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Dave In Vermont

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About Dave In Vermont

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  1. Here, Tareq - have a field-guide! Enjoy - Dave
  2. I was reading a series of reviews on the Celestron Omni EP's earlier today. People were very pleased with these. I'm quite tempted by the impressions on the 32mm & 40mm for my purposes. I hope to read your thoughts on the 6mm soon. A Plössl should be a marked improvement over a Kellner easily. And the Omni's seem to be a winner! Enjoy! Dave
  3. The Pleiades is always a favorite of mine - especially under dark skies. The darker, the better for teasing out hints of the nebulosity that surrounds them. Beautiful! Good going, Tareq! Dave
  4. I thank you too, Sara! I've been looking high & low for a working link to Astro_Baby's website in some form or incarnation! Thank You! Dave
  5. The action on these is often stiff and 'clunky.' I always suggest taking them apart, cleaning them thoroughly of any old "grease" (more like glue), and applying a just enough PTFE-grease (SuperLube) to lightly coat all the threads. Then work it back & forth a few times. Much better! Dave
  6. Beautiful take! Cygnus is my favorite stretch of the Summer-sky, and your images demonstrate why! Carry on - Dave
  7. I think the answer to your question would be: "We don't know! But we'd love to hear your opinion on this matter! Please do tell us your findings!" I have that ZOOM EP, and think it's great! But don't have the Barlow. I've used my TeleVue® 2X Barlow with it, and it worked perfectly. The Baader should be very nice as well. Have fun with it and please let us know! Dave ps - Saw the ad on FLO. Good deal on the price!
  8. Considering all the Freon® and other gaseous atrocities we've made and such - we'd 'terraform' Mars quite quickly! The temperature would rise exponentially, the air would become unbreathable, CO2 levels skyrocketing - it would be "Paradise" in no time at all! Now all we need do is make it cost billions of $$$£££'s to be the "chosen-one's" to take part in this luxurious mission (promising mansions to all who volunteer to go, and Lobster-Thermidor for breakfast, and....) and let "nature take it's course." Remember the R.M.S. Titanic? (Then we can clean-up this stinking plasticized mess they left behind!) Dave
  9. I'll skip the formalities as we've already communicated on an issue (Diagonals). But you're quite welcome aboard! We love questions - so never feel shy, let 'em fly! You'll be answering them too - sooner than you think, Dave
  10. I just noted that myself. ejp1684 saves the day with the link to http://www.patonhawksley.co.uk/aboutus.html Have fun, Dave
  11. I have believed that everything we get a computer to do is an externalized reflection of an internal process of our own mind. But when the computer starts behaving in seemingly strange ways, like doing things we don't recall programming it to do, then it gets all the more fascinating to me. I view such events as possibly teaching us more than we may have bargained for, and about the most important bits of information about ourselves we didn't consciously know of. Dave
  12. I've been using a diffraction-grating for analyzing stars for many years - whenever the spirit beckons. These are fun and not that expensive. In fact I was using mine last night. Here's the US source: http://www.starspectroscope.com/ There's a nearly identical outfit in the UK, but the name escapes me at the moment. Google: Diffration-Grating spectroscope might turn the trick. Dave
  13. You may need to download and run in some different drive - such as from Java. If so, the website should explain this to you and give a link to the specified drive. In plain English: Partition your drive and offer the option of downloading to your normal drive, or to the new one. I always find doing such annoying. I used to run the 'Seti-at-home' and it's 'Boinc' one. It always caused trouble, so I abandoned ship. ET will have to find another agent to send on it's wild-goose chases. Good Luck - Dave
  14. I had a similar problem in finding some spacers for different things, and no one had a clue. So I looked in the advertisements in the back of my local telephone-book for a machine-shop and machinist. Found a promising looking one. I was concerned it would cost me a fortune! But my concerns were unfounded - he wanted very little little money for my first job. I gave him a good tip on top! Turns out he loves his work so all odd and esoteric parts he make is what he loves. So maybe you can look into a machinist & shop around your area - if all else fails. Thank you for the clarification and diagram - it's heading to my 'Miles-O'-Files' now, in the "How-To & Fixes" section! Dave
  15. Stu: You may find this article from Sky & Telescope Magazine (USA) of interest regards asteroids & moons: Amateur Observers Find an Asteroid’s Moon.pdf I just got this today in my email from them, so - good timing! From the 'Miles-O's-Files'- Dave