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Posts Made By: David McGough

December 26, 2008 10:34 PM Forum: Pictures of Me and My Telescope and........

3rd floor balcony, light pollution and a SCT.

Posted By David McGough


I know what that's like, I lived in a 3rd floor condo almost 5 years but still managed to get some use out of my old C10, at least my balcony faced the ecliptic, but it had a full overhang roof so I'd always lose objects when they got decent elevation.

I also have an old C8 that for quick looks I'd just place on a tall barstool that I could get closer to the edge than on a tripod. That helped me see a bit higher elevation.


December 27, 2008 08:44 PM Forum: Eyepieces

changing scopes

Posted By David McGough

Hi Terry,

Other than maybe a 35mm Panoptic for lower power with a wide field you are pretty well set on eyepieces for deep sky and general views and the pwoermate plus shorter Naglers should cover the steady night for planet views fine.

The reason these all work well is that the f ratio of the scopes are the same (both f 10) so you keep the same exit pupil or "power per inch" of diameter relationship.

The views through the 11" are really much more satisfying than an 8" and noticably better than a 10" from my experience. Galaxies and Globulars especially. Many of the brighter Messier globs start to show unique appearance and color hues compared with each other where the 8" was happy to just resolve mainly. You'll definitely enjoy the upgrade!


March 8, 2009 12:31 AM Forum: Star Parties

Darkest site near southern California

Posted By David McGough

Try Fossil Falls just alongside the 395 between Little Lake and Coso Junction.


May 3, 2009 07:16 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Re: Electric Plug Older Orange-tube C5

Posted By David McGough

Part number is: 538-S-302H-CCT


June 12, 2009 09:33 PM Forum: Pictures of Me and My Telescope and........

Red Tube Coulter 13.1in - Final demise

Posted By David McGough

Always did think the views were kind of furry in those...

Nice reuse and with the size of our cat, I could ask the wife for a 17.5"...!


July 25, 2009 03:32 PM Forum: Celestron

Removing threaded ring from the back of a Celestro

Posted By David McGough

That ring is reverse threaded and loc-tited in place and also serves to secure the baffle tube the primary rides on. You should not remove it.


September 5, 2009 01:45 PM Forum: Off Topic Discussions

It's back....Chupacabra!

Posted By David McGough

So has anyone noticed Chupacabras only seem to be found in August when Mars is as big as the Moon?


Lee Spain said:

Mangy dead coyote or monster? 8O

Maybe diseased coyotes turn into Chupacabras?
Also, lots of states have coyotes, why are all the mangy blue dead ones in Texas?
Maybe it's the coyote equivalent of lycanthropes or werewolves or something?

At any rate, if enough crazy looking blue hairless critters show up, I reckon they warrant a name and Chupacabra works... wink

September 30, 2009 04:19 AM Forum: Deep Sky Observing

Red Blob near Andromeda?

Posted By David McGough

There was a sounding rocket mission that dumped some material into the upper atmosphere out of Wallops Island about that time to study noctilucent clouds, Since sounding rockets just go up and don't do the horizontal gravity turn to achieve orbital velocity, the clouds ejected can appear quite stationary from the ground. Were you in the Notheast USA at the time?


walter sikora said:

Two Sunday nights ago. Near size of full moon. Indistinct edges. Not quite round. A very faint, deep red. Stationary like a star. Easily seen scanning with 7/35 binos.

It's been raining since.

Has anyone seen this, or know what it is?

Good Seeing, walt

September 30, 2009 04:24 AM Forum: AstroMart FAQ

US Postal Money Order cannot be cashed in Canada?

Posted By David McGough

I think you still need the international money order for use in Canada. Even if he endorsed it, can't he endorse it back to you on the back as you would endorse a check? "Pay to the order of ...." then sign?

Before having him try that I'd ask the USPS what they'll accept back. Or find a Nigerian selling some small item wink


jeff catalina said:

Hi folks, hope someone can help . . .

I just got an email from a Canadian Astromarter who received my US postal MO for an item I am purchasing from him. Apparently he was able to cash the MO at his bank without any problems. But sometime later in the day he received a call from the bank alleging that they cannot cash it because a US postal MO cannot be cashed in a Canadian bank and they were removing the funds from his account.

This presents a real dilemma because he's already endorsed the MO. So even though he's going to send it back to me, how can I redeem it if it's already endorsed in his name? I'm going to the post office in the morning to see if I can resolve this but I thought I'd ask if anyone has run into this situation before.

I've had transactions with others from Canada that have cashed my US postal MO's without any issues. I do believe that the seller is on the up and up, but I am a little nervous since this was a decent amount of money.

Any help?


January 14, 2010 02:53 AM Forum: Reflectors

Airline Portable DOBs

Posted By David McGough

I've been lusting after one of these on and off. The backpack option looks like it might stuff in a overhead bin.