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 on: May 16, 2017, 08:57:57 AM 
Started by kattmann - Last post by kattmann
RMTC Specials - things I don't need. N=new

As a set:
$200   Lumicon 50mm Super Finder w/rings & bracket
           Lumicon 90° diagonal correct image
           Lumicon 25mm recticle EP

$30   Parks 45° diagonal N
SOLD $25   Parks GS 10mm Plossl N
$30   Parks GS 2x Barlow N
$15   Parks 32mm Plossl

$10   Orion Expanse 15mm
$10   Meade 9.5mm Plossl
$5   Celestron 25mm Plossl
$5   no-name H 20mm

$10   Newtonian Eyepiece Collimator


SOLD $500 - good shape, optics in very good shape
Celestron N8i SE w/
(HC - 4.03)
- CN-16 GPS unit
- JMI wheeled hardcase
- Tripod
- 2 eyepieces
- diagonal
- visual back
- manuals

Call me at 805-696-5749 if interested. Will be out of town 5/20 to 5/27


 on: May 15, 2017, 07:27:53 PM 
Started by TomT - Last post by TomT
name           # in party      potluck dish
Tom/CezT           2               chicken & greek salad
ArtH                    2               Jello
Martin/JanetM      2                potato & macaroni salad
RonH                    1                chips & dip
TonyT               1                mac cheese bake
ZandraC             1               chicken salad
JerryW/PatF          2                chicken enchiladas
JimW                    1                 thai food
JohnE                    2                german potato salad kielbasa
JoeD/Connie        2             tbd
MarkP                     1                  chips a/o soda
PatrickW              2              tbd
MikeC                      2              tbd & jelly bellies
Russel/Diane         2                   sweet
DoraD                      1-2            dessert
EdgarO                 1                    chicken
ArdianL                 2               tbd
BillC                      2               tbd
BobB                      1-2               tbd

 on: May 14, 2017, 09:53:09 PM 
Started by TomT - Last post by TomT
00:00.000 170508 KZSB radio intro w Baron, [see attached 46min audio file from Sunday 170514 replay 3pm]

00:15.456 Star Wars theme music; B-intro's: TomT-refreshments, JerryW-Prez, TomW-news, phone: BruceM, prez of organ society; & in Indiana, ChuckMcP-outreach, Pat, (nephew Daniel Cassidy graduating UI), B-Chuck give outreach like your face we had on the screen [by MikeF] at the May meeting? CM-June 2 potluck, 3rd Fri Westmont, Telescope Workshops on Tues; TimC sends out communications; ColinT treasury report;  "I would not join a club that would have me"-Mark Twain; Groucho-smuggler.  Baron-lenses?  TomW-mirrors; MikeC 14" porthole glass, B-smear w/ metal? JW-vacuum deposition of aluminum; TomW- Bob Fees up in bay area.  B-grinding?  JW-silicon carbide, used to be sand between stones; JW-hogged out using diamond grinding wheel. B-Hubble problems? Bruce-final shape was bad. B-lasers? JW-laser interferometry.  Celestron, Meade, TeleVue, A-P.  JW-webcams on telescopes.  Tony Galvan-used camera wo telescope (worked at NCAR, nat center atmos res).  ArtH 12"? lens + mirror  JW-  TT-ArtH to sell, RTMC, JW-generally half off.  KZSB names TT,CM,JW.

14:42.090 Star Wars music; BW-lives in IV; TomW-NY Times Science Tuesday:  Stamp to commemorate Total Solar Eclipse Aug 21, touch to change sun to moon, temp sensitive ink; TT-back of sheet of stamps shows eclipse path; TT-hope it is a "forever" stamp; Monday, Aug 21, Tele outreaches CM-see pigeons early summer eves;
TomW-NYT: building blocks from Mars soil, using pressure to make red bricks wo a kiln.  stronger than steel reinforced concrete; TT-moon dust 3D printer; JW-grains fuse TomW-squeezed out creatures, called Lunatics, JW-unfortunately they made it to earth, and all named Pat [PM-"I heard that"]; B-only a couple of years for rovers?  CM-90 days originally.  Curiousity, Opportunity still work on Mars.  B-wheel dragging, found something? JW-salt, but at pole water was found.  B-caves on Mars? JW-lava tubes found; B-Mars show showed that.  TomW-Mars bars. B-May meeting open mic, one speaker did not show? JW-Karl Blasius coming up in a few months on latest mars rover info.

