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Posts Made By: Jim Steenhoek

April 7, 2006 07:19 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Reccomend Rings for a 10" newtonian?

Posted By Jim Steenhoek

Can anyone recommend a good set of ota rings for my 10" newtonian (11.8" outside dia) that won't break your bank? Rotating would be nice...
I have heard great things about parallax - just a little expensive for me right now - just trying to get information.
Any others out there?

Thank you,

June 15, 2007 06:22 PM Forum: Off Topic Discussions

Insults with Class

Posted By Jim Steenhoek

Just thought I'd share a little "class" today wink

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."
-- Winston Churchill

"A modest little person, with much to be modest about."
-- Winston Churchill

"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries
with great pleasure."
-- Clarence Darrow

"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader
to the dictionary."
-- William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)

"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?"
-- Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)

"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time
reading it."
-- Moses Hadas

"He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I
-- Abraham Lincoln

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it."
-- Groucho Marx

"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying
I approved of it."
-- Mark Twain

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends."
-- Oscar Wilde

"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play;
bring a friend...if you have one."
-- George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is
-- Winston Churchill, in response

"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here."
-- Stephen Bishop

"He is a self-made man and worships his creator."
-- John Bright

"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial."
-- Irvin S. Cobb

"He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others."
-- Samuel Johnson

"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up."
-- Paul Keating

"He had delusions of adequacy."
-- Walter Kerr

"There's nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won't cure."
-- Jack E. Leonard

"He has the attention span of a lightning bolt."
-- Robert Redford

"They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human
-- Thomas Brackett Reed

"He inherited some good instincts from his Quaker forebears, but by
diligent hard work, he overcame them."
-- James Reston

"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily."
-- Charles, Count Talleyrand

"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him."
-- Forrest Tucker

"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on
-- Mark Twain

"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork."
-- Mae West

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."
-- Oscar Wilde

"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts...for support
rather than illumination."
-- Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

"He has Van Gogh's ear for music."
-- Billy Wilder

August 22, 2007 06:04 PM Forum: ASTRONOMY

First Google earth, now GOOGLE SKY?!?!?

Posted By Jim Steenhoek

Just saw this and thought I'd pass it on...


August 24, 2007 06:54 PM Forum: Eyepieces

Re: Cleaning?

Posted By Jim Steenhoek

Revisit that site before you use Acetone on an eyepiece!

I would be very careful about using something as strong as acetone on an optical surface.

There are plenty of threads here on cleaning eyepieces.... just search for them using the search forum feature at the top right of the screen... or wait for others to ring in on the subject.

Good luck,

October 11, 2007 10:04 PM Forum: Telescope Making

200 Free Tubes in LA...

Posted By Jim Steenhoek

Not sure if anyone is interested but I saw this on Craigslist - maybe someone can use them for their ATM project... They are free. 12" and 5" cardboard tubes, 6' long - heavy but perhaps useful to some ATMer.

Good Luck

October 31, 2007 06:16 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Anyone in SoCal own a Starmaster Versa?

Posted By Jim Steenhoek

Is there anyone in southern California area that has a Starmaster Versa 8" or 11" that would be willing to comment on it?

I would love to see one up close...

Anyone? Anyone? Bueler? Bueler?

December 6, 2007 04:49 PM Forum: Off Topic Discussions

Re: Best HTIB for under $650?

Posted By Jim Steenhoek

Thanks for the feedback guys!

I appreciate your personal experiences and advice/references. In addition to CNET, I was turned on to avsforum dot com and they have a ton of people that are into AV systems like we are into Astronomy... almost information overload. lol

Thanks again - anyone else - feel free to ring in - I'm always interested to find out what works for people.

Have a great day,

September 29, 2008 08:03 PM Forum: N.A.S.A.

Hubble experiences hardware failure... :(

Posted By Jim Steenhoek

Unrecoverable hardware failure? Delaying Shuttle launch?


November 4, 2009 07:56 PM Forum: Bad to the Bone Autos

Dodge Viper or Daffy Duck?

Posted By Jim Steenhoek

Is it a symbol of a 500hp sports car or a 50 year old Disney character? You decide....LOL

April 29, 2006 05:00 AM Forum: Beginning Astronomy?

What is the best book for beginners

Posted By Jim Steenhoek


One of the best books I have found is called "Turn Left at Orion" I still share it with my friends that are interested in or just getting started learning the night sky. It gives a realistic picture of what you can expect to see using a small aperture (roughly 4") telescope. I found it very easy to use and very helpful in finding my way around the sky.
I would also suggest getting a copy of the magazine Night Sky.

I'm sure you'll get a lot of other useful recommendations as well.

Good luck,