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#4551 Greyhaven

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Posted 07 April 2021 - 05:31 PM

Me. The cowlick is gone, but I still drool. Probably more now than then.

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 04:02 PM

Dave...  I’ll be really interested in how the 19 Panoptic works for you.  If I’m just sightseeing it’s really my goto eyepiece.  It doesn’t seem as sharp as the Naglers but it gives a decent field of view and for some reason I can use it for longer viewing periods without my eye getting tired.  It gives the same effect when used with the 2x Powermate.  I haven’t tried it with the 4x.

 

Grey, I’m with ya on the drooling!   I’ve been struggling a bit the last few days trying to straighten out my radio after doing a software/firmware update on it I was having problems with and then I found Windows had preloaded an update that it didn’t seem to give me an option to wait to implement on to the pc I use to operate the radio.   That screwed up some of the virtual serial ports that talked to the other programs I use for the radio stuff. I had double trouble!  Sometimes I really think I’m ready to learn knitting for a hobby and bail out on the other stuff.


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Posted 08 April 2021 - 06:38 PM

I like the ES20/68 and use it most nights so it will be interesting to compare the two.,The ES is a bit chubby.,but that's really a non issue.,20mm is a good fit for my scopes and for how /what I like to observe.,It's got a little power and ok fov so the 19 will be very similar I hope.,

 It's looking clear out there now  that's not in the forecast.,I'm thinking the 102 may need to go out.,cool.gif ,.55°it's bikini weather!!


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Posted 09 April 2021 - 02:35 AM

Well I know why it wasn't in the forecast.,How do you spell HAZZY.,It still is.,I can just see Scorpio through the murk.,I needed my beauty rest anyway.,And my coffee was ready when I got up at midnight.,

  So I found that the bagger at Hannafords didn't get all my bags in the cart.,I was missing 5 of my canned goods .,I call and they say "Oh.,no problem.,we have it right here".,No problem for them.,It's a 15mi. round trip.,half over bad roads for me.,All for $8 worth of beans.,I didn't go back yet.,maybe today and I'll get us a treat to make up for the extra trip.,Last week my trip to town was cut short by the tractor guy bringing JD back without calling ahead.,Things come in 3's..,What's next,.,It better not have to do with the Panoptic.,shocked.gif ,.

  


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Posted 09 April 2021 - 09:54 AM

Ok guys.,Now we're getting somewhere.lol,.,These are through the 80mm Celestron f5.,w/ the Orion zoom set at 7mm.,and then tweeked to my liking.,or the best I could do.,Enjoy.,

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Posted 09 April 2021 - 02:42 PM

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Posted 09 April 2021 - 03:43 PM

I had a hard time with the focuser on this scope,.,It's not up to the task of holding the weight.,focusing was rough.,but it gets me wanting to try the rig with the 102ed on Frank.,When the moon returns I will be practiced and ready.,

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Posted 09 April 2021 - 08:51 PM

Either you have that figured out pretty well or you were standing awful close Dave.  You're on a roll!



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Posted 10 April 2021 - 03:18 PM

Rollin Rollin Rollin.,I found out today that it's much easier to focus when the sun isn't beaming down on me.,And I use a better focuser and scope an eyepiece.,These are through the 102ed w/Baader zoom.,

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Posted 10 April 2021 - 05:59 PM

OK, Dave! What will your next trick be? When capturing birds morning and late afternoon work well trying to keep the sun to your back. AM sun really intensifies the colors and late afternoon light adds a golden glow. I hope you can get a few shots of your scarlet tanagers, I've seen a few around here, but never had a camera with me to capture one. Thanks for sharing.

Got the JD disinsnowblowered and the mowing deck slung from it's belly.  If the weather holds I'll be trimming up some free range bushes over the next few days so I can load the branches on to my customized flamed trailer and haul the branches out in time for the city's annual  Spring brush and branch collection festival. Keep an eye on the sky and birdies.

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Posted 10 April 2021 - 07:33 PM

How's this.,.lol.,

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Posted 10 April 2021 - 09:27 PM

Oh. You can call me Jay or you can call me BJ, but you don't has to call Blue Jay.

Good work!

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Posted 11 April 2021 - 09:29 AM

Yesterday the temperature got up to 72 F, I spent my time outside, doing some chores. I dragged out the can of instant ice tea, thumped it to mix up the crystalized sugar, and made myself a pitcher of iced tea to help hydrate. Today I am back to hot cocoa. The last time I drank iced tea was probably back in the Fall.


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Posted 11 April 2021 - 12:05 PM

I started the fire at 4am today.,it's still smoldering.,We have a big patch of blue showing but the sun hasn't found it yet.,I'm looking at a William Optics 73mm Zenithstar for a good wildlife and moon pic scope.,What thinkith thou.,?.,

 

Edit.,.Miss Peg made me push the buy button.,.She may deny it but.,.flowerred.gif .,


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Posted 11 April 2021 - 05:30 PM

I was drinking iced tea by noontime, and it's back to cocoa weather now.

