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Posts Made By: John Levine

December 13, 2002 09:14 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Axiom 23 mm

Posted By John Levine

Anyone have a spare one of these? My EP would love to go binoviewing, but feels lonely and left out...

December 18, 2002 07:40 AM Forum: Equipment Talk


Posted By John Levine

What would be the ideal setup for someone who must wear glasses?
Assume three EP pairs, need for good eye relief, and good quality.

June 1, 2003 08:17 PM Forum: My group wants a donation or deal for our cause

ARGUS Project

Posted By John Levine

The Wabash County Astronomical Society will soon be entering the construction phase of ARGUS, a versatile, multi-instrument observatory nestled in a fantastic dark-sky site in north central Indiana.
Our not-for-profit organization is seeking donations for this public-access facility.
Please see our website at:
To contact the ARGUS Development Group, call: (260) 569-9600. Fax: (260) 569-9800. E-mail:

Clear skies,

Dr. John Levine
Pres., WCAS
Chrmn., ARGUS Steering Committee

September 10, 2003 10:10 PM Forum: Astro-Physics

Vintage A-P 102mm f/8: ?best mount

Posted By John Levine

This baby arriving soon.
I expect this will primarily be a visual instrument, as opposed to (trying) astrophotography.
Opinions regarding mount/tripod? I really don't want to take out a second mortgage on the house...!


September 11, 2003 08:55 AM Forum: Meade

Autostar Woes: Whatup wit dat?

Posted By John Levine

I have a somewhat truculant autostar controller with my LX200 classic.
It had been working fine for the past four years, but lately it has "locked up": the keypad would not accept commands, or it would return to the bootup line. After a restart of the system, everything would then be fine - for a while. And then there are times it would seem to be working well.
My connections and power supply seemed to be ok.
Is my controller going bad?
Ideas? Comments?



March 28, 2005 12:03 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Replacement diced foam

Posted By John Levine

I have some Quantaray cases at home in dire need of some fresh diced foam inserts.
Anyone have any leads on where I can get these?
-John :S

October 15, 2005 07:43 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Nagler 20 mm type 2 - Appearance

Posted By John Levine

Just picked up a nice example on the 'Mart.
I noticed that the end of the chrome barrel that screws into the black anodized housing does not sit flush with the lower part of the housing; there is a small "step" there.
Is it supposed to be like that? Should it be able to be screwed in further, so that there is no step, and the top of the chrome barrel sits flush with the bottom of the housing?
Thanks! :S

November 3, 2005 06:36 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

HELP!! Mounting concerns...

Posted By John Levine

I have a TMB 175 Apo I need to mount.
Rings: check.
Casady DoveNJP 9 saddle: got it.
Now,can anyone suggest the appropriate bar or dovetail to make all this best go together?
Thank you!


September 21, 2007 01:39 PM Forum: Refractors

Thomas Back Passes...

Posted By John Levine

I just found out earlier today that Tom Back passed away.
Like many in our hobby, I considered him a good friend.
A talent like his does not come along often. We in the astronomy community owe him and his legacy a debt of gratitude.
Rest in peace, my friend.
We'll watch for you amongst the stars.

March 24, 2009 09:58 AM Forum: Binoviewers

1 1/4"-->2"...?

Posted By John Levine

I have a Universal Denk II setup that has served well, but lately I've been giving serious thought to having a go with a 2" system. It would be mated to any of the following: 18" f/4.5 reflector, 8.25" Achromatic refractor, 11" SCT. I may at some point move up to a C14.
Issues? Thoughts?
Bring it on! grin