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Posts Made By: Pete Samsury

September 9, 2002 10:49 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

12v Power Supply

Posted By Pete Samsury

From time to time folks are looking for recommendations of sources of 12v power supplies. I noticed in sorting through the pile of ads with yesterday's Dallas Morning News that Target has put their Auto Starter on sale for about $44. I've had mine for a year and a half and it works great. It has the 12v lighter socket. I've actually even jump started a car; and troubleshot my vintage Miata just the other day.

Great buy and I have no interest in Target.

Pete

September 14, 2002 07:07 AM Forum: Deep Sky Observing

Red Stars

Posted By Pete Samsury

Back in the Spring (2002) there was a thread that dealt with dark red stars. I downloaded several articles referenced in those discussions. My favorite and it made be the reddest is 'Hine's Crimson Star, R Lepus.' I observed it during the late winter in 2001, but couldn't find it very well this past year. In thinking about this upcoming season I discovered(?) the AAVSO website..American Association of Variable Star Observers..and their list of predicted maxima/minima. Indeed R Lepus was at a minimum last winter and should be near maximum on Sept 29, 2002. It is a spectacular object.

If anyone else is interested in variables, I recommend getting their list.

Pete

September 15, 2002 10:41 AM Forum: Deep Sky Observing

"NEW" Messages

Posted By Pete Samsury

Herb,

What happened to the 'New' that showed up one day last week when I logged on. It was very helpful!

Pete

October 1, 2002 05:51 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

12v Power

Posted By Pete Samsury

I was wandering around Sam's Club today and noticed that they are now carrying a dual 12v outlet 400amp portable power unit for $32!

Should be a great buy for folks looking for one. I've no ties to WalMart or Sam's.

Pete

October 3, 2002 07:43 AM Forum: Off Topic Discussions

Change Posting Signature

Posted By Pete Samsury

Herb,

How do I change my posting signature to avoid confusion with other folks with the same first name? I'm not looking to hide an identity, just differentiate. I tried modifying my first name paranthetically, but the system would not accept that.

Thanks, Pete

January 1, 2003 08:38 AM Forum: Deep Sky Observing

Comet C2002/X5

Posted By Pete Samsury

I've been struck by the fact that no one has started a string on the new observable comet....so here goes. I use The Sky to download positional data and estimated brightness. A few days ago I made the 5 am wake up to catch it as a morning object. It was to be slightly east of Vega. Unfortunately a bit of haze had moved in....no luck. New Year's Eve was a particularly clear day here North of Dallas so I gave it another try as an evening object.

I set up the 8" NexStar with a 32mm TV plossl. The Sky placed the comet in the FOV with a 3.6 mag star below Vega. I also just got a pair of Pentax V 16x60's. While several stars and doubles were great in the 16x60's and the 3.6 mag was clearly visible, no luck. I've not yet put together a viewing platform for the binoculars, but these are light enough to brace against a pillar and hand hold fairly satisfactorily. (Been quite pleased with them, although the FOV is narrow)

I finally spotted the comet with the SCT as a faint fuzzy. No tail was viewable. It was supposed to be 5-6 mag, I doubt it was 7 mag. The position was about 15 deg from the northwestern horizon, which didn't help any. I did check Uranus and Neptune for their clarity and they were excellent.

All in all, a disappointment. Has anyone been more successful?

Pete

August 11, 2003 03:23 PM Forum: A Day in the Life of the Administrator

Newsletter

Posted By Pete Samsury

Herb,

Thanks for the Newsletter. I was a bit disappointed in your pictures...no pointy ears, no reddish complexion, no trident in hand.

Keep up the good work.

Pete

August 13, 2003 10:13 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Forum

Posted By Pete Samsury

Do you think the full moon has affected this forum?

August 15, 2003 12:36 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Filter Storage

Posted By Pete Samsury

I've been less than satisfied with the things available for 1.25" filter storage. So I started wandering around looking for small plastic hinged boxes. Other that the recent ad on Astromart, I had found nothing. I have outgrown my 'wallet.'

While at the local WalMart yesterday I stumbled accross a neat set of pill holders. (Yes, I am old, but I'm not yet to the handfull of pills stage.) They are a threaded stack of 1.5" diameter threaded plastic cases. Each one is about 5/8" deep. They are color coded and come with labels that can be customized. The colors happen to match exactly my filter array. A small square of single level pluckable foam in the bottom and I was in business. Total cost $3.27 plus tax of course.

December 15, 2003 03:24 PM Forum: Celestron

Celestron Service

Posted By Pete Samsury

As a very vocal critic of Celestron customer service over the past few years, I must report an example of outstanding service and response. (As an aside, I love their gear)

I recently needed to replace one leg on my heavy duty NexStar 8 tripod. I talked to Customer Service after leaving a message (real person!), received the ordering and payment intructions by email, and received the part a few days later.

Nice piece of work.

Pete