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About rabbithutch

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  1. Due to nerve damage during surgeries some years ago, I have a condition called Horner's Syndrome. This has caused the pupils in each eye to dilate and contract at different rates, thus allowing more light into one eye than the other. This gives periods of extended response to light flashes. I wear sunglasses while driving at night (but that's because I'm waaaaay cooler than Elvis) to damp the problem. For many years it also caused me to have depth perception problems leading an unnatural fear of heights which I never had before. The condition has improved perceptibly over many years but h
  2. Howdy Daniel! That's an interesting read. To be a bit pedantic, Maryland is not in the area called New England but is, instead, one of the Southern states and most reliably called a mid-Atlantic state. My ancestors relocated from Towcester, Nothants, to Maryland in the 1640s. I don't know if the English Civil War was a factor in their leaving Merry Olde but would not be surprised. I'd also be leery of speculating as to whether they were loyalists or parliamentarians.
  3. I read a lot of posts here that I don't understand and use them to direct my attention to trying to absorb enough basics to continue to extend my knowledge. Recently, there have been a number of posts about mirrors and coatings, for example. There are innumerable posts about EPs. Here's my proposition. Can we have a thread that will tell those like me who don't know, how to go about examining and evaluating their scope or one they are considering? I've been a member here for about a year. During that time I've learned more than I would have dreamed when I started. Last winter I found
  4. It always seemed to me that teachers give students the means to deal with the world - introducing them to it, so to speak. You not only introduce them to the world but to the universe as well! Super job, Isabelle.
  5. I skim read the report. I might have missed something; however, I gleaned from it that only 3 incidents of possible laser illumination were found in the metastudy results. No injury was caused by any of these three. The vast majority of the accidents and injuries (these terms have specific meaning within the piece) reported were from bad airport lighting. I think the cited report is hardly credible evidence. It investigated the record of accidents reported in the period 1978 to 2005 (US FAA) and 1982 to 2005 (US NTSB) and found only 58 reports out of the millions of flight events that t
  6. World's most complex telescope takes first pictures of deepest space in quest for more knowledge of outer universe | Mail Online I don't know about you, but that image reminds me of an MRI of the human head and brain.
  7. Please advise me of one credible incidence in which a laser contributed to the death of an airline passenger.
  8. Risking permanent expulsion from SGL, I would offer that most nights I wear sandals, shorts and T-shirt. For a few nights in mid-winter, I wear Wranglers (a brand of denims), a sweatshirt, and a night watch cap - I think SGL sells one that they call a beanie. When I lived in a colder clime (North Carolina, where it could occasionally reach -10 F) I wore thermals, wool slacks, Beaufort jacket with liner, and watch cap with gloves and glove liners. Later I discovered that skiing kit was very warm. Still, sandals, shorts, T-shirt and warm smile see me through most nights. (is there a running-
  9. Given that a landing is nothing more than a controlled crash, I quite understand why pilots monitor what the computers are doing so very closely.
  10. Thank you for the links, Alma! As I said in another post and repeat here, I would never intentionally point a laser at an aircraft in operation - EVER! I'm still a bit skeptical about the airline industry aversion and public outcry against these devices. I am a great believer in individual liberty that stretches to taking liberties away from only those who abuse a privilege, not everyone who enjoys it. I would give extremely long sentences to anyone convicted of laser lighting an aircraft. The problem, of course, is that apprehension is almost impossible. As an American who owns guns and
  11. One could argue that the nature of being human means that one will be distracted. The corollary to that is that the distraction will occur at the worst possible time. This probably happens in the types of aircraft you describe - helicopters, military jets, etc - constantly. I know several retired pilots of both fixed and rotary wing aircraft who have spoken of distractions. Any many instances they reported to me that the distractions were caused by flight crew members rather than outside forces. Another argument is that there should be no aircraft flying for commercial or military purposes
  12. I'm not an aviation safety expert - nor do I play one on TV. I want someone in the airline industry to film what actually occurs in the cockpit of an airliner when a laser pointer strikes it and show us the result. Don't get me wrong. I don't want to endanger any passenger or crew member, but I equally don't want to swallow a camel and gag on a gnat. It seems to me that it would be damned near impossible to shine a laser light into the cockpit of a commercial aircraft at full altitude in level flight. Perhaps, though, the beam spreads out at 5 or 6 miles and creates a dispersed green or red
  13. Howdy Damian! Dogs on the beach AND Jupiter. Sounds a perfect evening to me. I learned that the Royal Mail or the US Postal Service will not allow the fluid to be mailed legally - a fallout from terrorism. I guess I'll just have to wait until I can go to the UK or Germany myself. Wouldn't want to put anyone afoul of the law. Thanks for asking.
  14. Yeah! That stuff is very dangerous! It'll rust nails! I've heard tell there's some brave souls who drink it, but I'll stick with good single malt from Scotland.
  15. Walked out last night to put the trash out (bins by the curb) and noticed that Jupiter looked as if I could reach out and touch it. The skies were deep, dark, unclouded, clear and magnificent. I stood there agape when an orange light streaked across the sky roughly from South to North. The time must have been about 2300 hours UTC -6. I wasn't able to get the scope out, but last night was probably the best seeing here in at least a year. The meteor or space trash (or whatever it was) appeared as a group of small lights, as if someone had thrown a handful of pieces across the sky. It makes o
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