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Astronomizing

My thoughts in general Telescopes are optical instruments that make distant objects appear magnified by using an arrangement of lenses or curved mirrors and lenses, or various devices used to observe distant objects by their emission, absorption, or reflection of electromagnetic radiation. Telescopes are tools. I see them as 4 separate assemblies you join together to accomplish viewing tasks. The following assembly definitions…

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Tests / First Lights

ES FL-AR127mm

It arrived Wednesday morning – fetched it meself. I opened it last evening. Out of the box, missing the necessary washers, split-ring & spacer to properly fix the mount and eyepiece holder to the tripod. See illustrations 5a, 5b, 5c, 6a, 6b of your Twilight Mount ‘manual’ – 3 pages, 1 staple. Also missing:• Smartphone Adapter• One 25 mm Plössl…

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Tests / First Lights

Infinity 50

I like to know things – how good or bad this or that is – first hand. After the Skelescope, I wanted to try another very inexpensive scope, to see how it performed. I have other Infinitys, but not the 50.  How much can you expect for $32.27 delivered? We’re about to find out. I skipped the ‘unboxing video’ –…

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Yardish

LightPanels on a Budget

Well, that was the theory. I always know what my PVC creation will cost and it is always more than I pretend it to be. Personal Quirk. Our yard sits about 18 in. higher than the sidewalk, behind a textured cinder block wall. That’s a negative in this case as it allows us to see farther, so we see headlights…

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Tests / First Lights

Carlson Skele Scope

Bottom line up front: Only purchase as a visual aid or for low power terrestrial daytime viewing. Where to begin? $31.62 on Amazon, free 2nd day shipping last week. It was at a low, had been for over 4 months. Price on this varies – up to ~$70-$75 for a while, back down to ~$32-$35. I was pretty sure it…

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