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Posts Made By: Tony Aguire

January 5, 2010 12:11 PM Forum: Pet Pics

It was inevitable...

Posted By Tony Aguire

My wife recently started a new career, as a vet tech. She works at a no kill animal shelter, so I figured it was only a matter of time before we ended up as foster parents...

This little girl is a 4 week old likely boxer puppy...cute, but damn noisy.

January 9, 2010 05:19 PM Forum: Mounts

Orion/Celestron retrofit

Posted By Tony Aguire

I picked up a minty Orion Skyview Deluxe last year for the grand sum of $28 at the local Goodwill. I also have a Celestron Advanced Astromaster from my old fork setup. Has anyone seen a retrofit to get theses two to work togeter? I thought it would be neat to have push to on my little grab and go set up 8) ...

Thanks and Clear Skies

January 21, 2010 12:56 PM Forum: Politics

somebody tell me why?

Posted By Tony Aguire


Why Americans should not all have equal access to healthcare


the key word here is "equal"

I have a gold plated health plan, no deductibles, no co-pay, prescriptions free, eye care...free, dental...free. I pay $40 a month for health care for me and my wife.

my neighbor has no health insurance. When his child got the flu, my neighbor got a bill to pay...this is not equal.

Why should I get any different treatment even though myself and my next door neighbor are Americans?

I would like to hear why some of y'all think I should get treated better than my neighbor...

Why should he get a bill, why should I be able to walk into a clinic/emergency room/doctor present a card, get my care and walk out knowing I will only pay 40 dollars next month?

January 22, 2010 10:38 PM Forum: Off Topic Discussions

California/Arizona storms

Posted By Tony Aguire

How is everyone out here holding up?

I have never seen this much water moving on our property!

2 of our 3 washes overflowed, one is 5 feet deep, the other is 2 feet deep (the one that didn't overflow is about 4 feet deep but about 12 feet wide). My driveway crosses the 2 foot deep wash, via culvert pipes with bulit up soil and gravel. Most of that is gone now as is a long stretch of driveway. We are going to have several tons of stone brought in to fix the driveway.
My wifes Camry is not able to get down our (dirt) roads due to the flooding and mud, so we are leaving her car at the casino in town. I drop her off there so she can get to work, and pick her up to take her home the rest of the way. So far my Tacoma has done an awesome job, I was up to the lugnuts in mud yesterday and it just powered through 8) .
Lots of roads closed (dirt roads mostly) lots of debris from flooding.

Needless to say, I don't plan on watering the landscaping for a few days grin

Hopefully our other southwestern residents are hangin' in there to?


February 9, 2010 11:29 PM Forum: Politics

America

Posted By Tony Aguire



I am still proud of my country ...are you?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii0b2rpXJ5s

America...the ONLY SUPERPOWER

Instead of bitching, lets hear solutions.

Lets see Americans pulling together so we can keep our place.


or we can stay divided and be defeated....

April 16, 2010 10:04 PM Forum: Antique/Classic/Vintage Optical Instruments

Anyone seen one of these?

Posted By Tony Aguire

I picked this scope up at a yard sale for $20. The glass is excellent, the ep has some dust and seems to have degraded some. The views are "cloudy" I suspect due to the ep. It has a drawtube focuser, and the ep is integral with the draw tube. The gentleman I purchased it from said it was over 50 years old, he had recieved it as a gift when he was 8 years old. He said it was a "Heath Kit" telescope, one that the end user could assemble themselves. Not sure if this is a real collector, or if it might make a decent guide scope with some mods to the focuser?
Thanks for any input


May 5, 2010 07:46 PM Forum: Wildlife Photography

Watch your step....

Posted By Tony Aguire

My wife and I were out for our evening walk when we came across this guy...


May 13, 2010 11:45 AM Forum: Reflectors

C8 vs. Orion 8" F4 Newt...

Posted By Tony Aguire

Hello all, looking for some input.
For astrophotography with a DSLR, could I expect better results with this?

http://www.telescope.com/control/telescopes/reflector-telescopes/orion-8-inch-f-ratio-4*0-newtonian-astrograph-reflector-telescope

I currently use a C8, but I but after using a newt it seems like it would be easier since the camera attachement point is easier to see. Can I expect better image quality as well?

Thanks and clear skies.

May 14, 2010 12:57 AM Forum: Mounts

Took the plunge...

Posted By Tony Aguire

Finally got around to tuning up my CG-5 GT.

Completely disassembled it and removed the tree sap. I polished all the bearing surfaces to mirror finish with a dremel and jewelery polish. Adjusted the backlash and relubed with Mobile 1 Synthetic grease.

Definitly worth the time and effort.

It is easier to ballance as the RA and Dec require much less effort to move. The mount is quieter when slewing. Alignment is easier to perform and gotos are much more accurate (I suspect this is due to the previous looseness of the gears).

Next time the weather is reasonable, we will see if the autoguiding is better. Tonight we had patches of haze...

Clear Skies

May 16, 2010 10:10 PM Forum: Audio

Ronnie James Dio

Posted By Tony Aguire

Ronnie James Dio...

R.I.P. be it Heaven or Hell

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUJH7y1yK_E

You WILL be missed...

Truly an icon of American musical talent.