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  1. RichP714

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    The field of view is (evidently) much flatter with the newer design's, but I can't afford to chase that train, given the difficulties I now have with handling something that size it's not worth investing in any longer (unless I had a younger healthier helper) When I first got my scope, I damaged the diagonal, and replaced it with a televue; I was so impressed that when it came time to expand my eyepieces, I stayed with Televue. I've heard good things about ES, but have no personal experience You?
  2. The usual tools: Clinometer: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.plaincode.clinometer great for leveling your washer or dryer, etc. Barometer: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.exatools.barometerandaltimeter check how solid the ground is beneath you SPL meter: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.keuwl.splmeter
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    Nice; mine is a CAT (meade LX-90 8") and wouldn't travel well. There's a local dark site here (fontanelle forest) that is very very nice
  4. Same here, only I went from cable to hulu and netflix (both of those shows are online). I don't even know the popular shows on cable any longer, as I rarely wqatch the screen; sometimes at night I watch a show before bed, that kind of thing. Those two episodes take the nanny state idea to extreme ( a little bit of reductio ad absurdum, but for purposes of entertainment).
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    Have you been to Sedona? They have a star party sort of thing for tourists; you all meet up in a dark field and walk to the site; the guide gives you a tour of the night sky with (in our case) a 12" dobsonian. A very nice dark site.
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    Explanation: Is it possible to capture the entire plane of our galaxy in a single image? Yes, but not in one exposure -- and it took some planning to do it in two. The top part of the featured image is the night sky above Lebanon, north of the equator, taken in 2017 June. The image was taken at a time when the central band of the Milky Way Galaxy passed directly overhead. The bottom half was similarly captured six months later in latitude-opposite Chile, south of Earth's equator. Each image therefore captured the night sky in exactly the opposite direction of the other, when fully half the Galactic plane was visible. The southern half was then inverted -- car and all -- and digitally appended to the top half to show the entire central band of our Galaxy, as a circle, in a single image. Many stars and nebulas are visible, with the Large Magellanic Cloud being particularly notable inside the lower half of the complete galactic circle.
  7. Tools: Unit converter Ultimate: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.physphil.android.unitconverterultimate very nearly the best
  8. Have you seen the 'Community' episode "App Development and Condiments?" or Black mirror "nosedive?"
  9. https://www.cnet.com/how-to/google-collects-face-data-now-what-it-means-and-how-to-opt-out/?utm_medium=10today.ad3li.20190912.421.2&utm_source=email&utm_content=article&utm_campaign=10-for-today---4.0-styling#ftag=CADf328eec Are we headed towards China's idea? maybe time for a
  10. https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/music/2019/09/11/acclaimed-songwriter-daniel-johnston-dies-58/2294936001/ Singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston, whose songs were covered by such artists as Tom Waits, Beck, The Flaming Lips and Death Cab for Cutie, died Wednesday at the age of 58. The death of the acclaimed musician, who was born in California and raised in West Virginia but spent much of his adult life in Austin, Texas, was confirmed on Johnston's Facebook page. Memorial plans will be announced. Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, who praised Johnston's songwriting skills in interviews, further raised the singer-songwriter's profile in the early 1990s when he wore a T-shirt depicting the cover of Johnston's album "Hi, How Are You." Johnston, who also was a visual artist, painted the iconic "Hi, How Are You" frog mural that is an Austin landmark.
  11. Space Weather News for Sep. 12, 2019 https://spaceweather.com https://www.spaceweatheralerts.com A POSSIBLE INTERSTELLAR COMET: A new comet just discovered by amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov is rocketing through the solar system too fast for the sun's gravity to hang onto it. Indeed, it appears to be a visitor from the stars. Interstellar Comet Borisov will make its closest approach to the sun and to Earth in Dec. 2019. Get the full story and observing tips on today's edition of Spaceweather.com Aurora alerts: Sign up for Spaceweather Alerts and get a text message when auroras appear in your area. Above: Comet Borisov is currently beyond the orbit of Mars. Click here to play with a 3D visualization of the comet's approach courtesy of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  12. Back when I was 25 (you know, when you know everything?) and in the Air Force, there was a tradition among PMEL lab members to send out a Christmas card every year. That way, we could keep track of where our friends end up after a few years, and keep in touch. Anyway. One year I talked our lab manager into including my version of a PMEL handbook (a handy pocket reference filled with often used formulae, constants, etc): TL;DR --> Now there's an app for that; have you tried electrodroid? It has several electronics and metrology based calculators Tools: ElectroDroid Pro: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=it.android.demi.elettronica.pro
  13. Looks like these guys are having fun, but that narrow public road doesn't seem appropriate to their driving? For anybody that has or does boost a motor to this point (forged internals, bored, stroked, meth injection etc.) how long does the motor last before it needs re-working?
  14. Astronomy: Star Chart: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.escapistgames.starchart hold your app up to the sky, and the interactive atlas will show you where celestial objects are; very nice
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