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Refractors / Explore Scientific ED80 Classic White Air Spaced Triplet
« on: December 15, 2017, 09:15:15 AM »
BRAND NEW IN BOX!!! ONLY OPENED FOR PHOTOS COST ONLY $550 SAVE $70.00 of the price of a New One
Full Warranty from Explore Scientific

The ED80 80mm f/6 Essential Apochromatic ED Triplet Refractor Telescope from Explore Scientific features a triplet apochromatic lens system with Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass and Explore Scientific's proprietary anti-reflection EMD fully multicoated optics. This combination of glass, lenses, and coatings virtually eliminates chromatic and spherical aberrations for clear and bright images without distortion across the entire field of view, with true color rendition. This is a versatile optical tube assembly that can be employed as a simple grab-and-go primary telescope, as a large finderscope mounted to a larger scope such as a Dobsonian, or set up on a dual-mount rig for astrophotography/astroimaging.

A mounting cradle-ring clamps over optical tube assembly (OTA). The cradle-ring allows the user to adjust the orientation and position of the scope relative to the mount to optimize viewing comfort and balance, while avoiding interference with other equipment. The scope is offered without a mount or tripod, but a Vixen-style dovetail plate makes it compatible with any alt-az or equatorial mount with a Vixen-style saddle. Its two-speed rack-and-pinion focuser helps make fine-focusing fast and precise. A 90° star diagonal is also included for more comfortable viewing. The mirror has dielectric coatings for a 99% light transmission for minimal light loss when using it.

Optical Performance

        80mm objective lens
        480mm focal length
        Focal ratio: f/6
        Refractor-style optical design
        Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass
        Triplet apochromatic lenses eliminate chromatic and spherical aberrations for true color rendition and without distortion across the entire field of view
        Proprietary anti-reflection EMD enhanced multicoatings on all optics

        Two-speed 2" rack-and-pinion focuser
        Bracket for user-supplied finderscope
        One-piece 2" 90° star diagonal with highly-reflective dielectric coatings for up to 99% light transmission
        1.25" eyepiece adapter

For sale is the Lumicon 80mm Deluxe Super finder System with a white barrel.The finder has only been mounted once. The finder is in as near new condition as it gets.
This is a very hard to find item and from what I understand you will not be able to get them anymore.
User to supply there own Crosshair Eyepiece

I will be including High End 1.25" 90° Correct Image Diagonal that is Made in Japan
Also Included are a set of adjustable Mounting Rings

Great Deal at $265

Catadioptric / Meade LX200R GPS 8" Telescope
« on: December 15, 2017, 09:07:02 AM »
Here is a Great Condition Meade LX200R 8" Telescope. Just in time for Christmas.
I have personally checked everything myself to confirm that it is in perfect working order.
This scope has the North Level Align, so all you have to do is follow the instruction for the self-alignment and your good to go.
The Optics are Clean with no Scratches or Dust. The Outside of the Tube does show minor scratches
As you can see in the photos the front cover is a bent. It still works just fine.

This is the better constructed version of the LX200 having larger fork-arms to reduce flexure and add more stability.

In this Listing you will receive ONLY the following Items:
Meade 8" LX200R (Advanced Ritchie-Chretien) Computerized Telescope
LX200 Computerized dual fork arm mount
AutoStar II GOTO System Controller (Version 4.2G)
Hand Controller Cradle
1.25" Visual Back
No Tripod, Diagonal, Finder or Eyepieces included
ONLY $1075

Eyepieces / Re: Celestron Axiom 15mm and other stuff
« on: November 02, 2016, 09:31:39 AM »
Just a heads up on your listing. If you do not have the boxes for any of your items. Your looking at a combined used value of about $150.00.

