Betelgeuse the red giant of Orion

Looking up into the night sky, I identified the constellation of Orion. Orion is  depicted in astrology as the mighty hunter.

The stars of orion are particularly interesting, not least a orange looking star at the constellations right arm.

This star is Betelgeuse, a red giant so massive that its diameter is similar to the orbit of Jupiter.

The star is approximately 640 light years away.

REcently I was able to take a photograph of this star with my Fuji camera. By sitting the camera on the tripod and selecting the multi focus option on the camera, I was able to zoom to the maximum the camera would zoom to and take the shot.

My camera has the ability to zoom to 30 times which is equivalent to having a 750mm lens. At this magnification the star was represented as a dot of light on the LCD screen.

Because I have 12 megapixels available to me on the camera, once on my PC iwas able to zoom in a further 800 times without extensive distortion and the photoograph below is the result.

Betelgeuse

As you are able to play around with the amount of light captured by the camera by altering the shutter speed, a faster shutter speed produced the following photo.  This shows that there is zones of higher and lower fusion activity on the surface of the star.

Betelgeuse High shutter speed

 

 

by David Holland

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This is were we live

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This is just a beautiful place to live. The Central Coast of New South Wales is apsolutely iconic.

Everywhere you look you have beautiful lakes estuaries and ocean views.

This place would have to be Australia’s best kept secret.

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Bushland that is incredable. Birds everywhere.

The people of the Central Coast need to realize how lucky they are to live in such a place and as we appreciate the natural beauty we need to be mindful of preserving and protecting what we have.

Transport for NSW on Long Term Master Plan for Transport – Submission by David Holland

Gallery2020 Publishing is able to present the submission by David Holland on the Transport for New South Wales (NSW) Long Term Master Plan Discussion paper April 2012.

Follow this link to read the full Document >>>:

In addition Gallery2020 Publishing would like to introduce the 2012 updated version of the Plan put forward by David Holland in 2008.

This proposed plan was the Blue Haven Bus and Rail Interchange, incorporating rail yards for Sydney Trains to layover before the next days services. Blue Haven is the most northern suburb of the growing region known in NSW as the Central Coast. This document also contains in appendix E, a proposal to extend Central Coast bus services to Charlestown, thereby allowing Central Coast commuters to access a wide array of Newcastle bus services.

Follow this link to read this newly updated document>>:

My Son the Medieval Knight

How can you predict what that little baby boy that you hold in your arms for the first time will do when he grows up?  One would think a boy growing up in seemingly an average environment would turn out to be an average teenager who would grow into an average adult.

As many of us as boys, we would play different games with our siblings, which would include perhaps sword fights with an array of tree branches and sticks. In my case my sister was the one who had to endure a young 10 year old’s exuberance for experimentation with these kinds of implements.

My son, probably fortuitously when playing these kinds of games, only had brothers. He often made good sport of his younger brother as he practiced his techniques as a young lad. Of course, his younger brother, slightly smaller at the time would often fight above his weight, giving a reasonable effort in response to my eldest son’s foray with the sword which in those days was an old stick from behind the shed.

Maybe on reflection there was a clue to be had in the formation of this young man turning himself into a medieval knight.

His mother is an enthusiast of reading, and as the boy grew, was encouraged to read. He took to it like a duck to water. He first started to read some of the adventures his mother had already read, consuming compared to my level of enthusiasm for reading, outrageously thick volumes of the printed word.

His favored readings were mysterious adventures like the ‘Lord of the Rings’.

I am really not sure, along with his mother’s encouragement to read the books she had read, which in turn lead to greater exploits in to these unreal worlds based on a medieval theme, whether I may be to blame for my son turning into an armor clad knight.

When I was a lad of tender years, I was part of a small group of boys in our church group. We would go out on various outings, generally related to the bush, either camping or walking. On such outings or camps we were fortunate to have a young man of about 23 years old, who to us was old, as many older people are when your are 13 or 14 years old.

He was an unusual young man in many respects. Being religious, but with a quirky sense of fun.  His hobby was to collect railway memorabilia.

I remember him inviting us to his home in the hills east of Melbourne where in his room and around the house were countless articles from railway auctions. He also was an accomplished organist, playing large pipe organs in various town halls and churches in Melbourne.

He was an enthusiastic listener to the Goon show on ABC radio, staring Harry Secombe, Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers. I remember vividly listening to show after show on a portable radio one time on a camp with him and the gang.

This camp was the making of us all. It was through a game thought up by one of the organizers of the camp similar to capture the flag. We, the gang and our fearless leader took off to a spot about 10 kilometers from the camp. We were to travel back to the camp somehow rendezvousing with a scout who had a message. Somehow, without getting captured by a larger band of searchers patrolling the bush from base camp who were looking for us, we were to get into the camp undetected with the message from the scout.

We all had green armbands placed on our arms. This was a bit of an imposition since we had decided to become close to invisible in the bush by putting on army greens purchased from army disposal stores. This meant removing this armband without breaking it and putting it on again over our greens.

No sightings of the searcher on the first day, but early on the second day we sighted an advanced party. They may have spied out our campfire the night before. Although two of the gang had gone ahead, most of us were still all together. On the sighting of a small advanced party, we scattered and hid.

