11166Re: Lurking and surfacing
- Sep 3, 2003--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "ericj" <ericj@f...> wrote:
> How was the Black Forest Star Party? Any interesting scopes orHi Eric and everyone,
I'm back from the star party and the short vacation. The
Black Forest Star Party was a great time, even with the poor
weather the first "official" day (a lot of people were there
1 to 5 days before the start).
The skies on Saturday were good, transparency the best early
on, the seeing better later on. We hunted down faint galaxies
near showcase objects, through the good larger dobs, and it
was very easy to see them, even with the skies about .5 mag
worse than the very best nights at Cherry Springs. Passed
midnight, Mars was best seen through Rick Singmaster's 12.5"?
f/4.5 Zambuto, and the TMB 6mm Mono. Rick said that the TMB
Monos were the first eyepieces that didn't show spherical
aberration with less than a 6 element eyepiece (rightly
so), at f/4.5. During the best seeing with the 12" and the
TMB 6mm Mono, the views were really excellent, the best on the
field, and this was confirmed by many who used the telescope/
eyepiece combination. The 7mm Nagler type 6 looked like too
much power, but when we put the 6mm Mono in, we saw better
detail, contrast and it seemed like just the right power.
Tim Povlick and his wife, Jeff Larko and his wife, Gary Moors,
Harvey Gryttenholm, and many other friends and customers were
there. We had a great time talking about optics, telescopes,
and talked about our observations through the various telescopes.
I wish Wayne Gondella could have made it, maybe next year.
Thank you Wayne for your very comprehensive review of the TMB
I was too busy to hear the talks, but I heard that they were
very good. All in all, one of the best star parties, and I
will be there next year, and hope the group members can make it.
I'm now many days behind in my work, and will start working
on getting telescopes and eyepiece orders out. I will also
contact people on the third list for the TMB Super Monocentrics.
Please allow me to get to all this work. I will ship your
telescopes and eyepieces as soon as I possibly can. Thank you
for your patience.
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