Paul Winn
SBAU Webmaster

Software & Books / Sky Catalogue Vols 1 and 2
« on: June 02, 2016, 09:57:23 AM »
Have the Sky Catalogue Vols 1 and 2 for sale

Sky Catalogue Vol 1

This compendium summarizes the astronomical data for all stars brighter than 8.0. For every object listed, it includes designations from the HD (Henry Draper) and SAO (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory) star catalogs; the star name and constellation; the common name; the position for the equinox and epoch 2000.0; the star's proper motion; its visual magnitude and color index; the absolute magnitude; the spectral type; the radial velocity; the inferred distance; and, where appropriate, additional information on multiplicity, variablity and cluster membership. There is an index of Flamsteed and Bayer designations as well. The information given in this catalog is derived from the SIMBAD (Set of Identifications, Measurements, and Bibliographical References of Astronomical Data) database held at the Strasbourg Observatory. Together with the first edition of Volume 2 (which covers double stars, variable stars, galaxies, etc.) this is the definitive reference set used in professional astronomy. Serious observers of stars and star systems will appreciate the material found in this established reference work.

Sky Catalogue Vol 2

This is a standard reference work for telescope users which gives positional and other data for galaxies, double and variable stars, and star clusters. This companion to Volume One includes comprehensive tables on 20,000 objects. Comprehensive treatment is given for each object: position for epoch 2000.0, magnitudes in the UBV photometric system; color index; surface brightness and Hubble classification for galaxies; and many other characteristics. This is a re-issue of a book first published in 1985 which has been out-of-print for several years. It has been made available again in response to many requests from users of Sky Catalogue 2000.0 Volume 1.

 See Photos $55.00 for both.

Software & Books / Millennium Star Atlas Vol's I II & III
« on: June 02, 2016, 09:51:00 AM »
Have for sale the Millennium Star Atlas Vol's I II & III
Millennium star atlas : an all-sky atlas comprising one million stars to visual magnitude eleven from the Hipparcos and Tycho catalogues and ten thousand nonstellar objects / Roger W. Sinnott, Michael A.C. Perryman.

Millennium Star Atlas Complete Set Volumes 1-3 and transparent overlays; Sinnott and Perryman. This is the complete Millennium Star Atlas set with all 3 volumes:
 Vol I 0-8 hours
 Vol II 8-16 hours
 Vol III 16-24 hours
 Also included are '6' transparent overlays with instructions. The 3 volumes come in a hard cover sleeve that all 3 of them slip into upright case.
See Photos for condition

 Asking $175 for the complete set. Sells new $450.00 for the Hard Cover

Outreach & Events / Re: raffle for 2016 May 14 Astronomy Day?
« on: April 13, 2016, 08:18:10 AM »
Orion has a killer Deal right now on the Orion XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope & Beginner Barlow Kit $399.

•The included Beginning Stargazers Toolkit provides plentiful reference material for nighttime observing and a handy red LED light to see them with
It comes with one 25mm Eyepiece and Barlow in the Kit. I think that we could come up with at least one more eyepiece.


Outreach & Events / Re: raffle for 2016 May 14 Astronomy Day?
« on: April 13, 2016, 08:04:30 AM »
I'm thinking that we should at least give away a telescope as we have done so every year so far. Last year we gave away a 4.5" Dob from Orion. We could raffle it off at 3pm and then tell the winner if they want to bring it to the museum that night. We can then show them how to use it.

I guess my big Question because I need to get the Website setup showing what the events are that day and what Items we will be giving away. I was also going to donate one of my large prints again.

You can download a Word Document showing how to make a tile tool for grinding a mirror

See Link below

SBAU Calendar / See November’s Speedy Leonids
« on: November 07, 2014, 10:13:52 AM »
Like an old friend enticing you on a new adventure, the annual Leonid meteor shower returns this month with promises of fiery comet shards dashing across the night sky. Conditions are nearly ideal for viewing. The shower peaks between midnight and dawn on Monday and Tuesday mornings, November 17th and 18th. No worries about moonlight this time around — the demure lunar crescent won’t rise until 2 or 3 a.m.

Leonid meteors hail from periodic Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, which circles the Sun once every 33 years. Comets make the best meteor shower parents because they give till it hurts. Every time 55P/Tempel-Tuttle swings through the inner solar system, its dust-laden ices vaporize under the heat of the Sun, releasing gases and debris along its orbit.

