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Old 10-16-2010, 12:32 AM   #3136
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This is the brains of the telescope along with the control paddle. You run the entire thing off a battery. Or you can use an adapter and plug it into a 120 volt power line.
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Old 10-16-2010, 12:39 AM   #3137
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This particular scope has been spoiled with the addition of the Moonlite focuser.

It also has a Williams Optics WO 66 scope mounted as a finder. I see that I have a 25mm eyepiece in the WO, that should probably be switched over to a 32 or 40 mm eyepiece to give a lower power for finding objects. Although the scope can do that for me.

There are times when you just want to take a peek around the sky without necessarily looking for something specific, that's when the bigger field of view using the larger eyepiece comes in handy.
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Old 10-16-2010, 12:41 AM   #3138
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Those rings holding the WO 66 are a home made affair. I did several sets and gave some away to fellows in the club. Theirs I managed to paint, mine weren't so lucky. One day...
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Old 10-16-2010, 12:56 AM   #3139
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I had no idea that telescopes were so technical. It seems like the GPS would be very helpful for a beginner.
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I had no idea that telescopes were so technical. It seems like the GPS would be very helpful for a beginner.
I grant you that does sound like a good idea. But, realistically, you should try to learn the night sky first. Just pushing a button to go to M31 doesn't teach you much. But when you get there your jaw is liable to drop a foot.

Some of the sights really do take your breath away.
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Coco's astronomy tip of the day (No. 11)

At some point you might want to get a scope which does the work for you. In other words, you tell it what to find - and as long as the object is in your visible sky - it will go to that object at the push of a few buttons.

We call these computerized scopes "Go-To" because that's what they do.

Some of the latest models will set themselves up completely automatically, using their built in GPS systems.

The scope here is a few years old, but still has the capability of finding something like 40,000 objects for you. Not that I suppose anyone has ever actually looked at that many different objects in the sky.
Good gravy Keith, that is unreal, I had no idea telescopes had gotten that sophisticated, man I have been living under a rock. Buddy, that is one beautiful telescope, how many scopes do you have?
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Good gravy Keith, that is unreal, I had no idea telescopes had gotten that sophisticated, man I have been living under a rock. Buddy, that is one beautiful telescope, how many scopes do you have?
I hate to tell you, but I don't really know. I'll just say a dozen or more. I have a few loaned out...others are packed away in boxes...some are mixed up in this jumble I have around here.

Once the house is done, I will have room to sort everything out. The good part about that is I will actually be able to start using them again. For now, my efforts are concentrated on getting the house done.

And speaking of that, I just got the second seal coat on the kitchen counter, which means that I can put the easyboard on in the morning. Followed closely by the tile!
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I grant you that does sound like a good idea. But, realistically, you should try to learn the night sky first. Just pushing a button to go to M31 doesn't teach you much. But when you get there your jaw is liable to drop a foot.

Some of the sights really do take your breath away.
Buddy, I had no idea you had so many, they are just beautiful, I know you are proud of them. I can't wait until I can start looking out there.

I just had a thought, it seems like I remember see something on Google Earth that shows the skies at night, I am going to check it out and see what it is about or if I was just dreaming.
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I grant you that does sound like a good idea. But, realistically, you should try to learn the night sky first. Just pushing a button to go to M31 doesn't teach you much. But when you get there your jaw is liable to drop a foot.

Some of the sights really do take your breath away.
That makes sense. It's kind of like learning to use a calculator before learning how to do basic math on paper.
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I hate to tell you, but I don't really know. I'll just say a dozen or more. I have a few loaned out...others are packed away in boxes...some are mixed up in this jumble I have around here.

Once the house is done, I will have room to sort everything out. The good part about that is I will actually be able to start using them again. For now, my efforts are concentrated on getting the house done.

And speaking of that, I just got the second seal coat on the kitchen counter, which means that I can put the easyboard on in the morning. Followed closely by the tile!
My stars, you are with telescopes like I am tools, I am a tool nut. I couldn't tell you how any routers or nail guns I have.

Keith I am truly impressed, I hope one day to know 1/10 of what you know.
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Well I went to Google Earth and there is a night sky view but just looking at the stars I couldn't tell too much about it. There was a real life of Mars, I think it was live that I could zoom in on, that was really neat. In looking at the stars I saw something I know you will know what it is. It is a huge round cluster of stars located just below NGC2114 and to the right of NGC2098. The coordinates they gave are RA 5h43m44.74s DEC-6752'58.96"
I don't know if any of this means anything or not. I was disappointed in Google Earth as I was hoping it would show much more. I have to change my screen resolutions to as large as they will go when going to Google Earth. then make my screen resolutions back small as they will go again to make my print on my monitor screen larger.
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Well I went to Google Earth and there is a night sky view but just looking at the stars I couldn't tell too much about it. There was a real life of Mars, I think it was live that I could zoom in on, that was really neat. In looking at the stars I saw something I know you will know what it is. It is a huge round cluster of stars located just below NGC2114 and to the right of NGC2098. The coordinates they gave are RA 5h43m44.74s DEC-6752'58.96"
I don't know if any of this means anything or not. I was disappointed in Google Earth as I was hoping it would show much more. I have to change my screen resolutions to as large as they will go when going to Google Earth. then make my screen resolutions back small as they will go again to make my print on my monitor screen larger.
RA and DEC means Right Ascension and Declination. It is the "address" in the sky of any given object.

If I get a chance later I will look it up in Uranometria, a specialized book on the sky. Many of the NGC (New General Catalogue) objects also go by other names, so I will see if the above mentioned NGC objects are known as something else as well.
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This morning I got going some more on the counter. I did the cutout for the sink - after double checking the size - and because there is only one of me here, I use a couple of straps to hold the cutout while I am finishing the cut.
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Using straps like that saves the top from crashing down below.

You never know, my wife may have prematurely put some of he antique English bone china in there and there wouldn't be much left if that chunk hit it.

Here it is safely removed.
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Fitting the tile backer - in this case easyboard - was in fact easy. Just mark the panels from the underside and cut with a utility knife. Not much to it.
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