Foton Pharming from FRO


G'day, my name is Steve Quirk, this website started out featuring how I go about imaging astronomical objects observed in the night sky from the southern hemisphere. For harvesting photons of light from the distant cosmos, I use the sensitive low-light GSTAR-EX Deep-Sky Video Camera as a versatile and reasonably priced alternative to DSLR or more expensive dedicated astronomical CCD cameras.

Also on these pages there's a bit about me, Frog Rock Observatory and the GSTAR Camera, something to cheer you up, something to depress you - light pollution, some personal gripes (Geez, I can crap on), image processing techniques, a meteor detection system and info on a couple of books I've co-authored with Steve Massey. My latest interest (madness) is 3D printing and in particular, models of rockets.

The content on this website is what it is ...  it is what I share with you ...

if you get something out of it, that's great, otherwise it don't matter.

So, you won't find me on

I'm not interested in what everyone else had for breakfast !

I'm just not into social media.

Yes, I suffer from Visiobibliophobia (link no longer active)

Well there you go! This link used to go to a Wikipedia page explaining the fear, concern or anxiety some people have about posting on social media and in particular facebook.

The page is no longer there and I'll bet the powers that be at facebook have removed it because it was a negative statement about their billion dollar money making exploitation machine. Just proves to me its another reason not to trust them.

Always remember...

"Authority can lie but nature does not" -  R.P.Feynman

I've reached an age where I have settled into three distinct states of mind... Sarcastic, Angry and downright Snippy.

Version 1.0 created 3rd August 1999

Current Version 13.666


15 October 2021 - 6 new weapons/tools, 3 new vehicles and 1 robot

19 September 2021 - 13 new robots and 4 re-makes

11 August 2021 - 2 new telescopes... Uppsala Schmidt and VISTA

3 August 2021 - 15 new and 1 redo sci-fi ships, 1 new robot

12 June 2021 - HARP (High Altitude Research Project) gun added to rocket group

23 March 2021 - a couple more sci-fi models and another set of Telescope models

23 August 2020 - Report on New Horizons Parallax Program

23 July 2020 - Barnard's Star and Proxima Centauri proper motion over 35 years

24 June 2020 - The New Horizons Parallax Program

22 May 2020 - Asteroids and Comets imaged close up and the spacecraft

18 May 2020 - Minor alterations to website

02 April 2020 - SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket (BFR)

22 March 2020 - Blue Origin New Glenn

21 January 2020 - MIR Space Station

19 January 2020 - Blue Origin New Shepard

30 December 2019 - Atlas V and Starliner

21 December 2019 - 1/72 scale ISS model completed

05 December 2019 - New display area for 1/72 scale rockets

18th August 2019 - Some more of my 3D printing projects

22nd July 2018 - Construction of a 1/60 scale Space Shuttle model

18th March 2018 - The building of a 1/60th scale model of the Apollo Saturn V rocket and gantry tower

18th January 2018 - The Crab Nebula, imaged 12 years apart

17th January 2018 - More Sprites recorded with meteor cameras