We learned later that the two that had gone ahead had been captured and that the scouts also had been captured the day before. Most of us were able to regroup and since we were still a long way from the base camp we started to make some good ground, while keeping a sharp lookout for more searchers.

We became aware that we were not going to complete the assignment of meeting the scouts, but we were resolute to get to base camp undetected and have at least one make it to the camp, uncaptured.

We wheeled around to the side of the base camp and came in from a direction not expected by the searchers. Finally, with only open ground between the camp, and ourselves we were spotted. While a couple of us climbed some trees, we were able to distract the searches allowing a couple of us to make it to the camp.

As a result of my association with this man, our fearless leader, some 15 years later I decided to name my first son after him.

His name was Lance. Not entirely sure whether this fateful decision had anything to do with my son becoming a medieval knight. But as one of the famous mythical knights of the round table of Camelot was called Lancelot, this may have some relevance to the favored activities of my son.

After coming home with stories of participating with the local chapter of a medieval guide, various articles like plates and mugs would disappear from the kitchen cupboard for the day. The common theme of all these articles was that they all looked similar to eating utensils used in the 13th and 14th centuries.

He would come home with stories of guide members having medieval feasts and make particular reference to the ancient medieval drink, mead. He would have one or other craftsman make gauntlets, shields, armor or swords for him to participate in combat sessions with the guild and other clothes like cloaks and gambisons for social events.

One day he came home with several bags of split washers. Being puzzled at the possible use

of thousands of washers, I asked what these were for. He exclaimed that he was going to make a coat of chain mail. True to his word and because of his enthusiasm for his hobby, nearly 12 months later, a coat of chain mail had been produced.

He invited me to a fair in a town out near Taree in New South Wales on one occasion. Once there I saw a large crowd of people standing around a roped off area, watching something within the roped off area.  The sound from the circle was like someone hitting several saucepans with a hammer all at once. It was two groups of armored fighters with swords, shields, spears and an array of other medieval implements of war bashing each other in a mock battle until only one side was still standing.

Lance here is standing at the ready in the red tunic, with the biggest sword I have ever seen.

As he is interested in horses, he started working with a lady, the green knight, who trains horses to do the medieval sport of jousting. Lance asked me one day to watch him do his job as a squire assisting in the joust.

His job was to present the lance to the rider before the joust. On the day two armored knights with their armor shining gallop towards each other with balsa wood tipped lances.

Then after several passes, the green knight says, let’s practice our archery. Lance foolishly asked; what would you be using for a target? The green knight retorts back, you can be our target.

Next I see my son standing in the middle of a horse parading ground, fully clad with armor, being shot at. There were two mounted female archers firing rubber tipped arrows at him.  Unbelievable.

Next I find my son involved in an even more unbelievable activity. He had been asked to be the rider in a jousting display. But this was no

t just an ordinary jousting display. He was to ride on the back of a quad bike attempting to knock other rider off the back of the other quad bike, in front of an excited crowd of onlookers in the stadium.

Lance here is in the golden helmet completing a choreographed dismounting of the other jouster.

Once accomplished, Lance was to dismount and fight the other armored knight with his sword or axe, apparently to the roar of the excited crowd. (Photograph thanks to Wingus)

Now his exploits, along with his fellows, complete in battle attire, are being recognized in the local newspaper. This is a picture taken in the 6th of June local paper. Now in the foreground with a red and blue shield, Lance is recovering from a spill off the narrow bridge being defended by gallant group of knights and squires.(Photograph ref. Lakes Mail 6th June 2011)

My son the medieval knight.

by David Holland


Link now available from Habitat Association for Arts and Environment web site

Gallery2020 Publishing’s site is now available from a link at habitatassociation.com.au.

This site is the primary site of the Habitat Association for the Arts and Environment (HAAE).

Gallery2020 Publishing’s continued relationship with HAAE is poised to help widen Gallery2020 Publishing’s exposure to the world by promoting papers and articles by Authors associated with both the Habitat Association and Gallery2020 Publishing.

Gallery2020 Publishing under the auspices of Habitat Association

Galley2020 was first founded in 2001. It was originally a business that provided a service for graphic art. Its services were the provision of business card designs and form design, book covers etcetra.

Later, the owner of the business decided to to write a book. At this time a new name was made for the business. The new name was Gallery2020 Publishing.

After many hours over a 2 year period the book was completed and published under the new publishing business. The name of the book is: ‘Will the Real Melchizedek please step forward’ authored by David Holland in December 2008.

We are hoping that this site will be able to display this book and other works from this author and other authors.

Gallery2020 publishing has decided to join with the Habitat Association for arts and environment and publish in collaboration with this association.

The Association is a non profit group that is interested in promoting writing,  publishing and the arts. As part of its phylosophy  it is interested in writers who wish to write about human environments and social interactions.  This means that it has a strong interest in promoting and mentoring all art forms as well as science as it is applied to human existance.

THe above example of one of Gallery2020 published books is clearly a book based on Biblical text and as such a theological book. Habitat assocation also has interestes in this field as it relates to human social environments.

Gallery2020 is proud to be associated with Habitat Association for Arts and Environment and recommend other publishers, arts organisations and education organisations interested in the human environment or habitat become associated with them.