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JAT Observatory
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Hey Karen...
      #5767406 - 03/30/13 07:11 PM

.... it's fixed

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1965healy
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #5767412 - 03/30/13 07:13 PM

Yahoo!

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1965healy
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5767423 - 03/30/13 07:22 PM

For those of you unaware of why I would warrant a thread of my own it's important to note that one of my few goals in life is to make sure that Marcus keeps up with his duty to entertain me. Since he will not allow me to operate his Obs remotely I badger him into maintaining it so that he can.

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JAT Observatory
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5767616 - 03/30/13 09:00 PM

Quote:

Since he will not allow me to operate his Obs remotely ...




I guess we'll have to fix that too.


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1965healy
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #5767643 - 03/30/13 09:23 PM

Oooo!

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Bob Griffiths
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5768738 - 03/31/13 12:49 PM

I think it is high time that Marcus posts another photograph of the INTERIOR of his observatory...

The last one I saw PROVED to me the only way even he can operate it is to do it remotely himself because of the 1000 wires,cables inside plus the scope camera etc makes it impossible for him to even get inside...

Bob G.


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1965healy
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: Bob Griffiths]
      #5768813 - 03/31/13 01:32 PM

That's a great idea!

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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5769081 - 03/31/13 03:58 PM

Ok..OK you guys win these were taken today. As you can see I can actually get inside. The obs is currently configured with the refractors. Sorry for the glare but I have the top shutter open so there is some light.






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1965healy
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #5769500 - 03/31/13 07:01 PM

Thank you Marcus! I've always enjoyed your Obs and your site so when you actually live your life and stop feeding my voyeuristic needs I miss you! Thanks for the updates. Now hook up that MallinCam and start a live broadcast on the site! M42 makes a nice target!

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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5770562 - 04/01/13 11:29 AM

That pan-able camera is fun!

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Starman27
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5771904 - 04/01/13 10:46 PM

Wow! Now I have a new way to spend my time.

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1965healy
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: Starman27]
      #5771946 - 04/01/13 11:15 PM

Hey Marcus, turn on the lights in the backyard, it's really dark out there!

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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5772269 - 04/02/13 07:52 AM

Quote:

Hey Marcus, turn on the lights in the backyard, it's really dark out there!




I need it to be dark out there while I'm hunting old Easter bunnies.


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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #5772404 - 04/02/13 09:18 AM

Or, he could get a few IR illuminators around his backyard .

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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: Raginar]
      #5773253 - 04/02/13 04:18 PM

A few of these should do the trick.

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1965healy
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #5773270 - 04/02/13 04:25 PM

404

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seryddwr
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5773676 - 04/02/13 06:51 PM

Yup, 404, not found.

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JAT Observatory
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5773698 - 04/02/13 07:01 PM

OK that's fixed too.

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1965healy
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #5773982 - 04/02/13 08:47 PM

Pretty sexy, got $2500.00 laying around to paint your yard with? They look like they'd do a good job.

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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5774037 - 04/02/13 09:02 PM

They are kinda cool looking but I was hoping YOU were going to buy them for me. Oh BTW I turned the back porch light on

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1965healy
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #5774137 - 04/02/13 09:25 PM

Lemme check my piggy bank. Thanks for the light!

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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5774171 - 04/02/13 09:35 PM

Yaay light! (Should I really be cheering? )

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1965healy
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5774246 - 04/02/13 09:54 PM

If you see a faint glow from the dome shutter you can cheer.

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1965healy
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5783850 - 04/07/13 01:53 PM

Hey Marcus, did you clean the gutters?

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JAT Observatory
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5784080 - 04/07/13 03:28 PM

My gutters rarely need cleaning. I don't have any trees. I left you a message but I don't know if you'll be able to read it

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1965healy
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #5784261 - 04/07/13 04:34 PM

Yeah I can read it! I'm on the world wide web!

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1965healy
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5784937 - 04/07/13 10:24 PM

Tonight we need to change the all sky cam name to all cloud cam. Mine is pretty similar.

