"To seek freedom is the only driving force i know. Freedom to fly off into that infinity out there. Freedom to dissolve; to lift off; to be like the flame of a candle, which, in spite of being up against the light of a billion stars, remains intact, because it never pretended to be more than what it is: a mere candle."
Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes living with misery a lot easier!
Garrett Optical 100mm F5.3 45 degree BT 13.1" F4.5 Homebrew Dob w/DSC circa 1983 named "The Beast" by the kids at outreach events. 16" F4.5 Homebrew Truss Dob w/DSC circa 2011 named "Woody" for good reason's Meade 8800 8" F4.5 on a GEM 8" F7 Reflector on a LXD 75 GEM Celestron 100mm Refractor Member Lake County Astronomical Society Averted Imagination adds light gathering power
Orion xx14g Dob CPC 1100 w/Skywatcher 80ED piggybacked Coronado PST TMB 92L refractor AT Voyager mount Nexstar 6/8 mount Denk Big Easy binoviewers Oodles of eyepieces and other optical gadgets Past scopes Meade 8" reflector and 8" SCT
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:Great feedback there,Jim.
Quote:Soon after we formed our astro club I organized a fund raiser at the local fair. It was at an opportune time in the Fall. Clear air. Saturn, Juptiter and a first quarter Moon were well placed. We set up three scopes, one for each target. We charged 25cents per look. One high school student took a long look at the Moon through my 8-in f/6 dob. She said "That's fake." I asked why she thought that. "Because it's backwards." I tried to explain to her how a reflecting telescopes work. She was still convinced the Moon's image was fake. I offered to show her Jupiter or Saturn at no extra charge. She shook her head and said "No, you are not going to fool me a second time." and stomped off. Many others to tell but most of them are very much like the previous posters have discussed.
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars.
10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser); President, Eypieces Anonymous, Denver Chapter (Hello, I'm an eyepiece junky, what's your excuse?)
DAS Dark Site
Quote:What did you name the comet?
Dr. Willie K. Yee President Mid-Hudson Astronomical Assn.Member RAC, AOSNY, IDA, Astronomers Without Borders, Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project
NexStar 50 Expert, Lunar 50 Expert; AL Outreach, Messier, and Sunspotters AwardsCommander Prius Class Shuttlecraft Zhang HengTeeter 13.1" f/4.5 Custom Dob, NexStar8 SE, Meade 80mm f/6 ED Apo, Meade 363 f/10 80 mm, Lunt LS60THa, PST dbl stk
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A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball
A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform
A PST Double Stack
Orion XT8i Sears 6333 Refractor Tasco 7TE
Celestron Sky Master 15x70 Binos Orion Sirius 10mm 25mm 32mm UO 7mm HD Ortho Expanse and Agena Astro EWAs 6mm 9mm 15mm Siebert 6.9, 9.9mm StarSplitter (SS) ES 4.7, 6.7 and 11mm 82° N2 Meade 20mm QX70