Thursday, August 30, 2018

An Observatory/Planetarium in Mallorca, Spain . . .

An interesting and attractive
"stone" earth/moon.
During our vacation this year, we spent some time in Spain's Mallorica with a few days in Barcelona. Mallorica has an observatory and planetarium in a smaller central city of Costitx. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did visiting (unfortunately we weren't able to gain entrance to the facility as it was closed -- but it was a delight seeing it none-the-less:

The planetarium is an interesting building.

Easy to find off the road into Costitx

I'm not sure what's in the dome but there was more than one.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

A Note from Nick About His Telescope....

That's me w/ the new scope!  It performed wonderfully. My mod to add the QuickFinder worked great. Skies were pretty smoky but M13 had that intangible 3d quality. 

A friend of mine won a 20mm 100 degree eyepiece - I put it in my scope and WOW. At 60x I could get M31, M32, and M110 in the same field. I did not want to give it back. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Joshua Says Hello!!

Joshua writes: for Jupiter,  M13, Saturn, Mars and
the dumbell nebula, among other targets
(fickle New England weather permitting)

Joshua lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Friday, August 3, 2018

More on a 10" and 12.5" Telescope . . .

The altitude bearings and rocker box sides are coming together
for John's 12.5" (R) and Rich's 10" (L) strut telescopes.
Both of these have the Easy Transport Telescope option.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

A Note from Len in Pineville, Louisiana...

Hi Dennis. 

Here's a preview... Around here, St. Augustine grass is very common and as it ages, it builds a thick and soft underlying mat of grass and leaders. The furniture glide feet on the scope aren't tall enough to reach the solid ground without the middle of the ground board resting on the top of the grass / mat, which reduces stability. I bought three hockey pucks off Amazon and replaced the feet with them.

A nice thick layer of contact cement on both the puck and the wood, let it dry and they're not coming off. If I have to down the road, I'll drill a hole and put a screw through them. As a bonus, if it rains at a star party, they're waterproof and will hold the scope a little higher out of any potential standing water. I also suspect with the larger "bearing surface", they (technically) might make the scope a bit more resistant to vibration.


A 10" and 12.5" Telescope . . .

Here's a 10" (L) for Rich and Newberry, Florida and a
12.5" (R) for John Howell, Michigan. Both of these telescopes
have the Easy Transport Telescope option and strings.

I'm getting head-start before leaving town for a couple of weeks vacation!!