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JAT Observatory
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5785256 - 04/08/13 03:41 AM

The NWS radar maps all had weird creepy patterns on them. It was like the country had chicken pox.

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1965healy
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #5785526 - 04/08/13 09:42 AM

Cloudy and humid here with weird wind changes. Probably be in the low 80's.

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1965healy
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5786650 - 04/08/13 07:06 PM

The satellite dish needs something, maybe a map of the moon or at least a happy face!

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1965healy
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5805335 - 04/17/13 07:44 PM

The door and shutter of the dome are open!

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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5805345 - 04/17/13 07:50 PM

Hmmm... No Marcus...

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JAT Observatory
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5805391 - 04/17/13 08:21 PM

Ha you guys missed me. I'm in the process of swapping scopes. I thinking about doing some spectroscopy work, so I'm replacing the refractors with the 10" SCT. I got the refractors out tonight. I'll put the SCT in sometime tomorrow after I install the cradle.

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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #5805416 - 04/17/13 08:34 PM

Just box up those refractors and send them my way!

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JAT Observatory
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5809212 - 04/19/13 06:13 PM

So I managed to get the scopes installed today. I still have a bunch of work to do. I have to aligned the scopes, finish all the electrical connections, balance the mount, reset the pier height, calculate the new scope to dome geometry, then as soon as the clouds clear perform a T-Point run.

The new setup has all the old refractors except the SV102A. Below is the new config counter clockwise from the bottom:
-Meade 10" SCT with SBIG ST-2000XM & 10 slot filter wheel
-Stellarvue 50mm Finder with Malincam
-Willams Optics Zenith Star 66 (visual only)
-GStar-EX with 2.8mm lens
-Stellarvue SV110ED with SBIG ST102ME
-Telrad
-Coronado (Pre-Meade) MaxScope 40 solar scope (visual only)

My son also re-align the camera so it is now pointed back toward the observatory.




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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #5809737 - 04/19/13 10:22 PM

Looks good Marcus!

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1965healy
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5835019 - 05/01/13 07:01 PM

Hey Marcus, you've got some room to add on to the deck around your Obs. A couple adirondack chairs would be nice.

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JAT Observatory
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5835034 - 05/01/13 07:08 PM

You sound like my wife! She wants a deck from house that connects to the obs.

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1965healy
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #5835042 - 05/01/13 07:12 PM

Well there you go! The two most important women in your life agree!

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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5835081 - 05/01/13 07:33 PM

Uh oh Marcus, now you're really in trouble ...

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JAT Observatory
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: mclewis1]
      #5835293 - 05/01/13 09:45 PM

Double trouble..

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1965healy
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #5835305 - 05/01/13 09:57 PM

It's an estrogen thing.

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1965healy
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5843861 - 05/06/13 03:51 PM

Hey Marcus, the side gate is open!

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1965healy
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5843922 - 05/06/13 04:24 PM

Never mind, it's closed now.

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JAT Observatory
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5844082 - 05/06/13 05:49 PM

I was cutting the grass. My son was at track practice and the grass was getting long. I didn't use the trimmer. Maybe tomorrow.

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1965healy
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #5844665 - 05/06/13 11:11 PM

Still need a happy face on that satellite dish!

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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5846044 - 05/07/13 04:38 PM

I'll have to put a sad face on it as it is currently not pointed at an active bird.

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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #5846284 - 05/07/13 06:23 PM

Have your son paint a picture of a full moon.

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JAT Observatory
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5848135 - 05/08/13 04:27 PM

Happy Happy Joy Joy

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1965healy
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #5848344 - 05/08/13 05:56 PM

I love you Marcus! That brightened my day!

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JAT Observatory
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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5848435 - 05/08/13 06:41 PM

Actual the artwork is Justin's. Glad you liked it.

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Re: Hey Karen... new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #5848571 - 05/08/13 07:47 PM

Tell him I said thanks! Looks like a happy face singing into a microphone.

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