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Old 07-11-2011, 11:08 AM   #4981
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I couldn't say it any better than Jules or Barb did, gooooood grief buddy, you don't do anything half way that is for sure. I was going to say I would love to follow you around for a year or two but there is no way I could keep up with you. Once again I say, you are an amazing man Keith, thank you for taking the time to share your pictures and explain how they work, just amazing.

I really do like the fish scale shingles, ( I really do like it all) they really do top it off nicely.
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Jim, a little photography equipment to get out of the way before this evenings pics...

This is a 70-300 Sigma macro zoom. The macro part works between 200 and 300 mm only. Several of the guys in the astronomy club have these lenses.
I had to go back and look again, the lens are very impressive, that is a given but what really caught my eye is your rail the lens is sitting on, that is so pretty you just want to hug it.
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:18 PM   #4983
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Holy $%$^ that's some nice camera equipment dude!

I'm hoping to get a Pentax digital SLR someday (a Pentax specifically because their digital cameras are compatible with old Pentax lenses, and my dad has a few nice lenses hanging around that I plan to make off with ).
It's shame that most manufacturers didn't adopt the Pentax idea. I suppose they figured that - new camera - new lenses - bigger sales - more profits.

Is the Pentax body similarly priced to the Canon do you know?

I wonder if some enterprising aftermarket manufacturer hasn't made up adapters for the old lenses to the new mounts.

Back when Noah was considering building the ark, I had an old GAF L-17 film camera (SLR). It was almost identical to the Pentax...in fact it was so close (probably a clone) that it was hard to tell the difference.

With the new DSLR cameras and lenses, there is the electronic lens feature to consider. The old lenses did not have the electronic automatic focus if I recall rightly.

The main feature of the prime focus adapter for the telescope is the electronic focus indicator. Obviously it cannot focus a telescope, but as you bring the 'scope into focus, the adapter signals the camera when this is done and blinks red lights so you know.
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I had to go back and look again, the lens are very impressive, that is a given but what really caught my eye is your rail the lens is sitting on, that is so pretty you just want to hug it.
Thanks Jim...I guess now that the good weather is here I need to get the far end of that handrail finished. It's one of those small jobs which will probably take 6 or 8 hours to get completed. No doubt that is why it still isn't done!

I do have the corner post and top rail made up, and once they are installed, I will be able to run the stainless steel cable through everything.
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Thanks Jim...I guess now that the good weather is here I need to get the far end of that handrail finished. It's one of those small jobs which will probably take 6 or 8 hours to get completed. No doubt that is why it still isn't done!

I do have the corner post and top rail made up, and once they are installed, I will be able to run the stainless steel cable through everything.
I can't wait to see it when the SS cable is installed, in my minds eye it looks squeaky clean.

I just noticed the temps up your way, Nanaimo, Canada 68 / 57 it is 103 here on the front porch in the shade, I think I will stay inside today.
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I can't wait to see it when the SS cable is installed, in my minds eye it looks squeaky clean.

I just noticed the temps up your way, Nanaimo, Canada 68 / 57 it is 103 here on the front porch in the shade, I think I will stay inside today.
...and cloudy all day to boot. 103 you say...if you need to lose weight you could just sit on the porch and watch the pounds melt away!

I went over to town this afternoon and just before I arrived at Boat Harbour it started to rain! In fact it was pretty wet most of the way up to Nanaimo.

I went up to the other end of the island here first, and the good Dr. Al has donated some more stainless steel cable to the cause. Sometimes it pays to be nice to people...you know?

I think I need something like 9 rows of wire at around 45 feet per. So, a hair over 400 feet. I think it might take awhile to get all that threaded through the holes and snugged into place. Still haven't figured out how I will tighten the cable.
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Just picked up a towel bar for the shower...and made a footstool for it as well. Got the pump switch wired in this morning.

When I measured the space for a possible door, it's going to be too narrow to use one of the sheets of glass in the door, so I'll have to cobble something else up. Not quite sure what I have left around here for materials. I'll have to scavenge around.
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Looks like I spoke too soon about the good weather...now they are forecasting a week of clouds and rain. We did have a really heavy shower in the wee hours, which will make both the missus and the garden happy.

And yesterday morning I repaired a long, narrow crack in the back gutter, just in time.

Every year I have to add a coat of sealer to the gutters to keep them in good shape. I know it looks a bit sloppy, but it works.
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Jules, does this thread look like it will fit?

It looks like it is about 33 mm across the threaded part.
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Jules, I just found out that there are adapters for just about every kind of lens/camera body combination out there. So I don't think you need to worry if the size is right or not.

The adapters look like they are all pretty cheap, around $20 or so.
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Last night we had some forewarning of the pending rain that came in. Here's the sunset before the thunder and lightning and deluge hit.
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You probably can't see the water, but the roses look especially nice when they are covered in raindrops.
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This morning, before the rains returned, I had to get started on clearing all the growth that has happened over the past two years around the pond. The liner needs to be fixed, and to do that we will need access all round. There sure isn't any now.

So it will be out with the clippers and have at it.
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While I was going through the garden, I noticed this little fir seedling which has volunteered itself. I think it will need to be moved, but we'll keep it for sure.
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When the big rain hit in the wee hours of the morning, water was pouring over the front edge of the long curved gutter. So around 5:30 this morning, I went up on the roof to find the problem.

There is a screen in front of the downspout whose purpose is to prevent debris from entering the water storage system. It has a bad habit of getting clogged up and needs regular cleaning.

Although I did this barely 2 weeks ago, we have had some beefy winds since then, which naturally have deposited more leaf debris on the roof.

The idea of this fine screen sounded good at the time, but has proven to be more of a nuisance than a success, so it was time to go.

I ripped out the old screen this morning, along with a pound or two of silicone and scrubbed out the gutter.

A quick web search revealed several leaf screens one can buy, but I needed a DIY version because I needed it up there pronto. So, once again, using whatever was at hand, I cobbled up this little guy here.
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