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Posts Made By: Rusty Keeney

December 17, 2003 07:52 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

How much Dew Heater heat???

Posted By Rusty Keeney

It's doubtful heat around the corrector plate could cause internal air currents. There are going to be a bunch anyway, which I discovered in testing a laser collimator which projects an image through the scope to a target. Internal air currents are very noticeable.

December 27, 2003 05:30 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Re: Moisture Inside a SCT....????

Posted By Rusty Keeney

I'm with you, John - there's no telling what a hair dryer will pick up from the air - there's no filter - and it's going to inject it into the tube at a fairly high velocity....

January 4, 2004 06:20 PM Forum: Off Topic Discussions

Red lights at star parties

Posted By Rusty Keeney

I agree - even the red light on the Celestron Power Tank is, IMHO, too bright. I bought a couple of jump starter/air compressor things, removed the compressor and jump start cables, and taped the lights with 3M taillight tape - just about right...

January 8, 2004 08:10 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Re: its and it's

Posted By Rusty Keeney

Eye kudnt egreeee wiht yuo moor

January 22, 2004 07:29 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Can someone sugest a good...

Posted By Rusty Keeney

Consider Deep Sky 2003: http://www.deepsky2003.net/

One of the things I like is that it integrates with ASCOM (to control the scope) easily, and the images are close to what you'd see visually.

January 22, 2004 07:34 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Wheely Bars

Posted By Rusty Keeney

The usefullness of wheely bars depends a great deal on: a. Can you leave the scope set up on its tripod? and b., what's the terrain over which the tripod has to traverse? as far as a cart, I got one with large pneumatic wheels at Sam's Club for $40.

January 26, 2004 07:55 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Help, help, I'm being oppressed!

Posted By Rusty Keeney

You may have a couple of issues here.

Check the time and location - I spent a fun-filled hour trying to figure out why my NS11GPS (which uses the same controller, BTW) kept insisting Altair was Vega - the time was an hour off (not supposed to happen with the GPS, but it did.) Your controller may have been hibernated, and is insisting it's in a different location than where you are. I've not run into the pointing problem you mention, but it sounds like location data error.

Also you may find the finder needs to be aligned.

If you didn't get the manual with it, you can download from the Celestron website.

February 4, 2004 08:50 PM Forum: Home Observatories

Part III Observatory first inhabitant

Posted By Rusty Keeney

That's gorgeous work (and lots of it!)

February 4, 2004 09:01 PM Forum: Celestron

C11 wobbly?

Posted By Rusty Keeney

There have been some who have adapted the Meade HD tripod for the C11. I have the NS11, and I don't think it's at all bad in alt-az mode, but it's a little shakey with the wedge.

February 13, 2004 08:33 PM Forum: Home Observatories

Question on a roll off observatory (hopefully)

Posted By Rusty Keeney

Most of the "roll-off" observatories roll of the roof. there is no reason why the roll-off couldn't include a couple of feet of wal as well; if I go this way, that's what I'll do. And 8x7 is going to be VERY tight for yoour proposed rig.