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jrbarnett
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Re: The Year-Long 60mm Telescope Challenge new [Re: Chuck Hards]
      #5792663 - 04/11/13 04:00 PM

Yep, Chuck, the FOCR2s have the 150mm long drawtube barrel and the FOCR1s had a shorter drawtube barrel. I wish I'd picked up a couple more when I was buying them, too. The quality was decent for the price, and they work well as direct bolt-on replacements for most 60mm vintage achromats. Which reminds me, I may swap one onto the Sears scope pictured in the article to see how this focuser works with a 900mm focal length scope.

Regards,

Jim


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Chuck Hards
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Re: The Year-Long 60mm Telescope Challenge new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5792715 - 04/11/13 04:18 PM

I lathe-turned one down for the 50mm f/20 scope I'm using for this project, to fit 2" OD aluminum tubing. There was just enough material left to tap some threads in the casting.
Then I got fancy, and installed a pair of those "mag wheel" knobs that Orion used to sell.

It's like pimping a Geo Metro.


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jrbarnett
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Re: The Year-Long 60mm Telescope Challenge new [Re: Gardner]
      #5793069 - 04/11/13 06:58 PM

Hi Gardner.

I was just kicking around in ST3. It will allow me to export the file in either simple text format or Sky Safari format. Do you want either of those formats, or is there another way for me to export list files from ST3?

Let me know.

Regards,

Jim


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Gardner
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Re: The Year-Long 60mm Telescope Challenge new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5793136 - 04/11/13 07:30 PM

Jim,

I think text is fine. It looks like ST3 can create an observing list from text, but I've never done it. I'll talk to my local ST3 users and see what they have to say about it.

Thanks again for this cool idea and list. I like visual challenges!


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jrbarnett
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Re: The Year-Long 60mm Telescope Challenge new [Re: Gardner]
      #5793499 - 04/11/13 11:07 PM

Okay, I'll post the simple text version tomorrow and you can give it a try.

I think next year, after this project is concluded, I'll do something similar with the ubiquitous C8.

Regards,

Jim


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buddyjesus
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Re: The Year-Long 60mm Telescope Challenge new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5793683 - 04/12/13 01:20 AM

that list might get a bit too long!

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Gardner
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Re: The Year-Long 60mm Telescope Challenge new [Re: buddyjesus]
      #5794439 - 04/12/13 01:19 PM Attachment (24 downloads)

Jim,

I talked to a friend who is much more fluent in ST3 than I am. He provided detailed instructions on how to share lists in the format ST3 can export and import. With his permission, I'm sharing his pics and instructions here.

It is really easy. Here are some screen shots.


Click Data
Click Share Lists
Click the list you want to share
Click Share


You will get a window prompting you on where to save the STX. From there, just email or post. Others can then down and import into Skytools.


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Gardner
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Re: The Year-Long 60mm Telescope Challenge new [Re: Gardner]
      #5794447 - 04/12/13 01:22 PM Attachment (22 downloads)

pt. 2

To Import.


Click Data
Click Import Shared Data Tab
Click Browse local/network files
Click Browse to navigate to the location of the STX file
Click Import




Edited by Gardner (04/12/13 01:28 PM)


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Gardner
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Re: The Year-Long 60mm Telescope Challenge new [Re: Gardner]
      #5794464 - 04/12/13 01:29 PM

One thing I would add is that you need to click on the file you want to import (it will then highlight) before you click Import.

This process worked for me. I shared the AL Double Star to my desktop, then deleted it from ST3. I then imported it back from the desktop and it was like it never left.


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jrbarnett
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Re: The Year-Long 60mm Telescope Challenge new [Re: Gardner]
      #5794676 - 04/12/13 02:51 PM

Gracias!



- Jim


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jrbarnett
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Re: The Year-Long 60mm Telescope Challenge new [Re: Gardner]
      #5794770 - 04/12/13 03:39 PM

Gardner unfortunately CN doesn't let me upload the ST3 ".stx" format files. There is a notice that pops up warning that .stx is not one of the permitted attachment formats.

PM me your e-mail address and I'll e-mail you the list in .stx format.

