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Star Trail Photography

Photographing the night sky can be extremely interesting. Though a bit challenging technically, if done following the correct technique, it can yield immensely beautiful results. The world of astronomical photography is a magical, surreal experience. This involves constellation photography, Milky Way photography, computer assisted photography of celestial bodies and the most interesting of all, Star Trail Photography. This article will explain to the reader how to create a star trail photograph. It is not as easy as it reads, at least for one trying it out for the first time. At the same time, it is not as difficult as

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Star Home

Life should be enjoyed: your home should be filled with beauty, your food should be delectable, you should spend your free time surrounded by friends and when you give gifts, the recipient should feel the care and affection you put into selecting the present. In summary, you should enjoy a trip to Star Home.

A prime shopping destination for the person who loves décor, especially with French and Italian influences, food, wine and entertaining. Star Home offers visitors a variety of home accents, kitchen accessories (it’s the heart of the home), specialty comestibles and thoroughly charming gifts.

Whether you’re seeking

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Star classification

One of the most useful tools for classifying stars is the Hertzsprung-Russell (H-R) diagram. It plots stars according to their surface temperature and colour or ‘spectral type’ (on the horizontal axis) and their luminosity (on the vertical axis). When a large number of randomly selected stars are plotted, a pattern soon emerges: most stars are arranged along a diagonal ribbon known as the ‘main sequence’, that runs between the faint, cool and red and the bright, hot and blue. Luminous cool stars and faint hot ones (‘red giants’ and ‘white dwarfs’) occupy regions to either side of the main sequence

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Standard of Living

CUSTOMISABLE, MID-MODERN CENTURY-INSPIRED FURNITURE AND QUIRKY ACCESSORIES

What’s in store

Step back into the past with Standard of Living’s mid-century modern furniture, which is mostly upholstered in deep, autumnal shades with subtle textures. The 698sqf store is dominated by customisable sofas and armchairs — choose from a stylish array of fabrics from Jim Thompson as well as Guilford of Maine from the US. «We stock mainly two-and-a-half seater sofas because we think they are the most apartment-friendly, but you can also order other sizes in the same design,» says co-owner June Huang. Among the lovely accessories (think retro tableware and

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STAND AND PLAY

I have always admired the art of trials riding. The skill and finesse required to get the very best out of a trials bike is very impressive. The bikes themselves are aggressive and built for launching up rock faces and attacking some gnarly obstacles. I’ve spent very little time on one — maybe half an hour, max.

With this in mind, I was slightly nervous when Damien informed me of a day on board the Jota Gas and Gas Gas range with the guys who import these machines, the Hell Team.

Boothy and I headed to Pacific Park situated on

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STALLION 51 WHERE DREAMS COME TRUE

Charles Kennedy describes the experience of flying in a Mustang with Stallion 51 in Florida.

My father saw an advert for Stallion 51 which led to a conversation about flying in one of the most famous fighters of World War Two — the Mustang. The company is based at Kissimmee Municipal Airport in Florida and a look at the its website, www.stallion51. com, gave a good impression of a professional organisation. An e-mailed questionnaire, to establish our expectations and experience levels, included the ‘magic’ question: “How many gs would you like?” Plus, gave the opportunity to make requests for what

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STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

Looking for an out-of-the-ordinary staircase? These designs will make your stairs the centrepiece of your home

01 TANTALISING TIMBER

Antique Floors makes handcrafted timber flooring and staircases from recycled Australian hardwoods and French oak. The thicknesses of this staircase’s floating treads is the key aesthetic in this design, complemented by the metal thread screen and crisp, white walls. antiquefloors.com.au

02 MERRY-GO-ROUND

Who said spiral staircases were a thing of the past? In this Andrew Maynard design, the staircase is the centrepiece in the family living area. The metal structure adds to the industrial feel of the space and the black

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Stack-em-up pachyderm.

Meet Elliott the elephant, who has it all. Over Humpty Dumpty—because you can put Elliott back together again. In fact, lie stacks up pretty nicely in the hands of a three- to six-year-old. As the kids get older, they can park Elliott on a night table or bookcase and still enjoy his company.

Start by Machining the Head.

1. Remove the pattern insert from the center of the magazine, and copy the full-sized patterns for all elephant parts. (Note: Make two copies each of the upper body, lower body, and ear patterns.) Next, cut out the patterns (one copy each)

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ST BEES BEACH

By Sarah Farquhar

Camera: Canon EOS 550D

Lens: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 lens

Exposure: 13 seconds at f/14 (ISO 100)

Sarah says: «The sunsets at St Bees beach are amazing. On this occasion I went down at high tide to do some long-exposure photography. I decided to use the rocks as the foreground interest. I used an ND grad filter to balance the sky and retain detail in the darker foreground.»

• LEE FROST: Sunset by the sea is hard to beat when moody images are your goal, but with so many creative options at your disposal it can sometimes be

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Sri Lankan Air Force at war

Sri Lanka’s Air Force has been waging a war against guerilla forces for more than a decade – Alan Warnes takes a look at the current situation.

IN 1983 THE separatist guerilla group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) declared that the northern and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka were to become a Tamil homeland. Not surprisingly, the government in the south was unimpressed and has been trying to suppress the Tamil Tigers ever since.

To combat the arms flow between the northern and southern regions the Sri Lankan Army has drawn up a Forward Defence Line (FDL). This

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