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Posted 06 February 2010 - 01:20 PM

Thanks, Kerry, you saved us from the humiliation of dropping to the second page of threads. :p
 

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Posted 06 February 2010 - 05:16 PM

Sugaree's big eye is getting its first bath this afternoon. Now, where did I put those Brillo Pads? :gramps:
 

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Posted 06 February 2010 - 09:31 PM

Sugaree's big eye is getting its first bath this afternoon. Now, where did I put those Brillo Pads? :gramps:


Make sure you use some "Comet" cleaner for those hard to remove spots......... ;)
 

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Posted 07 February 2010 - 01:51 PM

Thanks, Kerry, you saved us from the humiliation of dropping to the second page of threads. :p


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My thoughts exactly.
 

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Posted 07 February 2010 - 01:57 PM

Sugaree's big eye is getting its first bath this afternoon. Now, where did I put those Brillo Pads? :gramps:


I remember my "big eye's" first bath... :crazyeyes:
DON'T use Brillo !!!...SOS pads are much better and faster. :lol:
 

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Posted 07 February 2010 - 02:01 PM

NO POSTS IN A WEEK!!!!


Must be cloudy around here. :cloudy:


Cloudy in many ways..... :smirk:

Rob


Does Rob need a hug??? :grouphug:
 

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Posted 07 February 2010 - 05:22 PM

Make sure you use some "Comet" cleaner for those hard to remove spots.


Walt, sometimes you are seriously unclear on the concept. Brillos have their own soap. If I used just plain steel wool, then maybe I'd need a bit of Comet. :graduate:

The bath was good for both of us, kinda like washing a cat and needing a transfusion. The mirror just gleams, and I was able to get it out and back in without breaking anything or smudging it with my greasy fingers. I collimated it after, then realized it shifted with vertical movement, so I banged on the box a few times to get it seated better, then collimated it again. I guy could maybe improve it half a gnat's eyelash, but with the tools I have it's pretty darned good.

Now if I could just nuke those clouds over our block . . .
 

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Posted 08 February 2010 - 02:33 AM

I remember my "big eye's" first bath... :crazyeyes:



TMI!
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Posted 08 February 2010 - 10:52 AM

I remember my "big eye's" first bath... :crazyeyes:



TMI!
:lalalala:


:foreheadslap: Ooops, I guess that sounded bad...but Mike started it. :grin:

I'll clarify that it was the LightBridge's "big eye" that got it's first bath.
 

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Posted 08 February 2010 - 11:51 AM

:rofl5:
 

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Posted 08 February 2010 - 04:43 PM

NO POSTS IN A WEEK!!!!


Must be cloudy around here. :cloudy:


Cloudy in many ways..... :smirk:

Rob


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You have no idea.... :(
 

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Posted 08 February 2010 - 07:32 PM

Anyone notice our seeing conditions tonight on CSC? We finally got our Mars night! :whee:
 

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Posted 08 February 2010 - 09:37 PM

Anyone notice our seeing conditions tonight on CSC? We finally got our Mars night! :whee:


I've been watching Mars since Friday night.....Nearly had a spontanious star party..with about 20 friends over.

Tonight is awesome.

Can't wait for my 10" pier to get finished.

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Posted 08 February 2010 - 10:35 PM

I've been out for the past 1/2 hour. The seeing is pretty good tonight but not excellent. I hampered by my fireplace smoke and its associated heat drifting in front of Mars. That should change in another hour. :fingerscrossed:

This is the best seeing I've had this close to opposition during this apparition of Mars.
 

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Posted 08 February 2010 - 11:32 PM

Tom, you just changed my mind. We're kind of on the edge of fog here, and I went out but decided not to set up the gear. I'll go take another look.

Three minutes later: no go. The fog lifted, straight up, and we have a low layer of thin clumpy clouds. I'm guessing it'll clear up when the temp. drops a few degrees but I'm not staying up late tonight. :bawling:


 

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 12:28 AM

That's a shame, Mike. It's really good here, rare steady winter air. Mars will take 300x. I'm getting some of my best views ever. :cool:

There's a bit of a dew problem but it's not a big deal so long as you keep the eyepiece case closed to conserve the heat. My finders have a bit of fog but they're usable.
 

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 10:32 PM

Fog, clouds, no views either day.

Brad
 

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 04:07 PM

I had the best views yet of Mars last night in Woodinville. Pushed my ED110 to 288x and the view was clear & steady. I was seeing enough detail to make a sketch, which hasn't happened for me during this opposition.

Thanks Mike for the link to this thread!
 

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 09:15 PM

I'm on the return flight (on-board wifi) home from a snowy trip to the Mid-Atlantic :snowedin:

I hope to catch some Mars views when I get home! :praying:

Welcome to the thread Steve!
 

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 12:11 AM

Anybody notice that Sean's Astronomy Shop is going out of business? That's sad. :(
 

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Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:41 AM

Thanks Mike for the link to this thread!


Ubetcha! :grin:

Anybody notice that Sean's Astronomy Shop is going out of business? That's sad.


Sad it is. I'll miss seeing his traveling emporium at OSP. This has got to be the worst of times for small retailers. I think of Jim Bielaga, still hanging in there at Aurora Astro. I buy the occasional goody there when I need something.
 

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 02:24 PM

Hey All finally got a chance to up load the requested photo of the new toy...hope this works ;)

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 03:40 PM

Hi, Joan. :wavey:

Bet you wish we a few of those nice sunny riding days now, eh? :lol:
 

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 10:39 AM

It's supposed to be getting quite nice later this week, good for getting out. Just in time for me to go to Phoenix. But after that I'll head a little south and hopefully get to look through the Kitt Peak 0.9m scope if it's a clear night.

Observing last night was very good too. I didn't get the big gun out, but I was quite surprised at how much detail I could see on Mars with the 80mm. Three dark areas and the polar cap were all quite visible.

Brad
 

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 01:31 PM

Happy New Year, Joan! You need some tattoos to go with the ride.

Brad, I hope you have a safe trip with clear skies. I'm glad you got out last night. Anne & I got home late and I just didn't have the energy to go out, but it looked good, with Mars shining bright between puffy wuffies.
 


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