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Posts Made By: Rod Mollise

August 31, 2012 11:45 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

September 7, 2012 12:39 PM Forum: Home Observatories

Dewed Telescope

Posted By Rod Mollise

Bryan Henry said:

I finished my observatory early this Spring and greatly enjoy all the benefits it provides. I was wondering what to do with the scope if it dews up. Of course prevention is the best method but the other night I was tweaking the polar alignment when the corrector dewed up. I was done with the session and wondered about the best way to deal with the dew. I suppose I could put the heater strip on but that takes a while on a 10-inch Mak-Newt corrector. I ended up placing a cover over the uncapped scope and closed the observatory. I thought about some desiccant packs in the lens cover or the hair dryer treatment. Of course before the observatory I would just carry the scope inside and let it dry out. Any thoughts about covering a dewed scope uncapped and closing the observatory?


Never cap a dewed up scope. That's how mold/mildew/fungus grow...

September 19, 2012 02:19 PM Forum: ASTRONOMY

Eyes Going Bad -- Need Advice

Posted By Rod Mollise

"M-a-l-l-i-n-c-a-m"... that's what I did. wink

September 19, 2012 02:23 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Meade LX-80 How much is too much?

Posted By Rod Mollise

I am sorry, but based on what I have been told by owners, most are having similar issues or worse. It is not ready for prime time. Return it immediately. A CG5 is in the same price range and is a proven performer. Sorry. I wanted this to be a breakthrough too. sad

September 25, 2012 05:13 AM Forum: Comets

Possible major comet next year

Posted By Rod Mollise

Jim McSheehy said:

New comet with parabolic orbitals:

C2012 S1 ISON

Projected to graze the sun (0.012AU) and reach mag -4 in Oct-Nov 2013, 0.4 AU from Earth.

About damn time! 8)

Hope so. BUT...this is what was being said about Kahoutek a few years ago... Comets are like cats. wink

October 26, 2012 03:15 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Views on the Vixen VMC110L modified Cassegrain

Posted By Rod Mollise

John Herda said:

Hello fellow sky-watchers;

I've recently purchased the Vixen VMC 110L ( Chinese?, not Japanese manufacture) and have had some issues with the unit as I put it together and checked the sloppy eccentric focal adjuster, and sloppy eyepiece fit which may indicate the overall performance of this unit which has received some glowing remarks about its performance despite its low end cost and smaller aperture.

Equally bad experience with a large distribution wholesaler on Ebay who missdescribed the package which was to have included a Vixen Porta 2 mount; so,(tongue in cheek) I'm left holding the scope freehand and checking its optical capabilities. Some reimbursement of funds , but far short of the cost of finding a replacement tripod with the Vixen shoe adaption .

I purchased the scope for it's reasonable viewing capabilities( after reading various reviews) and portability as I plan to use it in the field and on my travels. I'm hopeful one of you fellow sky watchers may have had some positive experiences viewing with this scope, and may alleviate or validate my concerns.

Suffice it to say, what tripod should I get that will be portable? Should I consider a goto setup? Should I restart and try another more expensive, portable unit which may provide a prolonged and positive celestial viewing life ?

Clear skies!

Alas, my experience has been that Vixen is not what it used to be. If I were looking for a portable MCT I'd get a Celestron C90. Cheap and good. Did I mention cheap? grin

November 12, 2012 09:48 AM Forum: Star Parties

Mid-Atlantic Star Party cancelled! :-(

Posted By Rod Mollise

Scott Satko said:

I just found out yesterday that the Mid-Atlantic Star Party (MASP), which was supposed to be held next week in Robbins, NC, has been cancelled. I'm not sure if it was just cancelled for this year, or permanently cancelled, but the organizer's explanation posted on the MASP website doesn't seem to bode well for the future. I'm pretty disappointed, as this star party has always been the highlight of my observing year for the past decade. sad

Sorry to hear that. It was going strong for quite a while, I understand, and I'd always hoped to make it up there. The bright spot? A star party will not die if enough folks want it to continue. If you all established an audience, someone will take the reins eventually.

February 1, 2013 04:48 PM Forum: Telescope Making

counterweights LX20012" on CGEM

Posted By Rod Mollise

eric hamel said:

Does anyone have a Celestron CGEM mount with a Meade LX200 12" OTA?
Is 2x17lb (34lb total) of counterweight enough to balance the apprx. 38lb OTA?

An observatory 12 years in the making is about to go online, finally.
thanks for any help


Probably won't make it. I think you'll need to throw a counterweight extension into the mix. 3 11-pounders are enough for a C11, but the Meade is significantly heavier.

February 3, 2013 01:35 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

Software help

Posted By Rod Mollise

Bruce Hayes said:

All i read is use Photoshop. I hate spending so much on a program that I will use so little of. Does Elements or Elements Premium have what I will need for astrophotography. If not what are the options? The current Photoshop is PCS6. I would rather spend $700 on telescope stuff. And buy the way the blog on PSC6 states the need to use the cloud for high end editing. Why would I want to call in the clouds for astrophotograpy?

Adobe is allowing anybody to download Photoshop CS2 for free, and has released the key code for CS2 download...

February 15, 2013 03:11 PM Forum: Reflectors

Any experience with Parks telescopes?

Posted By Rod Mollise

Well...they never sold many scopes and they are out of business now. Bottom line? Optics ranged from fair to good, OTAs and mounts were yesterday's technology, prices too high. wink