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#2176 DreamWeaver

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 09:26 PM

Where's the chip in the mirror?


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#2177 Joe1950

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 09:42 PM

You can see it better in this view....

 

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#2178 DreamWeaver

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 10:00 PM

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#2179 tim53

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 11:01 PM

Here he is, RACI Robert! But image processing left some artifacts.

 

-drl

Robert, the Galaxy Being!  http://www.dailymoti...m/video/x2r0upi


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Posted 10 April 2018 - 11:09 PM

Robert, the Galaxy Being!  http://www.dailymoti...m/video/x2r0upi

Oh GOD I love the Outer Limits!


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#2181 clamchip

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 11:22 PM

Where's the chip in the mirror?

No clamchips in the mirror, probably because it's really wifepoo's mirror, the house is her's, I just pay the

bill's.

Incredibly there are no clamchips in the Edmund 3 inch lens, which I don't understand, all my best lenses

have a clamchip, let me refraze that, all my lenses HAVE CLAMCHIPS!

 

Robert


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Posted 11 April 2018 - 12:57 AM

Oh GOD I love the Outer Limits!

Yeah boy! Don't ask me how I got that stuff as a little kid but it was the only TV show I actually loved! I thought Star Trek was a comedy when my Mom showed it to me. If it didn't stare, crawl, slither, or speak philosophy, it was junk! I used to run home from school to see it! Was a little too young to catch it in real time. And what music! People have started calling NGC 891 "The Outer Limits Galaxy"!

 

top five

 

1. The Architects of Fear (scariest bear in sci-fi history)

2. The Zanti Misfits (Total destruction to anyone who betrays us! US foreign policy?)

3. The Mutant (GEEEZ Warren Oates at his weirdest!)

4. Don't Open 'Till Doomsday (Worthy of Harlan Ellison, who actually wrote a two-part episode)

5. Premonition (MAN that was weird!! Still gives me the shivers.)

 

I have been meaning to investigate the new series. (New for me, don't watch much TV these days.)

 

-drl


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Posted 11 April 2018 - 07:15 AM

Yeah boy! Don't ask me how I got that stuff as a little kid but it was the only TV show I actually loved! I thought Star Trek was a comedy when my Mom showed it to me. If it didn't stare, crawl, slither, or speak philosophy, it was junk! I used to run home from school to see it! Was a little too young to catch it in real time. And what music! People have started calling NGC 891 "The Outer Limits Galaxy"!

 

top five

 

1. The Architects of Fear (scariest bear in sci-fi history)

2. The Zanti Misfits (Total destruction to anyone who betrays us! US foreign policy?)

3. The Mutant (GEEEZ Warren Oates at his weirdest!)

4. Don't Open 'Till Doomsday (Worthy of Harlan Ellison, who actually wrote a two-part episode)

5. Premonition (MAN that was weird!! Still gives me the shivers.)

 

I have been meaning to investigate the new series. (New for me, don't watch much TV these days.)

 

-drl

The Galaxy Being is and always has been my favorite, followed by The Production and Decay of Strange Particles, It Crawled Out Of The Woodwork, The Bellero Shield, and Cry of Silence. I loved OL when it was first on and used to love the marathons that the Sci-Fi channel used to do on holiday weekends decades later. Now I have the complete (old/original) series on DVD. It was my favorite after Twilight zone, maybe even tied with it. The color re-boots didn’t measure up!


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Posted 11 April 2018 - 08:51 PM

I was going through some photos and ran across this rather sweet set up, Edmund 3 inch and

a Unitron Alt-Az  

 

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 08:59 PM

Sweet!  And, uh, you have how many of those Edmund 3" refractors?



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Posted 11 April 2018 - 09:24 PM

Sweet!  And, uh, you have how many of those Edmund 3" refractors?

I have two, the factory made job in the previous photo and this one I built

following Mechanix Illustrated directions.

Robert 

 

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 09:32 PM

My Dakin 4 has the same finder bracket, but the finder itself looks like he retooled a very old rifle scope to fit it.  Dakin also placed a metal strip (held by one "hidden" screw) inside the OTA that the bracket screws thread into.  Talk about a attention to detail!


