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  • erdmanpe
    Well, cheer up, it was cloudly here last night and this one too. Can t have everything it seems . Peter
    Message 1 of 14 , Nov 30, 2004
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      Well, cheer up, it was cloudly here last night and this one too.
      Can't have everything it seems <g>.

      Peter

      --- In tmboptical@yahoogroups.com, "Robert Anderson" <bob@t...> wrote:
      >
      > Peter
      >
      > That is the gruelest comment I have ever heard. I have just driven
      > back from meetings in Ottawa, Canada to Toronto, (a distance of
      > 450km, 900km there and back today), and what is the first thing I
      > read? Bare feet observing.
      >
      > It is a balmy -1C, cloudy with rain/snow for the next 4-5 days and we
      > have not had a clear night for 3 weeks.
      >
      > We are wondering what end of the scope to look through and feel we
      > will not remember any of the names of the stars, constellations or
      > Messier nubmers when we do finally go out!
      >
      > And there you are, in bare feet, observing.
      >
      > Well, there is only one way to deal with this, I am putting out your
      > address to all Canadians, we're coming to visit!
      >
      > Cheers and have a look for us poor schmucks huddled in our komonos,
      > (in the summer, their called parkas).
      >
      > Bob
      >
      >
      > --- In tmboptical@yahoogroups.com, "erdmanpe" <erdmanpe@y...> wrote:
      > >
      > > As I go out into my driveway tonight to observe in my bare feet,
      > I'll
      > > be thinking of you <g>.
      > >
      > > Peter
      > >
      > > --- In tmboptical@yahoogroups.com, Rodger Raubach
      > <rodgerraubach@y...>
      > > wrote:
      > > > Hi Ray,
      > > >
      > > > Please do some observing for me! We had 22" of snow over the
      > weekend
      > > and the temp is supposed to drop down to -15 deg F tonight! Even if
      > I
      > > lugged out the scope , I seriously doubt that the NJP would run very
      > > long--altho' it might last a few more minutes than I would. I
      > haven't
      > > had much time at the EP lately , mostly due to the weather. My last
      > > attempt at an observing session was truncated by a massive Aurora
      > > Borealis display about 2 weeks ago. I thought at the time that the
      > > clouds had rolled in , but when I started seeing rays , streamers ,
      > > and some green draperies , it finally sank in that I was in the
      > midst
      > > of the most massive Aurora display in my experience.
      > > >
      > > > Anyway , hae a great time at the ep tonight!
      > > >
      > > > Rodger
      > > >
      > > > Ray Byrne <ray@i...> wrote:
      > > > Hi Mark,
      > > >
      > > > I'd give what Rodger said here a massive plus on the side of an
      > APO. I
      > > > was going to buy a Russian Mak-Cas before settling on my TMB152
      > on a
      > > > G11 (non Gemini) and I'm so glad I went for this set-up. My
      > previous
      > > > scope was a Meade 7" Mak and although collimation was not an
      > issue
      > > > cooling was - big-time. That aside I'm on the Makscope UG and
      > most of
      > > > their posts are about collimation issues and general maintenance,
      > thank
      > > > goodness I have none of that worry most of my posts are about
      > what I've
      > > > seen or imaged.
      > > >
      > > > My current set-up is so easy to use and deploy and gives me no
      > > > arse-ache what-ever. This turns into more nights of observing
      > because I
      > > > don't find it a chore. I'm going out tonight as it is the first
      > clear
      > > > night for about 14 days the seeing doesn't look too good but it's
      > early
      > > > evening so hopefully it will improve. I'll be ready to rock n
      > roll
      > > > within 10 minutes + a short time for the scope to acclimatise -
      > no
      > > > collimating, no fans, no dewing-up, no messing about with GOTO
      > stuff
      > > > just pure un-troubled observing.
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > On Monday, November 29, 2004, at 07:35 pm, Rodger Raubach wrote:
      > > >
      > > > > Hi Mark!
      > > > >
      > > > > I just thought I'd add another comment on scope choices: I also
      > > happen
      > > > > to live in a very dry and (sometimes very dusty) area , where
      > the
      > > wind
      > > > > can pick up at the drop of an eyepiece. Open optical systems
      > have the
      > > > > advantage of more rapid cool down times , but I could never
      > keep a
      > > > > truss Dob's optics clean ( in addition to collimated) where I
      > live. A
      > > > > Mewlon would have less of a problem , but an APO has no
      > problems of
      > > > > this sort at all!
      > > > >
      > > > > As a second issue , the Mewlon does require frequent
      > collimation to
      > > > > work at peak performance. I don't like to "fiddle" with things
      > in my
      > > > > hobby to get them to work right. My observing time is sometimes
      > > > > severely limited by other commitments , and I'd rather be
      > observing
      > > > > instead of collimating or cleaning.
      > > > >
      > > > ATB
      > > >
      > > > Ray Byrne
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    • Donald A. Rosenfield
      ... Hi Marc, Need to get rid of spider diffraction? Introduce a refractor wasp. The wasp s larvae eat the spider and you get an unobstructed view! :) Donald
      Message 2 of 14 , Dec 9, 2004
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        > Just
        > something about an unobstructed view. Also, the spider diffraction
        > annoyed me.
        >
        >
        > Marc Zukoff---
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        Hi Marc,

        Need to get rid of spider diffraction? Introduce a refractor wasp.
        The wasp's larvae eat the spider and you get an unobstructed view! :)

        Donald
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