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David Higgins 18-Mar-2022 07:23
Hi Mike, Its been a very long time since we were neighbours in Ngunnawal but I am getting my observatory back up and running albeit in now well light polluted skies. I see you have a nice sight picked out in the hills. When you are done you must organised a dark sky night for us :)
strongmanmike200206-May-2021 14:46
Well, hi'a Jane! How tha hell are ya?? Yeah, gave away lifting heavy things to spend hours and hours under the stars and at a computer, to make these images...two extremes huh? :-)
Jane Halliburton 05-May-2021 00:11

hi Michael well i certainly did know about your fame a "star gazer" you were just always a great boss to me! Had lots of fun working with you over the years at ANU. Glad to see you're still around and have this wonderful new hobby!
Charles Lillo 04-Jul-2016 14:29
Congrats on todays APOD!

James Bromley AZ USA 04-Jul-2016 13:40
Beautiful image of IC 4628 on the APOD of 04-July-16.
Guest 04-Jul-2016 11:41
Congrats on your recent APOD. Well deserved.
Fertilisation04-May-2016 08:09
Nice gallerie
Ulf R Johansson 28-Jan-2016 21:31
At a meeting here in Sweden, Malmö, Europe, your dwarf discovery was commented today and heralded with an applause. Hope you heared it from us at the North pole!
pacs22-May-2015 18:47
Beautiful galleries.
cafe18-May-2015 09:41
Je suis impressionnée par vos photos, woow !
cheveux boucles16-May-2015 08:47
I really appreciated, best regards.
strongmanmike200230-Apr-2015 23:35
Ha ha Thanks very much Kimbo! :-)
Guest 30-Apr-2015 23:29
Happy Birthday Michael! Kim and Vince x
Michael Herman 28-Mar-2015 15:53
Really great work... inspiring and beautiful images.
Keep up the great work!

Michael H, Sunnyvale, California
Iosif Bodnariu 04-Jan-2015 20:10
I,m Iosif Bodnariu, and thankyou for tutorial Colimation Catseye.

All the best.
Robert Gendler 15-Jul-2013 12:22
Hey Mike, Fabulous pic of M42 gracing the cover of Iceinspace calender. Its one of the best M42's I've seen. Great work mate!

Rob Gendler
Martin 16-May-2012 17:36
HI There, great equipment an shots.. from Vienna, Austria.. Martin
Michael Doyle 04-Sep-2011 23:45
Hi Mike, great site awesome shots. Your passion has really grown from the days you would try to explain it to me at Parly house.
Chris 10-Apr-2011 09:16
Mike, just outstanding work. Next time I lift my eyes to the night sky I will be even more aware of the things I can't see, as well as the wonders that I can. And thanks for taking the time to explain a bit of it to me on Saturday night. It was great to meet you. Cheers Chris
Fabian Neyer 08-Apr-2011 08:59
Hi Mike,
Just got to your image gallery! You have an awesome collection of images! A big compliment! Keep up the good work!

Have a nice day!
Best regards,
Robert Lang 01-Feb-2011 01:45
One more comment regarding images of peculiar Ellipticals and Shell Elliptical galaxies...
Have you seen the recent image at of NGC 5982 ?
The low contrast shells are well shown.
These "elliptical" critters are real challenging due to their ultra-low contrast detail, but at least if we can bring out that detail, we often see things we have never even imagined before!
Robert Lang 31-Jan-2011 21:50
Hi Mike,
regarding shell galaxies and other peculiar southern ellipticals, I note that there has been an recent imaging Atlas of about ~50 Bright elliptical galaxies, many of them southern objects. Most of them show subtle signs of interaction with other galaxies!!
Just "google up" the "Astronomical Journal" website, and find this paper; (year) 2009, AJ, Volume 138, Page 1417 (November 2009 journal)
You can download the .pdf version of this paper to find out how the images were made, but the mini-atlas of elliptical galaxies is accessed via the .htm version of the paper.
For many of these galaxies, these are the first relatively Wide-field and Very Deep images that I am aware of. (mostly there exist only HST images, often focusing only on the very centres of these systems)
Another beautiful imaging atlas of elliptical galaxies can be found at:
Now if only we could remove from amateur imagers' brains the unjustified prejudice that E and S0 galaxies are less interesting than spirals!!

cheers, from madbadgalaxyman
Robert Gendler 12-Jan-2011 10:51
Way to go man! The Seagull looks amazing. Enjoy the day!

Rob Gendler
Gary Lea 22-Oct-2010 07:27
Hi Mike,

Saw you recent wins written up in AT&T.

