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ThreeD
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Reged: 12/23/08

Loc: Sacramento suburbs
Re: Aperture fever, when does it end? new [Re: aatt]
      #5524064 - 11/17/12 10:15 AM

I think 70" is best moved once to a very dark location and stored there (with no assembly required). Preferably you also have living quarters close by so you are able to use it at every opportunity.

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csrlice12
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Reged: 05/22/12

Loc: Denver, CO
Re: Aperture fever, when does it end? new [Re: aatt]
      #5524243 - 11/17/12 11:53 AM

Trick Question.....when you die.

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fnowat
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Reged: 06/12/12

Loc: N.E. Illinois (Chicago suburbs...
Re: Aperture fever, when does it end? new [Re: aatt]
      #5524297 - 11/17/12 12:33 PM

12 Steps?

I remember an old Cheech and Chong movie where Stacy Keach ends up wearing a bed sheet and as his subordinates are tearing up some pizza pies... and Keach is told to 'go with it' and of course he gives into peer pressure and the influence of smoke. SO MAYBE WE CAN JUST "GO WITH IT" as long as nobody is hurt (including our finances are not 'hurt')?


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prestonrich
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Reged: 12/01/07

Loc: Washington DC Mayland suburbs
Re: Aperture fever, when does it end? new [Re: fnowat]
      #5524471 - 11/17/12 02:27 PM

Got lousy skies? Save your money. Aperture buys you nothing. Just sold my tricked out LB16 and now exclusively use by BIPH, C5 and Lunt solar equip. Its portable stuff too.

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csrlice12
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Re: Aperture fever, when does it end? new [Re: prestonrich]
      #5524489 - 11/17/12 02:34 PM

"Got lousy skies? Save your money. Aperture buys you nothing."

That's what the Gas Filter is for.....Clear,dark skies.....


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jrbarnett
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Re: Aperture fever, when does it end? new [Re: apolloadama]
      #5524502 - 11/17/12 02:45 PM

For some it ends the first time they fall off of a 9-foot ladder in the dark.

For others, it ends when they start imaging.

For still others, it ends when the scope will not fit in the house, shed or garage.

For some, though, it never ends.

- Jim


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George N
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Re: Aperture fever, when does it end? new [Re: Starman1]
      #5538115 - 11/25/12 12:37 AM

Quote:

Quote:

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When does aperture fever end? 15"? 22"? 30"? Empty bank account? Grave? Never?




....I also think a lot of us use the "Two O'clock Rule" when considering a bigger scope. Anyone can set up a bigger scope at 8 PM -- but it's how you feel when you have to pack it up at 2 AM that often dictates how you feel about that scope. .....
Ron



Why pack it up at 2am? Why not wait till sunrise and pack it up in the light? .....Safety first.




I agree with that one! In the 10 years I’ve owned a 20-inch Dob I’ve only taken it apart twice in the dark, both while at Cherry Springs park in PA. One time it clouded up around 2 AM and the weather radio said it would snow by dawn (which it did). I did drop the frosted up UTA, but it was unhurt.

The other time, on the 4th night of observing and sometime after 2 AM, cloud blew in and it started raining. Two friends and I (brain dead from 3.8 nights of observing) somehow got the 20 and my 5-inch APO in the back of my Tahoe…. only a little wet. We went into my friend’s RV to go to bed, but I wanted something in my truck, and came out to find a dark sky full of stars. We should have just covered the scopes for 20 minutes.

At home I leave my scopes set up for several days at a time, and always take them down in the morning, usually after breakfast. I've also left the 20 set up at a friend's house, and gone back the next day to get it.


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csrlice12
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Re: Aperture fever, when does it end? new [Re: George N]
      #5538645 - 11/25/12 12:21 PM

It's why I like the 10". It tears down as quickly as it goes up, even in the dark.

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jgraham
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Re: Aperture fever, when does it end? [Re: csrlice12]
      #5538661 - 11/25/12 12:31 PM

That's another thing that I like about my LightBridge 16, it goes together and comes apart quickly and easily. I keep it outside in a small vertical garden shed under my patio cover. I can have it set up and running in just a few minutes and put away just as quickly. Very nice.

