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Posts Made By: john raymond

February 4, 2004 06:18 PM Forum: Deep Sky Observing

Omega Centauri from 38.5 north

Posted By john raymond

If you can see Gamma Velorum from your site, about 6 hours later you can find Omega Centauri in the same spot.

John +37.30 N

February 9, 2004 08:52 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Mak 7

Posted By john raymond

Me too! 7" LX 200 owner.

John R

March 27, 2004 11:06 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Got my Stardust Chair! :^)

Posted By john raymond

I got one too!

What I like about it? The foot rest. I see chairs selling for $50 more that dont have it.

Observe in confort - it's the LAW!

John R.

April 26, 2004 04:15 PM Forum: Pictures of Me and My Telescope and........

Scopes please Scopes

Posted By john raymond

Me Too.
7" LX200 bought used in Sept 2000.

April 28, 2004 07:21 PM Forum: Bad to the Bone Autos

How about this ?

Posted By john raymond

Who's job is it to get the spare tire down?
Not me! no Way!

June 16, 2004 08:17 AM Forum: Deep Sky Observing

NGC 4565

Posted By john raymond

Thats a sketch??!

Looks like a CCD image!

Keep up the good work.

John R.

September 22, 2004 03:17 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

People make me wonder!

Posted By john raymond

I just bought it for $102


Just kidding wink

October 23, 2005 10:47 PM Forum: Star Parties

Mid- Atlantic Star party or Bust

Posted By john raymond

Im going too!
I will bring the trusty 7" f15 Mak for those tight doubles, planets Mars and Saturn, and brighter DSO's. Stop by the big red van and visit.

8) John

October 25, 2005 04:53 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Collimation Differences Cap and Laser.

Posted By john raymond


Several times I have seen the cheap laser collimators that had a miscollimated laser.
The cap may also be out of whack.

Is your 2" adaptor firmly held in the focuser?

Is the eypiece firmly held in the adaptor?

Free advice: get yourself a sight tube and cheshire. I find these to be very accurate. Inexpensive.

A GOOD laser collimator is also useful. I like the Glatter collimators. The 2-1.25" holographic is a winner. Somewhat expensive.

The best and least expensive resource is your local astronomy club. There are experienced collimators willing to help you.

JOhn R

November 22, 2005 08:31 PM Forum: Beginning Astronomy?

Private seller...what to look for

Posted By john raymond

Here are some ideas:

1. Arrange to purchase at the next meeting of the astro club.

2. Arrange to purchase at the next public skywatch given by the astro club.

3. Ask if any local astronomers are willing to help you set up and use the scope the first night you have try it. Thats what astro clubs are for.

I'd be wary if the seller doesnt wholeheartedly agree to these terms.

One the downside, well-intentioned astronomers often overload newbies with advice. I'm often guilty of this.

Good luck and congratulations on the new scope, whatever it is. Either one is a superior first scope.

John R