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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 Round Table EQ Platform
Quote:A surprising number of people, including me, have tried to split Castor before they realized they were looking at Pollux.
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Quote:Does the evidence in this thread nullify the implication in the other thread (eye glaze over) on how smart we all are ?
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
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Quote: Quote:A surprising number of people, including me, have tried to split Castor before they realized they were looking at Pollux. One night I was having a heck of a time finding Castor, I must have spent at least 15 minutes, I could see it but I couldn't find it with the telescope. Finally I figured out I was looking at Gomeisa and Procyon in Canis Minor, Castor and Pollux were behind a tree.
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Quote:My most recent blooper is a recurring one. I often forget to take the lens cap off of my Lunt 35 and spend considerable time trying to figure out why I'm misaimed even though the little TeleVue finder tells me I'm dead on. Because Ha scopes are so dark when you're NOT aimed at the Sun, you can't tell you left the lens cap on unless you look. And because I have a foam-core board as a light shield, I have to get up off my butt to look.Seems like the kind of thing you only do once, but it doesn't seem to work that way for me.
Quote:I've made too many to count. The one that still sticks in my craw is one night I loaded all my gear, then headed about 50 miles to our dark sky site to view. I went to assemble my truss tub telescope--only to discover that I had left the trusses at home. Due to stress at work, I really needed that night of viewing. I now keep my trusses in the garage near the car door that I load everything up. Forgetting my truss poles only happened once.
Quote:All too often I forget to take the lunar filter out of an eyepiece when I pack up for the night. Makes finding those faint fuzzies really tricky a few nights later.
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