23:57.091  Star Wars music: B-organizing a topic is not normal for this group.  TomW-gets NYT by 5am. B-google news does same.  TW-Cassini deep dives btw Saturn and rings.  21 more dives, Sept 15 is final plunge into the planet.  JW-do not want to contaminate moons. B-Titan had parachute ride down w/ Hyguens probe dropped by Cassini. Need to put on Planetarium dome. or Pat & Chuck dancing. CM-nothingess found, few hits on satellite.  B-Juno going around Jupiter? JW-not sure of death date, but big elliptical orbits CM-maybe 2 yr mission.  B-why radiation around Jupiter? JW-captures ionizing particles B-like earth JW-van allen belts.  TT-what particles are they? Nuclear? JW-Nu-cle-ar. BM-particles from sun.  JW-determining gravity fields around Jupiter.  BM-bulging at equator.  JW-we dumped a satellite into Jupiter before.  B-Voyager did pass bys of Jupiter before? Passengers movie swung spacecraft around a star, 40 sec, B-another break, back w/ AU hour

32:24.029 B-Star Wars! will the franchise ever end? Intro CM,BM, TT-United Meth church organ heard last Sat SBCC, "double double boil and trouble" sang in church! TomW-Cepheid variable stars Westmont 24" scope used, use model for pulsation.  CM-Polaris is one, hard to get distance? TomW-Yes.  TW-study ones with a few tenths of magnitude.  JW-satellites use star patterns to orientate, but one time a star disappeared because it was a variable, and the satellite had to be reprogrammed.  TW-first stars to extend the distance ladder.  JW-one found in Andromeda galaxy, and helped to get distance to it, inverse square law, and proved it to be outside of our galaxy.  Hubble did that. TT-Henrietta Levitt?  JW-she did study on the Cepheid variables.  B-not changing mass?  TW-color and temperature.  B-event horizons coming up by JW.

40:58.288 B-SBAU had an interesting round robin of talks at the meeting.  BM said that "there are more black holes in the universe than stars" possibly dark matter.  JW-talked about telescope the size of the earth of radio telescopes at extremes of the earth.  Took exposure over 5 days, looking for high resolution of the black hole at center of Milky Way and core of M81 galaxy (Bodes), perhaps to view the event horizon.  Parsec=3.26 light years.  B-parallax involved?  JW-right.  TT-frequency of light used?  JW-millimeters, can be influenced by water in atmosphere.  B-your article in newsletter JW-on telescope making.  BM-tomorrow night telescope workshop.  TomW-Nat geo program on Einstein is good.
46:17.106 end

 on: May 11, 2017, 08:49:28 AM 
Started by Paul Winn - Last post by Paul Winn
Here are two Televue Eyepieces for Sale both is great condition

35mm Panoptic for $225
Nagler 22mm Type 4 for $300

 on: May 11, 2017, 08:48:22 AM 
Started by Paul Winn - Last post by Paul Winn
So here is the Takahashi FSQ106ED Scope is perfect condition. This scope was used for imaging and is now up for sale. The optics are in perfect condition with just a little dust on the front of the scope.

I am including all kinds of adapters and extra parts for this scope.

Here is a list of the main Items included.
FSQ106ED Scope $5150
CCA Adapter $265
TAK 35.0MM CCD QHY8, 10 & 12 Spacer Kit $184.00
Parallax 125mm Tube Rings for Takahashi FSQ-106ED $175.00
Losmandy DUP14 Plate $85.00
JMI Focus Motor $199.00
JMI USB Focus Controller $179.00
Custom Case for the scope $350.00

Total cost listed above $7483. I will sell the complete Package for $5400.00.

 on: May 11, 2017, 08:47:04 AM 
Started by Paul Winn - Last post by Paul Winn
I have a very nice LUNT solar scope for sale. This is the LS60THa with the B1200 for a wider field and imaging.

