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May 28, 2005

Tinkerbill, Jupiter and a billion volts (almost) of “first light”

Peering into the 15-inch mirror a few hours before "first light." All is well. (Click photos for larger versions.) “First Light” is one of those phrases of near Biblical proportions with astronomers. In the most prosaic sense it means...
Posted by Greg Stone at 04:44 AM
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May 27, 2005

Of hawks, concrete, and the Driftway Observing Green

An observatory offers protection from the elements, convenience and a real sense of purpose. It also costs big bucks and with an Obsession 15 on order I wasn’t ready to take this major step to permanently house it, so I...
Posted by Greg Stone at 04:49 AM
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May 24, 2005

Laser, laser on the wall . . . mirror

What's that? The view down the tube of the 15-inch during a laser collimation exercise. They call it "collimation." I don't like the word. My tongue gets tangled with my gums when I try to say it.. But what...
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May 23, 2005

Uh oh! My eyes aren't at the top of my head any more!

Why didn't some one tell me this! I mean, I've been following the discussion on the Obsession Users Group of the 12.5 vs the 15 (not to mention the 18, 20, and 25) and one of my reasons for getting...
Posted by Greg Stone at 03:51 PM
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Get the lead out - ehhhh . . . in

What weighs more - a pound of lead or a pound of sand? Ouch - ok - I'm retreating to the first grade - sorry ;-) What I mean to say, is what weighs more, a tube of fine beach...
Posted by Greg Stone at 01:36 PM
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Obsessed right out of the box!

It’s not like I’ve never owned a telescope before – well, yes it is. Let me try to explain. I’m not a newbie. More than 40 years ago I bought a 4-inch Dynascope. And that was followed by the now...
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May 07, 2005

Awe, awareness, and astronomy – or why I look at the night sky

I am inspired by what Einstein said many years ago: Sadly, many of the people I meet appear dead – they go busily about their lives with their eyes closed and they will go to their graves having never lived....
Posted by Greg Stone at 05:10 AM
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  • Uh oh! My eyes aren't at the top of my head any more!

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