Image of the day

Captured by
Adam Livingston

Seagull Nebula

My Account

New to Astromart?

Register an account...

Need Help?

Posts Made By: Neil Barnett

December 30, 2010 10:50 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Foam Needed

Posted By Neil Barnett

Home Depot, lowes, etc. carry a variety of size, thickness, and types.

January 27, 2011 09:53 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

February 18, 2011 10:43 AM Forum: Refractors

Value of Swiss German brass refractor circa 1815

Posted By Neil Barnett

Most of these early scopes that have any kind of engraving, like the date, usually have a name or some identification proudly engraved on it also. The condition of the main lens (objective) is important, especially since you say there is no cover now. A late 1700's to early 1800's just sold, from UK to California, for less than $1000 with some retoration work needed.

More info?

August 9, 2011 04:45 PM Forum: Antique/Classic/Vintage Optical Instruments

February 17, 2012 08:53 AM Forum: AstroMart FAQ

Loss of messages due to timeout

Posted By Neil Barnett


If you have a long post, you've probably encountered the pain in the 'A' screen flipping and jumping around. The easiest thing to do is write your post in some other program like notepad or micro Office or some document, etc. Then copy and paste the ad into AstroMart.

It will help if you already have your pictures ready to go and within the size limit of 500Kb.

August 2, 2012 09:47 AM Forum: AstroMart FAQ

Selling for a club

Posted By Neil Barnett


Is the equipment CLUB owned?
Are you an active memeber of the club?
Are you an AstroMart SUPPORTER?

If you answer NO to any question, then tell the club a member with authority over the equipment has to join AstroMart.

If you answer YES to all questions, then quit ruffling feathers here and just do what you can do. In spite of what some may think, Herb has a practical side to differentiating between the letter of the law and the honest intent, as well as appreciation for Support for this kind of character trait.

This is stated with delicate prose as 'feather ruffling' requires. No news is Good news. If I'm out of line you can bet that the right authority will correct me. Otherwise, maybe this string can freeze up before a bunch of blather and drivel creates hoopla where it just isn't wanted.

August 16, 2012 01:50 PM Forum: A Day in the Life of the Administrator

regarding renewal of memberships

Posted By Neil Barnett

This is excellent. My letter came up right away, "B".
Since I am a current supporter, and have been in a big way, this might help.
I am a brown level supporter which is the one year support.
My support ends 04/30/2013 under the old system, that's next year.
My support effectively started 05/01/2012, that's this year before the new system.
I've been a continuous supporter so I have support for a full year before the new system. This would include support prior to my current support.

What I know (I think) is that I have 300 free ads that includes any ads placed since my current support started 05/01/2012. Is this correct?

I thought those who are current supporters at the time of dues also get extended membership times, up to 3 years membership for being a brown one year supporter at the time of being subject to the new system.
If 3 years of membership are tacked on for each brown support, then membership dues would soon outpace any need for concern (I'm AARP already). Only keeping current support would be important and the new system would quickly appear the same as the old when decades of membership are pre-aquired due to constant support.

Please use me as an example.

When will I be due to pay the new fee?
When will my support end?
When will my time be up to use my 300 ads?

Can you explain some steps in figuring this instead of just giving dates?
I think many will want to see this done.

I will continue my yearly support, and I will be a supporter before my dues are up. I simply don't have a very clear understanding of this and I'm sure a lot don't.
We could use some support here.

September 13, 2012 06:13 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Need some help ASAP

Posted By Neil Barnett


BEFORE you buy a drive, set your GEM mount correctly and see if the manual control is sufficient for what you want.

You will have to set up the polar axis, also called the Right Ascension axis (RA), in order to track with a motor. When the mount is set up for a single drive motor, it will also be very easy to track by hand using the single slow motion manual RA control. You might as well set up the polar alignment and try the manual control first.

For precise imaging, you are in a whhhhooooooole different ballgame. Your best bet for info on this is to post your telescope and mount picture in the photography forum.
You will want a more accurate polar alignment than what you would need just for visual work. The mount should be in good working order to minimize any slop in movement. You can lightly weight the scope balance to favor slight tension on the drive so that the gear favors the rotation of the worm (your scope has a worm gear for RA).

September 28, 2012 02:27 PM Forum: AstroMart FAQ

September 30, 2012 07:16 PM Forum: AstroMart FAQ

The Peer Group?

Posted By Neil Barnett

They're the cops dude. The SS. Gum shoes, flat foots.

They are sworn to secrecy as to who they are.
What they can do is make your day blue.
Who they report to is not you.
The shadow knows.
They're the cops dude.