Sorry to hear about his death, but it nice to get some background on Larry/Angus - he really 'made' the Phantasms - seemed perfect casting, effective casting. He acted that role without seeming, to me, to be a character in movie - maybe that's why the image has been so haunting. Now, no kidding, last night I got to bed late and ended up in an analog kinda nightmare with Phantasm-ic elements - lotta running and hiding - and I bumped into Angus - we were both hiding under some hydroponic beds from morphoids I call'em - looked like the lil fellas from Phantasm, only full sized, no robes, dressed in regular clothes. He shushed me as I was about to have a panic attack because the morphoids were just a couple feet away - RIGHT THERE!. We suffered thru their search, and made it out and on our way to a safe house we both knew about. "We must stay quiet, boy. Very quiet. You did well." - struck me as a nice sort of fellow - and we snuck down the hills to the small town, to a basement, where my girlfriend from the year Phantasm came out was keeping watch. She smiled at Angus and gave me the stink-eye. Figgers.
I had an uncle who lived in Florida when he wasn't running from the FCC for overpowered / illegal radios. Hid out with my mom and sis and I a couple times - he was wild - 10kW, 50kW - his mobile was 1.25kW moving, 5kW parked. Got me interested enough to get licensed and become a radio repairer in the army. Never made sense, the big power - like you said QRP gets you all over the world, and even into orbit - so I never got why he went big, other than he built everything himself and just wanted to do it. But even I thought he was more annoyance, in that respect, than an RF Freeman / Pioneer.
I was peeking around looking at Infinitys again, decided to order a 50 - $30 - gotta see if it's decent or not - lotta bad reviews of it, but mostly from first-timers expecting something like ETX performance - so I wanna know. Last 50 I had was a 'Tasco' - probably a knock-off - no glass all plastic. I binned the whole thing, which was hard to do, but it couldn't image trees in daylight, or the moon at night - not collimation, seemed to be a warped, hazed objective - just horrid. So, I just gotta know what's up with the 50 infinity - it it really as bad as some folk have said, or is it just lack of understanding / information? I'd like to believe Meade wouldn't put 'trash' in a box - that would counter any future sales, nie? Anyways, we shall see! I know the mount's doodoo - that's okay for me.
Yeah, getting the most out of something, mmmm, 'underpar' is a kick - very satisfying.
Clear Skies & Sharp Eyes,
Edited by AstroKerr, 07 September 2018 - 05:14 AM.