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obin robinson
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 10/25/12

Loc: League City, TX
Re: Which equipment is "king"? new [Re: Pinbout]
      #6128954 - 10/10/13 12:08 PM

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fuel - tools to make things. I think for this question those answers are like taking the derivative to prime [x'] where the answer should only be x.

cause if you want to go prime the most valuable equip are my eyes = x' for such a visual hobby.




If I lived in a perpetually cloudy area I'd build a radio telescope. I actually thought about making one as they seem to be sort of fun to construct. You know what I'd need to build the mount for a radio telescope? A lathe and a mill.

obin


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De Lorme
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Reged: 12/30/08

Re: Which equipment is "king"? new [Re: obin robinson]
      #6129108 - 10/10/13 01:28 PM

Filters than Aperture are King to me. Check out the CA
Reduction Review by Russell23. The Baaders Longpass filter
is working wonders and it's cheap compared to most.
Space Dragon bought the Moon and Sky{to my understanding} to couple it to the Longpass hoping to take out the yellow
on the Moon. I ordered one to. Looking at the Moon {close to the horizon} with the Longpass it made the craters and mountain ranges much more distinctive. There was yellow of course but to me it wasn't bad. The trade off was easily worth the much better contrast and sharpness.
Hopefully the Moon and Sky Glow with the Longpass will
take out the yellow. Will find out soon; I cannot wait!
De Lorme


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jrbarnett
Eyepiece Hooligan
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Reged: 02/28/06

Loc: Petaluma, CA
Re: Which equipment is "king"? new [Re: obin robinson]
      #6129111 - 10/10/13 01:29 PM

And, of course, availability of materials.

- Jim


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jrbarnett
Eyepiece Hooligan
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Re: Which equipment is "king"? new [Re: obin robinson]
      #6129114 - 10/10/13 01:31 PM

If I lived in a perpetually cloudy area I'd move.

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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Which equipment is "king"? new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #6129139 - 10/10/13 01:44 PM

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If I lived in a perpetually cloudy area I'd move.




If I lived in a perpetually cloudy area, I probably never would have taken up stargazing.

"Things turn out the best for people who make the best of how things turn out." (John Wooden)

Jon


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Lorence
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Reged: 09/15/08

Re: Which equipment is "king"? new [Re: DavidNealMinnick]
      #6129316 - 10/10/13 03:12 PM

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If they'd let me bring my guns, too, I'd sure consider it!




Nothing better than a hail of bullets to blast a hole through the clouds. Armature Astronomy?


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David Castillo
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Re: Which equipment is "king"? new [Re: Lorence]
      #6129617 - 10/10/13 06:06 PM

Kneel before the king; no eyepiece, mount or massive aperture can equal His power.A vast majority of the King's loyal sheep-like subjects depend on the "light" from his glowing, protective fires to sleep securely at night. Loyalists use his power to fend off fearsome hoards of nightly attackers with street lights as shields, and porch lights as swords. The King's hydrocarbon fueled arcade of light is a blessing for some, but a curse to others. The King has dominated us all and enslaved us geographically. His power has financially shackled us all. I am forced to wait on the banquet hall floor for any morsels that fall off the table.
-----
Dave


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Pinbout
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Re: Which equipment is "king"? new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #6129707 - 10/10/13 07:05 PM

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And, of course, availability of materials.

- Jim




That would be x''


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csrlice12
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Re: Which equipment is "king"? new [Re: Pinbout]
      #6129786 - 10/10/13 08:04 PM

The spouse....

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Lorence
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 09/15/08

Re: Which equipment is "king"? new [Re: David Castillo]
      #6131193 - 10/11/13 01:45 PM

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The King has dominated us all and enslaved us geographically. His power has financially shackled us all. I am forced to wait on the banquet hall floor for any morsels that fall off the table.
Dave




Perfect example of the "Golden Rule." Thems with the gold makes the rules.


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kkokkolis
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Loc: Piraeus, Greece
Re: Which equipment is "king"? new [Re: Lorence]
      #6131326 - 10/11/13 02:57 PM

A Swiss Army Knife or Swisstool is the only equipment King I recognize.

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barasits
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Reged: 06/12/11

Loc: Chicago
Re: Which equipment is "king"? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #6131469 - 10/11/13 04:01 PM

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Fuel is king.




