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Subdeo

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About Subdeo

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    Astronomy, Satellite tracking, politics, and friendly arguing
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    USA
  1. Subdeo

    I must be blind

    I recommend a red dot finder. Mine is pretty cheap, but I find it reliable and easy to use. It stays aligned, but is easy to correct when needed. Good luck!
  2. Subdeo

    Wonderful night for observation

    enjoyed the read! Hopefully I can make it out tonight for a little observing myself.
  3. Subdeo

    Mars: The Dust Storm Progresses...

    Agreed! Thanks for the report.
  4. Happy Terrestrial Aphelion Day! Yep, today the earth is about 94.5 million miles from the sun :) 

    1. JohnSadlerAstro

      JohnSadlerAstro

      Well it's too hot here despite that! :D 

  5. This website can also be used to see the sky from your location: http://www.skymaponline.net/ I'm guessing that @carastro is right.
  6. You're probably right, Cornelius Varley. I tried importing the image into google images and came up with results similar to your answer. Personally, I think it would make a fine first scope!
  7. I've been wanting to see the sun set behind the mountains through the telescope for a while now, so this is one off the bucket list.
  8. Subdeo

    I thought this was worth doing.

    Thanks, very cool! Gave me an an idea for a target tonight!
  9. Great shots, all! Loved to see them, and see what is possible with a smartphone!
  10. High speed winds over in my part of Colorado, USA! I would be out with the telescope doing solar observations, but this wind and these flying branches might threaten my telescope! :hiding: 

  11. Subdeo

    Beam splitter conundrum

    This morning I replaced the glass piece with a different one that was better, and less broken. I gave it a full test, and hooked up the camera to it. It worked like a dream! I could actually see through one eyepiece myself, while the camera was poised and ready on the other side. The side with the camera was noticeably dimmer, but not enough to be an annoyance. After a few more tests, I think I will be ready to use it in the field.
  12. Subdeo

    Beam splitter conundrum

    finally, (partial) success! I was able to use a microscope coverslip to achieve much the same effect as a beam splitter (see the below picture). I was actually really surprised to see how well it worked on the telescope, as it actually let me see where the telescope was pointed, from both sides! Still bugs in the system, but I am working on it. Primary annoyance: Hot glue obscures the view! This is obviously still in beta version, so I will replace it with a more functional, professional glass piece. This is still just proof of concept. I will try to keep all posted! Thanks for the help!
  13. Subdeo

    Beam splitter conundrum

    Thanks, glad you enjoyed it!
  14. Subdeo

    Beam splitter conundrum

    Thanks all, a big help. When (and if) I am successful, i will try to post about it. It may end up taking me till summer break, though!
  15. Does anyone have any ideas on how to make a DIY beamsplitter to be used in a very basic homemade binoveiwer lens? It needs to have a 45deg. angle of incidence (I think that's what it's called, right?) and a 50/50 ratio. Thanks, Subdeo
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