Regards,

Jim


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Re: The Year-Long 60mm Telescope Challenge new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5794805 - 04/12/13 03:59 PM

Ok! Ok! I'm in!
We've finally cleared out and have some gorgeous clear weather! And now a really serious project to work on too!
Thomas I am going to print up yours and Jim's lists and put them all in a binder to work on.
I'll bring the pink Swift 60mm f9 and a Towa 60 F6.7 on Saturday night to Fisher Lane in Sonoma. Jim, please pm me with the address again so we get there before dark! My computer's on the fritz and I don't have your email ...
Clear skies and apple pies!
lc Carol


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Re: The Year-Long 60mm Telescope Challenge new [Re: Astrojensen]
      #5794815 - 04/12/13 04:06 PM

perhaps my nominal vixen 70 is really 69.99 mm in aperture :-) and therefore qualifies for the challenge

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Re: The Year-Long 60mm Telescope Challenge new [Re: DOTrevino]
      #5795261 - 04/12/13 07:25 PM

I haven't been logging on to CN as much as once was the case. An understatement - but the day job crowds the writing time, leaving not much left over for passtimes. Thought I'd take a look at this when the 60mm folks on Yahoo started talking about it.

Interesting list, interesting concept, and about darned time, if you ask me.

My approach would reflect how I organize observing projects in general, a divide and conquer principle that sorts objects between dark skies and suburban conditions. By way of example, I work double star lists at home, and hunt for galaxies and various nebulae from dark sky locations in the desert. Star clusters are a grey area; some show up well from my Tucson home, others need a bit of darkness to help them. I try things at home, and shift objects from one list to the other as needed.

"Year long"? More like "year 'round," for me. That time crunch business again. We'll see how it goes.

The Old Scope has been idle of late. I believe that's about to change...


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jrbarnett
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Re: The Year-Long 60mm Telescope Challenge new [Re: DOTrevino]
      #5795436 - 04/12/13 09:38 PM

If it's a little dirty, or you put a skylight filter in the diagonal to attenuate the throughput by 2% or so, you should be in like Flynn.

- Jim


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jrbarnett
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Re: The Year-Long 60mm Telescope Challenge new [Re: desertstars]
      #5795450 - 04/12/13 09:48 PM

Good thoughts. I too am figuring out what my strategy is going to be. Like Carol, I'll kick off my formal effort tomorrow (Saturday) at the OFLI monthly star party. I'm leaning toward picking a handful of constellations that will be well placed during the session, and concentrating on those, mixing doubles and DSOs.

I can already hear the grief from the OFLI crew, though, when I field two 60mm scopes Saturday. But I'm used to it by now.

- Jim


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Re: The Year-Long 60mm Telescope Challenge new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5795615 - 04/12/13 11:24 PM

Fortunately, the crowd I observe with is aware of the Old Scope's history. They treat it with the respect a "vintage" telescope deserves.

Hmmm... does a 1970 60mm refractor really qualify as "vintage?" Because if it does, well, I bought the thing for myself. Which would make me... Uh... Mature.


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buddyjesus
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Re: The Year-Long 60mm Telescope Challenge new [Re: desertstars]
      #5795694 - 04/13/13 12:17 AM

No love for Uranus, Neptune or Titan?

One of my favorite small scope targets was overlooked, probably because it is naked eye and is tough to fit in the field of view of a telescope. The Alpha Persei association. Didn't see M76 either unless I am mistaken. muhahahahaha!

BTW, in my home site, I wouldn't be able to complete this list because of the light pollution and Michigan skies with my 4" scope. There is no miracles, except power outages, but they don't occur when there is no clouds out around here.

I really dig your showing of love for doubles!

Edited by buddyjesus (04/13/13 12:43 AM)


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Re: The Year-Long 60mm Telescope Challenge new [Re: desertstars]
      #5795965 - 04/13/13 06:02 AM

Quote:

Fortunately, the crowd I observe with is aware of the Old Scope's history. They treat it with the respect a "vintage" telescope deserves.

Hmmm... does a 1970 60mm refractor really qualify as "vintage?" Because if it does, well, I bought the thing for myself. Which would make me... Uh... Mature.





A star geezer?

We are battling clouds, clouds and rain , non stop.


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Chuck Hards
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Re: The Year-Long 60mm Telescope Challenge [Re: buddyjesus]
      #5796272 - 04/13/13 09:57 AM

Quote:

No love for Uranus, Neptune or Titan?





Right on!

I mentioned planetary satellites and asteroids earlier in this thread, and will certainly try for as many as possible. Patience is the key with minor planets, since you need to notice motion over time in order to positively ID them visually. How crowded the star field is can also add to the difficulty.


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