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Dave In Vermont

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  1. Excellent catch, Ruud! Thank you very much for this fascinating and well-illustrated piece! Dave
  2. 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. 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. 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. Pull it off the tripod. Present it to Junior. Say: "Here, Son, is your first Baseball-Bat!" 'Ta, Dave
  9. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Only when driven to it. And you, Sir, drove me to it with your image! Sincerely, Dave
  16. Beautiful in the extreme - motion and colour locked in a rare dance through the Cosmos! Thanks you! Dave
  17. Around 1976 a new <koff!> product took the USA by storm: The Pet Rock. This consisted of a rock, about 1" by 2," - in a box. And a $5.00 price-tag. It came with 'Feeding Instructions.' Just a rock. Period. And it took the nation by storm! Everyone was buying them, giving them as gifts, everything short of throwing them - to my knowledge. And after about a year or so, they were gone. No more to be had. A reporter finally tracked-down the person behind it. And went to talk to him at his house. In a modest house somewhere in the suburbs of a major city in California. The questions were quite predictable: "Why did you sell these?" A - "To make money." "What made you think of this?" A - "Nothing." "Why did you stop?" A - "I made a million dollars." "Did you have any left?" A - "They're just rocks. The one's I had left? You're standing on them. I used the leftovers to pave my driveway with!" And thus concluded the interview. Rock on! Dave
  18. Looks like Eridanus is fertile ground for those who like double-stars to hunt. And thank you for your observation! Eridanus 40 just went on my 'To-Do' list. I forget where this flew in from, but it's got a few more - if you're in the neighborhood <koff!> . Double Stars in Eridanus.pdf Happy Hunting! Dave
  19. Well done N3p! Totally clouded-out here in Podunk. Tomorrow looks better. Excelsior! Dave
  20. Perhaps that's the best example of using 'averted' seeing in it's purest sense - finding something that you're not even looking for! And has to be the most amazing "I saw the Horsehead-Nebula" story I've ever heard! Maybe of all time, if someone actually keeps keeps records of this. Not to mention that whole region - including the 'Flame.' Wow! The poor rest of us mere mortals will have to wallow in our misery. Here's some shallow solace to gargle on..... Dave
  21. Dave In Vermont


    Greetings & welcome aboard SGL, JPAG - it's nice of you to join us! We love questions and finding answers here, so always feel free with yours. Starry Skies, Dave
  22. Great find, Philip! Thank you for the link. I love star-charts like these! Happily residing in the 'Miles-O'-Files' I maintain, Dave
  23. I wouldn't mind the position of the Dob, if it's more comfortable to the observer, then it would work just fine - while allowing more time viewing through it to tease-out more detail while seated in comfort. And that home-brew Observing-Chair looks to be great! So many positions are possible. Great work! Dave
  24. Dave In Vermont


    Hello there, leibek, and welcome to SGL - it's nice of you to join us! Feel free to ask any questions in all these many forums, finding answers is why we're here. Starry Skies - Dave
  25. Watch Live Now! Geminid Meteor Shower Livestream from NASA Space.com Here's the link: https://www.space.com/19195-night-sky-planets-asteroids-webcasts.html Enjoy! Dave
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