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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: SteveG]
      #5769868 - 03/31/13 11:00 PM

Thank You Sean and Mike! Glad you got your fix

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Sean Puett
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5775605 - 04/03/13 01:40 PM

I hope it is clear this weekend. The moon will be favorable. Has anyone checked weather in good sky areas?

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5775676 - 04/03/13 02:07 PM

Nevermind. I checked all the areas I know of that I am willing to drive to and they all say rain or mostly cloudy Friday and Saturday. If you guys find somewhere you know of that is going to be clear, please post it.
as long at it is in Washington.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5776377 - 04/03/13 08:33 PM

There is no place in Washington forecasted for anything but rain or snow(depending on elevation). Table mountain is showing snow for the forecast. Moscow Idaho, Vantage Wa, Winthrop Wa, Western Wa... all shows rain or a chance of.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5776593 - 04/03/13 10:01 PM

Quote:

There is no place in Washington forecasted for anything but rain or snow(depending on elevation). Table mountain is showing snow for the forecast. Moscow Idaho, Vantage Wa, Winthrop Wa, Western Wa... all shows rain or a chance of.




Not even Winthrop? lol


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5776618 - 04/03/13 10:12 PM

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If you guys find somewhere you know of that is going to be clear, please post it.
as long at it is in Washington.





...as long as you go high enough.

I think we can build one ourselves and maybe get SteveG to fly it for us? S.O.F.I.A.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #5776678 - 04/03/13 10:41 PM

Quote:

Quote:

There is no place in Washington forecasted for anything but rain or snow(depending on elevation). Table mountain is showing snow for the forecast. Moscow Idaho, Vantage Wa, Winthrop Wa, Western Wa... all shows rain or a chance of.




Not even Winthrop? lol




(chuckle) Nope, not even Winthrop
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...as long as you go high enough.

I think we can build one ourselves and maybe get SteveG to fly it for us? S.O.F.I.A.





Man that would have to be some autoguider system... and about that Polar Alignment?


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5778035 - 04/04/13 04:10 PM

2.7meter scope at highest possible altitude. Awesome. You had me at 2.7meter f1.6 primary. I read about that in s&t (i believe) a while back. They were discussing government funded astronomy projects. Maybe we could build one out of a Lear jet to save some millions. I am a little short after buying that last eyepiece.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5779493 - 04/05/13 12:09 PM

Looks like it'll be wet for a while.
Time to build something.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #5780088 - 04/05/13 04:26 PM

Quote:

Looks like it'll be wet for a while.
Time to build something.




Indeed....I've been building large sailing ship models as of late....most gratifying.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #5780739 - 04/05/13 10:07 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Looks like it'll be wet for a while.
Time to build something.




Indeed....I've been building large sailing ship models as of late....most gratifying.




I've been teaching myself Electronics. Last project was a Solar/Wind charge controller, now I'm building a PWM DC motor controller. It's alot of fun.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: DarkSkys]
      #5780889 - 04/05/13 11:34 PM

Rob, I haven't seen a post from you in a while. Glad you made it back. Do you have any pictures of the ships? Sounds pretty cool.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5782049 - 04/06/13 03:22 PM

Well, I haven't been building anything lately, but SweetAnne & I started our ukelele lessons Wednesday. And of course my miserable excuse for not building anything is sore fingertips.

I just got off the phone with Eric Webster (Webster telescopes.) I've been trying to correct a problem with the 'scope in which the ArgoNav doesn't recognize a signal from the altitude encoder. He has assembled a new cable with connectors at both ends for me to swap into the scope. I hope it gets here before Camp Delaney. And as previously, he won't take any bucks for his time and expense. He knows how to keep his customers happy, or at least this one.

Rob: Pix would be nice! I hope this finds you well.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5784361 - 04/07/13 05:24 PM

I spend little time on these pages these days.....due to other interests and issues.

Thanks for the fine comments.

Here are images of a ship I'm working on.....1/96 scale Cutty Sark built in diorama form..getting her jury rigged rudder replaced. Images are found at my facebook page.

Rob


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #5785105 - 04/08/13 12:12 AM

Mike,

Which Webster do you have? I have been trying to snag a D14 for a while now, but I am just about to give up & have Dennis Steele of Dobstuff build me a Highe-type Dob. Obviously the customer service is great; how is the telescope? Does it have a Zambuto? I have probably seen your Dob but I only became aware of Webster very recently so I wouldn't have thought much about it at the time.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Dragonwatcher]
      #5785409 - 04/08/13 08:08 AM

Used websters are very rare. You might have a better chance if you opened up your search to different sizes or builders. The D model Websters have Zambuto mirrors. The C models have other (Lockwood?) mirrors. They are both excellent.
The D 18 is my dream scope. It weighs just a bit more than my 12" and has a nice Zambuto 18" primary. I just need to gather enough disposable income so that my wife says "that is a great idea". I don't see that happening...


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5785839 - 04/08/13 12:14 PM

Sean, I am finding out that Websters are probably both rare & their owners want to hang on to them. My second choice is to get a 14" or 14.5" quartz mirror and have the Dob built around it. I would go with someone like Lockwood or Swayze or Fullum. I want to stay in the 14" range and keep the weight 50-60 pounds.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5785858 - 04/08/13 12:25 PM

Jackie, it's a 14.5" f/4.5, w/ Zambuto. I'm not sure about the following but I think that: I ordered it as a C-series but before the optics were ready Webster developed their D-series, and they incorporated all the D-stuff into my scope. At any rate, it includes a couple of somewhat unique features, per my wishes. I'm interested in nebulae, so it has a heated Moonlite filter slide; the slide couldn't be properly matched to the standard Feathertouch focuser so it also has a Moonlite focuser. It also is equipped with Stellarcat/ArgoNav; I decided that with my limited viewing opportunities I'd like spend more time looking *at* than looking *for* things, much as I enjoy starhopping.

I haven't been routinely browsing A/Mart or CN S & S for 2 or 3 years now, but when I used to do so I never saw a single used Webster for sale.

Sean, you could probably do well with an 18" but after much thought I decided that 14" - 15" was the most I wanted to deal with, single-handed. For me, it is about the optimum mix of aperture and size.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Spaced]
      #5786765 - 04/08/13 08:18 PM

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.....I'm interested in nebulae, so it has a heated Moonlite filter slide; the slide couldn't be properly matched to the standard Feathertouch focuser so it also has a Moonlite focuser.




I LOVE that feature!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: square_peg]
      #5786954 - 04/08/13 09:46 PM

Yeah, me too!

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