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Dave In Vermont

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About Dave In Vermont

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  • Birthday 01/01/1960

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    Sciences, bicycles, geopolitics, history.
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    Burlington, Vermont
  1. Strange experience

    Excellent catch, Ruud! Thank you very much for this fascinating and well-illustrated piece! Dave
  2. Eyepiece Help For a Noob.

    Vixen eyepieces are some of my favorites! Notable for excellent color and pin-point stars across the field-of-view (FOV). N3ptune, Reggie - fancy running into you here! Hiya, hiya. Ho-Ka-Hay! D.
  3. Hey Folks - Anyone in the Southern Hemisphere, or planning to be, is encouraged to swing their tubes for a new, bright Nova - Mag. 7 - ARAS Spectroscopy Forum http://www.spectro-aras.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=1940&p=10068#p10068 Happy Hunting!
  4. Eyepiece Help For a Noob.

    Greetings, TankBall, it's a pleasure to meet you and welcome! We're here to help folks, like yourself, with questions. So please always feel free to ask any you may have. It's what we do & how we learn. You have a very nice telescope there! It must be a delight on the warm & clear Arkansas nights! Glad to see you here - Dave
  5. I think you've made a very good choice - more than making up for your forgetting a minor detail - like a mount! Seriously - the only thing you could do better with would be a 200mm! But that's known as "aperture-fever" as is an often incurable condition - always wanting a bigger telescope! And more money, too! If you had the 200mm, you'd then be wanting a 300mm. Next thing you'd know, it would be the Hubble-Space-Telescope. Then the Keck.....It never ends. A 150mm is a very capable instrument, which can last a lifetime when properly cared for. You'll be needing the learn how to collimate the scope - which means the alignment of the optics with each other and the focuser to the eyepiece. But not to concern yourself now. And you'll have us all to help you do this, and other issues as they come to light (grin).That's why we're here - to help one another in our 'journey to the stars.' I'm sure your partner will be utterly delighted with this telescope! And Skywatcher is an excellent brand. But there's one other item that will prove a 'must-have' for a Dobsonian-mounted scope: An RACI Finder-Scope of about 8 X 50mm. I'll explain what this in a simple way - an image: A straight-through finder will cause quite a bit of neck-pain. Most scopes sold come with these types. So a RACI (Right-Angle-Correct-Image) will be of great help in finding your way about the sky at night. You might ask the seller - Tring? - about maybe getting one for this scope. Perhaps a discount if you were to swap the stock finder for one of these? Worth a shot. Feel free to keep asking questions. There's much more information to follow. But I'll let this soak in for now. Dave
  6. 2017-12-17 - NGC 6811 - Cyngus: Hole in a cluster

    You possess a rare talent here, N3p. Your sketches meet and surpass a camera in clarity and depth that I've seen so far. Likely helped by your choice of targets. I hope you're keeping them all in a safe, dry place with regulated heat (or A-C in Summer). Keep on going! Dave & Co.
  7. The Explorer? Which model are you looking at? On an equatorial-mount, it would cost you considerably more than £200. Whereas the Skyliner is £209.00 as a Dobsonian-mounted scope and would be a good choice for a beginner - as long as you don't plan to go into astro-photography just yet. The Explorer is a good scope, but for £200, you might get the OTA, but no mount. I'd forget than if I were you. Tell us more about your interests in viewing, etc. Then we'll be able to help you better. Starry Skies - Dave
  8. Oh dear... oh dear....

    Pull it off the tripod. Present it to Junior. Say: "Here, Son, is your first Baseball-Bat!" 'Ta, Dave
  9. Buy Bob's Knobs at FLO

    I read an article about the Chimps on Tau Ceti use them to shell walnuts. It goes on to describe that they have very, very small Chimps there. Excelsior! Dave
  10. ngc 891 attempt 2

    The 'tech' I can't speak on. But toward the aesthetic - Beautiful! As near as I can tell, a few billion star should light-up the surrounding regions. Beautiful! I'd have it framed. Dave
  11. Buy Bob's Knobs at FLO

    You both (FLO & Craney) may find this of use: http://www.bobsknobs.com/faq/faq.html "When all else fails, read the directions." Hope it helps - Dave
  12. The Stars, Like Dust

    Fantastic and surprising image there! I'll have to chase it down through Stellarium - and a few others - as well. Keep On Going! Dave
  13. Buy Bob's Knobs at FLO

    I'd give up, too. Ah c'mon - it's a good and true tale. Besides, I have some Bobs' Knobs myself! They work great. D.
  14. Buy Bob's Knobs at FLO

    The "Pet Rock" story is quite true. I lived through it. Along with 'Mood Rings' and 'Moon Shoes.' As for the 'Grans Frying-Pans' tale, that may well be true. Before some scientists had it stopped, the 'Diablo Crater' (or Canyon del Diablo) in Arizona (That big meteorite-crater in Arizona) was being mined for the tons of raw iron to be found there. Around the 1870's until who knows? Pieces of the iron meteorite that blew apart in the atmosphere and rained-down there are still being sold on the Meteor Market to collectors. I have one myself. Dense stuff, and strongly magnetic. You sell meteorites, yes? Have any of those? If so - they should come with a story card enclosed. Best Wishes - Dave
  15. sh2-135 nb

    Only when driven to it. And you, Sir, drove me to it with your image! Sincerely, Dave
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