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#3001 Greyhaven

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Posted 17 January 2020 - 04:30 PM

Guess who got the 3000th post 

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Posted 17 January 2020 - 11:41 PM

I kept quiet just so you could get it.I was gonna post at 3:00 but that would have been too creepy.,We might have gotten clouded in for 300 days and nights.,

  I just woke up and the big dog is right out the window.,it's 2*.,and I can hear the wind whispering.,,I'll be staying right here in the comfort of my lazy boy.,

I still have the Omni on the Orion eq sitting in the house so I can sit beside it and swing it around and kinda be observing.,and over there.,That's the cobweb nebula.,

  My son brought us some venison today that will go in a pot of spagetti sause tomorrow with onions,,peppers.,mushies.,and sweet italian sausage.,Ahhh.,heartburn at it's finest.,

  More snow comin tomorrow night.,JD is gassed up and ready.,I will clear the deck in the morning.,or once it warms up a bit.,above 10* would be nice.,lol.,Frank as always.,is at the ready.,cheers.,

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#3003 Greyhaven

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 08:00 AM

Dave your selfless act is appreciated, I will act accordingly. bow.gifband2.sml.gifbanjodance.gif  elephant.gif  hamsterdance.gifRim_Shot.gifsnoopy2.gifwoot.gif 

All is well in the Kingdom.

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 04:06 PM

I am sure you will hold the torch high.,we are fortunate to have this forum to share our hobby and our life in the kingdom.,All we need now is some nights above 20* with no moon.,no clouds.,and no gale warnings.,Am I dreaming or what.,stay warm fellow astrofolk.,62 days.,cool.gif,.

 

Cool clouds from today.,

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 06:51 PM

Well tonight is not looking good for much, the snow started here around 5, I have been out a few times since last post and working almost blind when it's cold has been problematic I now just tend to go out with one eyepiece and just live with it, I'm thinking about getting one of those red flashlights but fear it will either be to dark to be useful or bright enough to screw with my night vision, must say on a good night my University optics 80 degree 16mm is becoming a favorite, haven't caught a night were the 11mm worked any better

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 07:23 PM

Ossipee.,What do you have for a scope?.I often use just one eyepiece.,usually the ES14/82.It's good for lookin for and lookin at.,

,,You can make any flashlight a red one.,and make it to your liking.,I get these flashlights at walmart.,$2.,a few wraps of masking tape and the lid from a juice jug.,or milk jug.,you can add white or red paper to darken to taste.,These cheap lights have lasted me for years.,I use /drop them daily and they keep workin.,I use them for indoor lighting as well.,every night.,I do not work for walmart.,lol.,

I put rubber cane bottoms on them so they stand up.,

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 07:39 AM

Dave, the pics of your lighting solutions are better than the special effects in an old sci fi flick I watched this morning..   need to photoshop those into some moon shots, put em online and we’ll have an invasion going viral. .     Mike

 

out to battle 6 inches of fluff back before we run outa milk!


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Posted 19 January 2020 - 08:05 AM

It looks like it has stopped here.,the bluejays are shoveling off the feeder.,17*.,just noticed a big blue opening with the cresent moon just past due south.,maybe get some sunshine soon.,

  I never got the deck cleared so now there's a foot of snow out there.,Peggg.,lol..,

 

Here are my special effects lights.,

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 09:40 AM

That was one of the nicest storms I've ever had the pleasure to clean up after. Pure fluff... even the plow bank at the edge of the driveway simply and effortlessly dissolved in front of my mighty snow removal equipment. Snow the way it should be in the Kingdomgrin.gifEven the Chalet  Cider House got dressed up.

 

 

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 10:15 AM

We hire a plow man to do the driveway, but I have a snow blower to carve paths to the propane tank, goat shed, and my pier. The pull rope broke on the second yank. I'm going to repair it as soon as it gets a little warmer outside.



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Posted 19 January 2020 - 03:05 PM

That is a bummer Scott.,but I got you beat.,I was all done.,saw I left a bit more than usual in front of the garage door.,I blow parallel to the door and leave a foot wide strip to shovel.,Well I thought I could get a bit closer.,and I ended up pinned against the garage door.,I'm lucky the passenger door unzips.,lol.,Well I wasted an hour trying to move it.,give me a lever.,ya right.,I called my son.,He came over 1/2 an hour later.,lifted the front up and out a foot.,then lifted the rear up and out two feet.,wiped his gloves together.,says.,"there.,I gotta go to walmart.,need anything".,

  Yes the nicest storm yet.,I was all cleaned up in 25 minutes.,almost.,lol.,

I did get the deck cleared though.,bow.gif waytogo.gif.,

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 04:26 PM

Hi Dave and all, I have the AWB onesky, I have the 25+10mm eyepieces that came with it, I purchased a 32mm from our host and a 16+11mm University's optics 80 degree from the classifieds on a good night the 16 is becoming my favorite I have not had a night where the 11 really showed me more. Thanks for the ideas on the flash light, what I like to do is search with the 32 and then go to the 16.



