fantasy
Ringworld’s Children Ringworld 4 Larry Niven Orbit Science Fiction
The Ringworld Engineers Ringworld 2 Larry Niven Orbit Science Fiction
The Ringworld Throne Ringworld 3 Larry Niven Del Rey Science Fiction
The Gripping Hand The Mote in God’s Eye 2 Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle Pocket Books Science Fiction
The Mote in God’s Eye The Mote in God’s Eye 1 Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle Harper Collins Science Fiction
Ender’s Game Ender’s Game Series 1 Orson Scott Card Orbit Science Fiction
Speaker for the Dead Ender’s Game Series 2 Orson Scott Card Orbit Science Fiction
Xenocide Ender’s Game Series 3 Orson Scott Card Orbit Science Fiction
The Bridge Iain M Banks Abacus Fantasy
Firestarter Stephen King Time Warner Horror
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy Douglas Adams Picador Science Fiction, Humour Trilogy of Four edition.
Strange Universe – An Anthology of Science Fiction Various, Amabel Williams-Ellis (Editor), Michael Pearson (Editor) Blackie Science Fiction, Anthology Hardback. The Puppet Show, The Conspirators, Ouch!, Evidence, The Subways of Tazoo, The Machine Stops, The Aquatic Uncle.
Caverns of the Snow Witch Choose Your Own Adventure 9 Ian Livingstone Penguin Fantasy
Robot Commando Choose Your Own Adventure 22 Steve Jackson, Ian Livingstone Penguin Science Fiction
Prey Aliens vs Predator Steve Perry, Stephani Perry Millenium Science Fiction, Horror
Hunter’s Planet Aliens vs Predator David Bischoff Millenium Science Fiction, Horror
Terminal World Alistair Reynolds Gollancz Science Fiction
The Power of Six The Lorien Legacies 2 Pittacus Lore Penguin Science Fiction
Yukikaze Battle Fairy Yukikaze 1 Chohei Kambayashi Haika Soru Science Fiction
Dauntless The Lost Fleet 1 Jack Campbell Titan Books Science Fiction, Military Fiction
Courageous The Lost Fleet 3 Jack Campbell Titan Books Science Fiction, Military Fiction
Fearless The Lost Fleet 2 Jack Campbell Titan Books Science Fiction, Military Fiction
Humans The Neanderthal Parallax 1 Robert J Sawyer Tor Science Fiction
Hominids The Neanderthal Parallax 2 Robert J Sawyer Tor Science Fiction
Hybrids The Neanderthal Parallax 3 Robert J Sawyer Tor Science Fiction
House Atreides Prelude To Dune 1 Brian Herbert, Kevin J Anderson Bantam Science Fiction
House Harkonnen Prelude To Dune 2 Brian Herbert, Kevin J Anderson New English Library Science Fiction
House Corrino Prelude To Dune 3 Brian Herbert, Kevin J Anderson New English Library Science Fiction
The Battle of Corrin Legends of Dune 3 Brian Herbert, Kevin J Anderson Hodder Science Fiction
The Machine Crusade Legends of Dune 2 Brian Herbert, Kevin J Anderson New English Library Science Fiction
The Butlerian Jihad Legends of Dune 1 Brian Herbert, Kevin J Anderson New English Library Science Fiction
Hunters of Dune Dune 7 Brian Herbert, Kevin J Anderson Hodder Science Fiction
Chapter House Dune Dune 6 Frank Herbert Gollancz Science Fiction
Heretics of Dune Dune 5 Frank Herbert Gollancz Science Fiction
God Emperor of Dune Dune 4
Paul of Dune Heroes of Dune 1 Brian Herbert, Kevin J Anderson Hodder & Stoughton Science Fiction
Sandworms of Dune Dune 8 Brian Herbert, Kevin J Anderson Hodder & Stoughton Science Fiction
The Great Dune Trilogy Dune 1, 2, 3 Frank Herbert Orion Science Fiction Trilogy collection of the original Dune novels
Solaris Stanislaw Lem Faber Science Fiction
The Men Who Stare At Goats Jon Ronson Picador Military Fiction, Humour
Rama Revealed Rama 4 Arthur C Clarke, Gentry Lee Orbit Science Fiction
The Garden of Rama Rama 3 Arthur C Clarke, Gentry Lee Orbit Science Fiction
Rama II Rama 2 Arthur C Clarke, Gentry Lee Orbit Science Fiction
Rendezvous With Rama Rama 1 Arthur C Clarke Orbit Science Fiction
Persepolis Rising The Expanse 7 James S A Corey Orbit Science Fiction
Babylons Ashes The Expanse 6 James S A Corey Orbit Science Fiction
Nemesis Games The Expanse 5 James S A Corey Orbit Science Fiction
Cibola Burn The Expanse 4 James S A Corey Orbit Science Fiction
Abbadon’s Gate The Expanse 3 James S A Corey Orbit Science Fiction
Caliban’s War The Expanse 2 James S A Corey Orbit Science Fiction
Leviathan Wakes The Expanse 1 James S A Corey Orbit Science Fiction
2021/09/25 09:30 · john

Night Sky Images - 19/09/2021

Very clear skies with almost no cloud cover. Got some great images looking back over the house which I've not tried before. Also experimented a little more with various ISO settings with the same composition as well as wider range of exposure times.

Gear:

  • Canon EOS 200D
  • Tokina AT-X Pro SD 11-16mm f/2.8 (IF) DX
  • Tripod

Weather:

  • Very clear

Location:

  • Garden

Software

  • Rawtherapee - RAW file importing, optical correction & image processing
  • GIMP - RAW/TIF to JPEG, cropping

→ Read more...

2021/09/20 08:49 · john
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