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Just a quiet little spot where Your Old Uncle Rod can share his adventures and misadventures with you...


The Cost of a Good Eyepiece Redux

Apr 24 2009 08:56 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog

Me? I wouldn’t call myself an Ethos-a-holic, not yet, though I have two and am thinkin’ about a third. I still use other eyepieces. Once in a while. Yes, I’ve made a few posts on various forums defending the Es, but I do recognize they are not for

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Rod’s Resolutions

Jan 06 2009 04:49 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog

New Year’s Day and Oh My Achin’ Head Time. Again. Your Old Uncle Rod was fairly sensible this year; at least he didn’t run amok or say anything acutely embarrassin’ to anybody. I think, or at least hope, them years is over.

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The Silicon Sky Part 2: Planners

Nov 24 2008 05:25 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog

If you’ll recall, we talked about astronomy computer programs a couple of weeks back, specifically amateur astronomy software for observers. Even more specifically, planetarium programs.

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SCTs: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Nov 17 2008 04:43 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog

This ain’t got nothin’ to do with Sergio Leone’s urpic spaghetti westerns, but his title seems apt to describe the SCTs us amateurs have been

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The Silicon Sky Part I: Planetariums for PCs

Nov 17 2008 04:40 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog

Your ol Unk Rod ain’t gonna pretend he’s the most computer-savvy dude out there. What exactly goes on inside them mysterious boxes that set on the desktop is still

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The 8-mm Ethos Faces Dark Skies

Nov 07 2008 04:09 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog

"Astronomy is a game for the patient." How well ol’ Unk knows the truth of that little maxim. After 43 years in this glorious avocation, I know all too well that when the brass ring finally seems in reach is when you sometimes get plumb skunked

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The Laser and Laptop Wars: Star Party Etiquette...

Oct 20 2008 07:49 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog

Until just a little while ago, formulatin’ and enforcing light rules at the average star party was a pretty easy thing to do. You made sure everybody understood and adhered to a simple stricture: no white light

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The Celestron SkyScout: Uncle Rod was Wrong

Oct 20 2008 07:47 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog

Yeah, despite what you might think (or more likely what I might tell you), it happens. Unk is wrong, wrong, wrong. Now, some folks might say that that is not exactly an uncommon experience. I dunno about that, but one thing I will say is

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Old 37 Under the Stars with a DSLR

Oct 20 2008 07:45 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog

How do you get down to these short(er) f/ls with a Meade or Celestron? You use a focal reducer. Which I do almost always—both f/6.3s and f/3.3s as appropriate. Tain’t no such thing as a free lunch though. The reducers work pretty well for me. But I ain’t aimin to

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Ethos Mania and the Cost of a Good Eyepiece

Oct 02 2008 05:38 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog

I can’t believe how much cryin’, whinin’, and downright bad-mouthin’ has resulted from TeleVue’s release (in batches) of their new Ethos 100 degree apparent field of view eyepieces

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