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jetstream

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  1. the propane gelled up last night, no furnace. thermometer read -43c at 3am, no wind.

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    2. jetstream

      jetstream

      Alls well!

      I gave the regulator and supply line a light go with my heat gun and 10 min later it went. The house was warm with the woodstove but I have to take care of the waterlines.

    3. Pig

      Pig

      I would imagine frostbite takes hold pretty quickly in those temperatures  Gerry, we don’t want you losing any of your digits ❄️

    4. jetstream

      jetstream

      It is a concern!

      There are a few things IMHO- I believe we cold adapt and once winter sets in it is a lot easier on us than when it first starts- I was very hot working outside in my sled suit and if you keep your head, feet and core warm it helps the hands. Not to say that you can't get frostbite...

      Shaun, thanks for the concern ! :hippy2::grin:

      ps I hope I didn't just unleash a torrent of one liners I can't keep with lol!

       

  2. its -44c with the wind right now.

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    2. jetstream

      jetstream

      Yes I was installing the sauna chimney earlier out there, the hands take a beating. The wind will cut you in half unless dressed properly lol!

      12 deg huh Shaun?! ok thats not fair! :) actually I love winter, cold and all.

    3. Pig

      Pig

      I used to love  the cold Gerry but age has changed my mind for me ..... I must admit a cold and frosty landscape looks awesome, but it looks more awesome from behind double glazing ? The sauna sounds ideal.

    4. jetstream

      jetstream

      Well tonight will be -50c with the wind- I just got done obs before it picked up at -35c, not bad really and the views were excellent.

      I can't wait to try the sauna! just waiting on the door now.

  3. Hey UK why did you send all these clouds?

    1. Maxrayne

      Maxrayne

      Because we like to share :) 

    2. Pig

      Pig

      What’s ours is yours Gerry ?

    3. jetstream

      jetstream

      Thanks guys...?️?

  4. Finally! a chance for me and the bottle of DEET to observe :)

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    2. jetstream

      jetstream

      Thanks Iain, I'll see if I can cobble up a report of the next session, what are your thoughts on objects, characteristics to compare?

    3. scarp15

      scarp15

      Anything really Gerry, it would be good to learn a little more in terms of observation attempts concerning the faint super nova remnant nebulae filament region in Cygnus, consisting of SH2-91 and just perhaps SH2-94 and SH2-96. Over the past couple of seasons, The Little Veil has become a recurring favourite threshold challenge, spurred on not least by  your former accounts. This season I expect when you get the larger dob in operation, more of this challenging region may be determined.  Another aspect that I had been looking forward to are the dark nebulae regions in the Milky Way, consisting of Barnard's E and any further, as you consider, attainable features, perhaps to explore with your TSA120, within the Milky Way cloud. I am slow to get going this season, lots of agendas currently, cannot blame the weather for a change, cant wait to get out there though, eventually.

    4. jetstream

      jetstream

      Funny you mention dark nebula Iain :grin: the other night the TSA120 did a fine job up near Tarazed in Aquila on those great dark ones there. This scope is excellent on them, right there with my best dark neb grabber. I need to fine tune the eyepiece selection for them with this scope as these things are fussy.

      Dark nebs it is!

      The Little Veil... what a good challenge and when the 24" is here I'm sure I'll map some more. Great job for seeing this one recurrently Iain.

      Have you spent much time on M24? What a beautiful sight and with some dark surprises about. This is one of my favorite objects.

  5. Running on the generator today, glad this Honda works with the circuit boards :thumbsup:

  6. The AZEQ6-GT looks, shall we say, rather "robust"!:shocked::laugh:

    1. Stu

      Stu

      It certainly won’t let you down Gerry!! :) ?️‍♂️?️‍♂️

  7. 17mm HW Nikon + 3.4mm HR Vixen ordered...

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    2. Pig

      Pig

      Hey what happened to you thumb ?

    3. jetstream
    4. jetstream

      jetstream

      Eyepieces shipped!

  8. The AZEQ6 should be here next week, with the Tak clamshell dovetail.

    I'm on a first light countdown lol!

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    2. Pig

      Pig

      I was talking about some former threads(not yours) about using tube rings as well as the Tak clamp just for added security ?

    3. jetstream

      jetstream

      :laugh:

      I wonder if primaluce can help me out!!

      You are sharp as ever my friend!

    4. Pig

      Pig

      You got it ?

  9. TSA120 is within 25miles now...:icon_biggrin:

    1. Stu

      Stu

      How long for the last little bit though Gerry? You can almost touch it now!!

    2. jetstream

      jetstream

      lol!

      I'm going to go get it in an hour....

    3. Stu

      Stu

      Crikey, now that IS exciting :)

  10. TSA120 in Ontario now...:icon_biggrin:

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    2. Pig

      Pig

      When are you expecting delivery Gerry?

       

    3. jetstream

      jetstream

      Who knows... the way shipping is here it could be a while. The tracking goes "blind" in many places, including right now. Apparently it left Toronto, thats all I know lol!

    4. dweller25

      dweller25

      I am looking forward to hearing about your first light - I have never owned a Tak 120 triplet but I expect it to be very very good.......

  11. TSA120 is being prepared for shipping...

    1. Pig

      Pig

      Nice one Gerry..... second time lucky ? 

    2. jetstream

      jetstream

      Must be my Irish blood!:icon_biggrin:

  12. AZ EQ6 ordered...

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    2. Pig

      Pig

      Nice one Gerry, you are going to need more land to keep all your scopes on ?

    3. Pig

      Pig

      This is the closest I could get to CERN whilst in Geneva, no image of the Shiva sculpture I am afraid

      2BE327C6-F290-4D7E-9A3C-F9B21040385B.jpeg

    4. jetstream

      jetstream

      extension ordered (in stock) and a new spreader/tray/gps module is in the works.

