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Old 10-05-2010, 11:17 PM   #2881
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...aaaaagghh...somebody rap my knuckles...

I forgot to send another thanks out to sbmfj after watching that terrific video "Alone In The Wilderness" which he so kindly sent me.

He was right...it's a great show.

I note with some interest that he went up to Alaska in 1968, just one year before I went up to the Yukon.

The scenery in the movie was almost identical to the Yukon when we used to go up the Dempster Highway in the fall. It is right up inside the arctic circle, and gets so cold that you dare not risk shutting off your vehicle.

But the vistas are beyond breathtaking. These huge valleys which culminate in magnificent snow covered mountains 20 or more miles away. The air is so clear you think you can reach out and touch them! And as for the night sky...well...that's not even possible to describe in mere words. It has to be experienced in person.

Aurora Borealis stretching as far as the eye can see, all the while dancing up and down in vivid colour. How I wish I had a digital video camera back then!

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I'm thinking it would be suitable for kid's ears...

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/frabjous

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Etymology

Originally a nonce word in Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky; probably a blend of fair, fabulous, and joyous.
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frabjous (comparative more frabjous, superlative most frabjous)
  1. A nonce word in Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky meaning "fabulous and joyous". O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! — Lewis Carroll, Jabberwocky
  2. (informal) Great, wonderful, fabulous.
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  • Most frequently found as an exclamation or in the form "most frabjous".
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:31 PM   #2883
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What should you be looking for in the way of your first telescope?

Before I answer the question, let me make one point clear first. Aperture is king. Aperture is the size of your objective lens or mirror. It is the area of light gathering capacity of your telescope. The bigger the area, the more you can see. It's about that simple.

And the biggest bang for the buck is a reflecting telescope. That is to say, one which has a mirror and not a lens that you look right through. That is a refractor.

OK, so what should you get?

Look for a simple, economical smaller size reflector in the 6" or possibly 8" size. You will hardly believe what you can see with such a unit. Keep away from the bells and whistles, as that only adds to the cost in large quantities, and does little to let you see more.

I just spotted an 8" reflector, on a Dobsonian mount, for $330 in one of the astronomy mags. Just a short while ago, a 6" would have cost at least that much. And FWIW, the 8" scope has 77% greater area (aperture) than the 6". Makes a very big difference.
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Coco's astronomy tip of the day?

What should you be looking for in the way of your first telescope?

Before I answer the question, let me make one point clear first. Aperture is king. Aperture is the size of your objective lens or mirror. It is the area of light gathering capacity of your telescope. The bigger the area, the more you can see. It's about that simple.

And the biggest bang for the buck is a reflecting telescope. That is to say, one which has a mirror and not a lens that you look right through. That is a refractor.

OK, so what should you get?

Look for a simple, economical smaller size reflector in the 6" or possibly 8" size. You will hardly believe what you can see with such a unit. Keep away from the bells and whistles, as that only adds to the cost in large quantities, and does little to let you see more.

I just spotted an 8" reflector, on a Dobsonian mount, for $330 in one of the astronomy mags. Just a short while ago, a 6" would have cost at least that much. And FWIW, the 8" scope has 77% greater area (aperture) than the 6". Makes a very big difference.
This is going to be really neat, maybe I will learn some things. I have two questions, one is what does FWIW stand for? I have seen it several times and I have tried to figure out what it can stand for and I just can't get it. I know, I am not the sharpest tool in the shed.The other question is, what size is this one?


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FWIW - for what it's worth

Don't feel bad Jim. When I started on this forum, I thought roflmao meant real old fart laughing my a-- off.
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Don't feel bad Jim. When I started on this forum, I thought roflmao meant real old fart laughing my a-- off.
Oh No! You mean that's not it? Hehehe...
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This is going to be really neat, maybe I will learn some things. I have two questions, one is what does FWIW stand for? I have seen it several times and I have tried to figure out what it can stand for and I just can't get it. I know, I am not the sharpest tool in the shed.The other question is, what size is this one?


