Oops! Been a while - summary update!

Oct 10

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10/10/2012 9:26 PM  RssIcon

So.... I've kinda been busy.  Attended Prairie Skies Star Party in September.  Great event, wonderful people, only cloudy one of the three nights.  Gave my Mayan Calendar presentation; superb feedback.

Decided to sell some equipment to focus on some equipment I really like or want to work on.  A number of eyepieces and my 5" f/9 refractor went elsewhere, and I got a new mirror cell, focuser, and working on some other projects to rebuild my 6" f/5 telescope into a finer-tuned machine.  Also got a 4.5" f/4 mirror to make a small, portable "travel Dob" for camping trips, I think.  Buying and selling stuff takes time!

I also worked on a collimation video for reflectors.  I'm not 100% happy with how it turned out, so it's not "live" yet.  I think I'm going to do a second one that tackles collimation from another angle, then do a third one as a "fine tuning collimation."  Hope to have those up soon.

There's also an online educational website that is focused on "teaching what you know" and I have been given a preliminary acceptance (don't know about final yet) for teaching how to fix telescopes / find things in the night sky.  Hopefully that will move along and be an option.  I look forward to that opportunity.

I also have another Mayan Calendar presentation at a local library, but since this is for a "non-astronomy-oriented" group, I had to add/revise some things in the presentation.  I have a second one in another two weeks, and a third one near Thanksgiving.  Those should be some fun events, and hopefully some discussion-oriented crowds.

And lastly, Comet 168P/Hergenrother!  It brightened up quickly from magnitude 15 to 10 (seems brighter than that when I looked tonight) and is cruising overhead in Pegasus at night, which is perfectly placed right now.  It's been nice to finally have a telescope back outside too, given how busy I've been with other things (work / family / house-fix-stuff / etc.).

Okay, that's enough of that - I'll be better about the blog going forward - clear and dark skies!

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The Nightlight

This blog includes what to see in the night and daytime skies, thoughts on telescopes, binoculars, and other astronomy observing accessories and equipment, plus my own occasional notes on objects I've seen and observed. Oh, and the random theater or other "my take on life" post. In other words, there is always something interesting. Check it out.