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Posts Made By: Victor Kennedy

August 9, 2002 10:52 AM Forum: Meade

Meade LXD300 mount capacity?

Posted By Victor Kennedy

I bought a secondhand LXD300 mount, and it works quite well with an 80mm short tube refractor on it. Anybody know how well it handles a larger scope?

January 29, 2003 11:26 PM Forum: Telescope Making

Best wood for tripod legs?

Posted By Victor Kennedy

I'm planning to replace the flimsy aluminum legs on my Meade tripod with some wooden ones. Any tips on what the best material would be? I was thinking ash or maple.

May 20, 2003 02:51 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

HEQ5 or GP-DX

Posted By Victor Kennedy

I'd like to get a new mount for my C8 OTA and have narrowed down the choices to a GP-DX or the new Synta HEQ5. The HEQ5 is cheaper and includes the dec and r.a. motors. To add those to the GP-DX is a lot more money.

I'm not heavily into astrophotography; I've made a few eyepiece projection photos of the sun and moon, which were fun, and may want to do a little more in the future, but right now I'm just enjoying the view.

Any recommendations?

I should add that I don't have a lot of choices: I live in Slovenia, the dealer is nearby but doesn't carry many brands, and it's more of a hassle getting big items shipped from abroad than I care to undertake again.

June 19, 2003 07:21 AM Forum: Binoviewers

BW Optik binoviewer has arrived!

Posted By Victor Kennedy

Along with thunderstorms and hailstones.

Anyone know what is the appropriate sacrifice to the Weather God?

July 15, 2003 12:41 AM Forum: Off Topic Discussions

On-line astronomy education

Posted By Victor Kennedy

For accredited university courses, try:

University of Lancashire:

http://www.studyastronomy.com

Swinburne University (Australia):

http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/sao/welcome2.html

James Cook University (Australia):

http://www.jcu.edu.au/school/mathphys/astronomy/index.shtml

Jodrell Bank (University of Manchester) offers this one:

http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/distance/.

These courses offer either a degree or credit that can be applied to studies in other programs. Here's a list that includes several on-campus courses that offer some online components:

http://home.eckerd.edu/~hudsonrl/chn/sitescol.html

This is more general; most of these have already been covered, and some should be taken with a grain of salt:

http://www.worldwidelearn.com/astronomy.htm

The Open University offers online courses, but they are limited to citizens of the UK and some European countries (such as Switzerland and Slovenia):

http://www.open.ac.uk/science/short/

http://www3.open.ac.uk/courses/bin/p12.dll?Q02B27_science

(This would lead to a BSc with a major in astronomy).

October 21, 2003 07:40 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

April 22, 2004 03:54 PM Forum: Off Topic Discussions

Anyone have the April 1989 Sky & Telescope?

Posted By Victor Kennedy

I'm looking for a copy of an article by Don Olson entitled "Chaucer and the Moon's Speed".

Please contact me if you can help.

Thanks.

January 20, 2005 09:55 AM Forum: DVDs and Music and Books That You Recommend

Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival 2 DVD set

Posted By Victor Kennedy

Excellent performances by the old masters, with some interesting new talent. Only a few disappointing tracks.

May 29, 2006 03:26 AM Forum: Eyepieces

Re: What are your 3 most used eyepieces?

Posted By Victor Kennedy

TV Genesis

34mm Axiom
Nagler 13T6
Meade UWA 4.8mm (series 4000)

August 18, 2002 05:57 AM Forum: Takahashi

Places to buy in UK/Europe?

Posted By Victor Kennedy

I'd like to know too.