Ed Jones ........... The best data is an interferogram, the best analysis is from an honest optician.
Indiana for a three more weeks...
14.5" Teeter w/ Richard Fagin mirror, TT #66
EON 120ED on CG-5 ASGT
Lunt LS60THa/B1200 Sky Guy Porta II
Denk Super System with A45 OCS
Celestron CPC 800 XLT GPS 1960's Tasco/Montgomery Ward 60mm refractor 1970's homebrew 6" f/8 Newtonian, Coulter mirrors Meade HD-60 4.5mm, 6.5mm, 9mm, 12mm, 18mm, 25mm Jaegers 18?mm Celestron Ultima LX 5mm Agena 32mm, 38mm Meade 4000 56mm
Just a stepping stone to greatness for others And a scope or two or three or four http://www.deer-pond-observatory.com
16"F4.5 meade Starfinder Rebuilt into Truss Dob, with refigured primary. Equatorial Platform 8"F6 Homebuilt dob Orion 4.5" Starblast Meade ETX-60 www.mnastro.org
David Moody, FRAS 17.5" f/5 dob 10" f/10 SCT 5" f/8 refractor 80mm f/6 refractor 66mm f/6 refractor Plus a few others out of the rotation
Quote:Looks like I'm going. Got bunk house accommodations. TSP 2013 here I come.
This will be number three for me. 1999, 2010 were the two previous.
Quote:FYI. If this is your first year and you have not visited the Radio Telescope that is just east of the Prude Ranch, you should go visit it. It is one of the observatories/facilities that could be slated for closure with the coming budgets that have been proposed via NSF/NOAO/NRAO etc.
You get to it by taking the road on the east side of the ranch... Sproul Rd. I made it up to th dish with my Prius back in 2011. I missed the workers but they have given free tours if you can catch them.
Quote:Alvin,I am so very sorry to hear that. You will be missed. I hope things are okay.David
StephI'm in the fight! - Support Liver Disease Awareness10" RCX400 ~~ 4" TV102 ~~ WO ZS80FD ~~ PSTSerenity Observatory
Automatic doors make me feel like a Jedi.
PCW Memorial Observatory
Quote:I'm sorry you can't swing it this year, Alvin. Darrell can't make it either. We've got to try to make time to meet up when you're in Austin next.
Quote:Alvin,I now live north of San Antonio in the Hill Country. It is great out here.
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AS of Hunter Valley
Fact: I like reflectors and big ones. All the refractors I own are either finderscopes, binoculars, or riflescopes.
18"/F4.5 Obsession #1333 fully optioned (OMI Optics)
14"/F4.5 SDM #33 fully optioned (Zambuto Optics)
10"/F5.3 SDM #50 fully optioned (Suchting Optics)
Pentax XW's, T4 & T5 Naglers , UO HD orthos, 6mm Delos, 8mm Radian, 8.5mm Pentax XF, 13mm Ethos. 12mm Celestron Illum Astrometric eyepiece. Rainbow Optics Spectroscopic Eyepiece Set. Orion Optics UK 250 lpi Ronchi grating eyepiece. 2" Astronomiks UHC, OIII & H-Beta filters, 2" DGM Optics NPB filter. 2" Variable Polariser. 2" Hoya colour filters.
Leupold 10x42 & Pentax 16x60 binos.
Clear Dark Skies,
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Deep Sky Forum
Quote:That Deep Sky Forum is nice, I did not know it existed.
Celestron CG-11 Orion 127 Mak 22 trips to TSP, 5 to Okie-Tex, and thousands of nights under the stars!
AP900GTO, AP1200GTO, DM6, Tak Epsilon 160, 12.5" F/3.8 AG Optical Newtonian, C9.25, 8" LX200GPS, 18" Starmaster w/Zambuto F/4.3, ES ED127mm CF, FS60C, SV80 FLI ML8300, QSI640WSG-8 SX Lodestars Some Uncle Al's glass hand grenades www.doghouseastronomy.com
Quote:Wow that is a big difference. My older larger travel trailer took me about 265 gals of diesel. Got a newer smaller Casita/egg camper and expect it to run me >only< 200 gals this time Still worth it compared to our skies at home. Jim, have you ever gone to Deerlick for Peach State star gaze? I am going there this year instead of Okietex since it is about 1/3rd the distance for me. Should be an easy drive from Ind too?Dean
Quote:OkieTex is darker but that is a long drive. And it gets me no further south so the late summer southern objects are still a bit low. At least at Deerlick they are higher. Not as dark but in a dark blue zone. They both have nice arrangements with showers and hooks up. Okie has some great meal plans where PSSG is more limted.When I was at Okie 2 years ago the dust was extreme. TSP can be bad but Okie was like 2" deep of powder on the roads. They had had no rain in a year they said. PSSG is on nice green grass, but that also means more moisture in the air too. For me it is only a 7-8 hour drive so a 1 day driver verse 2 full 11+ hour days going out west.My other closer one I really enjoy is the Chiefland Star Party in November. It is about 11 hours for me and again has great amenities around the field.So many choices but with the higher fuel prices I am likely to stay closer in the next few years with WSP and TSP as my only long trips.Dean
CPC 1100, Celestar 8, Televue Pronto, ZEQ25gt Mount, Sky Safari/iPad
Astro-Tech AT8RC Astro-Tech AT65EDQ Explore Scientific ED127 Takahashi Epsilon 130-D William Optics 81 GTF Astro-Physics AP1200GTO Takahashi NJP Takahashi EM-10 Takahashi EM-11 Losmandy GM-8 iOptron IEQ45 Modified iOptron Sky Tracker QHY8PRO OSC QHY9M QHY9C QHY22 SBIG STF-8300M Modded Canon XT Canon 60Da http://www.jwbozeman.com