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Fulldome & Virtual Cameras in Mawson’s Huts

People often find screen resolution difficult to understand. I recall my former life as a university lecturer seeing the blank stares of arts students as they tried to grapple with something vaguely mathematical in nature – so hopefully I can explain it a bit better these days! Simply put, we think...

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Exciting Times with the Hurley Dolly

Yesterday was the first installation and test of the Hurley Dolley – part of our motion control system for fulldome shooting in Mawson’s Huts. Track systems for cameras and motion control can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, but I estimate ours probably cost less than $500. The track system...

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LadyBug Adventures at Mawson’s Hut

Yesterday (Thurs 3rd) I manhauled a sled over to the Main Hut (truly in the manner of the early explorers…) carrying the LadyBug camera, a laptop, several other digital cameras, survival kit and so on – it was quite windy, and that makes it surprisingly tough going with a reasonable...

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Jubilee Base Extensions!

Our intrepid builder-architects, Pete McCabe and Jon Tucker, have wrestled with the Beast (the Cobra Rock Drill) and, with amazing rapidity, built the infrastructure for the new Base base – or the Base base extension. The verandah and access to Delaney’s Dunny disappeared for a while, but was resumed by...

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“Spirit of Enderby” visits Mawson’s Huts

Today we had a delightful visit from the Spirit of Enderby – a ship chartered by the New Zealand company Heritage Expeditions, carrying some 60 passengers and crew, who met 8 keen-for-a-shower Mawson’s Huts teamers. Needless to say, we had a great time – showing our guests around the Huts...

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Inside Mawson’s Huts

With my heart in my throat, I stepped inside Mawson’s Hut today – the odour of damp wood and time in one’s breath, a strange expansion of space as the interior seemed so large compared with the outside of the structure, subdued light, and the stillness of the place, a...

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Day 2 Thoughts & Opening the Hut (almost)

There’s so much to describe here – it is the most amazingly beautiful place. A few kilometers of bare mid-grey gneissic rock jutting out to sea, rising to a few low hills of shattered stone, swathed in snow and bands of blue ice, some frozen lakes of pure fresh water...

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Rough Seas in the Furious Fifties

Here’s a panorama I shot from the deck above the helipad, the evening before last. The seas were rising and picked up to a 5-6 metre swell – meaning a very uncomfortable night not sleeping as I was tossed around in my bunk. This shot gives an idea – it’s...

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Voyage of the Vasiliy Golovnin Ep.4

Episode 4. January 21 2006. 9th day en route to Casey Station, across the Southern Ocean. The sea calmed more and more, and sleet began to fall, until an eerie stillness settled upon the ocean – and finally upon the horizon – the First Iceberg. A truly thrilling moment. After...