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Seldom
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Loc: N of Cedar City Light Dome
Re: What did you Get for the Hobby from the Holidays? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5588544 - 12/25/12 02:04 PM

All three volumes of Burnham's. And they don't have an index!
(Well actually they've got 3 or 4, brief ones.)

Edited by Seldom (12/25/12 03:58 PM)


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MikeMcCaskey
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Reged: 03/09/12

Loc: South Central Kansas
Re: What did you Get for the Hobby from the Holidays? new [Re: Seldom]
      #5588548 - 12/25/12 02:07 PM

Turn Left at Orion, loving it!!

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NeuWerld
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Reged: 08/14/12

Loc: Mentor-on-the-Lake, OH
Re: What did you Get for the Hobby from the Holidays? new [Re: MikeMcCaskey]
      #5588560 - 12/25/12 02:17 PM

I got a spiral-bound Turn Left at Orion, S&T Pocket Sky Atlas, an ES 20mm 68* eyepiece, the astronomy calender put out by RASC, and bought myself a DGM 1.25" NPB filter. Also got a Pro-Tech TR3 automatic knife to bring in the field with me, however it's hardly astronomy related

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drbyyz
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Reged: 11/04/12

Re: What did you Get for the Hobby from the Holidays? new [Re: NeuWerld]
      #5588616 - 12/25/12 03:27 PM

My very first Telrad...now for the hours to be spent finding the perfect spot for it.

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kenrenard
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 12/13/12

Loc: Dunmore, PA
Re: What did you Get for the Hobby from the Holidays? new [Re: drbyyz]
      #5588657 - 12/25/12 04:18 PM

I used zip ties for mounting the telrad. This way you can move it if need be. It's held on my fob for over a year.


To answer the Christmas question I received the Messier object by Stephen Omeara. Looks like a nice book.


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drbyyz
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Reged: 11/04/12

Re: What did you Get for the Hobby from the Holidays? new [Re: kenrenard]
      #5588667 - 12/25/12 04:34 PM

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I used zip ties for mounting the telrad. This way you can move it if need be. It's held on my fob for over a year.





Good idea, I was thinking electrical tape temporarily.


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okieav8r
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Re: What did you Get for the Hobby from the Holidays? new [Re: JayinUT]
      #5588681 - 12/25/12 04:49 PM

Diddley squat! Once again, Santa didn't come up with an FLI camera or an Astro-Physics mount. I think I'm starting to not believe in him. *<|:^( }

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azure1961p
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Reged: 01/17/09

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Re: What did you Get for the Hobby from the Holidays? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5588705 - 12/25/12 05:22 PM

A clear sky tonight.

Pete


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FeynmanFan
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Loc: N Colo front range
Re: What did you Get for the Hobby from the Holidays? new [Re: okieav8r]
      #5588706 - 12/25/12 05:24 PM

Nothing. And I haven't even been THAT bad.

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kenrenard
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 12/13/12

Loc: Dunmore, PA
Re: What did you Get for the Hobby from the Holidays? new [Re: drbyyz]
      #5588799 - 12/25/12 07:02 PM

Quote:

Quote:

I used zip ties for mounting the telrad. This way you can move it if need be. It's held on my fob for over a year.





Good idea, I was thinking electrical tape temporarily.




The big zip ties hold the telrad very well.


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roscoe
curmudgeon
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Reged: 02/04/09

Loc: NW Mass, inches from VT
Re: What did you Get for the Hobby from the Holidays? new [Re: kenrenard]
      #5588897 - 12/25/12 09:01 PM

I got a book called "The Comet Sweeper", a biography of Caroline Herschel, who was not only William Herschel's sister and assistant, but a serious astronomer in her own right, and the first woman anywhere to earn a living as an astronomer. It looks like a good read!
Russ


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jturie
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Reged: 11/19/12

Loc: Valley Forge, PA
Re: What did you Get for the Hobby from the Holidays? new [Re: roscoe]
      #5588920 - 12/25/12 09:21 PM

Celestron Nexstar 6SE, Astrozap dew shield, a 15mm plissl, and a 2x Barlow. I was really good this year.