Round and round the comet goes, spawning multiple ribbons of dust. When Earth’s orbit intersects the comet’s path, we slam into a tenuous interplanetary dust storm. Sand and gravel-sized bits strike the atmosphere 60 to 70 miles (100 to 115 km) overhead and vaporize in a fury of light called meteors — o,r as many refer to them, shooting stars
- Read More http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/see-novembers-speedy-leonids11052014/?et_mid=702320&rid=246437008#sthash.dIimwyfp.dpuf

SBAU Calendar / Sbau Meeting
« on: November 07, 2014, 09:49:28 AM »
Laura Faye Tenenbaum,
 Her Presentation will be, Earth Right Now: NASA's Big Missions to Our Home Planet

"Of all the planets NASA has explored, none yet have matched the dynamic complexity of our own Earth. Earth teems with life and liquid water; massive storms rage over land and oceans; environments range from deserts to tropical forests to the icy poles. And amid all of that, seven billion people carve out a daily life. And our planet is changing. Through the gradual build-up of more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, Earth is warming. As Earth warms, ocean waters expand and ice melts to make sea levels rise. The cycle of rainfall and evaporation accelerates, leading to more severe droughts and more severe bouts of rainfall. Heat waves become more frequent and more intense.

Since the agency's inception in 1958, NASA has established itself as a world leader in Earth science and climate studies. NASA continues to explore this changing world so that societies can meet the challenges of the future. With the launch of five Earth-observing missions in 2014 -- more Earth-focused launches in a single year in more than a decade -- NASA will be able to deliver even more crucial data to scientists trying to understand our changing planet.

« on: August 02, 2014, 07:51:59 AM »
I went ahead a purchased a Plugin for the SMF Forum that will give us a easer interface for members to post there own photos to the Forum. Each member that signs up for the forum will have there own personal gallery, were you can upload your own photos too. You can even create sub-catagories in your personal gallery.

Here are some of the features of the Gallery
•User Galleries - User's can create their own personal galleries with unlimited categories
•Subcategory's (Unlimited levels)
•Rating pictures on scale of 1 to 5 stars
•Gallery admin's can delete ratings and view who rated a picture
•Gallery stats page for keep track of most viewed images, top rated and more!
•EXIF image information support requires EXIF module in php
•Album/Category level permissions for viewing, adding picture, editing picture, deleting picture, and adding a comment
•Reporting of comments and editing own comments
•Bulk adding of images. Controlled by permissions and setting to allow the number of upload fields
•Thumbnail, medium, full size image sizes are supported
•Importing images from a folder on your server
•Category options for posting topics in a forum board when a picture is uploaded
•Comment approval listing which lists comments that need to be approved, and reported comment listing
•File Space Manager shows how much space a user is using and allows you to delete pictures
•Upload Quota limits for member groups
•Gallery navigation on view picture
•Unviewed image list allows users to keep track which images that they have not seen yet
•Slideshow of images at up to 50 images at a time inside a category
•Notify by email if comments posted user's image
•Watermarking of images uploaded by text or image
•Lightbox and highslide support built in!
•RSS support for image categories
•Picture area tagging like Facebook
•Multifile select upload option
•Simple picture favorite system
•XML support for recent images, getting a single picture, category listing, getting a single category
•New permissions: Rating Pictures, Edit own Comment, Auto Approve Comments, Personal Gallery, Bulk Uploads
•Tons of settings to customize your gallery: Images per page, Max thumbnail width, Max thumbnail height, Display newest comments first, Control blocks that appear on the gallery main page, image listing options, picture view options and many more!
•SMF Gallery Pro support forums with additional modifications and guides.
•And much more!

Nice Shot there Tom

Check out the new and improved website

WOW what a great turnout for the Eclipse last night. IT was fantastic I would say about 500 + People came for the Lunar Party. Lost of personal scopes, people taking photos with the Cell Phones and Cameras.

Here is a Composite of the Eclipse I put together today.

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