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Old 08-14-2010, 09:01 AM   #2206
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You weren't kidding, you do know about the universe. That is interesting to know. I bet you have one of the good telescopes. Our son has one and I think it may be out in the shed, I may check to see if it is. Can you see Mercury without a telescope?

Good gravy, it is 2:41 here, I am hittin the hay. Talk to you tomorrow.
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Mercury is very difficult to see without a scope or binoculars. You need the combination of an extremely clear sky on a day when Mercury is actually visible above your horizon. It may be seen early in the morning, or at dusk.

I've only seen it twice without any optical aid, but several times with binocs.

And as for telescopes, I really don't know how many I have...I guess around 15 or so.

I have a couple loaned out to some friends at the moment, and one of them is taking some really gorgeous astropics.
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If you can find your sons' telescope, then we can let you know what kind it is.

The type that you look through from one end - what most people know as a regular telescope is usually called a refractor. They are usually long and skinny.

Note that I say "usually a refractor" when you look in the end. Not always...as there is a scope which is short and fat which you look through the end. There is actually a hole drilled in the center of the mirror which you look through. This is a cassegrain type scope.

The refractor uses lenses which you look right through, as in a magnifying glass which you might use to light a fire outside with! Binoculars are refractors for example.

The kind where you look in the side is a reflector. The reflector scopes use a mirror to concentrate the light coming in to the scope.

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My stars () you have as many telescopes as I have routers, I think, I really don't know how many routers I have. I can feel another hobby coming on.

If I am not mistaken our son's scope is short and fat and is viewed on the side but I am sure it isn't one of the really good ones. I will get out there and see what it is and let you know. I have never tried to use one as I don't know the first thing about them or where to start to learn.

Is there a way to post some of the pictures your telescope is taking, that would be interesting to see. I have seen some of the pictures taken with the Hubble and they were just amazing and very beautiful.
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Hubble is the single most important telescope ever done so far. The main reason being that it flies well above our atmosphere, thus eliminating the biggest problem affecting all earth bound telescopes.

It has run through a series of cameras, and the latest version is nothing short of spectacular.

Make no mistake, there are telescopes on earth which dwarf Hubble. But if you ask any one to name a telescope, they almost invariably will say "Hubble".

Named after Edwin Hubble who did a vast amount of pioneering work many moons ago.

OK, if your son's scope is a cassegrain, it probably is a good one. It most likely will be a Meade or Celestron. Nothing wrong with those brands I can assure you.
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I started fairly early this morning moving the rest of the tiles up the bank on the lift.

It only handles 3 boxes at a time, so by the time I walk down the steps, load three boxes on to the lift, walk back up the steps and bring the lift up, I've already expended a fair bit of energy.

Then off the lift on to the lower deck, then lift to the upper deck, then move with the hand truck to the wall under cover of the roof overhang.

It got done just before noon. Then, right away it was time for a swim.
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It looks like the sky is starting to load up with smoke again. I had to shoot through the arbutus tree to calm the sun down for the pic.
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Couple of nice boats in the bay today.

"Affinity" is a local sailboat from Nanaimo. She looks to be brand new...never seen her here before.
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The other one is "Hot Rum" from Vancouver. Don't you just love that name!

I spoke with the skipper last year, and I believe he said she was 43' long. Beautiful boat!
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It got done just before noon. Then, right away it was time for a swim.

...and the static load specifications of that portion of the deck structure are........?

I've been watching Keith and I gotta tell ya my friend...
In the future I won't be so quick to complain about me having to move a little tile onto a job. Stocking a job is one of my least favorite things to do. I have a first hand understanding of your efforts. I could use some of your determination.

On my current job we have delivered seven full pallets of tile. At the tile supplier we loaded the pallets onto a trailer with a fork lift. Strapped them down and transported them to the job site driving an air-conditioned truck. At the job site the pallets were unloaded with another fork lift and positioned in an on-site warehouse. As tile is needed a skid steer is used to transport the pallets to the work site over the rough terrain. Once the pallets are placed in the garage they are then further managed using a pallet fork. The cases are then lifted up four steps and placed on a two-wheeled cart for transport to the actual installation site of the home. This process is an ongoing pain in the ass but compared to what you have just completed I'm thinkin' I should shut up and thank my lucky stars. My hat comes off to you Keith but I do have just one question for you.

ARE YOU NUTS!!!!!!??????
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Evidently the deck has adequate load specs...it's not even creaking...YET!

I hope you don't think you're the first person to ask me if I'm nuts...still haven't come up with a good smark aleck answer yet...
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Currently it is carrying about 142# per square foot. Nothing to it. But it's a good thing I tend to overbuild!
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My grandson and I were outside a little while ago and saw 1 shooting star. As soon as he nods of to sleep, I'm going to go back out.

Edit: 1:53 a.m. - Clouds are covering the stars now.

Your sunset picture is gorgeous Keith. If you don't do a book about building your house, perhaps you could make one with all of your sunset pictures.

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Hmmmmmm I wonder why these posts didn't show up last night. I still haven't gotten out to the shed to see about the scope, yesterday was a little pain filled.

I agree with Barb, that is a beautiful shot of the sun. The two boats are sharp as a tack, that is some fine work.

Good gravy Keith, that was 14 trips up and down that hill, all I can say is "unreal"! Is there a way you could ride the cart down the hill, load up and ride back up? I hope when you sell your place you get three times what it is worth and buddy that is a buuuuunch.

That fellow who built the cabin up in Alaska and lived for a good number of years alone has nothing on you. You could make a fortune just off the movie rights. Hopefully you are resting today, you sure deserve to.
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I forgot, here is a picture of the western cedar we get down this way and this is some of the better stuff. This what I put inside the little teardrop camper I built in my avatar. This is before the finish was put on.
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RESTING? Surely you jest! I'm just making up a (very short) list of things to do today.

First I'm going to sand the long hand rail, then I'll give it a coat of varnish.

Then I should really get on to making the straight 4' section at the end.

We picked up 5 more sheets of the sandblasted sheets of glass a couple of days ago, and I need to get the proper drawings done for the wall that the glass is going in. As usual it has to be different, but at least this wall is straight! That will be novel ~ not too many of those around here.

The control for the lift up the bank is at the top where the winch is, so I have no choice but to walk up and down. It's the old "slow and steady" thing again. Still works for me.
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