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21357Re: [tmboptical] Kids and telescopes

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  • Norman L. Rubenstein
    Jan 1, 2005
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      Dear Chris:

      Thank you for making/stressing an important point that all too often can be
      neglected. Your warning is all too true, and is even more important if and
      when you volunteer to bring your scope to a public star party, especially
      one being held at/for a primary school. (You must be constantly vigilant
      with the children ­ and even their parents) :-))

      Please feel free to post more often!

      Happy New Year,


      On 1/1/05 5:22 AM, "Chris" <chris.b@...> wrote:

      > Hi
      > I don't usually post here but wanted to comment on Mathew's mention
      > of his kid brother messing with his scope in his absence.
      > This really is a no-no. Scopes are heavy when mounted and have a
      > very high centre of gravity. Tripods are geometrically unstable and
      > fall over in a breeze. If the scope survives the fall a kid might
      > not recover from a counterweight hitting him on the head.
      > Then there is the eternal problem of solar observing. You go in for
      > an accessory and come out to find you kid sister has removed the
      > solar filter and is peering into an empty drawtube....
      > Be *very* careful out there.
      > Let's keep it a Happy New Year.
      > Best regards to all.
      > Chris.B

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