  13. -20c tonight with the wind

    1. scarp15

      scarp15

      Clearly still very much in the grip of winter Gerry. Mixed picture here, been on a day trip to Kielder, the distant hills are white otherwise, cold, some sunshine but with more snow or sleet forecast. Look forward to hearing when you get the big mirror dob.

    2. Pig

      Pig

      Nothing as exciting here Gerry, just wall to wall grey cloud being replaced with the same for a couple of weeks now ?

  14. -41c wind chill, -32c without...the sky is as clear as it gets.

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    2. jetstream

      jetstream

      I use wool long johns and my snowmobile suit. These suits are meant to keep you warm @ 80mph on a sled :icon_biggrin: The suit uses high bibs that keep the core warmth in and the jacket seals the deal. Except for the hands, I'm not cold out there really. Mind you if I'm too lazy to put the suit on it gets interesting....

      Don't you just love it when your ears are so cold they feel like "busting off"?!:grin:

    3. Pig

      Pig

      Here you go Gerry, these should help keep your ears warm.

      https://goo.gl/images/kCmmdH

    4. jetstream
  15. TSA120 ordered...

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    2. jetstream

      jetstream

      Thanks every one, I stayed with the Tak focuser and it should be in Ottawa in 5 days- from there who knows lol! 2 more weeks to the land of ice and snow?!

    3. Stu

      Stu

      Fab! Under your skies I'm sure it will be amazing 

    4. Pig

      Pig

      I have added it to the list in my Tak thread ?

  16. -30c atm, todays high was -22c.

    Merry Christmas SGL!

     

    1. Stu

      Stu

      Happy Christmas Gerry! That sounds chilly :) 

    2. faulksy

      faulksy

      barmy weather Gerry. :headbang: happy Christmas mate

    3. Pig

      Pig

      Talk about brass monkeys ? Merry Xmas Gerry ?

  17. Paracor II ordered...

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    2. scarp15

      scarp15

      Great look forward to your thoughts on this Gerry

    3. Tim

      Tim

      I can never remember the letter settings for each EP so I just set it somewhere in the middle, except for big EP's with filters which will touch the glass if not extended a bit. That's on an f4 dob, never noticed any coma with it even in 100° EP's

    4. Pig

      Pig

      Nice one Gerry ? it would be good to hear about the differences it makes when used in different scope types.

  18. Well its -20c at 7:40 pm here I wonder how low it will go tonight.

    1. faulksy

      faulksy

      wow gerry thats cold matey

    2. jetstream

      jetstream

      lol! well it went -22c without the wind but the cold gets "cold" when it goes -30c or below. I love my woodstove Mike! that heat gets right in your bones.

    3. faulksy

      faulksy

      sounds lovely, the stove that is :icon_biggrin:

  19. 30 hrs no power from the ice storm, then the net collapsed for 6. I'm sure glad the views make up for some of the weather lol!

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    2. Pig

      Pig

      Excuse my ignorance Gerry but what is an ice storm exactly? I can guess to a point from it’s name but is it mainly a result from a sudden and sustained drop in temperature, or is it like a snow storm on steroids ?

    3. jetstream

      jetstream

      Sometimes a storm with wet snow/sleet and rain will hit with dropping temps coating trees, power lines and everything else with ice. The hwy the other night was covered at first in slush/snow and then clear ice... the worst storms are with high winds which will snap trees, towers etc. We could only do 10-20mph on the way home with blowing snow cutting visibility to zero at times.

      These storms can create beautiful effects ironically.

       

      icestorm.jpg

    4. faulksy

      faulksy

      at least you and your family are ok gerry :icon_biggrin:

  20. 200mm f3.8 Ostahowski on its way! The 24" is now being figured... going with f 4.15- I just can't wait lol!

    1. Stu

      Stu

      Wow Gerry!!!! I cannot imagine what you will see with the 24" ??

    2. jetstream

      jetstream

      I hope to be able to pull out a bit more galaxy detail in the objects that allow. I also hope to be able to give views of an eyepiece full of galaxies for any friends and family. Oh and low power bino the moon and, and ...:icon_biggrin:

  21. 24" mirror set ordered...:hiding:

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    2. jetstream

      jetstream

      C'mon over!

    3. FenlandPaul

      FenlandPaul

      Wow - that's going to be awesome, Gerry!

    4. jetstream

      jetstream

      Thanks Paul! I really hope I can see a gravitationally lensed quasar with individual components showing, this has been a goal for a while. Fingers crossed.

  22. I just ordered a Tublug and laser for my 15" dob.

    RIP Howie

    1. Pig

      Pig

      Nice one Gerry?

    2. faulksy

      faulksy

      copy cat :icon_biggrin:

      did you get it from don at cn ?

    3. jetstream

      jetstream

      I ordered it from a CDN vendor Mike, lucky to get them.

      And Yes I did copy you :icon_biggrin:

  23. The new 5mm and 6mm Circle T's from grumpymartian are superb! Great detail on Jupiter showing with the SW120ED. These eyepieces are keepers for sure!

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    2. Pig

      Pig

      It sounds fantastic Gerry :happy8: 304 x is remarkable.

    3. Alan White

      Alan White

      Orthoscopic ep are great as long as you cope with or like the very short eye relief, the views are wonderful.

    4. jetstream

      jetstream

      I find the volcano tops friendly at shorter eyerelief's Alan and yes the views are very good. Most importantly the seeing in my new spot seems good, for the local thermals.

  24. Hopefully this is the last white out (blizzard) of the year...

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