Scope is about 3 years old and used very little. This scope is back-order and the lead time is about 4 months to get one.

Sells new for $1999.00 You can get this one for $1799.00

 on: May 11, 2017, 08:45:16 AM 
Started by Paul Winn - Last post by Paul Winn
Have both for sale in Perfect working order.

QHY8L selling for $1000.00 Sells for $1400 New
Included is the Orion 3 Piece Spacer kit
I have already run the work sheet on how to Scientifically Determine CCD Gain and Offset Settings.Will include the data sheet

QHY5 II Mono Selling for $175.00
Includes the Orion Extender

See QHY website for Specs

 on: April 10, 2017, 12:37:33 PM 
Started by TomT - Last post by TomT
170410 KZSB SBAU radio show quick sloppy notes:
(see attached radio audio file to click on or download to play)

00:00.000 approx. 840am, pre-show talk: B-trying to think of songs w/ girls names, and Texas has several. JerryW in, TomT not, B-SBAU next May meeting, AdrianL looking for members to talk?  B-signed up to ask Q's. Save me for afterwards? signed up to bring food to meeting.  JW-several members want to speak, 2 open w/ May speaker skipping till August. 

03:12.240 B-(talk w/ Donny) Felt guilty so bringing potluck food hot dogs or chips/dip to SBAU potluck next time.
03:47.679 B-waiting for capt. Breadbaker coming in? TomT has cold, maybe star party?
04:12.430 B-Full moon, sat night.  Aug 21, Total Solar eclipse coming up. nw to se. CM-72% covered in SB.
05:02.353 KZSB names. looney tunes. B-Bruce, did you set up telescope in driveway? yes 40ft from Chuck. JW yours there? no.  B-assignments? CM-used to give out handouts; students sometimes get extra credit.  JW-sometimes folks as for things; easy GoTo system on mount. BM-will do a tour w/ folks. B-color on Chucks? CMcP-Orion nebula in sword.

08:22.046 ~905am SBAU show start: music: Where are you little star?  B-three here, one on phone, missing TomW, TomT; BruceM on phone, sits up front at meetings. 1st Fri, then 2nd Sat.  JW and CMcP outreaches so much, he could not make last Friday general meeting, since he was outreaching.  CM-El Cap, under tarp in rain showing rocks. B-BruceM take telescopes out? Bruce almost all.  Places: CM-Carp St. Beach, Refugio, Cachuma, Bacara...   B-Camino Real Market, very bright  BM-do it for the bright moon or venus.  CM-1st qrt moon. BM-caters illum from side, some sense of depth. B-cannot see stuff on moon w/ biggest telescope? JW-not big enough, tele not big enuf.  CM-LRO pics on moon can now see footprints; by NASA.  BM-from earth of Apollo stuff would need 2mi across mirror. JW-30M tele. B-golden age of astronomy, every week something new.  CM-chem sees electrons.  B-Club telescope aspect; giveaways of telescopes?  JW-bought or donated, usu. a  raffle to giveaway.  Also, AU has scopes you can use 12".  B-in club are SBCC Erin Oconnor, CM-Sean Kelly, gave a talk. B-Sean Space Elevators talk last friday.  Carbon nanotubes.  JW-showed video of manuf, single layer flat hexagonal, rolled in tubes, strongest material.  B-Arthur C. Clarke came up w/ elevator, climbs cable.  JW-23K miles long. I'm calibrated in old english system. B-confusing to convert temps? JW-F,C,K  BM-metric system is nice, no conversion factors for MKS needed. B-which came first? BM-English system. Cubits?  866-564-1290, streaming on newspress.com.

