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Posts Made By: Joe Bergeron

March 5, 2006 10:53 PM Forum: Beginning Astronomy?

A Streetlight Named #$*@*$@&(*^%#!

Posted By Joe Bergeron

Just wondering...how do you know that the streetlights help with security at your complex?

March 7, 2006 03:40 AM Forum: Refractors

planning to sell 6" astrophysics & G11

Posted By Joe Bergeron

Your 155mm EDT should be worth at least $8,000 USD if in excellent condition.

You might want to post your query in the Astro-Physics forum here for more responses.

In what way do you find this equipment not "user friendly?"?

April 1, 2006 03:32 AM Forum: Beginning Astronomy?

Refractors vs Reflectors?

Posted By Joe Bergeron

Viewing comfort: Few people outside of Japan use a refractor straight through. We use diagonals. These can be easily rotated to any comfortable angle.

"Given the above, why aren't sub 120mm refractor lovers using 4.5" Newts? "

Because if we were, we wouldn't be refractor lovers, would we?

April 17, 2006 02:28 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

how to: stiffen a tripod

Posted By Joe Bergeron

Try showing it pictures of some sexy girl tripods.

May 24, 2006 05:36 PM Forum: After Dark

First Outreach Attempt / Seeking Object Advice

Posted By Joe Bergeron

I think I'd skip Mars. You'll spend all your time explaining why it's just a tiny, featureless dot.

May 24, 2006 05:38 PM Forum: Refractors

Np127 vs Tmb 130 f/6 vs TOA 130

Posted By Joe Bergeron

Whichever one is cheapest and that you can get soonest.

July 7, 2006 05:37 PM Forum: Reflectors

Sky Designs

Posted By Joe Bergeron

I had a 14.5" f/5.5 with a Galaxy mirror. I too was bemused by the secondary arrangement, but I found it worked well enough. The lack of any primary ventilation was a big problem. This was made worse by the presence of a large amount of lead in the mirror box to balance the front end.

October 22, 2006 12:23 AM Forum: Deep Sky Observing

North America Nebula, hard to see?

Posted By Joe Bergeron

You need at least a 3 degree field to fit the whole thing so you can see the shape. No way you'll do that with a SCT. With your setup all you can do is scan over it bit by bit. The most obvious part is the black Gulf of Mexico rimmed by Florida through Mexico.

November 8, 2006 03:05 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Astroscan or Starblast

Posted By Joe Bergeron

I would go with the Starblast. It seems to be a better scope in every way except for the Astroscan's fun-fun appearance. The Starblast's turquoise tube is also pretty and should appeal to a little girl.

December 27, 2006 08:58 PM Forum: Refractors

Cracking apart an 8 inch lens!!!!!!!!!

Posted By Joe Bergeron

Holy cow, you actually DID that??? We were KIDDING!!!