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#726 hopskipson

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 01:18 PM

Gee, and they say American workers are not that productive! :lol:

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 05:25 PM

If it weren't for drug-smuggling, border-crossing illegals, THIS would be EPIC.

20*0'33"N, 99*49'35"W

You will see what I mean. Hope to image Moon and Saturn tonight. :grin:

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 09:10 PM

Finally, a night with no rain. Going to go out with my binos and look at the moon tonight. It's supposed to be a Super moon tonight. If the clouds hold out some, I might see what other sights I can see. Before I got my scope, I didn't care about the summer evening showers. Now, I am beginning to dislike them. I hope others are having a better time with their nights over the summer.

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 09:31 PM

Had a little luck last night before I passed out. Got the se out and aligned in about 10 minutes. Went right to Saturn. The seeing was poor but every so often I could make out the CD in a 10mm ep. Went to M13 and had a hard time with the moon almost full and Verizon, with all their flashing lights, was repairing a pole. My wife came out and was able to see it, after coming out from the bright house. She wanted to see Saturn and the Moon so I obliged :grin:. After she went in I went to M57, the ring, and was able to make it out. Popped in the OIII and was blown away, so much more detail. Went to M27, the dumbbell, which was a little low in the sky. Was a little hard to make out details. Spending a good 2 1/2 hours under the stars w/o the camera felt good.

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 08:47 AM

What brand OIII filter you got James? Glad to hear y'all are getting some scope/bino time. It has been incredible clear here on location, but with wind gists up to 22 mph, well, you get the idea.

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 09:02 AM

I have the lumicon 2" OII, but I bought the Astronomik's Ha after seeing the rep at NEAF. He showed how tough the coatings were by storing them in dirt and scratching them with a screwdriver. I think they're a few bucks cheaper too.

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 10:28 AM

Hi James,

I've been trying to get one of those 2" Oxygen II filters but all I get offered is one with Sulphur (Sulfur) attached. :shrug:

Also, with regard to that Ha filter: are you really convinced those offered at NEAF recently, will perform faultlessly, even after all that treatment that rep. dished out to them ? They might well have been a few bucks cheaper, but, even so,...... ? :idea:





Sorry James, but in response to my trying to juggle Nexstar OTA's into their corresponding mount shoes,....... well I just couldn't resist. No offence, I hope, please ? :praying:

Just my weird, English sense of humour (humor) !

Best regards, my good friend, :bow:
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Posted 23 June 2013 - 02:34 PM

Well at least you have a sense of humor. When I tried to joke with the rep, a German fellow, by asking him if that was the new storage container for their filters, he just did not get it.

AS an American I am never offended (I just know we're better!) :rofl5: Actually, I just don't take myself or anyone else that seriously!

Hope you didn't have such a HARD time fitting your OTA into its mount shoe. Although I don't know why you would put it in a shoe :bigblush: (couldn't resist this time).

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 06:17 AM

Rain Rain go away.. Come back another day..

How do you know it's summer in SC? Rain every afternoon until Sept. :flame: :cloudy: !@#$%

I told the wife last night that I wish it would clear up so I can take the scope out. She said, but what about me. I said that is fine. I can take you out in the yard and try to bend you over and do an alignment but I don't think I would see much. :rimshot:

I'll just say we both ended up laughing about it. It went down hill fast. :lol: :roflmao: I am keeping it family friendly.

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 07:30 AM

In the film Halloween, a girl, out of her wits with fear, kicks a hole in the plaster board and hides in the cavity.

Yvonne said "I couldn't do that". " Yes you could" I said," but you would have to kick a bigger hole".

It was down hill from the start and got no better. :rofl5:

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 07:49 AM

:lol: :roflmao:

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 07:51 AM

In the film Halloween, a girl, out of her wits with fear, kicks a hole in the plaster board and hides in the cavity.

Yvonne said "I couldn't do that". " Yes you could" I said," but you would have to kick a bigger hole".

It was down hill from the start and got no better. :rofl5:

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After reading your post Peter, the words of a song came to mind.."There may be trouble ahead" it goes on about moonlight and roses, but in your case, i think "dog house" and "your dinners in the dog" come to mind. :roflmao:

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 05:34 PM

Gee Peter, I thought all Brit humor was dry. I think I wet myself :rofl5:!

Does anyone have clear skies for a report????

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 05:39 PM

Clear skies would be nice. Part of the tri county area are under Tornado Warning. 2.5in size hail coming down in parts of the area.

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 06:58 AM

I have plenty clear skies. The upwards-on-25mph-wind-gusts just aren't cooperating. I took one vid of Saturn last night, but the blur was so bad that I cant post it.

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 08:50 AM

Still overcast and dull in Yorkshire UK. Raining as I type. Monday night forecast as the next chance of clear skies. We live in hope.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 06:04 AM

I am going through Clear Skies withdraw. We have had rain every day and night for the past 3 weeks. Not even long enough breaks to do some bino viewing. From the looks of the weather map, everything from the Mississippi River to the coast is nothing but storms.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 09:56 AM

The only clear nights here lately were full Moon nights.

I did use the 20x50 Selsi binos for a little while very late Saturday night,scanning Scorpio/Sagittarius.Spotted a few of the big nebulas and large open clusters before the clouds totally obscured the sky.(The 20x50s are my longest -owned observing tool after the Mark I eyeball(modified).Now know that I could have seen a lot more if I only had some guidance or idea in the earlier decades.Binocular viewing didn't get much mention in 1970 and 80s magazines that I recall.

Handy binoculars or grab-it scope are sanity savers during these long periods of clouidy weather.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 05:50 PM

BigC - Binos are great except for the humidity is so high here, that when I take my binos out, they fog up. :lol: Oh well, about 3 months of this left. Then back to cooler and hopefully clearer skies.

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 07:22 AM

We have plenty of clear skies down here. If you can beat the 100+ NIGHTS sometimes, then the sky is the limit............. Literally.

Seriously, the other night, after 10pm it was still 102. :flame:

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 04:48 AM

Does that include a high humidity? If it does, then that can be very dangerous. So far with all the rain we have been getting, we have a high humidity but below normal temps.

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 06:53 AM

The morning occasionally are humid. But that being said, its just really, really hott!!!

Its so bad, out here on location we only have portapottys to use for business, and my general rule is trying no to use them between the hours of 11am-6pm. It gets upwards of 120+ in there.

Also, this particular location im on now has alot of dust mixed in with the gravel, so the slightest wind kicks it up, and I dont wanna have to clean that out of the scope.

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 10:47 AM

I haven't been able to get out any in the last few months due to work and finally a vacation, g. Wanted to get out last night but the clouds rolled in about the time I was getting ready to set up! Not sure about tonight but keeping my fingers crossed :grin:

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 06:13 PM

Does that include a high humidity? If it does, then that can be very dangerous. So far with all the rain we have been getting, we have a high humidity but below normal temps.

It has cooled off here with all the rain and clouds the past week.Your right about high heat and humidity being dangerous;a couple days a week ago it was enough to cause me to immediately break out sweating just stepping out from under the shade trees.

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 06:28 PM

I know how you feel. We get Heat Advisories here. Temps can go up to 100 degrees with 100% humidity. So far, we have only had one day of that. It's been so cloudy and raining so much, it hasn't been able to get real hot.






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