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May 7, 2009 01:32 AM Forum: AstroMart FAQ

Changing Profile Picture

Posted By Louis Busby

Hi William,

Go to the leftside menu to My Account. Click on Account Menu at the bottom of the My Account box. Under General -- click on My Profile. In the Upload New Pic box, type in the location of the pic you want to use or click the Browse Button to find it. Sometimes if your image size is to large, it will be rejected. If that happens, try resizing and then repeat the process.


July 1, 2009 03:05 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

The Crescent in Ha-OIII-OIII from Utah

Posted By Louis Busby

That is a very beautiful rendition of the Crescent. Well done.

July 7, 2009 10:15 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Losmandy folding HD tripod

Posted By Louis Busby

As an alternative, I use a Binoscope folding tripod for my gear. I like it because it is stable, can support a lot of weight, and I can rotate the mount with telescope attached for accurate polar alignment. Folds easily and is also easy to transport.

July 22, 2009 06:50 PM Forum: Bad to the Bone Autos

Budget Intake Modification

Posted By Louis Busby

Darwin Award!!!

September 4, 2009 10:42 PM Forum: A Day in the Life of the Administrator

Shouldn't this guy be a sponsor?

Posted By Louis Busby

He is. Take a look at the sponsors list.

September 22, 2009 06:10 PM Forum: Digital SLR AstroPhotography


Posted By Louis Busby

Very nice!!!

October 27, 2009 02:33 AM Forum: Takahashi

TOA-130s focuser

Posted By Louis Busby

Yes. I just did a retrofit with my TOA130s. The 4" TOA focuser screws right on where the 2.7" focuser did without loss of collimation. When you order one from TNR be sure to ask for a TOA130F data plate with you current serial number. Art will include it with the focuser for free. I also recommend you get the microfocuser as well and let TNR install it for you before they ship.

November 4, 2009 05:38 PM Forum: Takahashi

Mewlon 250 Collimation

Posted By Louis Busby

M250s can and do fall out of collimation. For the most part they stay in collimation after reset and hold it very well, even when jostled during movement or shipping. My recommendation is to talk to Fred at TNR. He can talk you through the collimation process and even send you some graphics to help you visualize the process. The M250 is easy to collimate and it can be done in the daylight. Once you learn how, it becomes second nature. Seriously, talk to Fred before you try it, or you'll be very upset with yourself.

February 21, 2010 01:20 PM Forum: Refractors

Benefit of upgrading FS-128 to TOA-130

Posted By Louis Busby

Look in the refractor reviews section:
This is a comparison between a TOA150 and an FS152. This should give an idea.

There is also a review for just the TOA130:

For the EM200 look here:

March 3, 2010 03:25 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Solar System

Mars at Opposition 2010

Posted By Louis Busby

Here's a better processed image from the same shoot.