Me da' built this

By: ycd0108 , 4:34 AM GMT on September 27, 2012

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Best stable 'scope I have seen. At some point I think we had 270x with the Barlow 3x 90 eye piece. 3 1/2" reflector.
She's a bit dusty now and the silvering is fading on the mirrors - spiders made webs in the tube over the years.
Daughter gave me a fairly expensive telescope for my 65 but I found it too jumpy to focus on anything star like. This thing weighs in at about 40 pounds and does not jump around if you place it on a decent platform.
Da' had an iron stand for it and he would call the family out to see Andromeda Galaxy or some double star in the handle of the "Ursa Major" or whatever he was focused on.
It was always cold when it was clear but he should'a seen that image from the Hubble.

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21. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
2:18 AM GMT on October 01, 2012
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20. RobDaHood
11:21 PM GMT on September 30, 2012
Looking forward to the Sea Otter pics.
Really great plane!
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19. calpoppy
11:07 PM GMT on September 30, 2012
I would assume the sphagnum moss leaves a nice imprint. That would be very cool, could you post pics of the results?
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18. ycd0108
10:00 PM GMT on September 30, 2012
Hey OrangeRoses:
Mom hates her computer so even though I put my blog on her favorites she is not likely to check comments.
Just sittin' here at the sea plane dock waitin' for a plane.
Got a photo of the Otter we will be on but I
Will need to get back to the terminal at home to upload it. I just googled "DHC3 Otter" and the other airline's plane showed up.
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17. OrangeRoses
12:59 AM GMT on September 30, 2012
I won't say a word! But what if somebody reads your weather blog and mentions they saw 16. ycd0108 and compliments you to your Mother? Would you have to buy another pack and be Puff the Magic Dragon?

stunning pictures. they are so actuel (now) and do say more words than I could even after my strong morning coffee! mmmwhaaa!
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16. ycd0108
7:56 PM GMT on September 29, 2012
Afternoon OrangeRoses:
I am logged in (finally) on my Mom's computer.
Flew over in a deHaviland Otter with a turbine engine.
Our local small airlines are using these planes mostly on floats because though they went out of production many years ago they are well suited to this type of service. The airframes are completely rebuilt and state of the art communications and navigation systems installed.
As far as addictions go, mine are tobacco, alcohol and gasoline for the truck and the boat and:
No les digas nadia: the internet.
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15. OrangeRoses
3:03 PM GMT on September 29, 2012
Quoting ycd0108:
I went searching in the archive for the entry about the rebuild of the 'scope.
"There be Dragons!"
I'm out'a smokes and Gunther hasn't shown up.


The Jean Genie loves chimney stacks. She's outrageous, she screams and she bawls.



Unless I mist somethin' you smoke cigars or somethin else YCD? One can smell nature more when one's olfactory nerves aren't deadened by nicotine. and fin all y I know ur having a real nice time wherever u R this time. Addiction is the response to the loss of paradise. Amen or Awomen?

mwhaa
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14. ycd0108
4:31 AM GMT on September 28, 2012
In fact that is the idea as far as I know. What these people want is a solid "mow strip" along rock walls and under steps. They would be happy if the moss takes root. I like mosses in our lawn: they are generally green and don't require mowing. The other option is weeds which grow no matter how dry it gets - so we still mow even though the lawn is dry and brown.
Then the Maples drop their leaves and we rake as much as we are comfortable doing, haul it to a compost pile and then mow the rest into mulch.
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13. Ylee
4:01 AM GMT on September 28, 2012
It would be kinda funny(not to the person who had to remove it!) if the moss started taking root on the concrete!
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12. ycd0108
3:56 AM GMT on September 28, 2012
Ylee: I have never heard of it and none of the other workers had either. The owners must have found the idea on the internet or cooked it up themselves.
"Our's not to reason why".
I simply mashed the sphagnum into the wet concrete and I'll be interested to see what it turns into.
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11. Ylee
3:45 AM GMT on September 28, 2012
I'm assuming you leave the moss on the concrete until it dries, or do you dab the concrete over and over with the same moss? I've never heard of it!

A one second delay of light is worth half the price, if you ask me!
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10. ycd0108
2:57 AM GMT on September 28, 2012
Went to do some bank stuff and get some lighting supplies for the computer room. I gave up on the latest "instant on" florescent ceiling fixture after 45$ of replacement tubes. Purty hard to save money upgrading to that fixture since it is only a year or so old and two replacement bulbs blew as soon as I installed them.
Got back around noon and there was a message on the Phoney thing: "The "mud" will be coming at 1300 hr."
Gunther did not answer the phone either so I got my act together and stopped by to find him coming up from the field with walnuts. He turned around quickly and we were at the site before the Redimix truck and the placers. Spent part of the afternoon patting sphagnum moss into wet concrete. never tried that before but now I'm thinking: not a bad concrete finish.
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9. ycd0108
11:51 PM GMT on September 27, 2012
Hey Rob:
Maybe when I get my first book: "UpCoast BreakDown" written and the fiddle tune to go in the book cover recorded, eh.
Tloml is just arriving home so I should go and see what mischief she got up to at work.
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8. RobDaHood
11:46 PM GMT on September 27, 2012
I'm out'a smokes and Gunther hasn't shown up.

That line would make an awesome book title!
I'd buy it for sure!
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7. ycd0108
11:30 PM GMT on September 27, 2012
Afternoon Bogon:
We too have those glows over the local towns but since we are pretty well surrounded with tall second growth forest the glows are mostly below the tree tops. That means any stars low on the horizon are blocked as well.
If we look at it from a very long term perspective the glows in the sky are still the result of the grand processes that allowed us to be here to see them, eh.
I certainly do appreciate the bits and pieces I have retained from older generations and friends who no longer needed the item 'cause they were travelling so light. Someday I hope one of my offspring will keep that old telescope in his or her basement and silver those dang mirrors.
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6. Bogon
9:21 PM GMT on September 27, 2012
I'm with Rob. That telescope is a nice thing to have from your dad, even if it needs some fixin'.

The sky glow I'm talking about is from all the street lights and neon in my city. Maybe out on your island that's not such a problem.
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5. ycd0108
4:50 PM GMT on September 27, 2012
I went searching in the archive for the entry about the rebuild of the 'scope.
"There be Dragons!"
I'm out'a smokes and Gunther hasn't shown up.
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4. ycd0108
4:11 PM GMT on September 27, 2012
Good morning
Ylee: He bought the mirrors, eyepiece and lenses from Edmund Scientific. The laquered cardboard tube came from an ammunition case from WW11 Navy Surplus - Powder case for a 5" cannon - and the mount is plywood vertical circle clutch with horizontal circle driven by a worm gear and a big counter weight.
Bogon: "where did all that sky glow come from?" According to what I've read it came from the "Big Bang" but I'm more of a "Steady State" type.
Rob: Some years ago I think I put up an entry here about my nephew taking an interest in the telescope parts I had stored (and forgotten about) to get the mirrors re-silvered. We decided to put his grandpa's telescope back together and he figured out how to increase friction on the vertical circle clutch with some big circlamps I had in the (what does Tony call it?) hoard?
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3. RobDaHood
1:40 PM GMT on September 27, 2012
What a really cool remembrance of your dad.
Something that will always bring back memories of family time spent together!

Nice!
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2. Bogon
12:49 PM GMT on September 27, 2012
Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight...

Wait, where did all that sky glow come from?

What stars?
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1. Ylee
6:51 AM GMT on September 27, 2012
Well, I can see where you got your handyman skills from! Did he make the tube, or did he get a kit? Great stuff!
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