In my case, no. I'm quite content observing right here at home with SQM readings of averaging 21.50/21.70. I have no desire to observe elsewhere.






Fuel is not king,fuel is cheap...

Time is king... time to observe...

Jon






I live under heavily light polluted skies, but driving to darker locations is out of the question because I can't afford the time and I'm trying my level best to minimize my carbon footprint. Time is priceless, and the real cost of gasoline is not measured by what you pay at the pump.

Geoff


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starrancher
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Reged: 06/09/09

Loc: Northern Arizona
Re: Which equipment is "king"? new [Re: barasits]
      #6133471 - 10/12/13 05:28 PM

A 40 acre patch of Juniper/Pinion at a mile high in the arid climate of Northern Arizona is King !
Bortle One skies . Or some might call it the Black Zone .
Bullets welcome and the carbon footprint is next to nil .
Just look at that CSC !


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jrbarnett
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Re: Which equipment is "king"? new [Re: starrancher]
      #6133499 - 10/12/13 05:49 PM

"...and the carbon footprint is next to nil"

Until I drive my truck on it, then that footprint gets measured in "carbon acreage".



- Jim


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barasits
sage


Reged: 06/12/11

Loc: Chicago
Re: Which equipment is "king"? new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #6133901 - 10/12/13 09:25 PM

5.7L Hemi V8? Jim, you need some carbon offsets to go with it!

http://www.green-e.org/getcert_ghg_products.shtml

Geoff


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jrbarnett
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Re: Which equipment is "king"? new [Re: barasits]
      #6134697 - 10/13/13 10:29 AM

Nah, I was figuring that I could put solar on the pergola in the back yard and then get one of those bumper stickers that says "My other wheel chocks are Toyota Priuses", and still keep my Sierra Club buddies appeased. To be fair, though, my other (commuter) car is a PZEV rated Subaru, and I've owned a couple of hybrids in the last decade, and...and...and...it's a HEMI! (8 speed 4x4 no less.)

- Jim


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izar187
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Reged: 09/02/06

Loc: 43N
Re: Which equipment is "king"? new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #6136135 - 10/14/13 12:12 AM

Which equipment is king rightly varies from person to person.

I moved years ago from within urban sky glow, specifically to it's south side perimeter.
This yielded significantly better options for observing DSO's crossing the meridian.
Development has expanded in my area certainly, as it has in most places, so I have to go farther afield.
But still less far than if I lived north, east or west.
I chose to go south, because I telescope.
And chose to stay south once more, when I moved again.

Regarding time... well, I take the time to observe from the rest of life.
If you want to go fishing, then you have to go fishing. Same for golf.
I do not live beside water, nor next to a green, nor out under dark sky.
But I live within reach of something darker sky, where I can get better dark adapted.

It is convenient to go there because I am always loaded up and ready to go, with one scope or another.
For me, mobility is pretty much my main king thing regarding gear.
I have chosen to drive four cylinders for decades, so fuel has never been much of an issue.

An honorable mention equipment issue for me, is comfort while observing.
In my case, all my scopes are set up so that I can stand, without stooping when looking through the focuser.
I can sit too, whenever I want, or lean against the back of my chair.
But the option to stand, comfortably at the eyepiece is a biggie, for me.


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FirstSight
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Reged: 12/26/05

Loc: Raleigh, NC
Re: Which equipment is "king"? new [Re: izar187]
      #6136482 - 10/14/13 09:14 AM

I must protest that this thread is hopelessly sexist until we balance it with the question:

"What equipment is QUEEN"?


Queen Elizabeth I was the match of any king...



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jrbarnett
Eyepiece Hooligan
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Reged: 02/28/06

Loc: Petaluma, CA
Re: Which equipment is "king"? new [Re: FirstSight]
      #6136906 - 10/14/13 12:52 PM

Queen Elizabeth I was a man.



- Jim


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nytecam
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Reged: 08/20/05

Loc: London UK
Re: Which equipment is "king"? new [Re: csrlice12]
      #6137563 - 10/14/13 05:51 PM

I live in the city and refuse to travel to observe - my camera is king from my backyard - it vastly outperforms the eye almost irrespective of aperture or location so I'm in heaven

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