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#3701 Bomber Bob

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Posted 14 August 2020 - 09:17 PM

You taking any pictures?
You're pretty good at it.
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Posted 17 August 2020 - 07:44 PM

It isn't a pic of me with it, but a much better pic.  smile.gif

 

I was able to spend some time with my adult nephew (in-law) and family this weekend.  He is a great guy, and I have known him since he was a little guy.  His aunt, now my wife of 28 years, was always very close to the family.  His little kids, my greats (Boy! does that sound like I am old), are awesome little people. 

 

I gave them my classic Celestron C6 (V), mount, and one Silvertop EP.  My nephew is very handy, and excited about tinkering with the scope.  It gives great views, but I never completely finished the project.

 

The 4 of us enjoyed Jupiter and Saturn on Sunday night.  Momma was inside tending to the third (quite recent) of the progeny.  The two oldest were pretty excited, even though the views were a bit wobbly from the seeing. 

 

Not much better than kids excited about something other than screens.  LOL.

 

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#3703 Augustus

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Posted 30 August 2020 - 10:34 PM

13.1" Coulter Odyssey

 

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#3704 Russell Smith

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Posted 30 August 2020 - 10:44 PM

That scope looks brand new Zane.
How do you like it so far?
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Posted 30 August 2020 - 10:57 PM

That scope looks brand new Zane.
How do you like it so far?

It basically IS brand-new. Original owner told me he'd used it half a dozen times after owning it 35 years. Only modifications he made were upgrading to the Lumicon focuser and adjusting the spider for proper collimation.

 

Other than the massive weight and the 90-degree angle of the focuser, it's pretty great. The Lumicon helical works well (though it is only 1.25"), the optics are about 1/4 wave and it works like a charm. Plus people love how it looks!


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Posted 31 August 2020 - 09:51 AM

13.1" Coulter Odyssey

 

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That telescope brings back nice memories of a good friend who had one and was very active in outreach activities for our local astronomical society.  It provided superb views and was a main attraction . Yours looks as good as if it had just come out of the box.

 

When I had my 8" f/7 Coulter back in 94, I called the company about some problems that seemed to be related to collimation. The man who answered the phone was the owner! He was very helpful and after explaining the problem he came to the conclusion that it was caused by internal air currents. It was. The closed long tube accumulated a lot of heat during the day and required more than one hour to stabilize. I never heard this problem from the 13.1 or the shorter 8". I had a great phone call with Coulter and found out that they were such nice and helpful people.


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Posted 31 August 2020 - 02:23 PM

Last night while out with the 60/1000 Soligor

 

Experimenting with photography to try and capture the session is always fun

Especially when the seeing starts to limit the amount of good observing time

 

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With artificial lighting

 

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and by Moonlight

 

Afterwards I compared the views with the 60/800 Crescent and the 9TE

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This one is from last week's session using the Crescent

 


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#3708 Gianluca9999

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Posted 04 September 2020 - 03:13 PM

My “new” vintage telescope, a Takahashi TS50.

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#3709 Darren Drake

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Posted 04 September 2020 - 06:12 PM

1980 C8 on a Golden Pyramid ...

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#3710 Chuck Hards

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Posted 04 September 2020 - 09:20 PM

My “new” vintage telescope, a Takahashi TS50.

 

Nice!  Is that the one from eBay?



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Posted 05 September 2020 - 01:44 AM

Nice! Is that the one from eBay?


Yes!
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#3712 houndsbourgh

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Posted 05 September 2020 - 10:54 AM

63 Q recently had its optics recoated and a full service at Questar. Mounted on a D&S tripod with a 87 Powerguide with built in 12v battery.

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Posted 06 September 2020 - 06:11 PM

When Giants Roamed the Earth...

 

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APM 152ED on the Meade SF + Losmandy CP-100 and a 1980s Celestron (Vixen) SPC-102 on a Mizar Super Polaris + MDS II.


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Posted 06 September 2020 - 06:33 PM

Two of my GOTO's matched up well last Thursday night.  A 58mm E.D  F/13  comet 2 1954-55 on a Unitron altaz  and a 60mm E.D F/20  Model 105 1956-59.  I really like how how well they perform with the original .965 eyepieces.

 

Cheers

 

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#3715 Russell Smith

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Posted 06 September 2020 - 07:08 PM

I'm still loving the firstscope. 

 

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Posted 07 September 2020 - 06:43 PM

Yes like the first scope   should have held onto mine    but I had too many scopes and needed wanted to add more so   away she went......love the black tube with the orangey color legs     the alt az Polaris ? Mine was not great


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#3717 Russell Smith

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Posted 07 September 2020 - 06:48 PM

Yes. A bit of slop in the mount. Not horrible but I see no way to easily take it out.

 

Time to knock the dust off the C-4.5

 

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Posted 23 September 2020 - 03:52 AM

Me and the Mizar SP-68R

 

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Whenever I'm out observing I enjoy trying to capture the session with a selfie.

This photo was taken the same night as the last one posted in the observing thread.

I couldn't decide which was better so this one gets posted here.

The lighting is a little brighter but not too artifical.

 

Once again I'm wearing the official uniform of 2020 grin.gif


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Posted 23 September 2020 - 02:28 PM

I'm still loving the firstscope. 

You and everyone else, lol !


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Posted 26 September 2020 - 10:49 AM

Chickens are very smart but try as I might they have no interest in looking into

a eyepiece, too bad because their eyes are most excellent for astronomy.

Their eyes are tetrachromatic. They have 4 types of cones that let them see

red, blue, and green light, as well as ultraviolet.

Chickens have an additional double cone structure that helps them to track

movement.

Because their eyes are so sensitive, they can see tiny light fluctuations that are

imperceptible to humans.

Chickens can use each eye independently on different tasks simultaneously.

Chickens also have mono-vision. The left eye is far sighted, and the right eye

is near sighted.

Robert

 

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Posted 26 September 2020 - 01:39 PM

This is mine, I bought it recently, these nights it gave me wonderful views of Mars

 

 

 

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Posted 26 September 2020 - 02:37 PM

Part 2

 

The first owner paid it 55000 yen in January 1979.

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#3723 clamchip

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Posted 26 September 2020 - 05:25 PM

'The wheel has been discovered'

Chickens can't fly very well so the wheel is of great importance.

Robert

 

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#3724 Russell Smith

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Posted 26 September 2020 - 05:48 PM

The firstscope 80 will have some competition tonight. 

Its been too long since its been out of the box.

Your right about those chickens Robert 

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Posted 26 September 2020 - 06:16 PM

^ :rofl: ^


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