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Posts Made By: john raymond

August 10, 2007 04:52 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Tripod too short? scope too long? cheap fix

Posted By john raymond

I had that problem: eyepiece too low when scope pointed up.

I found a cheap and easy fix. Logs.

These were roughly matched in length and selected for low width/height ratio. The ends were not perfectly level or square but work fine. A 1/2 inch socket was cut (with a router) into the tops for the tripod feet. The ones in the photo raise this scope by 11 inches.

Advantages: cheap and easy to make

Drawbacks: May be a little difficult to find in the city.
Natural logs dont match scope finish. Can be heavy. Not reccomended for imaging.


November 16, 2007 07:37 PM Forum: Solar System Observing

Lunar X - saw it

Posted By john raymond

Im sure I saw the Lunar X Friday evening around 8:15 EST. I looked for it all evening but it wasnt there before 8.

Several others saw it also after I pointed it out. I was at a public observing night.

Thanks for all the advice on this forum! grin

Pic taken afocal with handheld camera.

December 5, 2007 05:32 PM Forum: AstroMart FAQ

Classified #536320

Posted By john raymond

Who's the seller? On the list and in the ad that space is blank. Never seen that before on A-mart.

May 10, 2008 04:04 PM Forum: LUNATICS

Quick and dirty moon photo

Posted By john raymond

My amateurish attempt at lunar photography.

May 7 2008 21:00 EST Richmond VA
Televue 85, 24mm eyepiece, canon A510 camera handheld, 2 second exposure

October 4, 2008 12:35 PM Forum: AstroMart FAQ

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Posted By john raymond

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November 21, 2008 05:46 PM Forum: AstroMart FAQ

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Posted By john raymond

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February 3, 2009 09:17 PM Forum: Star Parties

The 1st Virginia Solar-Lunar Convention and Imagin

Posted By john raymond

The 1st Virginia Solar-Lunar Convention and Imaging Conference is planned for Saturday April 4 in Goochland County VA.

The Convention will focus on 4 themes:
Solar Astronomy
Lunar Astronomy
Video Astronomy
Imaging in General

All day solar observing, exciting speakers, evening observing the Moon and Saturn.
This event is not intended to be a dark-skies observing event. Its to provide something a little different, with easy and bright objects to observe. Still many deep sky objects will be visible. Its also a good night to demonstrate video and planetary imaging. A good turnout of excellent lunar/planetary scopes is expected.

Cost is $17 includes lunch and dinner.

Camping info, star party rules, and directions

February 22, 2009 12:21 PM Forum: Eyepieces

B&L ASP 18mm mystery

Posted By john raymond

I have two of them. The second bought sight unseen, thinking to make a binoviewing pair.
One is 1-3/8" tall, the other 1-13/16". The field stop is the same in both. The shorter has bluish reflections, taller had light violet.

Of all the folks that own one, which came first?
Which is more common?
Any other info?

Dont know much about them, thanks.

March 29, 2009 12:35 PM Forum: Eyepieces

Better than Naglers?

Posted By john raymond

Im trying to trade Nagler 4's for other TV ep's I have never tried nor seen in person.

I can only conclude that the 11 Nagler original is far superior to the 12 T4.

The 32 Widefield is far superior in image quality to the 22 T4

The 55 Plossl is far superior to any T4 Nagler.

Why? Not one offer to trade, so they must feel they have the superior ep, and is a losing deal.

If Im trading a 5 year old modern design for a 25 year old obsolete design, I must be ripping people off, right? Or has the Ethos made the Type 4 undesirable? My understanding is incomplete.


April 20, 2009 08:54 AM Forum: Refractors

3 AP refractors at NEAF Solar Star Party

Posted By john raymond

155 f/9 with H-alpha
152 f/9 with Baader film
Traveler w/ H-alpha

Solar views served to 400-500 folks Saturday. The new Lunt scopes were also there.

You hear a lot about the new scopes coming out at NEAF, but the classic AP's did some amazing work.

Hope I didnt miss one.