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Old 02-08-15, 07:44 AM
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Nice. Is that Vixen on a Losmandy, or the Celestron mount built by Losmandy (can't recall the model offhand)?
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Old 02-08-15, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by lphilpot View Post
Nice. Is that Vixen on a Losmandy, or the Celestron mount built by Losmandy (can't recall the model offhand)?
My 'main scope' is a Celestron C11 (11 inch SCT). But it takes a terrible picture as I got tired of trying to control tube air currents (falling evening temps) with my Lymax tube cooler, so I wrapped it the C11 with water heater insulation - ugly, but somewhat effective. The Vixen (5.5" 4 element achromatic Pertzval) cools quickly enough to track changing temps.

Back to your question the Losmandy mount and C11 scope is a "Celestron CG-11 system". But AFAIK the mount mechanical parts are 100% interchangeable with the more common Losmandy G-11 mount. I have replaced a stepper motor, RA axis worm gear, and electronic control board with standard G-11 parts without an issue.

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Old 02-08-15, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by DaveLeeNC View Post
Me and my hobbies - and FWIW I own more telescopes than bikes - the N+1 rule applies in many places :-)

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Beautiful Vixen refractor Dave, must be a real pleasure to observe the planets and of course Jupiter right now.
I own almost an equal amount of bicycles and scopes, and I can't observe or ride for another almost 5 weeks because of this in my big tow:



Broke it on New Year's eve waited over 3 weeks hoping it would go away!
Actually I can't do anything today because it is raining hard anyway!
Rare occurrence these last few years!
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Old 02-08-15, 02:17 PM
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Originally Posted by DaveLeeNC View Post
The Vixen (5.5" 4 element achromatic Pertzval) cools quickly enough to track changing temps.
Looks like a really nice OTA. I had a Tele Vue Genesis years ago (also a Petzval design) and loved it. I just didn't use it enough to justify keeping it. Usually the 14.5" Telekit gets taken out instead.
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Old 02-08-15, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by VNA View Post
Beautiful Vixen refractor Dave, must be a real pleasure to observe the planets and of course Jupiter right now.
I own almost an equal amount of bicycles and scopes, and I can't observe or ride for another almost 5 weeks because of this in my big tow:



Broke it on New Year's eve waited over 3 weeks hoping it would go away!
Actually I can't do anything today because it is raining hard anyway!
Rare occurrence these last few years!
That is UGLY.Typically a broken toe is just a 'be careful and wait for it to heal'. But i guess not in all cases.

Just curious - you seem to be astro-knowledgeable. What kind(s) of scopes/bino's/etc do you use?

BTW, there is a place near Chester, Ca. (up towards Mt. Lassen) called "Drakesbad Ranch". It is a very rustic place (very rustic) catering to horseback riding and hiking. But back in the 90's they had this open field with a clear view of the sky. It is very dark and a great place to go for an astro vacation. But I haven't been there since the late 90's. Note that I lived in Livermore from 1995 through 2000.

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Old 02-08-15, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by lphilpot View Post
Looks like a really nice OTA. I had a Tele Vue Genesis years ago (also a Petzval design) and loved it. I just didn't use it enough to justify keeping it. Usually the 14.5" Telekit gets taken out instead.
While the Vixen and Genesis are similar designs, the Genesis uses much more expensive glass (particularly the sdf version) so color aberrations are much better controlled. I lost ebay bids on 2 different Genesis SDF scopes before I ended up buying the Vixen.

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Old 02-08-15, 06:46 PM
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Ages 82/79 and still riding TWOgether!
Congrats and keep on riding.
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Old 02-08-15, 06:48 PM
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Originally Posted by DaveLeeNC View Post
Me and my hobbies - and FWIW I own more telescopes than bikes - the N+1 rule applies in many places :-)

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Nice telescope. I've always been very interested in amateur astronomy. Just couldn't afford two "expensive" hobbies.
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Old 02-08-15, 06:56 PM
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Gettin' ready to roll down the taxiway for a club ride:

Have you ever had to replace that kickstand?
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Old 02-08-15, 07:06 PM
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Old 02-09-15, 10:27 AM
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Here I am at age 62 on Carter LeBeau Day of RAGBRAI last summer, the socks being the traditional fashion statement of the day's namesake.



