SCIENCEY STUFF

This section is just a bit about my geeky endeavors. So far it's just astronomy stuff.

ASTRONOMY STUFF

I've been calling the places I've set up my telescopes Delphinus Observatory, and using the delta omicron letters since the 80's. It goes back to a running argument I had with a high school classmate that considered the constellation Delphinus to be worthless. I didn't think it was worthless, so I adopted it.


"Agena"

November 2015: I had telescopes back in the 70's, 80's and 90's, but sold them all. Now I have them again in the teens. Thanks to Santa Credit Card I bought a Lunt Solar Systems 60mm telescope. It's made just for solar obeserving in H-α light. Now I'm gonna see something.

2015-12-05: First (Solar) Light (Agena)
2015-12-10: Sol Finder

"York"

December 2016: What's a little more debt? Being a fan of Elton John, I didn't want to Let The Sun Go Down On Me, so I bought a scope for daytime and nighttime use. A Sky-Watcher Esprit 80ED APO. Oh, wait...SUPER Triplet APO. Those marketing guys just can't stop themselves.

2016-01-10: Focus! Focus! (Agena)
2016-01-17: Happy Feet
2016-01-24: Box Of Power
2016-02-05: Getting Close
2016-02-19: In The Field
2016-02-22: 02-19 Follow-up: Pointing
2016-02-26: 02-19 Follow-up: Knobs
2016-02-29: 02-19 Follow-up: Extension
2016-03-03: 02-19 Follow-up: Sol-Searcher
2016-03-20: Astronomy Weekend
2016-04-10: Encoders
2016-05-09: Clear With A Chance Of Mercury

"Norman"

June 2016: Honest...this is the last one. My little Losmandy GM-8 mount can't handle anything bigger, which is kinda why I bought that mount in the first place. You can only get these scopes every six months or so. Naturally when the opportunity came up I took it. Yes, the light in the middle of the tube makes it look like it's dented, but no, it's not.

2016-07-24: Portable Astronomical Unit
2016-08-14: Oak Creek Canyon (Norman)
2016-10-29: Ohmmmmm
2016-11-02: To Catch An Asteroid
2016-11-05: RI2 Camera System Box
2016-11-13: Red Light Shelf

"Phoenix"

February 2017: OK. I lied about buying another telescope. I'd been thinking about a Celestron 8 (C8) for mounting on my Losmandy GM-8 mount for a couple of months. The only problem is that buying this C8 is going to lead to buying at least one more in the not-to-distant future.

2017-02-05: Return Of The C8 (Phoenix)

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"Sedona"

February 2017: The last telescope I'll ever need...and a mount to go with it!? I thought this telescope was supposed to go on my GM-8 mount...just like it is in the picture above? Got the 1983 Celestron Super C8 from a gentleman in Arizona, and a 1992 Ultima-PEC mount from a gentleman in New Mexico. Hey! What about a tripod and wedge?? Oh, they're from Colorado. So this means I still don't have a C8 for my main mount. Hmmm...That's not quite the right wedge.

2017-03: The Scope Bone Is Connected To The Fork Bone (Sedona)

  

"Bates"

March 2017: I couldn't seem to get an old Celestron 8 and bring myself to put a Vixen or Losmandy bar on it and use it on my Losmandy GM-8 mount. I kept feeling sorry for them and kept them intact or found forks and tripods for them. This telescope doesn't even have holes to use for mounting it in a set of forks, so problem solved! But that's it! I've gone from no Celestron 8's to three in a matter of weeks. No more telescopes! Well...I did get a set of old C8 forks in perfect condition with the tripod and wedge from Colorado...so... It WOULD be a shame to let that set of forks go to waste.

2017-03-16: First Flat Light (Bates)

"Cornfed"

March 2017 again: The last telescope I'll ever buy. Again. Got a used 1992 Celestron 5 Plus from Iowa City. This will be my ultra goto scope. The problem is that it doesn't solve the extra set of C8 forks problem.

2017-04-05: First Relight (Sedona)

"Walter"

April 2017: Well...someone had to buy it. Got a used, let's call it a 2012, Celestron black C6-A-XLT in perfect condition. THIS will be my ultra goto scope seeing as how I bought a Meade LX70 mount to go with it. If I can stay away from the classified ads this will for sure be my last telescope. This still doesn't solve the lonely C8 fork problem, though...which I managed to find a tripod and wedge for. Darn those classified ads. They just won't leave me alone.

2017-04-15: Another First Relight And Other Stuff (Walter)
2017-05: Third Or Fourth Time Is The Charm (Sedona)

"Calvin"

May 2017: I really hadn't thought much along these lines (you'll get the pun in a second), but this Lunt telescope that is for observing the Calcium-K spectral line popped up in the classified ads just as I happened to accidentially be looking through them one day. It was a fair deal, so I picked it up. I've spent some time looking at the Sun with a scope set up with a Ca-K filter by the Charlie Bates folks, but now I won't have to wait for them to visit. Still have the C8 fork and wedge and tripod...

2017-05-27: Sunning In The Woods (Calvin)
2017-06-12: Atomic Wedgie
2017-06-24: Cornfed Grew A Foot This Summer

I can't just set my telescopes up where I live. I have to transport everything somewhere to use them. This is how I have things arranged. (Under Construction and/or Constantly Changing)

How I Pack My Stuff

Most of the telescope/astronomy stuff I've purchased comes with few technical details. I'll update this page with info as I come across it.

Astro Stuff Details

2017-06-25