Mike, you just have to write *the* book on imaging techniques (and if you ever go to a large format book of your work, I will be first in the queue for that with the cash as well).
Riley Sidonio 05-Aug-2010 11:27
Got sick of study so i thought i would have my own sqiz at my dads images. nothing beats 'the eye of god' (bloody Trish).
Robert Lang 13-Jul-2010 07:30
I am very pleased that you imaged the Centaurus Cluster of galaxies. A quick literature search, a couple of years ago, revealed that there had been little imaging or scientific work done on this rather rich galaxy cluster; I am glad that there is someone out there whose motto is "go deep" in their imaging. The Cen cluster is very pec. because the galaxies group around two different redshifts, separated by over 1000 km/s, yet the galaxies seem to be at the same distance; perhaps two galaxy clusters are merging here.
In order of increasing distance, the galaxy clusters go....Virgo, Fornax, Antlia, Hydra, Centaurus.....yet Centaurus is still one of the most neglected clusters in the sky; even though the galaxies are plain as day in a 20 inch (used visually) in a good sky.
The structure of Cen. Cluster is very complex; in the first instance, the overall cluster is extremely elongated and flattened. Moreover, there are colossal numbers of subgroups/subclusters. This overall structure, which is more like a supercluster in size, is very unevolved..... though there are local areas where the galaxies have formed very settled subclusters.
Cheers, madbadgalaxyman
Chris Tomkins 12-Jul-2010 02:16
Hi Michael just been to the gym on my new toy 1255cc Suzuki thought i'd look you up where are you these days mate. Cheers Tommo
Robert P÷lzl 06-Jul-2010 22:10
Hello Mike
Best greats from austria
Im impressed from your cool site and your funny pictures (about you!!)
I think if somebody finding you in the dark there is a little problem:-))
Gratulations for your perfect pictures.
There are many favorits.

Best regards an much sucsess with your fine equipment.
Bryant Ross 20-Mar-2010 14:38
Yes in deed great images.
How many MPs is your CCD?
PS: Is there a way to get the same object in different wavelengths of radiation on the web.
Angela Sidonio 13-Jan-2010 04:33
Wow , arent you clever? Now I know what you get up to when I am not home !
Very very nice
Guest 12-Jan-2010 14:00
your pics are amazing Mike :) keep up the great work cheers Jen
Angela De Rosa 10-Mar-2009 21:58
Hi Michael,
Not got anything to do with your images, but my name is also Sidonio, well my miaden name was.
Where are your family from.
It is good to see a famous relitive
Shevill Mathers 02-Dec-2008 21:53
Hello Mike,

Just got to congratulate you on an incredible range of high quality images & projects. You are among to top ten in Australia, IMHO.

Orbit House Observatory13-Oct-2008 21:57
Nice images Michael. Glad to see fellow astrophotographers on PBASE. Clear, dark, skies, John.
Guest 04-Oct-2008 01:19
Nice Gallerys
Kim Rawlings 10-Aug-2008 22:54
You never disappoint Michael, your photographs are a joy to look at. It doesn't matter how many times you've seen them before, they are still spectacular every time I come back to them. They make the most amazing wallpaper! I love showing them to passers by as your images spark a great astronomical conversation :-) Good onya' mate!
Your friend, Kimmi
Barry Armstead 12-Jun-2008 07:50
Mike, Your marathon 16 hours on the hand of God is amazing testament to your patience and devotion. Great job mate.

God bless.

Kim Edwards 25-May-2008 10:48
Mike - Jenny and I had a great day at Splash, and it was terrific to meet you both. I think the site and the photographs (someone more suave would say "images") are spectacular. We'll be in touch. Kim & Jen
Guest 14-Jun-2007 07:35
For some reason, your pictures really cheered me up.
Alan Rohwer 24-Jun-2006 20:38
Enjoyed your pictures. I am an amateur astronomer from that other hemisphere. All the best and clear skies to you. Would love to do your Southern Skies one day. Congratulations on your observatory, it looks fine and you obviously make good use of it.

The European beauty cluster is unique as well. Something Messr. Messier appears to have overlooked.

Alan Billingsley Rohwer
Boxborough, MA, U.S.A. 01719
42.476 N, 71.498 W, 95 m elev.
robbi Luscombe-Newman 21-Jun-2006 12:31
Mike..great stuff...good to see you got aMalin award.
He lives near me and Ive been lucky enough to photograph him.
I could look at Galaxies forever....amazing stuff...keep up the good work
Don Martin 04-Mar-2006 09:51
I've enjoyed your images for some time now, and you do fantastic work withe the Starlight H9. May I ask a few questions? Do you use the NJP for your 12" Meade? Can you? What do you guide with (when you guider? I have an H9, and starlights little guider SXV? I think, haven't used it yet an a Tak FS106 with the 200Temma II. Just love its tracking. Also have a 10" and 14" Meade LX200. Would like to buy a NJP if it will work with these two scopes. Any tips or ideas setting up the LX's? Thanks again, Mike.
Don Martin