19:00.222 all rise, monkey has learned how to use a bone 2001 music; psychotic red lens talking to astronauts; B-Jim Salser invited me to Oxnard rock event, bringing Led Zepellin, got to talk real low using Strauss to intro group.  Bruce-Pres Arlington Theatre Organ Society, 4 man, 27 rank.  Hal Conklin on board, running for mayor.  Anyone can play organ.  B-any office of AU?  BM-no, but 127 outreaches last year. B-was unfamiliar w/ outreach before joining SBAU.  CM-was computer nerd. JW-SBRC. Some folks snuck signatures on spacecraft components.  1998 Raytheon bought all of SBRC - Hughes, changed name to Direct TV.  B-Delco? JW-part of GM, Hughes was part of GM.  BM-when Hughes was taking over GM, but salaried union was upset.  JW-Hughes in 1957. started w/ Hughes research 1969, building Ranger to land on moon, it is said Hughes called to freeze the design as it worked adequately, not what engineers like to do.  B-today Nasa, Musk, Bezos.  getting boosters back.  Rockets landing engines first. JW-like old scifi stories. Companies work w/ UCSB, some call area Silicon Beach.  B-does Univ have Obs of own?  CM-Sedgwick. BM-robotic telescope.  B-ticks me off, DJs can run by laptop computer vs playing records directly.  B-did JW hit retirement age? JW-retired to avoid 10% loss in pay.  CM-worked for little co. CompTech bought by Northup Gruman.  Met Pat? 1988  BM-Delco 37 years, EE, all interesting.  Reliability 14K ft of water instrument built 1972, still working, they cannot kill it.  music...Ricard Strauss Thus spoke Zarathustra

30:34.509 "dah dah dum..., why havent i found you, oh baby, i tell every little star..." B-best star? CM-Alberio, BM-eye of swan.  B-half of stars are double? CM-or triples. BM-Alberio stars 4700AU apart, 100K yr orbit.  B-all doubles viewable?  Cub scout star JW-UCLA star.  CM-sometimes spectroscopic means needed to see.  B-name some? Alpha Centauri, Eta Carina, Regulus, Sirius, BM-some vary Mizar/Algol.  B-possible planets orbiting both stars at same time?  CM-yes, both ways. JW-planets orbit sun. BM-Jupiter moves Sun almost its diameter.  B-bigger stars far out from star? JW-giant gas planets are being found first as exoplanets near star, Hot Jupiters.  B-saw on youtube, fast stars going around black hole in Milky Way, some binary, occasionally, binary could lose one to black hole?  CM-could be three body interaction.  JW-yes possible.  CM-Globular Cluster have interactions like that, as stars get thrown off.  B-MW has? CM-about 150 Globs.  B-why not collapse?  CM-energy flying around, no organized pattern.  B-if collide?  CM-maybe a Blue Straggler forms.  B-2001, add mass to Jupiter, it would become a sun?  JW-yes, Jupiter radiates infrared heat. B-Io heat? CM-tidal force heating.  BM-many models of Callisto, layers of ice and salt water.  B-life replication? CM-not sure of initial chemistry, RNA maybe.  CM-polycyclichydrocarbons  B-maybe we can go speed of light, stars fly by in scifi, CM-dont bump into one.

44:01.299  music: "I've got sunshine on a cloudy day...my girl". B-so much to talk about, if geology show CM-talk about rocks and exoplanets.  B-next meeting, JW-guest had conflict, moved his talk to August.  JW-hard to fit in small talks before a major one.  making it a member's night, 3-4 talks.  Adrian coordinating, 2 openings.  B-i might have been first, but dont put me in if others apply, just wanted to ask questions.  Exoplanets, odds of catch planets on the ecliptic?  CM-transits; need several crossings to be sure. planets are like ants out there.  JW-few %, just random. CM-0.5% chance of edge on catching planet around a star; also grav lensing, testament to how smart people are.  BM-People thot that other solar systems would be like ours, but a lot of planets have short orbit times JW-those were picked up first. BM-but some thought it was just noise in signal. B-big teles? BM-just a camera. JW-spacecraft ones best. B-all stars systems disks?  CM-less likely, but can happen.  BM-pluto  CM-Oort cloud of outer items.  B-small galaxies merging w/ MW?  JW-some limping away after merging.  music: guitar twanging

