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post May 10 2006, 06:38 AM
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Astro - I think there's a bunch of folks here who'd just love a _lot_ more photographs of that model.
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post May 10 2006, 06:51 AM
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It's not a fantastically detailed model, but it is full-scale.
I know I'm very glad to have it. I used parts of it as a reference to help produce the 'Setting Spirits Aglow' panorama.

Speaking of panoramas...I was just outside here at the Canberra DSN and took some photographs of our 70-metre antenna while it is doing a tracking pass with Mars Odyssey and Mars Global Surveyor.

When I looked at the scene, photographed at 4.30pm local time, and with the hills and shadows in the background, and knowing that we were in comms with the Mars' orbiters, I had this moment of dejavu...this scene was eerily familar...

I did a quick autostitch of the scene and then flipped it horizontally and....hey presto!...an earthly version of the solset panorama! The long shadows, the sunlight off-camera, and a link to Mars...just remove the trees, add some more rocks and I'm there, standing next to Spirit. Sent a shiver down my spine.

Had to share this scene with the rest of the UMSF crowd.
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PS: BTW, that closest hill behind the 70-metre antenna is about 100 metres high - similar to Husband Hill.
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post May 10 2006, 07:07 AM
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I am *so* going to have to come and have that tour of cdscc!

Thanks for the pics Astro0.

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post May 10 2006, 12:34 PM
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Wonderful images, Astr0. Thanks for sharing!

In my mind's eye, I see something like the attached cut&paste. The skyglow in both images needs to be in the center and everything else composed symmetrically about that. One change: Husband Hill ought to fade into the 70m hill behind the antenna with the horizons at the same level so that Gusev fades into Canberra and both dishes pointing at the same imaginary point above the image. You'll probably have to do a re-shoot of the antenna site image and make some slight re-arrangement of the Spirit image, but that juxtaposition would be wonderful.

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post May 10 2006, 04:23 PM
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When KodakGallery had their 50% off 16x20 and 20x30 a while back, I had a bunch of the panoramas made up, some of them even as 2x1 or 4x2, umm...inverse mosaics? I have them all in tubes, because I plan to prime and paint the garage walls a nice Mars tan, and then put the Mars pictures up there. smile.gif


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post May 10 2006, 04:32 PM
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I've just found that 'Oki' make some fairly large pan paper - A4 width of course, but 900mm long smile.gif

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post May 10 2006, 04:43 PM
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Now that's interesting. ..Haven't had much succes trying to find rolls around here.

I'd really like to have A4 & A3 sized photo-paper on a roll (say a couple of meters)
Anyone knows if one can order this kind of product from Canon, Epson,...?

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post May 10 2006, 06:23 PM
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QUOTE (Astro0 @ May 9 2006, 08:51 PM) *
Speaking of panoramas...
Enjoy
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Bewdy bonzer, mate! Why not chuck in a couple a 'roos on the lawn at left, gazing at the sun. (One with a joey in the pouch!) Mustn't leave any doubt about the location. wink.gif


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post May 10 2006, 07:06 PM
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QUOTE (djellison @ May 4 2006, 07:49 AM) *
It'll be something like 22348 x 4000, to as much as 6000.


Printing at 300dpi, the panorama should take seven A3 sheets. And at 190x40 cm it would fit my wall perfectly!
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post May 10 2006, 07:13 PM
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Consider that your average monitor is 70 - 90 dpi, then at a viewing distance of anything more than about 3ft, 150dpi is serious overkill smile.gif

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post May 10 2006, 07:35 PM
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QUOTE (Nix @ May 10 2006, 05:43 PM) *
Now that's interesting. ..Haven't had much succes trying to find rolls around here.

I'd really like to have A4 & A3 sized photo-paper on a roll (say a couple of meters)
Anyone knows if one can order this kind of product from Canon, Epson,...?

Nico smile.gif



Nico:

The answer is: 'Yes'. I have a pro photographer friend who is on the case, and is, as the Met might have it, 'Helping With Certain Enquiries'. I'll get back to you!

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post May 10 2006, 08:14 PM
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Epson sell A3 width 10m rolls for about 20-30 quid I think - and I'm sure other manufacturers make it as well

After my shed, and a 24" monitor - an A3 printer (Epson R1800 perhaps) is next smile.gif

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post May 10 2006, 10:58 PM
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QUOTE (Phil Stooke @ May 9 2006, 10:01 PM) *
"Just checking up on the rovers, dear!"

"Are those *&^%*%^$ things still going?"

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(I'm kidding, of course... )


It'll be on TheOnion.com - MER team wives develop and launch mission to Mars, "accidentally" land right on Spirit and Opportunity, and immediately return to Earth. smile.gif
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post May 11 2006, 06:05 PM
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On a positive note, recent Navcam images of the solar panels show that the panels are fairly clean, so there has been some degree of wind cleaning at this site.

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post May 11 2006, 06:47 PM
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QUOTE (Bill Harris @ May 11 2006, 08:05 AM) *
On a positive note, recent Navcam images of the solar panels show that the panels are fairly clean, so there has been some degree of wind cleaning at this site.
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I'd like to be sure of that, Bill. Has the electrical output shown a corresponding improvement?


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