6674Re:Porrima...what a moon!
- May 1, 2007
Last night was a beautiful night...warm, slight breeze, no dew, no bugs, full moon. so I decided to make good on my statement to try to split Porrima again. I wheeled the 17.5" out an hour before darkness, took a quick look at the full moon rising against an unusually dark-bluish-purplish-night-time-rising southeastern horizon...God, what a moon! What a place to visit! Then I went inside to wait for darkness.
Darkness never came. Our atmosphere is very clean and very transparent - much cleaner than 15-20 years ago. That moon was so bright...how bright was it? It was so bright I never found Spica or Porrima. So I watched the PBS program on the Mormons instead.
But I will try again for Porrima in a week or two.
Oh, we had some clouds in the east this morning and there was a beautiful "hole in the sky" with the sun sitting just above the hole and the light gushed, ie, poured thru the hole in a beautiful 3-d cone-shaped display...as seen from my seat at the d-bac-o-d-bus...northbound on I-95 just south of Wilmington, DE.
Sent by: email@example.com
04/30/2007 06:11 PMPlease respond to
firstname.lastname@example.orgSubject [delmarvastargazers] Porrima
So far two Delmarva Stargazers have split Porrima. I'm indeed
impressed. Dave Groski split it with a 4.5" f/27 Schiefspiegler, and I
couldn't split it with a 25". Don't tell me different telescopes serve
all different purposes!
I recall Don Surles mentioning fond memories of that 17.5" Coulter
telescope. Don, I had an 8" f/7 Optical Craftsmen Newtonian back in the
days when I was a neophyte. I remember hardly ever experiencing what
looked like bad seeing with that scope. Little did I know that was
becuase the primary was made by Dick Nelson himself, and was probably
1/20-wave or better. It had an E&W Quartz diagonal mirror, probably
equally as accurate. After a couple of years (probably mid-1970's) I
gave the scope away and moved "UP" to a Celeston C-8. To my amazement
The C-8 never showed planets or double stars anywhere near as sharp.
Oh, to have that wonderful 8" f/7 Optical Craftsman again. The last I
heard it was stored in a basement in Richmond, VA that flooded and the
scope was scraped. What a waste!!
This communication is for use by the intended recipient and contains information that may be Privileged, confidential or copyrighted under applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby formally notified that any use, copying or distribution of this e-mail, in whole or in part, is strictly prohibited. Please notify the sender by return e-mail and delete this e-mail from your system. Unless explicitly and conspicuously designated as "E-Contract Intended", this e-mail does not constitute a contract offer, a contract amendment, or an acceptance of a contract offer. This e-mail does not constitute a consent to the use of sender's contact information for direct marketing purposes or for transfers of data to third parties. Francais Deutsch Italiano Espanol Portugues Japanese Chinese Korean http://www.DuPont.com/corp/email_disclaimer.html
- << Previous post in topic Next post in topic >>