--------------------Clear Skies, PJ Refl.- 203/1420; Refr.- 110/616, 75/500; Bino.- 15X60, 10X50, 8X30 __________________________________________________
Orange tube C-8
Orthos, Plossls, RKEs, ES82s, ES68s
Curator, BSU Observatory www.bridgew.edu/observatory
Quote:When an author's writing style is so strong it is bound to be a topic of discussion. Open and respectful criticism is part of CN and part of democracy in general.
Personally I find the style very forced and masks the honest information that Rod is so well known for. This gets in the way of the message, at least for this reader.
(I've traveled all through out the South and I find it as the most cultural enriching region of the U.S.)
Quote:I like Rod's writing style. He also writes well and communicates clearly I always know that when I see one of his articles he has something interesting to say.Of course, every time he posts an article, many of the responses discuss his style rather than content.
Quote:Well shoot fire, an article written in a language I can actually understand. One point though, you may be thinking of the Orion Superwide (now discontinued), which was a rebranding on the Vixen LVW. The Baader Hyperion and the Orion Stratus are the same, or darn close to it. Wonderful article.
David W. Knisely . . . . . . "If you aren't having fun in this hobby, you aren't doing it right." Hyde Memorial Observatory http://www.hydeobservatory.info Prairie Astronomy Club http://www.prairieastronomyclub.org
Quote:When an author's writing style is so strong it is bound to be a topic of discussion. Open and respectful criticism is part of CN and part of democracy in general.Personally I find the style very forced and masks the honest information that Rod is so well known for. This gets in the way of the message, at least for this reader.(I've traveled all through out the South and I find it as the most cultural enriching region of the U.S.)peace out
The Cheapest Astronomer in the World gets excited by Jupiter. Builds dob, builds eq platform, arranges to borrow webcam...
Quote:There are times when I do not agree with Uncle Rod, but I never get tired of reading his prose. I write a bit and work at writing and Uncle's strong, clear, distinctive voice is enviable.
“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe
Quote:This is what this site is all about - gear reviews. Agree or disagree, this is what folks drawn to CN want to see. Problem is, almost no gear reviews are published by the site any longer. Instead, it's a never ending stream of periodic, recurring observing articles. Hey self-proclaimed "Telescope Reviews" site, where are the new Telescope Reviews!
You do not need a parachute to skydive, you only need a parachute to skydive twice...
Matt 12" f/4.9 custom strut Dob 3" f/6 Edmund Scientific Newt 8x56 binos My Gallery
Quote:I'm not sure this is the right place to mention this, and I have no stake whatsoever in promoting any company or product, but a few weeks ago I lucked into spending an entire evening with a handful of other telescopers, looking through the prototype of the Explore Scientific 14mm. We compared it to my 13mm ethos in several scopes and I have to admit that I came away preferring the Explore Scientific eyepiece in one important aspect- it's "physiological" interface- meaning it was simply easier for me to see through. I've found the ethos requires me to keep my eye centered over a sort of "sweet-spot", and I get kidney beaning if I hover off that spot. This is most apparent when trying to scan the entire 100 degree FOV, which requires a lot of roving eye movement (yes, if you haven't yet looked through a 100 degree FOV, you really can't take it all in simply looking straight ahead). I'm fine with it now, it only took a bit of time to get used to, so I hardly think about anymore, and my Ethos is definitely my most used and beloved EP. However, my first impression looking through the Explore Scientific was that the field seemed "flatter"- and I realized that I didn't have to stay on a "sweet spot" to search view the entire 100 degree FOV. Scanning the FOV was simply easier.