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Posts Made By: Rod Mollise

January 16, 2009 06:51 AM Forum: Religion

Re: Student in the Classroom

Posted By Rod Mollise

Mike Scherman said:

The professor sat down.
The student was Albert Einstein.

Albert Einstein did write a book titled God vs. Science in 1921.

'For we walk by faith, not by sight.' 2 Corinthians 5:7

The current push by the Creationists/Fundamentalists to recruit Einstein to their cause is just silly. Much as was their earlier insistence that Darwin HAD A DEATHBED CONVERSION. :-)

The fact is that Einstein was religious in a way, believing that the beauty of the universe manifest in his equations reflected some underlying "principle," but DID NOT BELIEVE IN A PERSONAL GOD that will answer one's prayers. Nor did he believe in anything like an afterlife. Once when asked whether he believed in an afterlife, Einstein replied, "No, and one life is quite enough for me."

The facts about Einstein are readily available in any library, if not necessarily on the Interwebs. LOL

January 29, 2009 04:59 AM Forum: Star Parties

Re: Dinner and Lecture with Dr Heidi Hammel

Posted By Rod Mollise


Sorry, children under 12 years of age are not permitted

That's a shame, as those are really the folks who _should_ be there.


February 8, 2009 09:15 AM Forum: ASTRONOMY

Do you Tweet?

Posted By Rod Mollise

Or at least like to get 'em?

I'm talking about Twitter, of course. I am now issuing the occasional Tweet (short message available both on the website and on your mobile devices if you choose) concerning/in support of my blog and other astronomical subjects.

If you're interested, go to and follow rmollise


March 7, 2009 12:09 PM Forum: Politics

Re: Foreign diplomacy experience?

Posted By Rod Mollise

Jim Babcock said:

I thought that these guys were supposed to be so smart, enlightened and informed about international relations?

I guess Obama was right during the debates when he said said that his greatest foreign policy experience was going to grade school for a couple years overseas. It looks like his whole administration is demonstrating repeatedly how bad they really are.

I HOPE you forgot to add the ":-)"...otherwise, calm down, turn off Rush and CNN and take a deep breath...LOL

March 8, 2009 03:53 PM Forum: ASTRONOMY

Uncle Rod's Skywatch Newsletter 89

Posted By Rod Mollise

I'll be puttin' the next issue together this comin' weekend...but that means there is STILL time for you to get your contributions in.

What do I need?

Observing articles
Star Party reports
Human Interest
You-name-it as long as it has to do with AMATEUR astronomy.

What do you get out of it? Well, to quote Duane Allman, "We won't be sendin' you no check" but you will have the opportunity for your work to be seen by several thousand of your fellow amateurs while the issue is current.

Like to download the last issue (as always IT'S FREE)?

Want to submit?

I prefer Word format, and I like pictures. wink

March 17, 2009 05:14 PM Forum: ASTRONOMY

Uncle Rod's Skywatch Newsletter 89 Ready for Downl

Posted By Rod Mollise

That's right, the latest issue of Unk's newsletter is ready to' it's a bigun:

Meade Forver: Uncle Rod

Why We Do What We Do: Dawn Grove

Bob's Books: Robert Piekiel

Confessions of a Virgin Stargazer: Gabe Hudson

IYA: Steve Tilford

Through the Looking Glass: Joe Stoyack

Sicilian Galileo: Margo Schulter

William Optics SCT Crayford: Timm Bottoni

NASA's Space Place

My Back Pages: Stuff and Nonsense by Uncle Rod and featuring Dawn Grove's AstroNerds.

May 15, 2009 06:41 AM Forum: Meade

Re: My LX200GPS will not power up correctly

Posted By Rod Mollise

Dale Diaz said:

My LX200GPS will now power up correctly. When I connect the AutoStar hand controller then power up the scope, one of 2 things will happen: the top row on the AS display turns to white boxes, almost like a progress bar) from left to right. When the line is full, everything just stops. The other thing that sometimes happens is the display just stays blank. The scope never moves. None of the buttons on the hand controller do anything.
Then at other times it just works like new.

With an intermittent problem, the first thing to do is to check all cables and connections.

May 20, 2009 12:37 PM Forum: Pictures of Me and My Telescope and........

Uncle Rod's Pal Rides Again

Posted By Rod Mollise

A few weeks of work and my beloved (43 year old) Palomar Junior is lookin' purty good again!

May 21, 2009 05:20 AM Forum: Celestron

Re: C5+

Posted By Rod Mollise

Al Forman said:

Has any one discovered a way of converting the C5+ Celestron to a GPS Telescope? Getting to old for Setting Circles. I have looked at the OPTI tripods they cost more than the scope.

Given enough time, money, and talent, anything is possible. That said, this would not be an at all easy task.

Best bet? Remove C5 OTA from fork and put it on a CG5. Or just look at a new NS 5SE...they are quite cheap.

May 24, 2009 05:21 AM Forum: Celestron

The Edge

Posted By Rod Mollise

In case you haven't heard yet, Celestron has announced a new line of SCTs at Riverside, the Edge HD:

Flattener in the baffle tube.

Cooling vents in the tube.

Mirror lock.

White tube.

8, 9.25, 11, 14-inches.

Somewhat more expensive.
That's all I've been told thus far...