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Message 1289518 - Posted: 29 Sep 2012, 21:48:27 UTC

Yeah, stay around Tex, we'd like you to share some photos :-)



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Message 1289864 - Posted: 30 Sep 2012, 22:09:29 UTC
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Got a number of DSO image "Subs" processed from Okie-Tex, but not ready for prime time.

Here's my "PhotoBucket" link to a few of the Images I've produced.

http://s1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd447/Tex2024/Tex2024%20AstroPhotos/

Hope you like them.

Heading down to "The ElDorado Star Party" next weekend for another week of "shooting". Needless to say, hoping for clear, dark skies.

Jim (TEX) H.

Oh, and, by the way "skildude", how did I quess the "school" was a Medrasah without "clicking" it ?
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Message 1290754 - Posted: 3 Oct 2012, 14:51:37 UTC

This is not a medrassa. What the organization does is provide local communities material and expertise in building long lasting structures and schools. The only requirement for acceptance is that all children including girls are educated.

THe idea is that an educated girl is less likely to have children early, they provide needed skills to their community, lead healthier lives, and educated women, even in remote villages, are less likely to allow their sons to go on a gihad.

Funny that the mother hold the key against holy warriors. Mom says no and the boy is unlikely to go.

read the Book Three cups of Tea. It gives incite into how to improve everyones lives
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Message 1290764 - Posted: 3 Oct 2012, 15:02:16 UTC - in response to Message 1289864.

Got a number of DSO image "Subs" processed from Okie-Tex, but not ready for prime time.

Here's my "PhotoBucket" link to a few of the Images I've produced.

http://s1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd447/Tex2024/Tex2024%20AstroPhotos/

Hope you like them.

Heading down to "The ElDorado Star Party" next weekend for another week of "shooting". Needless to say, hoping for clear, dark skies.

Jim (TEX) H.

You must have some good WOW dark skys over there. Those look to be spectacularly good for such a modest scope.

Next to do some searching in the pretty pictures for what the "pros" might miss or don't have time for?


Have fun!

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Message 1290784 - Posted: 3 Oct 2012, 15:38:08 UTC - in response to Message 1290764.

I'm betting he's got a computer assisted-guided scope with a timed exposure photo
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Message 1290907 - Posted: 3 Oct 2012, 20:38:23 UTC - in response to Message 1290784.
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Uhhh, Ya-yuh.

ED80 APO, for guiding with an Orion SS Autoguide Cam; sitting on top of an ED127 APO Triplet, Using either my Canon 450D/XSi or an Orion SSDS Color Imager for most DSO imaging.
All this on an Altlas EQ-G mount.

Control is handled with "PHD Guide", "MaximDL" (for focus,imaging, plate resolution) , "The SkyX" or "Cartes du Ceil" for calibration and sync.
I use a Dell Laptop to bring it all together.

Both scopes are great for photography; the 80 is either for Guiding or does a fine job on wider field work. The ED127mm APO/Trip is my primary imaging Refractor.

http://s1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd447/Tex2024/Tex2024%20AstroPhotos/

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Message 1290909 - Posted: 3 Oct 2012, 20:43:07 UTC

His photos are fin good and he has already mentioned that they are composits of many
shots .Thats the way N.A.S.A. does it.

I wish I had the money and the clear skies, Even if one thing changes,the other never will.

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Message 1290910 - Posted: 3 Oct 2012, 20:43:08 UTC
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Message 1290986 - Posted: 3 Oct 2012, 23:56:06 UTC - in response to Message 1290909.

His photos are fin good and he has already mentioned that they are composits of many
shots .Thats the way N.A.S.A. does it. ...


That's a good alternative to using adaptive optics to counter the atmospheric distortions. Still, don't underestimate the effort that goes into connecting all that lot together.


Still impressive stuff! (Says he who spent two years of lunch-times grinding 4" mirrors to shape and nearly falling to sleep mapping out Focault tests!)

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Message 1301116 - Posted: 2 Nov 2012, 1:23:53 UTC - in response to Message 1290986.
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Me again,

Actually, I built my first scope from a kit when I was 13(1957).
I had to grind and polish the primary and assemble the eyepieces.

It was a 4" Reflector on a swivel mount that had screw-in legs.
The kit came with a 40mm, a 10mm, and a tiny 3mm.

I bought it through an ad in "Mechanics Illustrated" for $40.00.
That was a LOT OF $$$ back then! But, then again, I had a very large "Paper Route".

Took me about six months to finish it all and I remember to this day, the thrill of my own "First Light".
I could actually see the rings of Saturn.


.Now, I'm lookin' fer a "ET" to phone us.


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Message 1301496 - Posted: 3 Nov 2012, 0:19:53 UTC - in response to Message 1281021.
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Damn budgets, always getting in the way of progress!

500 years ago, it was the Catholic church holding us in the stone-age, now it's accountants!

We were supposed to be inhabiting Mars and exploring the heavens by now. Not sat here on our little rock saying "oh it's too expensive".



It's only TOO EXPENSIVE because the Military-Industrial complex controls the US now...has for a long time....

If there was a military necessity to control Mars, we would have been there a long time ago...Lt


In 1952, 70% of all US government spending was for national defence - that was the time of the Cold and Korean wars.
Net interest payments accounted for 10% and 15% was paid to individuals in the form of health and social security
payments.
The end of the Korean War and then the Cold War helped the cost of national defence to eventually decline to about
20%; payment of net interest, because of today’s much lower interest rates, is still about 10%. However, payments to
individuals are much higher; nearly 2/3rds of all spending.


The above copied from a current Investment analysis report gives one the notion
that when military spending is very high so too is the investment in space
research. So perhaps the reason why the USA is cutting back on space
research funding is because it's social spending has increased vastly over the
years so eating into any spare cash for space work etc. All very reminiscent of
how the UK went post WW2 with social spending becoming a severe drain on the
governments purse, as it still is today.
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