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Re: [tmboptical] TMB 8" F/9 4th and 5th of July

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  • Kiss Gábor
    Hi Jim, Please tell us more reports! :) I really like to read observing reports from countries with nice, steady skies from this poor Central-European country
    Message 1 of 31 , Jul 5, 2002
      Hi Jim,

      Please tell us more reports! :)
      I really like to read observing reports from countries with nice, steady skies from this
      poor Central-European country with bad seeing.

      All the best,
      Gabor
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: jimhp29401us
      To: tmboptical@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Friday, July 05, 2002 3:23 PM
      Subject: [tmboptical] TMB 8" F/9 4th and 5th of July


      I apologize for so many reports. I'll stop after this one but I
      wanted to post one last (for a while) review. The Fourth was Great.
      Had a wonderful day with my Family. My brother-in-law Paul drove down
      from D.C. and we all had a nice BBQ supper. Paul was tired so he
      headed to bed. That gave me the opportunity to observe in the evening
      for the first time as it was clear. Not only that but I took a rollup
      mattress, a pillow and blanket with me. I observed doubles in Lyra
      and Cygnus until about midnight. Beautiful images with the 8" TMB.
      Although no great feat, the Double Double was particularly nice with
      10mm Zeiss plus 2x barlow ( 366X) and 12mm Pentax plus 2x barlow
      (304X). Perfect images! The eerie thing was that there were
      lightening flashes all around. Yes, some of the flashes were
      fireworks. But sitting at the eyepiece and having falshes of
      ligtening reflect off the observatory wall will get your attention!
      At times it would go o9n and on nonstop for a minuite or two. But,
      everything seemed far away when I would go outside the observatory to
      check. The sky was so hazy I worried for a while that weather might
      be able to "sneak up on me! About midnight I unrolled the mattrtess
      and went to sleep below the TMB. What a sight looking up at it with
      Lyra and Cygnus in the background. Woke up at 4:50 and turned the
      scope on the Crescent moon. Terminator about 1 crater diameter E of
      Gassendi. Seeing was good, 7/10 with occasional 7-8/10. I used the
      binoviewer and 16 mm and, for a while, 12 mm eyepieces with Barcon
      and extension (365X and 486X). Gassendi was magnificent at 486X with
      Binoviewer. I just sat there in awe. Exquisite detail. Like I said, I
      apologize for all the reports I just had to share the wonderful
      observations asnd the great fun I'm having with this Telescope.
      Markus, thanks for getting those rings to me. Markus and Tom, what
      can i say? Thank you both for producing such a wonderful telescope.

      Jim


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    • Leebizz@aol.com
      Hi Rich, I tried to join your group but the membership page seemed uncooperative. Dr. Hoglan [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      Message 31 of 31 , Oct 9, 2006
        Hi Rich,
        I tried to join your group but the membership page seemed uncooperative.
        Dr. Hoglan


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