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Posted 19 January 2020 - 06:16 PM

Dug out my socket set, realized the ratchet was missing. Tore apart my work area, nothing. I had a coupon for the local hardware store, so I picked up a new ratchet. (This will ensure that the old one appears.) Got the pull start repaired, the snow blower won't start. My fault, it lives in an unheated shed, I should start it more often. I'll tackle that tomorrow.



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Posted 19 January 2020 - 06:30 PM

Scott pull the bowl on the carb and hit the float with some cleaner, i am guessing your float is stuck, pretty common with the new alcohol gas. It happens with my little seldom used generator every year or so no viewing tonight still cloudy here.


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Posted 19 January 2020 - 06:39 PM

Oh almost forgot if you have a fuel valve before your carb close that and shut your blower of that way, so no sticky fuel left in carb, mostly important last snow storm.


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Posted 19 January 2020 - 07:33 PM

I'll check the float in the morning. The snow blower doesn't have a valve, sadly. We had a gasoline fired generator for power outages, it finally wore out. I want to replace it with a propane fired generator.



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Posted 20 January 2020 - 12:14 AM

Ossipee I remembered you had the OS after I posted.,That is a great scope.,Using the 11mm you get 59x.,with the 15mm 40x.,The rule of thumb is to see a difference you need to up the power by 1.4x.,so 40x1.4=56.,Your just above that point ,so it will depend on the target for you to "see" a difference.My fav in the OS has been the ES14/82.,but I recently got the 20/68 which I am liking a lot.,

  So do you have any pics of your set up.,nosey neighbors want to see.,lol.,here is mine.,all dolled up.,

  Scott.,good luck with the blower.,

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 08:48 AM

Looks like a midnight alarm tonight for my viewing window...  Taurus and Orion should be passing by first.  Big trick will be keeping the window from fogging up in the “single pane” mode.  I may keep the doors to that room closed and run a fan on it till the movie begins.

 

my snowblower story for the weekend stars a foot long piece of 2x4 in the snow bank at the end of the driveway...  you can’t imagine what a discouraging and expensive sound that makes when being eaten by a 60 inch blower just before things get quiet...  after some wrestling with a wedged thrown chain and getting that back on track and a 25 cent shear pin on the drive shaft life in Buckfield is good again.

 

edit...  cold day and chuck roast on sale means pot roast in the Dutch oven for me!  Best smelling heat source goin!     Mike


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Posted 20 January 2020 - 09:05 AM

Mike.,that has got to be scary.,and I need to put shearpins on my town list.,lol.,

  I'm going to set up early and try to get a few stars before the temps drop.,not sure who gets the nod.,cheers.,

 

Edit.,just saw Mike's edit.,lol.,I'm doing spag sauce with red onion.,yellow bell pepper.,button mushies.,hamburger.,and sweet italian sausage.,my guest's say.,"where's the pasta" when they have my spagetti.,lol.,

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 09:38 AM

now I can smell Dave's sauce all the way from Industry!


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Posted 20 January 2020 - 09:58 AM

Another great kitchen aroma is cornbeef.,Miss Peg likes her boiled dinners.,easy this time of year when I can put it on the woodstove for the afternoon on cloudy days.,We eat it till the cornbeef is gone then I make a stew with the leftover veggies.,yumba.,


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Posted 20 January 2020 - 03:40 PM

now I can smell Dave's sauce all the way from Industry!

Sure its not just the Otis Mill?

 Been cobbling a bit also Dave. Last year I took a short piece of mild steel flat stock and did a bt of wielding and drilling and made a mount for my camera to ride on top of my SW80 on the AVX to do some wide field AP. Shortly there after the camera failed and it had gone pretty much unused. It's too cold to go playing in the real shop but I brought the NexStar 5 in on its' twilight 1 mount  to modify the bar to fit this setup also. Just involved drilling a "couple" ( turned out to be 3 measure twice drill once dummy)) of holes. The results.

 

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The new guide scope will sport a guide camera when on the AVX mount just fit an eyepiece to see how easy alignment would be. Turns out easier than drilling holes.

 

I'll have to wait for warmer weather to repaint it. I cant spray anything but water based acrylics in the Cider House body Shop.

 

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 06:19 PM

Waiting for warmer weather...

 

Deer hang around the apple tree in the left background. Sometimes I startle them at night, which startles me!

 

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 08:17 PM

I took a few images of Orion down at the local boat landing. It is is noisy in the Spring and Summer, frogs croaking, fish splashing, a beaver slapping its tail, insects singing. Now, nothing but the wind.

 

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 10:08 PM

Thanks for sharing the shot of the Kingdom's sky.

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