These reflector scopes are measured by the size of their mirrors. And while the tube is 12", the mirror is 10". Therefore this is considered to be a 10" reflecting telescope. The mount is a Dobsonian...so the scope is usually referred to as a 10" Dob.

Very easy and simple to operate. Just as with anything else, all it takes is a little practice.
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Don't feel bad Jim. When I started on this forum, I thought roflmao meant real old fart laughing my a-- off.
Thanks Barb, there is a lot of stuff I don't know on some of these boards.
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These reflector scopes are measured by the size of their mirrors. And while the tube is 12", the mirror is 10". Therefore this is considered to be a 10" reflecting telescope. The mount is a Dobsonian...so the scope is usually referred to as a 10" Dob.

Very easy and simple to operate. Just as with anything else, all it takes is a little practice.
Wow, I bet you can see for ever with that one.
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You're welcome. Last winter, the Diaper Swappers forum was down for a few days and a lot of the gals came on the Craft forum to look around.

It was funny because I had to ask someone to tell us what all of their abbreviations meant - DS, DD, DH, WAHM, SAHM..... So someone gave us a whole list. That helped a lot.

Somewhere on the net there's a website that has pages and pages of those things.

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I don't have a clue what all of them mean. I never hear of a forum like that either, I must have been living under a rock or something. There is a forum for just about anything a person can think of now days.
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Hi, Thought it was that one when you mentioned it awhile back..PBS, when they do their 'get money' campaigns, advertise the set of those for sale, and I 'caught' a sound byte that mentioned the lake, so I checked it out on Google Earth, and was able to zip right into, onto, and around the site of the cabin, very awesome place when you have seen it in that perspective! As far as the Dempster, anywhere along there in winter, and Dawson, or even Whitehorse in the day, if you left your car running and unlocked, and you came out and it was not there, it was prolly at the reserve, or Copper King, but still running ==8^)
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Hi, Thought it was that one when you mentioned it awhile back..PBS, when they do their 'get money' campaigns, advertise the set of those for sale, and I 'caught' a sound byte that mentioned the lake, so I checked it out on Google Earth, and was able to zip right into, onto, and around the site of the cabin, very awesome place when you have seen it in that perspective! As far as the Dempster, anywhere along there in winter, and Dawson, or even Whitehorse in the day, if you left your car running and unlocked, and you came out and it was not there, it was prolly at the reserve, or Copper King, but still running ==8^)
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That's almost funny...except when it happens to you.

We always used to leave the wagon running when we went into Hougans, but nobody ever snitched it from there.

I used to leave the keys on the dash all the time, no matter where I was up there. Came out of the house one morning...no station wagon.

Some kind soul had taken it for a joyride up behind Hillcrest and ran it into a ditch about 12 feet deep with the engine still running. Of course, at that angle, there was very rapidly no oil at the oil pump and the bearings were cooked.

My insurance company was very good about it - even after I had told them that I always left the keys on the dash. I rebuilt the engine and they covered all the parts costs and a few bucks for labour.
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Wow, I bet you can see for ever with that one.
Not quite...but you can see one heckuva long way.

When the Hubble telescope took the ultra deep field photo, they aimed it at a piece of the universe which was blank. The camera took something like 100 hours of exposure, and it is truly mind boggling to see how many galaxies - just like ours - are in that completely blank spot in the sky.

What you can see depends on the magnitude of an object, which I will explain later.
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Not quite...but you can see one heckuva long way.

When the Hubble telescope took the ultra deep field photo, they aimed it at a piece of the universe which was blank. The camera took something like 100 hours of exposure, and it is truly mind boggling to see how many galaxies - just like ours - are in that completely blank spot in the sky.

What you can see depends on the magnitude of an object, which I will explain later.
I was looking online at the size difference of the planets, it is just hard to wrap my mind around another planet being bigger than the earth. There are planets, or what ever they are called, out there that make the earth look like a speck in comparison. I saw that in an e-mail a while back and it just blew my mind. There is so much to learn and not enough time.

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