I have a collection of Celestron (mostly) telescopes myself, there is never enough room for one in the RAGBRAI support vehicle! I might be able to find room for a bass guitar however and while I am NOT one of the guys in the picture below I did catch their "act" at one of the RAGBRAI pass through towns last year and am tempted to try to hook up with them and see if they need a bass player this year ....

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Old 02-09-15, 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by DaveLeeNC View Post
That is UGLY.Typically a broken toe is just a 'be careful and wait for it to heal'. But i guess not in all cases.

Just curious - you seem to be astro-knowledgeable. What kind(s) of scopes/bino's/etc do you use?

BTW, there is a place near Chester, Ca. (up towards Mt. Lassen) called "Drakesbad Ranch". It is a very rustic place (very rustic) catering to horseback riding and hiking. But back in the 90's they had this open field with a clear view of the sky. It is very dark and a great place to go for an astro vacation. But I haven't been there since the late 90's. Note that I lived in Livermore from 1995 through 2000.

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Hello Dave: There is this: goldenstatestarparty.org Close to Mt Lassen?
I also belong to Mount Diablo Astronomical Society Home Page
I go in August to Glacier Point (Yosemite) at 7,000 feet with unbelievable views and very dark skies!

I have a 6 inch Celestron refractor and a 10 inch Mead SCT.

The big toe unfortunately can't be taped to the next one, besides it is an unusual break and dislocation apparently, March 12 the pins will be removed--I have to be so careful not to bang it against anything--did it yesterday and it really hurts! At least the ankle will not get stiff unlike a cast!

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Old 02-09-15, 06:19 PM
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VNA, FWIW one of my scopes is a fork mounted Meade SCT (8 inch). On a pure design/aperture/optics quality perspective it is my best scope.

Clear skies.

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Originally Posted by DaveLeeNC View Post
VNA, FWIW one of my scopes is a fork mounted Meade SCT (8 inch). On a pure design/aperture/optics quality perspective it is my best scope.

Clear skies.

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Yes they are very nice scopes and easy to use as well, 8" is easier to handle as the 10" gets heavy--clear skies and safe riding.
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Here's a better pic. Fun machine (2014 Vortritek 900R all aluminum).



I've lost 73 lbs (18 of those twice) cycling (and better diet). Yeah, Chunk Monkey, a few more to go. I put a few lbs back on during rehab from the broken pelvis and DVT in the legs. It goes on a lot easier than it comes off.


2015 (Feb 10): 342 Miles—26 Days—38 hrs ♂

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Old 02-10-15, 01:55 PM
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It goes on a lot easier than it comes off.
True dat!
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Old 02-11-15, 06:08 PM
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Me (Charlie) at the end of the North Alabama MS ride in June 2014.
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ˇOld pics! Here, showing up for a Bike Pik-Nik with some goodies on the trailer and a Share-the-Road ride a few months earlier.
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ˇOld pics! Here, showing up for a Bike Pik-Nik with some goodies on the trailer and a Share-the-Road ride a few months earlier.
Maybe it's my eyes, but at first I thought you looked like Geraldo Rivera.
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From the mid 70's. I'm the one on the left. And to think I'd had my hair trimmed pretty good at the time of this picture.




And a little more recent picture I'm on the right:

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Some days I look like this. tom
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No, but sometimes I put a glove on it.
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This is me the day after Thanksgiving last year.
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From the mid 70's. I'm the one on the left. And to think I'd had my hair trimmed pretty good at the time of this picture.




And a little more recent picture I'm on the right:

Somebody should start a "Throwback Thursday" thread so everyone can post pics from their heyday, instead of all our geezer pics Nice photo with Ricky Fowler....a pro-am or are you that good? I used to play company golf at Firestone and have played Pine Valley numerous times, unfortunately NC, not NJ
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