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Fuzzyguy
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Reged: 12/21/11

Loc: Colorado/Kansas
Re: What did you Get for the Hobby from the Holidays? new [Re: roscoe]
      #5588921 - 12/25/12 09:22 PM

Santa brought me the new Uranometrai 2000 Deep Sky Atlas All Sky Edition. Not exactly a beginners tome, but I'm enjoying it immensely! Santa also brought me high winds, clouds and single digit night time temps so I'll have the time to get really used to it in front of the fireplace!

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TL2101
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Reged: 09/17/10

Loc: Concord, Ca
Re: What did you Get for the Hobby from the Holidays? new [Re: Fuzzyguy]
      #5588963 - 12/25/12 10:06 PM

Received the book Astrophysics is Easy! An Introduction for the Amateur Astronomer by Mike Inglis.

Amazon


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droid
rocketman
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Reged: 08/29/04

Loc: Conneaut, Ohio
Re: What did you Get for the Hobby from the Holidays? new [Re: TL2101]
      #5589022 - 12/25/12 10:56 PM

Nothing......but I had a few naughty moments this year, so........

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MG1962
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Reged: 08/13/11

Re: What did you Get for the Hobby from the Holidays? new [Re: droid]
      #5589043 - 12/25/12 11:16 PM

I got a nice 15mm Orion Edge 2 eyepiece

A wonderful fleecy lined balaclava

Some thermal socks undershirt etc


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KidOrion
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Reged: 07/07/07

Loc: Carbondale, IL
Re: What did you Get for the Hobby from the Holidays? new [Re: Feidb]
      #5589096 - 12/26/12 12:12 AM

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The Complete Guide To The Herschel Objects by Mark Bratton.

Love it! Outstanding book. Already read the whole text up to the individual observations.

It will be a big help as I go for the rest of the Herschel 2500. I've nailed 1119 of them so far.

Expect a more formal review in the near future.




I got that one too, and also read all the introductory material (also scanned through the descriptions up to Aries). Looks fantastic.

Also got the Kanipe & Webb Atlas of the Arp Peculiar Galaxies. Another terrific pick-up.


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Danzup77
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Reged: 09/12/11

Re: What did you Get for the Hobby from the Holidays? new [Re: KidOrion]
      #5589212 - 12/26/12 04:20 AM

Observing chair whick I've desperately needed lol.

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csrlice12
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Reged: 05/22/12

Loc: Denver, CO
Re: What did you Get for the Hobby from the Holidays? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5589470 - 12/26/12 10:51 AM

I got a package from Explore Scientific--says its a meteorite, maybe its the raw materials to build my own ES 68* 24mm?

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Qwickdraw
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Reged: 03/03/12

Loc: Ann Arbor, MI
Re: What did you Get for the Hobby from the Holidays? new [Re: JayinUT]
      #5589603 - 12/26/12 12:06 PM

After being out of astronomy from a physical aspect for about 10 years I was finally able to make this purchase for Christmas.

Bosma Beta RE 4" f/9.8 refractor


Years ago, my wife accidentally knocked over the OTA from my Meade 826C and I left my stand outside too many nights in the elements and it turned to junk. The focus assembly and finder scope mount holes were all cracked/chipped after the OTA fell over. I was able to repair the OTA using of all things a plastic bucket cut and sandwiched to patch the cracked tube on either side of the focus assembly and finder scope screw holes. It actually worked very well.

I dusted of my old Meade this weekend and performed a thorough cleaning on everything including the optics. Performed a rough culmination and then modified the Vixen/Polaris mount from the Bosma Beta RE 4" f/9.8 refractor I had just purchased to accommodate the Meade 826C reflector. The weight of the Meade is too much to use in in the Equatorial without adding more counter weights but it works fine in the altazimuth mode with a slight modification of adding a steel band strap to the mount which keeps it from flipping to the equatorial mode due to the weight.

All and all I am very happy with how it turned out and now have a choice of using an optically sound 4" refractor or an 8" reflector.

Next up is that in a couple of years I will be getting a pension which will allow me to purchase either the Meade 14" LX600 or LX800.


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