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Ken Fiscus- stargazing since 1980. Now observing from a green zone.
Z12 on custom mount, Atomic EQ platform, 100% flocked, OMI primary, Astrocrumb filter slide with O-III, NPB, & skyglow filters. Focuser & spider rotated 45 degrees. New springs & Bob's Knobs, Telrad & 9x50 straight finder 35 & 24 Pans, TV 13,7,5 T6s
Custom Orion XT10 with piggyback XT4.5 on Round Table EQ Platform
Quote:Also curious about good observing sites in the area. I noticed from the light pollution map that it is very dark outside the cities.
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Quote:My company does have a location just outside St. George. But it is a little to hot for my liking, especially when you are driving around all day in a stepvan. I also may be limited to where I am able to transfer to based on job openings. Barry
Quote: My wife is more of a fan of city life, but I like to be out where it is quiet. I think the Farmington area would nice. Small city but close to great observing areas. Here I drive 50 miles to a green zone to observe, out there 50 miles or less would get me to gray zone. That in addition to 270 days of clear weather is very attractive.
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars. 10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser) XW: All; XO: 2.58 Televue: Naglers-T1 Smoothside-full set, 17T4,12T4,Ethos 17,4.7; plossels-40,32,20,17,&7.4mm; Pans-22,24mm; Delos-6,8,12,17.3mm ES100: 5.5,9*,14,20 ES82: full set ES68: 16,20,24,34 NLV: 5,9,10,15 Ortho: HD-7,9; OPS-9,12 Meade RG 7mm Other: Pentax 12.5K(.965), 10mm Parks Zoom: Nag3-6 *=on b/o DAS Dark Site
Quote: Possibly Albuquerque area if Farmington doesn't pan out. I work for a uniform rental company so an industrial area is good for business. I am pretty flexible but my wife not quite so. She needs to be near amenities. Otherwise a small town would be fine with me. Farmington is about half the size of Springfield Ma where we live now. Barry
Orion XT12i with Swayze-refigured primary & Protostar secondary
Televue NP101 refractor
William Optics Megrez 90 refractor
Universal Astronomics Deluxe Mounts
Gaz in the Bay Area -Celestron C9.25 XLT -Hypertuned CGEM -Deforked Celestron C8 Celestar -CG5-GT Mount -A really annoyed wife Mt. Tamalpais State Park in Sunny(ish) California: ---------------------------------------------