50:47.999  music:  weird noise to old astro music  B-what is up?  CM-Westmont outreach this Friday. 29th is Astro day at Camino Real Marketplace. mirror making, some goodies. all day, stars at night. prizes. B-rulers?  B-fascination of so many things.  JW-sometimes we do not know the answer.  new knowledge, like relativity course as an undergraduate, takes time to understand.  B-multiverse, cannot be known? Q's from folks. CM-They grade on a curve, because it is all relative.  BM-article said real universe is 10 to 23rd larger than we can see.  Everyone has Univ around thme of 18B light years.  CM-13Blt yr radius. CM-  sbau.org  telescope tuesday.   music: astro still playing in background into news! 
55:45.148 end

 on: April 02, 2017, 05:30:05 PM 
Started by Africajill - Last post by TomT
I heard Jerry, SBAU President, had sent you a reply already on this, but here and attached are some Celestron info in case his recommendations on eyepiece placement distance did not work (you are using a diagonal with the eyepiece, correct?).
Chuck McPartlin and I tried to help you set up your scope at his driveway, a while back.

If you still need help, please feel free to email me at tomcez @ gmail.com or call at 562-8795. Tom Totton

From the Celestron EdgeHD Series manual for OTA's (see attached file) this is the part about focusing and locking the clutches, so read it carefully.

Your telescope's focusing mechanism controls the primary mirror which is mounted on a ring
that slides back and forth on the primary baffle tube. The focusing knob, which moves the
primary mirror, is on the rear cell of the telescope just below the star diagonal and eyepiece.
Turn the focusing knob until the image is sharp. If the knob will not turn, it has reached the
end of its travel on the focusing mechanism. Turn the knob in the opposite direction until the
image is sharp. Once an image is in focus, turn the knob clockwise to focus on a closer object
and counterclockwise for a more distant object. A single turn of the focusing knob moves the
primary mirror only slightly. Therefore, it will take many turns (about 30) to go from close
focus to infinity.
For astronomical viewing, out of focus star images are very diffuse, making them difficult to
see. If you turn the focus knob too quickly, you can go right through focus without seeing the
image. To avoid this problem, your first astronomical target should be a bright object (like
the Moon or a planet) so that the image is visible even when out of focus. Critical focusing is
best accomplished when the focusing knob is turned in such a manner that the mirror moves
against the pull of gravity. In doing so, any mirror shift is minimized. For astronomical
observing, both visually and photographically, this is done by turning the focus knob
Mirror Support Clutches
The EdgeHD Optical tube is equipped with mirror tension
clutches to help support and minimize lateral movement of
the primary mirror during astrophotography.
To use the mirror clutches:
1. Use the focus knob to adjust the primary mirror
to the desired focus.
2. Once in focus, turn the two mirror lock knobs
clockwise until both are very tight and can be
turned no further.
Warning! Once the mirror is locked down, do not turn
the focuser knob without loosening the mirror locks first
Although turning the focus knob should not damage the
telescope, undue stress can be placed on the focus mechanisms causing excessive image shift while focusing."

 on: April 02, 2017, 04:24:52 PM 
Started by TomT - Last post by TomT
170327 KZSB SBAU radio show 4th Monday, from 9am Sunday 3pm repeat. Baron Ron Herron, Jerry Wilson, Tom Whittemore, Chuck McPartlin.   click on attached file for audio playback.

