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Posts Made By: Andy Sedlacek

April 20, 2015 02:48 PM Forum: Solar System Observing

Old plume at 6 o'clock

Posted By Andy Sedlacek

Very interesting. There is a very large, squat plume on the Sun right at 6 o'clock from my location 47-deg 38' N. I've been watching this over the last week morph from a mushroom to an anvil. Sometimes it dips close enough to the rim to loose its "stalk", but it is back to being an anvil again.

"Cat whiskers" are very evident at 11:30am and 1:40pm.

Ok, I'm getting sunburn on the right arm now!

What is the longest single disturbance you've monitored on the Sun?

August 13, 2015 10:56 PM Forum: Birding Optics and Photos

The BEST birding binoc EVER

Posted By Andy Sedlacek

Believe it or not I do like birding; though most of Veradale's birds are crows, robins, mourning doves, and a FAIR amount of owls. Today Jill and I walked into ATWB where we took a big leap into the binocular swimming pool with Herb as the lifeguard and my wife, Jill, as the "push-him-in". My original intents were to compare the amazingly sharp and slightly dense Alpen Rainiers against the Zeiss Conquest HD of same power/aperture configuration.
Of corse there were the Zeiss Victory SF 10x42 close by, but, you know?!

So Herb presents the marvelously baffled Rainier 8x42s and I am wowed! Seriously, these are the ZEISSIEST not-Zeiss binocs I've ever held and looked through. Jill and I were treated to a sunny day at the showroom so LOTS of male black birds and flowers to test color and contrast. The reds in the feathers, the distance gap between the flowers and the H-20 bridge a mile away was phenomenally 3d. Both Alpen and Zeiss were sooo close, I couldn't decipher. It is at this point Jill asks for more power.

Herb smiles and grabs for the 10x Alpen Rainiers. He then winks at me, guiding my eyes towards the Zeiss Victory SF 10x42. But, well... STAYING on track with our anniversary plan; I was very thrown how sensitive the higher power Rainiers were. Color free, yes. Perfect, but they had lost that better-than-real-time resolution. It is hard to describe, but is a property of the quality of the roof prisms. Jill couldn't focus them easily (keeping in mind I've been with optics since age 9). Jill says what's on her mind at this point, "do you have anything else in this power?"

Now Herb has "the Smile", along with Paula, and hands her the price-dreaded Zeiss Victory SF 10x42 and says, "See the difference." Oh crud! Jill wasn't putting them down. She wasn't talking. She was squeaking over the clarity and comfort that was the blue-and-white legend. It is now BOTH Herb and Paula, after having some telescope stories, both recite, "Andy, you don't need that TV-85." But, BUT?! Then Jill hands them to me...
Oh, these are 10 power Zeiss?! They feel like 8x30s! EVERYTHING was 3 dimensional! From the Goto refractor in the showroom to the hazy Cascades, every object at that specific distance was seen in unprecedented clarity, with no purple hues, focused to the edge, snap-to focus like an FS-102, and a front windshield view...the Ethos equivalent in binocular perception!

Dangit Herb!!

So earlier today we celebrated part of our 10 year anniversary watching Paula box-up our own personal flagship pair of Zeiss binoculars. The rest of the day we spent hiking North and West beach (Deception Pass) watching not only eagles, gulls, and robins, but ships, yachts, seals, f-16s, even tent spiders through the finest birding (and soon suburban astronomy) binoculars Jill and I will ever own.

October 15, 2015 08:52 AM Forum: Celestron

Is the Celestron I know slowly returning?

Posted By Andy Sedlacek

I've noticed that lovely name "JAPAN" being stamped or described in an increased volume of Celestron products as well as "U.S.A." on many corrector plate housing seals. Orion seems to follow suit on its bigger scopes.

A fast-passing fancy OR greater things to come?

December 16, 2015 03:10 PM Forum: Insects - Flowers and Other Small Stuff - Photos

The Big Sticky!

Posted By Andy Sedlacek

Hornet is no contest.

February 8, 2016 03:35 AM Forum: Celestron

When You Wish Upon A Star

Posted By Andy Sedlacek

You get one of these!

SOOOOO ready to get back with Jupiter and watch the GRS!

June 7, 2016 08:32 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

LX 200 GPS question

Posted By Andy Sedlacek

I have a question for the go-to gurus out there...

I bought an Autostar II hand controller but when I flip the on switch, the only message it reads is "2001 Meade" and then "Lx200 GPS Version 1.4g" and then it stopped and no button worked. Upon using a backup controller tried another hand controller to the same thing occurs.

So do I have the wrong controller? Do I need to do a software update to that controller? Any premium advice would be GREAT. Thanks friends.

January 31, 2017 01:43 PM Forum: AstroMart FAQ


Posted By Andy Sedlacek

Astromart is turbocharged! Everything loads so fast! Photos load like they were just a thousand bytes!

Well done AstroMart team. (clapping)

June 5, 2017 12:22 PM Forum: AstroMart FAQ

Non paying bidder

Posted By Andy Sedlacek

Hey ho,

I have an non-paying (final bidder) bidder for my Apollo 11 glass. I have sent him countless (no really, A LOT!) messages through the messenger system here, my hotmail, and on his listed phone number. Got one response and then "poof!".

This has been happening here and there, but I'm getting tired dismissing it and need to know what to do. People who come on here and bid with no intention to purchase or really slow the purchase down to a snail-grind process should be stopped. I wouldn't want others to have to deal with this.

Any advice or knowing that the higher powers here have heard my plea would be great.

Always the best to all here!

February 11, 2012 03:49 AM Forum: Eyepieces

Re: Nagler T2 question

Posted By Andy Sedlacek

I have a full set of T1 Naglers and could never acquire a T2 20mm from Japan no matter where I searched. But I do believe they did make them in that country because, although I also have the big smoothie WFs, I have seen them with the rubber grips and still marked "Japan". It would be fun to find a T2 Japan!

March 18, 2013 01:35 AM Forum: Comets

Comet Pan-STARRS and the Moon Setting

Posted By Andy Sedlacek

NICE photo! I like how you framed it all together. I finally located the comet earlier yesterday evening (Sunday) and was actually surprised how difficult it is to find naked eye way up here around 48 deg. N. It took at least 30mm binoculars to make out the tail.

All the best,

Andy S.