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Posts Made By: John Hopkins

March 22, 2004 06:00 AM Forum: Religion

Passion is Down in the Ratings

Posted By John Hopkins

>>Now that "Dawn of the Dead" has pushed the Passion out of the top spot, maybe we can get some new subject material on this forum. <<

Flesh-eating zombie flamewar in 5...4...3...2...

March 27, 2004 03:58 AM Forum: Astro-Physics

AP 130 f/6 waiting list info?

Posted By John Hopkins

One thing about the wait list is to remember to let them know when you move or get a new email address. I signed up in 1999 and both my physical and internet addresses have changed since then, and I only remembered to let them know a couple months ago. It's possible my turn came up and I missed it.

April 9, 2004 06:19 AM Forum: DVDs and Music and Books That You Recommend

Re: Matrix 3

Posted By John Hopkins

The first one would've been fine by itself. Not classic, but good, solid sci-fi. The story was kept simple, with an "ending" that basically let you dream up your own ending.

But the moneymen don't care about inegrity. It made millions, therefore they order two more, therefore the story gets bloated beyond recognition.

And yes, they could not have found a finer block of wood to play Neo than Reeves.

April 9, 2004 10:05 AM Forum: Pictures of Me and My Telescope and........

Good Ol' SP-C8

Posted By John Hopkins

Now THAT's a tripod!

April 12, 2004 09:01 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

12"SCT, portable or not?

Posted By John Hopkins

I found the 8" LX90 tiresome to lug around and got rid of it for that reason.

April 20, 2004 04:54 AM Forum: Pictures of Me and My Telescope and........

The most useless thing in a kitchen...

Posted By John Hopkins

Exactly! I keep the ota of my fs-102 in its bag, but the mount/tripod is smack in the middle of the living room, ready to go. No way could I get away with this if I were married -- of course, I'd probably be in a MUCH bigger place...

April 23, 2004 04:27 AM Forum: Takahashi

Yet another person weakening...

Posted By John Hopkins

I believe the intent of the FSQ model is mainly as a widefield astrograph (field flattener and camera angle adjuster both standard, IIRC) even though plenty are happy to use it strictly visually, while the FS102 is equally good for visual and photography (the latter particularly with a focal reducer/flattener and angle adjuster that are add-ons) and at f/8 is a bit better for planetary use.

Also (correct me if I'm wrong, FSQ owners) the FSQ is a triplet to the FS102's doublet.

As for stability on a GM8, I can only guess. The 106 is 13.2 pounds without add-ons; the 102 is 11.7 pounds. Doesn't seem to be all that much of a difference. The 102 does just find on my CG5.

Both scopes have reviews from owners at Anacortes' site.

April 24, 2004 06:01 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

CG-5 or Skyview Pro???

Posted By John Hopkins

At a guess I would think that either mount would be fine for the ED80. I have an FS102 on one of the new CG5s and the mount handles it with ease, but I'm not sure I'd trust it on an SP without testing it first. Since the ED80 is smaller and lighter I'd be very surprised if the SP was found inadequate for it.

May 2, 2004 06:15 AM Forum: Pictures of Me and My Telescope and........

Scopes please Scopes

Posted By John Hopkins

Repeating this one early, but since the request was made...
FS102 w/2" WO diag on a new-style CG5. Forgot to attach the Riger quikfinder for the pic.

July 29, 2004 06:12 AM Forum: A Day in the Life of the Administrator

BullWinkle - is that you?

Posted By John Hopkins

"You can't show cannibalism on television!"
"We're not going to eat you. Just burn you."
"Oh, that's okay then."

Narrator: "And the network-approved flames licked higher and higher!"