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September 10, 2010 01:42 AM Forum: Coronado-Lunt-DayStar Solar Filters

SolarMax II 60 vs Lunt 60: do we know anything?

Posted By Robert Howe

Coronado is likely setting up a loss-leader for a few months, or simply running scared. The Lunt products I have tried are of very fine quality. A monopoly is a terrible thing to lose...Tim, moving up from a Solarmax 40 to a 60 mm scope by either maker will be extraordinary for you. Double stack if you can.


October 8, 2010 03:28 AM Forum: Astro-Physics


Posted By Robert Howe

AP 140 f/7.5 prototype?

Please tell.


May 28, 2013 03:37 AM Forum: After Dark

Triple Conjunction

Posted By Robert Howe

Thanks for the heads-up, Paul.


June 11, 2014 07:49 PM Forum: Astro-Physics

Comet Panstarrs

Posted By Robert Howe

Great image, love the contrast. You can send me one of those 160 mm refractors, if you don't mind...

June 30, 2004 10:43 PM Forum: Polls

When you ship my new $4000 scope to me please use...

Posted By Robert Howe

Another Airborne Express/DHL fan here. In my business we've used UPS, USPS, FedEx and Airborne/DHL to ship biological specimens, also my musical instruments and telescopes. Airborne/DHL treats customers wonderfully, they are always on time (or early; I once had a shipment of antique oboes grow mold in FedEx's warehouse) and the packages arrive in loving condition. I'd use them anytime.
Robert Howe

July 2, 2004 01:42 AM Forum: Polls

When you ship my new $4000 scope to me please use...

Posted By Robert Howe

One correspondent asked about prices. I think DHL is a little more expensive. An overnight parcel from W Mass to Manhattan, 3 pounds, Saturday delivery with signature, recently was $30. But then again, compare prices in this array: Orion...Celestron...Televue...Astrophysics.

I do use UPS for things that won't break and can take their time. For example, a used 16 inch Starmaster is coming my way--the casings by UPS ground, the mirror by DHL overnight. And only one carrier, USPS, has been willing to move a $20,000 heckelphone for me, expedited and insured.


November 30, 2004 07:34 PM Forum: Polls

I ......

Posted By Robert Howe

A membership fee and a fee per ad (say, $2) would be reasonable. In return, the sellers should be vetted.

Robert Howe

May 17, 2006 12:28 PM Forum: Polls

Who wins?

Posted By Robert Howe

Who cares?

Robert Howe

May 18, 2006 03:29 PM Forum: Polls

Who wins?

Posted By Robert Howe

Herb York said:

...a weekend with Steve to discuss what he thinks is important.....hurry - time is running out


What Steve wants to discuss will affect us, our children, our grandchildren, our civilization. Perhaps it is "politics", but politics, being the study of the use of human power and authority, is without doubt *the most* important of the social sciences. Certainly I would rather see people discussing preventing Iran from developing a hydrogen bomb than chatting about who is the prettiest actress, or whatever.


Robert Howe

July 2, 2008 07:39 PM Forum: Polls

All cars built after 2015 should be powered by...

Posted By Robert Howe

Les Chambers said:

By whatever measure you choose, infant mortality rates, drug dependency, life span, education levels,whatever standard you use, Europe beats the U.S. hands down.

Not so fast. Almost every statement here, while "common knowledge", is false.

American infant mortality is actually superior to any on earth; it's all in how statistics are collected. As we obstetricians all know, our CDC reports a neonatal mortality as any live born who dies within 30 days, and an infant mortality as any liveborn who dies within a year, regardless of birth weight or gestational age. Most of the world considers mortality only within 7-10 days and has lower limits on the birthweight, which our reporting does not. We report a 22 week, non viable fetus which breathes once and cannot live as a neonatal death; England would call it a spontaneous abortion.

The vast bulk of infant mortality is due to complications of prematurity. Most prematurity, drug dependence, and reduced life span in America occurs in populations that have been removed from the free market by government subsidies and payments. Middle-class wage-earning moms rarely have cocaine addiction, nor do they often deliver at 25 weeks.

The life span in industrialized nations is subject to similar statistical legerdomain, although I do not have the data in front of me now to make the argument persuasively.

The nation with the highest degree of education is...Israel, which has more college degrees per capita than any other. Second is...the USA, where a college degree has become de rigeur for many occupations that do not seem to require one; perhaps we are over educated.

Having said all of this, I am very puzzled as to why no one realizes that the current gas crisis is economic warfare. There is no reason for a barel of oil to cost $140 or even $75; it is all opportunism. The current situation is the reverse of what Reagan and King Faisal did to the Russians in 1982-88 by artificially lowering natural gas prices, thus depriving the USSR of something like 60% of their import revenue and driving that nation to bankruptcy. Middle Eastern nations, Marxist Venezuela and our own stupid speculators are now working together to keep money pouring from our nations to theirs. We, the infidel west, are now being warred upon and slowly defeated by strictly economic methods without even realizing it.

I certainly don't want to see my kids come to adulthood in an oil-dependent world.

Robert Howe, MD.
Fellow, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists