two fairly unusual occurrences have teamed up to
provide me with an unforgettable experience thru the traveler.
radian eyepieces - so liberating they obviate a need for barlows - have a
FEW special needs of their own. the eyelens is huge on these babies and a
certain amount of schmutz is bound to accumulate. on a longer lens this
stuff is hardly a bother but with the tiny exit pupils of the 3 and 4 radian it
is unacceptable. these lenses need to be brushed frequently and really
cleaned pretty often i think. so i decided now was a good time to clean
EVERYTHING. the traveler (which sees action every day) had a fine
layer of pollen that has outlived its use as a yellow-green filter for mars
work. it cleaned up pretty shiny and it's back in service.
my pond is home (and way station) to many
critters and i get a good look at all of them with the 105 on the wimberley
mount. most are more or less the color of their surroundings - tawny
browns or darker markings that allow them to blend in and relax a little.
my latest visitor is hearing none of it. this GREAT EGRET is the color of
bleached toilet paper - almost blue-white in its brilliance. its
profile was very keen and the sun was high behind me. the
sheer QUANTITY of light hitting my eye was forcing me to blink and yet
there was no trace of color along this bird's back. SPECTACULAR! i watched
him patrol the far bank (200 yards) at 28x with every detail cutting like a
blade as he fished for the fingerlings that usually go to the
kingfishers. he would turn toward me or away with a corresponding
RELIEF from the intensity of his plumage but suddenly once again BLINDING when
he turned back along the bank. i get several waders in my pond but few
that warrant comparison to venus in twilight!
andover new jersey