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Posts Made By: Jeff Poplin

June 5, 2004 01:39 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Artifical Stars

Posted By Jeff Poplin

I'm curious. smile Photos?

Have you tried any of the laser collimation tools for SCTs?

June 9, 2004 02:55 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Solar System

Transit from Skyline Drive, VA

Posted By Jeff Poplin

Mike, Ernie,

Thanks for the kind words.

Was headed toward the NC/VA coastline for a good horizon shot, but Clear Sky Clock nixed that idea. So, it was a 300 mile drive north, out of the haze and humidity. Got above some of it. smile

June 9, 2004 02:58 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Solar System

Venus Transit from France

Posted By Jeff Poplin

Very nice and crisp. Good job!

Thanks for for sharing.

June 9, 2004 03:32 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Solar System

Venus atmosphere

Posted By Jeff Poplin

Most excellent work! Very impressive.
Thanks for sharing.

June 12, 2004 02:10 AM Forum: Solar System Observing

Morning Star Contest - Venus Returns! (Naked-Eye Sighting Announced)

Posted By Jeff Poplin

I believe the winner of the telescope sighting should be Johannes Schelder with his fantastic "diamond ring" shot from the transit!

June 14, 2004 04:33 PM Forum: Solar System Observing

Venus Transit as seen from....

Posted By Jeff Poplin

Wow, Fred, good shot grin

However, I think I captured her at the moment of "closest approach"! wink

June 24, 2004 12:55 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Solar System

ISS with Stellacam EX video camera

Posted By Jeff Poplin

Terrific results on a very difficult target. Congrats.

In case you haven't seen Philip Masding's ISS simulator:

His simulated views, coupled with the actual captured image adds validity and helps pick out details - IMHO.

Keep up the good work!

June 29, 2004 01:05 AM Forum: Telescope Making

Free Ebony Star

Posted By Jeff Poplin

Check around your area for cabinet/countertop shops. Make friends with the folks. You may pick up some free "scraps" of textured laminate.

I've purchased a 4x8 foot sheet of Ebony Star from a local custom countertop shop. Not usually a retail outlet, I bought it using the club name. We were rebuilding a 12.5 dob at the time. While at the shop I picked up several free "sink cutouts" which were handy in other scope projects. The particleboard is not much use unless you keep it sealed to the elements. This high volume shop has a large open top trash container and a weekly "dumpster diving" trip found some more handy scraps.

Somehow, I think John Dobson would approve... smile

July 9, 2004 12:42 AM Forum: Telescope Making

Carbon Mirror box.........

Posted By Jeff Poplin

Wow, David, that is one sexy looking scope! Now I know what my Obsession would look like with a CF mirror box. smile

BTW, the eyebolts on the handles. I replaced mine with socket head bolts and plastic rosette knobs for clearance through the back door. Now I don't scrape the knuckles or door jamb. grin

Looking forward to see the finished project.

July 9, 2004 02:21 AM Forum: Deep Sky Observing


Posted By Jeff Poplin

I have not seen this (no broadband) sad , but apparently there is video of the meteor (fireball, bolide, whatever) caught on an officer's camera.

requires Windows Media Player 9

(link found at