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Posted 15 April 2018 - 12:56 PM

Here is a photograph of my astrophoto setup about 1976.

The optical tube assembly consists of a self-ground 6" f5.3 primary, completed with components from Edmund Scientific Company, on a Cave mount.

Astrophoto_Setup_ca1976.jpg


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Posted 15 April 2018 - 01:15 PM

Here’s my 1985 Questar Standard with Broad-Band coatings:

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 01:57 PM

It’s a beautiful Questar, Terra! Nice mounting!  The one thing I wish Questar had done differently would be to locate the plug receptacle someplace other than the bottom of the mount. It’s doable but sometimes a bit tricky depending on the tripod.


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Posted 15 April 2018 - 04:42 PM

Those Davis and Sanborn tripods are perfect for all kinds of small cats.

 

Here's mine, holding my 2045/LX3 off the ground:  

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 04:54 PM

The top plate on my D&S tripod is slightly wider than the Q's base, and has ~ 1.5" holes that make plugging in the drive easy.  Maybe Questar had the bottom plug to keep the base intact & pretty??


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Posted 15 April 2018 - 06:01 PM

There is a Questar version or Questar modified Davis & Sanford, I'm not sure what the difference is.

 

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 06:10 PM

It’s a beautiful Questar, Terra! Nice mounting!  The one thing I wish Questar had done differently would be to locate the plug receptacle someplace other than the bottom of the mount. It’s doable but sometimes a bit tricky depending on the tripod.

It can be a problem. The Losmandy plate I use for mounting is cut off short of the plug so it just fits. I don’t know why they didn’t put it on the side?


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Posted 16 April 2018 - 01:04 PM

Here is a photograph of my astrophoto setup about 1976.

The optical tube assembly consists of a self-ground 6" f5.3 primary, completed with components from Edmund Scientific Company, on a Cave mount.

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It must have been 1975.  I believe I took this photo of the Pleiades that very night.

 

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30 minute exposure on Kodak 103aF film.


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Posted 16 April 2018 - 03:45 PM

Is that the film that had to be kept cold until used?

 

At the time, aside from having a dry ice cold camera, it had the best reciprocity characteristics. B&W only.

 

Very nice!


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Posted 16 April 2018 - 05:11 PM

Is that the film that had to be kept cold until used?

 

At the time, aside from having a dry ice cold camera, it had the best reciprocity characteristics. B&W only.

 

Very nice!

No.  This film was specially designed for astronomical use and required no special handling, other than the usual storage in a cool, dry place.  Dry ice cameras were emerging about the same time, but were well beyond my means and expertise.

 

Hypered tech pan film was the next thing to come along.  It had finer grain than 103aF.


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Posted 16 April 2018 - 05:55 PM

There is a Questar version or Questar modified Davis & Sanford, I'm not sure what the difference is.

 

I don't know if mine is the Q version, but I can align the power plug with a hole in the plate:

 

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 12:08 PM

No.  This film was specially designed for astronomical use and required no special handling, other than the usual storage in a cool, dry place.  Dry ice cameras were emerging about the same time, but were well beyond my means and expertise.

 

Hypered tech pan film was the next thing to come along.  It had finer grain than 103aF.

Pretty cool John and it brings back memories.

 

Can you believe we actually did stuff like that, keeping our eyes glued to the guide scope eyepiece, handle paddle in hand, for an hour or so?  No stacking either!

 

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 02:40 PM

Pretty cool John and it brings back memories.

 

Can you believe we actually did stuff like that, keeping our eyes glued to the guide scope eyepiece, handle paddle in hand, for an hour or so?  No stacking either!

 

Jeff

 

I could't go for more than 30 minutes, especially when it was below freezing.

 

A lot of effort, not counting the time to drive to a remote site and set up.  And there was always the task of developing the film and making enlargements!  Easily two to three days before the results (and disappointments) were in hand.

 

I would get together with a friend of mine, Martin Germano, who had the equipment, skills and dedication to produce some of the most spectacular deep sky photos at the time!


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