 

I spent the day hanging a screen door on the greenhouse. This is something I've never done before. Somehow I mixed up their directions as to which side of the door was 'Exterior'. Why can't they spend the $0.05 for a sticker that would show this? I told my wife I would re-hang the door tomorrow.


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Posted 11 April 2021 - 07:28 PM

Yes, a busy weekend here also Scott. Knocked a couple of free range bushes back. and got the leftovers out to the curbside for the city to deal with. Friday I clear coated my whirligigs so they could face the Maine weather  and today  they were mounted back on the Cider House roof supports to keep watch on the Kingdom as in years passed. I added a sign to the Cider House door to discourage tourist traffic.

Be well in the Kingdom.

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Posted 11 April 2021 - 07:59 PM

Very cool gigs Gray.,I neglected my yard work and I feel ok about that.,lol.,It was a quiet day here after a long night of short naps.,

  I'm trying to put together a light weight tripod and mount for the W.O. for terrestrial use.,I think I'll use the wood tripod that the birdies scopes are on.,It's short and It's pretty stable and not too heavy.,I think the1"pipe will be good ,.Best2all 



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Posted 12 April 2021 - 01:50 PM

Gray, Do you have any experience with William Optic scopes? It looks like a nice package,.I used the 102 and it was nice but for daytime use I thought it wasn't necessary to have the extra mm's.,.hence a smaller scope equals a smaller setup overall.,easier to use.,

  I have enjoyed the 102ed for its sharper views.,and liking daytime viewing I think the 73 will get a lot of use with the birdies and camera.,I look forward to going to the breakwater at the lake for a few scenic pics with our hills in the background.,Best2u my friend.,



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Posted 12 April 2021 - 05:56 PM

Dave, no first hand experience with Williams Optics scopes. Did a bit of research when considering a small doublet but settled on the the SW80 because one came up on Amazon Warehouse for $380. instead of the $650.  now $800.+ they go for now. If  remember right they had some nice features like rotatable focusers and retractable dew shields and great quality. It would really benefit from a solid mount. The rotatable focuser would make framing those  uncooperative birdies a bit easier. Most photo programs allow for rotation. but then the shot  usually needs cropping. Did you find a good deal on one? Wish you well on the birding.

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Posted 12 April 2021 - 08:57 PM

I went for a new one from Agena.,I have been looking at the AT80 since before they ran out of them but never pull the trigger.,I decided this will be  a good investment. I'll bet it gets used plenty when I get it mounted on something I'm happy with.,

  The 19mm Panoptic is supposed to come tomorrow..fingers crossed.,Maybe some star time this week.,



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Posted 13 April 2021 - 09:02 AM

A new birdie showed up this am.,bad pic.,hand held through window w/ Meade 70AZ and vite 23/62.,

Also., me and my big brother at Fort Ticonderoga.,

 

Edit.,No Panoptic today.,Right up till this morning it said today.,Now it says ,." in transit.,arriving late " .,.The good news is the WO is on its way as well,.,The WO is coming UPS.,the Panoptic by USPS..Place your bets.,.lol.,They both are from Agena and they always get things in the mail right away.,so that's good.,.I ordered a 2" diagonal from here yesterday so I got a 3 way race goin on.,.I think I have stimulated myself plenty for this month.,lol.,

   Had our first 2 male Goldfinch yesterday and the Bluebird today.,Still no hummers.,

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Posted 13 April 2021 - 06:25 PM

It's looking good out at the moment.,Forecast says partly cloudy.,calm.,It also says rain and snow Fri+Sat..cool.gif .,Eneemeenemiinemo.,Best2all,.


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Posted 13 April 2021 - 06:42 PM

I hope it turns out well, Dave! We've got "partly cloudy" down here.

 

I ventured out last night with high hopes and good transparency. Things started out well, but when Castor and Pollux disappeared behind the fog, I gave up.


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Posted 13 April 2021 - 10:49 PM

Just coming in and my eye is tired,.So many galaxies.,so little time.,Skies were good.,With the AT102 and the 17.5 Morpheus the galaxies were jumping out at me.,I hopped to a few.,and later as the Virgo cluster came into range I just started scanning about.,Never changed eyepieces.,lol.,46° and calm.,can't complain.,

  I hope someone else had as good a time as I did.,


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Posted 14 April 2021 - 09:12 AM

The milkyway was amazing this morning .I got a good view from my recliner.,with/ without the bino.,Also USPS says the Panoptic is out for delivery.,waytogo.gif .,Enjoy this nice day iin the kingdom.,


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