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December 12, 2005

A morning romp with the Orion 6XT IntelliScope

Shortcuts for this entry: Finder issues and then there's the vertical stop Not Microsoft The Beehive Eskimo Saturn M35 M3 and M51 Scope facts just for the record Hey Scotty, Give me warp .3! Sorry sir, the best we can...
Posted by Greg Stone at 04:49 PM
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December 04, 2005

Rethinking and refining equipment choices

Iíve had enough experience with visitors at the observatory to now refine my equipment choices and develop a pattern for the sessions. First, I want to make sure each session at the Observatory involves some naked eye observing, some...
Posted by Greg Stone at 11:03 AM
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November 17, 2005

Buying your first scope

Note: This is a handout for a talk/demonstration given at the Westport Library November 17, 2005. As such,it is intended as supplementary notes - not a complete article. Six links to a good observing experience Most telescopes do an adequate...
Posted by Greg Stone at 05:32 AM
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November 03, 2005

Return of the GSOs

I bought the 10mm GSOs from Agena Astro Products for $72 for the pair. Manish Panjwani, who I assume owns the business, had been very helpful with his emails and agreed to take the eyepieces back, less the postage charge....
Posted by Greg Stone at 07:19 PM
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November 01, 2005

More GSOs, bad seeing, and . . .

Well Ė this morning wasnít my best observing experience. But I did accomplish my main goal, which was to retest the 10mm GSO SuperViews in a scope with long focal length Ė the LX90 which is an F10. (Earlier test...
Posted by Greg Stone at 07:48 AM
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August 03, 2005

Success . . . and maturity!

It's been two and a half months since the 15-inch Obsession arrived, but last night it was all worth it. I had four hours of excellent observing despite 4.5 magnitude skies that were not nearly as steady as predicted. Why...
Posted by Greg Stone at 10:52 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 wasnít ready to take this major step to permanently house it, so I...
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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...
Posted by Greg Stone at 04:44 PM
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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!

Itís not like Iíve never owned a telescope before Ė well, yes it is. Let me try to explain. Iím 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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A morning romp with the Orion 6XT IntelliScope

Rethinking and refining equipment choices

Buying your first scope

Return of the GSOs

More GSOs, bad seeing, and . . .

Success . . . and maturity!

Of hawks, concrete, and the Driftway Observing Green

Laser, laser on the wall . . . mirror

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

Get the lead out - ehhhh . . . in

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