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Stuart Jackson 2004

New Toys
posted Fri 10th June 2005 at 19:09 by stuart
General RamblingA couple of months ago Kylie picked up a Dell 20inch widescreen LCD monitor. Ever since I have been envious with my two 19" CRTs looking quite inadequate. Dell recently had a 20% special so I order one for myself today and hopefully it will arrive soon :)

Also recently I picked up a new radio scanner, a Uniden 92XLT. It is an excellent portable scanner, with 200 channels, instead of 100 on my old scanner.

Lastly, after eyeing off a new camera for some time, a finally picked up a new Nikon D70 Digital SLR. What an amazing camera and I'm having a ball with it.

Greased Lightning
posted Fri 10th June 2005 at 19:05 by stuart
General RamblingKylie took me to see Grease the Arena Spectacular at Burswood Dome last night. I really enjoyed it although the A-class seats were pretty ordinary as well as the acoustics of the dome. We managed to beat all the traffic getting but got absolutely drenched on the way to the car. A quick stop to Billy Lees in Northbridge after midnight rounded off an excellent and fun night out.

Radio Scanning fun
posted Sun 10th April 2005 at 21:14 by stuart
General RamblingSomething I've been getting into lately is Radio Scanning. I currently use a Uniden 120XLT scanner with a Diamond D130J antenna on the roof. Mostly I listen to the freight trains around Forrestfield, Kewdale and the South West line, plus the suburban Electrics.

Speaking of things being stolen (see post below), Kylie got home tonight to find the neighbours alarm flashing with a strange car parked nearby. As the owner wasn't reachable she decided to call the police. I fired up the scanner and listened to the Cannington Police on frequency 468.025 to hear the job being dispatched and attended to. Interesting stuff...

Starfinder Telescope stolen
posted Sun 10th April 2005 at 21:11 by stuart
AstronomyJust a quick post to mention that my Meade Starfinder Telescope was stolen from our garage sometime from mid-2004 onwards. I haven't used it much in the past couple of years so didn't notice it missing until recently. If anyone spots it in their travels around Perth I would be curious to find out what happened to it. It seems odd as it isn't really worth anything, and was the only thing taken from a room full of stuff...

International Space Station visible
posted Tue 05th April 2005 at 18:54 by stuart
AstronomyThere are a couple of good evening passes of the International Space Station this week. One in about 20 minutes :) and another on Thursday night. Check out Heavens Above for Perth sightings.

Russian space junk causes light show
posted Mon 04th April 2005 at 22:57 by stuart
AstronomyAn interesting article in the news lately about a large, bright object in the night sky seen from the south coast of WA, up through Kalgoorlie and to Alice Springs last Friday night. The ABC website has a good article including an audio sample with some eyewitness reports. It turns out this object was a Russian SL-12 rocket booster.

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