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Old 06-05-2012, 07:12 PM   #6496
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Well thanks for trying,one can't ask for anything more. Hope your eyes don't take too long to heal.
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Thanks for the link Bud, I appreciate that.
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Thanks for the assist on the fencing ideas. One of my challenges with this is that it will also be for keeping people out of the pool, and the authorities that be are quite strict on what can and can't be. I will keep looking and see what I can come up with. Maybe when I get some work done on it I can send a photo or 2. Your home is looking wonderful, not that any of us are surprised at that as you do such great work. Thanks again I will look into Green and Green.
Charles and Henry will be upset if you don't add an "e" on to the end of their name.

Something else I thought of...FLLW, (Frank Lloyd Wright) might have done something like you are looking for. There is a ton of stuff on the web of his, and if he has done fences I'm sure you could find it there.

I visited his place "Taliesen West" several years ago, but I don't remember any fences. Everything there was massive rock walls. They had an inexhaustible supply of rocks from the desert right there.

Did you have any luck trying to see the transit?
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I tried several times. My eye sees the activity perfectly, in fact it has left an indelible impression on my mind, but the camera lens wasn't as cooperative. All I got was a blur. I think the problem was trying to hold the welding lens in one hand and the camera in the other. Clicking the shutter was too much movement. I changed the F-stop to 500 and still no luck. Then I set the shutter release to auto so I didn't have to click it manually and that wasn't any help either. So...POOP!
It could have been any number of things Bud. As you say, while your eyes can focus on that little black spot perfectly, getting a camera that can do the same thing is another story.

We did finally get some semi-clear skies here about 3 1/2 hours after the transit started.

I had taken out one of my telescopes in case the clouds cleared, and this was my weapon of choice.

You can't see it, but I have a big smile on my face.
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The scope is an Antares dob, 250 mm, 1.2 meter focal length, with an Antares white light filter - that's the odd looking round thing on the front of the scope, and a Televue 13 mm Ethos eyepiece.

That eyepiece combined with the long f/l fills the whole view with the sun. And I can tell you that Venus is a lot bigger than you think, especially when viewed through this combination.

And sunspots! Wow, there are lots of them on the sun right now. It is supposed to be good for spots for the next two years with the sun at solar maximum. I believe it...I think I counted about 8 spots this afternoon. All in all a really terrific view.
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GooOOOOoood gravy that is one heck of a telescope you got there, now my key board is slick from droolin on it. Did you manage to get any pictures of Venus? As hard as I tried I didn't get to see anything yesterday, maybe it was the slight over cast we had. I couldn't find anything strong enough to look directly at the Sun so I did the hole in paper thing. By the way, I do see you smiling, look at the spit shine on your shoes.
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Charles and Henry will be upset if you don't add an "e" on to the end of their name.

Something else I thought of...FLLW, (Frank Lloyd Wright) might have done something like you are looking for. There is a ton of stuff on the web of his, and if he has done fences I'm sure you could find it there.

I visited his place "Taliesen West" several years ago, but I don't remember any fences. Everything there was massive rock walls. They had an inexhaustible supply of rocks from the desert right there.

Did you have any luck trying to see the transit?
Sorry about the missing "e", hope Charles and Henry won't be too upset at me.

I did not get a chance to see the transit other than on the news and at that it was a brief glimpse of venus slipping its way past the lower hemisphere of the sun. Better than not seeing it at all considering I won't be around to see it next time its round.

I am considering mortising the rails into the posts with counter sunken screws and beveled caps covering the screw holes. My concern with this idea is both shrinkage and future repairs ( if needed) that would be difficult to do. Replacing a mortised rail between two posts that are not movable would require the rail to be flexible enough to bend it so as to insert the tenon into the mortise. Any thoughts on wether this would create too many problems down the road or?
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GooOOOOoood gravy that is one heck of a telescope you got there, now my key board is slick from droolin on it. Did you manage to get any pictures of Venus? As hard as I tried I didn't get to see anything yesterday, maybe it was the slight over cast we had. I couldn't find anything strong enough to look directly at the Sun so I did the hole in paper thing. By the way, I do see you smiling, look at the spit shine on your shoes.
Unfortunately no pictures Jim. I would have needed a dedicated CCD Astro camera for that, and I don't have one. My friend Randy is the expert in that area...but he didn't get to see the transit except for a few seconds using some solar glasses, and that was it.

I'm going to lend him my Ha solar scope, and he's going to get some shots of all the sunspots using his CCD camera.
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Sorry about the missing "e", hope Charles and Henry won't be too upset at me.

I did not get a chance to see the transit other than on the news and at that it was a brief glimpse of venus slipping its way past the lower hemisphere of the sun. Better than not seeing it at all considering I won't be around to see it next time its round.

I am considering mortising the rails into the posts with counter sunken screws and beveled caps covering the screw holes. My concern with this idea is both shrinkage and future repairs ( if needed) that would be difficult to do. Replacing a mortised rail between two posts that are not movable would require the rail to be flexible enough to bend it so as to insert the tenon into the mortise. Any thoughts on whether this would create too many problems down the road or?
Considering that's the way they did it 100 years ago (minus the screws) and considering that some of those fences still exist, I would guess that such a fence - minus the screws - will outlast you.

Why not make the mortises a loose fit? That way nothing will be trying to get twisted out of shape and there won't be any tension anywhere. By loose, I mean perhaps 1/16" space at most.

If you leave the wood you are going to use outside for 6 months first, most of the shrinking will have been done. I'm betting it will look good and last a very long time.
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Busy day today, up early splitting wood (Joy!).

Every once in awhile we will see one of these logs come floating by, maybe just one or two a year. They are called end floaters. Some of them just barely break the surface and are dangerous if you whack one.

One of my friends from DeCourcy hit one with his power boat about three weeks ago and sheared off the whole leg on his outdrive.
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When the tide went out this morning, it left two logs high and dry in our little bay. I was positive that the fat one was an old cedar.
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Well, not so. I think it is either an Engelman or Sitka spruce. Hard to tell as it has been in the chuck for a very long time, likely 15 or 20 years. Very close grain wood...I stopped counting the rings at 200.
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The logs were about 60' past where the sand is hard enough to push a wheelbarrow over easily, right in the soft muck. I used the dolly to move the rounds up to the good area and wheelbarrowed from there.
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The missus' first full bloom peony. She's pretty chuffed. The best she has ever has as far as peony blooms go.
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Very low tide this morning, and a couple of nice boats in the bay.
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