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Posts Made By: Bob Chester

November 7, 2004 10:47 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Solar System

Fire in the Sky

Posted By Bob Chester

Great 360º display of the Aurora here in Minnesota tonight.

All photos were done with a CP4500. Unfortunatly I was in a southern suburb of Minneapolis and heavy air traffic ruined most of the early shots untill I returned to my rural home.

This first shot was taken about 6:05 central time 14.5 sec at iso 100

January 10, 2005 06:24 PM Forum: DVDs and Music and Books That You Recommend

Homage to Duke

Posted By Bob Chester

Dave Grusin's 'Homage to Duke' is a great collection of new arrangements of some of Ellington's best known tunes. Probably the best recording of an upright bass I've heard and a unique ballad version of 'A Train'.

Good stuff.. highly recommended.

February 10, 2005 09:21 PM Forum: Eyepieces

Re: 102 f/10 refractor

Posted By Bob Chester

The TV 32mm plössl provides the largest true fov in a 1-1/4" eyepiece. To get a larger true fov you would need to move to a 2" eyepiece.
The TV 24mm panoptic provides the same true fov as the 32mm but with higher mag and a little darker sky background and is also 1-1/4".
If you don't have a 2" focuser either eyepiece would be a good scanner.

March 7, 2005 08:42 PM Forum: Birding Optics and Photos

Pelicans on Ice

Posted By Bob Chester

As the ice clears off the upper Mississippi the bald eagles return. Eagle spotters were pleased with the arrival of a pair of pelicans to enhance the view.

Tak FS78
Vixen LV zoom at 16mm
Coolpix 4500 at near full optical zoom


April 2, 2005 02:35 PM Forum: Takahashi

Feathertouch TRF (Tak Retro-Fit)

Posted By Bob Chester

Hi all,
I just noticed that Starlight Instruments now makes a Feathertouch pinion assembly for the Sky90 and FS102.

I own the FS78.

The FS78 and Sky90 use the same focusers, right?

Herb, you gonna stock these at ATWB?


May 12, 2005 07:39 PM Forum: Bad to the Bone Autos

Re: If you could restore...

Posted By Bob Chester

Really a tough call, but this vintage (1938?) Jag would make my list.


May 15, 2005 08:16 PM Forum: Takahashi

Re: Feathertouch for Tak

Posted By Bob Chester



May 24, 2005 09:46 PM Forum: Pictures of Me and My Telescope and........

Out testing the new drives

Posted By Bob Chester

I replaced the AC motors of my home made mount with one of the Losmandy digital drives that have been selling on a-mart. Thanks to all of you who have been upgrading to Gemini. Here I am testing it out with the little home ground 6" f6.5.


Of course, first clear night in a month and it has to have a full moon.

July 2, 2005 02:27 PM Forum: Film Astrophotography - Imaging and Processing

I hate it when that happens

Posted By Bob Chester

Last night I inadvertently bumped the exposure time dial on my camera and then spent 45 minutes guiding a 1 second exposure. Aaaaaaarrrrrrrrgh.

September 3, 2005 02:07 PM Forum: Beginning Astronomy?

Re: making a solar filter

Posted By Bob Chester

Astro-Physics has an acrobat reader document on thier site describing how to make a solar filter using the Baader solar material.
Kendrick has the best price for the Baader film.