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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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Sep 25 2008 10:19 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog
I’m guessing most of y’all amateur astronomers know at least a little bit about amateur ("ham") radio. There’s always been a lot of overlap between these two "scientific hobbies"
Sep 16 2008 06:23 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog
Some Amateur Telescope Making projects are like fine wine. Set them aside for a while, let them mature, and they become sweet. Others? More like Boone’s Farm
Sep 09 2008 07:08 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog
How can I adequately describe the pain we used to go through in order to get a fuzzy Kodacolor drugstore print showin’ a smudge that might look a little like M13?
Sep 03 2008 06:45 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog
In any pursuit, from turnip farming to teaching third grade, there are those times when everything goes to pot.
Aug 26 2008 11:45 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog
I received quite a bit of comment about and even took a wee bit of heat over a blog entry I did recently, "The Trouble with the Magazines", Sky and Telescope and Astronomy by name.
Aug 21 2008 10:43 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog
There sure are a lotta tall tales floatin’ around about Unk’s favorite telescope design. Some patently ridiculous, some containing at least a grain or two of truth
Aug 21 2008 10:41 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog
What’s troubling you, Binky? Your once cutting-edge go-to telescope is yesterday’s news? That formerly artful and elegant LX200
Aug 06 2008 06:36 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog
Puttin’ few decades of partying under my (ever expanding) belt, however, has taught me a thing or two about the star party game. Dark skies are good, yeah
Jul 29 2008 07:04 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog
Sure you do. You think you do anyway. Despite its very real rewards, astrophotography is still the most frustratin’ way for a beginner—or anybody else--to spend time under the stars
Jul 22 2008 07:56 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog
There is little doubt in my formerly military mind that amateur astronomy may have skewed a little younger back in ‘65. Why do I think that? The Space Race
Jul 14 2008 07:11 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog
The good Tasco? Ain’t that what the bright boys call an "oxymoron?" Wouldn’t you need to be a moron o’ some kind to call one o’ them stinkin’ Tasco, TRASHCO Department Store telescopes "good?"
Jul 10 2008 06:27 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog
Brothers and sisters, telescope anxiety is abroad in our land. Telescope company anxiety, that is, and us Schmidt Cassegrain fanciers, us bubbas and bubbettes who rely on
Jun 30 2008 10:14 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog
If you’re an American amateur astronomer, you won’t have to ask what I am talkin’ about when I say "the magazines." You know I mean
Jun 23 2008 07:29 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog
What is a good eyepiece? I could go on and on all day jawboning that—within the limits of my paltry optical knowledge.
Jun 19 2008 06:52 AM | rmollise in Uncle Rod's Astro Blog
You gotta have sails and a rudder. You need stuff, astro stuff. Telescopes, eyepieces, atlases, filters, computer programs—all that wonderful gear you and me drool and obsess over. If’n you’re readin’ this, I’m guessin’ you are probably to the point where you’ve got what you more or less need