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omahaastro
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Reged: 08/30/06

Loc: Omaha, NE
Re: Aperture fever, when does it end? new [Re: jgraham]
      #5540531 - 11/26/12 03:34 PM

I need to do a little video showing how quickly I can roll out my 18" from the Honda Element and setup (and yes, tear down). It's a thing of beauty.

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JohnMurphyRN
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Reged: 09/09/12

Loc: Near St Louis
Re: Aperture fever, when does it end? new [Re: jgraham]
      #5540817 - 11/26/12 06:56 PM

My 17.5" goes from fully disassembled in the house charging to fully assembled outside and collimated in 9min. Dissassembly and return inside in about 3min. (timed it once based on posts on CN)

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astroRoy
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Reged: 07/09/11

Loc: Southern Oregon
Re: Aperture fever, when does it end? new [Re: JohnMurphyRN]
      #5540825 - 11/26/12 07:02 PM

The Mayans say it (and everything else) will end 21 December, 2012. You have 33 days from today.

Roy

Edited by astroRoy (11/27/12 09:33 AM)


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jgraham
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Re: Aperture fever, when does it end? new [Re: astroRoy]
      #5540838 - 11/26/12 07:11 PM

So what you are saying is that it's okay to max-out our credit cards as long as we use overnight shipping. Cool. To maximize the time we have left we should also consider having everything shipped directly to our favorite dark sky observing site, that is of course after calling in sick for the next 4 weeks.

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Asbytec
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Reged: 08/08/07

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Re: Aperture fever, when does it end? new [Re: jgraham]
      #5541096 - 11/26/12 09:33 PM

So, if the world ends right before the Christmas rush, we gotta pay top dollar on credit. You know, I like it...

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starman876
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Re: Aperture fever, when does it end? new [Re: Asbytec]
      #5542525 - 11/27/12 05:29 PM

for me it ended when I bought a 6" AP that blew away just about any reflector I have ever looked through

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nevy
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Re: Aperture fever, when does it end? new [Re: starman876]
      #5542578 - 11/27/12 06:15 PM

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for me it ended when I bought a 6" AP that blew away just about any reflector I have ever looked through



Have you looked through a reflector with a zambuto mirror?

Edited by nevy (11/27/12 07:24 PM)


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Jon Isaacs
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Reged: 06/16/04

Loc: San Diego and Boulevard, CA
Re: Aperture fever, when does it end? new [Re: starman876]
      #5543340 - 11/28/12 07:07 AM

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for me it ended when I bought a 6" AP that blew away just about any reflector I have ever looked through




Given that a 0.5 arc-second double is well beyond the capabilities of a 6 inch scope, it won't be blowing away a certain "$240 on Astromart 10 inch GSO dob" when it comes to resolving close doubles.



Jon


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csrlice12
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Reged: 05/22/12

Loc: Denver, CO
Re: Aperture fever, when does it end? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5543399 - 11/28/12 08:30 AM

Yes, we use that blowing to cool down our mirrors, and that 6" AP as a finderscope.......

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Eric63
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Reged: 06/16/12

Loc: Ottawa, Ontario
Re: Aperture fever, when does it end? new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5544519 - 11/28/12 08:46 PM

For me aperture fever ends with practicality. I find that I prefer grab and go astronomy. I like to get out and view for a few hours, and then pack it up and go to bed. This way I can get out more often. Unfortunately the views from my yard are horrible, but I can get to mag 5.0 or 5.5 skies with only a 10 minute drive. So portability and ease of set up is the deciding factor. Right now the most convenient large setup for me is my 150F5 Newt on an AZ4. Now I know many of you will say that your larger scope will fit in your car, but here is my other catch. I take my scope to the cottage on weekends where I have mag 6.5to 7.0 skies. I Travel with my wife and son in the car so the 150 scope is the largest that can come along for now. Hmmm…. A C8 could also work…ok, ok perhaps aperture fever will end at 8 inches

In short, what I lose in aperture, I make up with dark skies.

Eric


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Meadeball
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Reged: 10/22/12

Loc: Midlothian, Virginia
Re: Aperture fever, when does it end? new [Re: Eric63]
      #5544563 - 11/28/12 09:13 PM

When you get old and fat, your thyroid goes to pot and that couch looks alot warmer and cozier than standing in the 25-degree front yard.

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