far from perfect notes:
00:15.642 song: "calm and cloudless night...Galileo used his telescope for the very first time" JerryW, ChuckMcP, TomT not here, should take Yamaha w/ wife on back, he is at high desert.  1st Friday of month AU has speaker, Jupiter 5AU, occultation, Baron-Q's about Sun today, Sean Kelly meeting, Q's during talk?  TomW not seated, Dr. Whittemore, Mcp is backbone of club, Chuck-more like rear end. B-Many outreaches, dont need Totton, kids like space. B-Sun, mostly H, JW-ball of plasma B-one of 4 states of matter, all of this H, in our Sun, 800,000 miles across, 100xEarth diameter. TW-fusion just in core.  B-light we see came from inside. JW-some from surface, electron fall in levels as plasma cools.  B-Sun fusing for 4.5Billion years, CM-3rd generation star B-begin of univ was all H CM-+He, CM-all protons in center, so need pressure to jam protons together to fusion.  TomW-random walk of gamma rays JW-drunkard finding his car.  JW-neutrinos go straight out from the core. B-all this stuff from the Sun may hit our DNA. JW-usually not good mutation.  CM-like throwing piece of metal into car engine.  "Galileo saw craters on the moon..."

14:08.078 Holst, Saturn music.  B-where Cassini probe has been CM-14yrs.  B-power from nuclear RTG. JW-launched over unpopulated areas usually. except for North Korea. Russia over unpop land.  CM-text Q from Tim Crawford, why gamma rays turn into visible light. JW-Sun emits wide range.  Dwarf star G2 is Sun, altho bigger than most stars.  JW-heat is produced by absorption of light and emitted as infrared[?].  B-flares? JW-CME corona mass ejection, throws particles. CM-mag field lines reconnect gives flares. TW-mag field has a source and entry, and out and an in, in on the North, out on the South. JW-  CM-Sun is a fluid ball B-Sun reverses? JW-all the time, mag field lines flip TW-differential rotation on the Sun, 27 days at equator, 36 days at poles of sun, causes mag fields. B-solar wind, we are protected by our Mag field, solar wind affected by Sun mag field?  JW-sun mag field lines split during flares. CM-mag fields extend far out from Sun also, carrying things.  B-Mars? JW-does not have dynamo, metal works well.  TW-Zyman effect of mag field, earth about 1/2 Gauss. 

25:40.959 Holst, Venus...B-all the planets are asleep with this music.  TomW-Jupiter is wild. worked at Lockheed, solar group, missions on sounding rockets measuring solar corona.  CM-possibly micro flares.  JW-very low density. TW-13 electrons ripped from iron, so hot plasma.  JW-leaving electrons behind like luggage.  B-gold particles from Sun?  CM-cosmic rays maybe heavy stuff.  B-neutrinos at speed of light, not stopped.  CM-can go thru 14 miles of lead before stopping.  JW-earth is transparent to them.  but neutrinos changed types between sun and earth.  B-dangerous?  JW-neutrinos postulated by Fermi that are not detectable.  CM-detecting neutrinos now, give warning of a supernova happening.  B-light tsunami.  heavy elements seem grouped together.  JW-earth lumps them together. B-Totton, he's not listening, probably in middle of cactus garden in Palm Springs.

32:40.183 Jean Luc Ponty music.  B-jW sent email about not being able to describe the Big Bang, but some do? JW-singularity, could have been spread over large area in other dimensions, TW-brane.  JW-like shower of sparks from metal colliding.  B-discovering Dark Matter not counteracting?  CM-more Dark Energy forcing things apart.  Dark means we do not know.  JW-may be property of spacetime itself.  B-may come back together?  JW-big crunch  CM-gnab gib, big bang backwards.  B-supernova like?  JW-our sun will not slam together and bounce back like that.  only white dwarf.  B-Helium has 2 protons, 2 neutrons, why fuse to Carbon, not elements inbetween?  TW-short lives of those elements. B-who knows this stuff? TW-quantum cowboys.

39:31.057  star trek Enterprise Tv show theme music "it's been a long time..." B-the Bare Naked Ladies did Big Bang Theory tv music.  B-April 7 Sean Kelly will do talk on space elevators, started by Arthur C. Clarke JW-also sync satellites B-22K miles above.  Asia has also? JW-yes, ring around the earth.  B-need spider web material for elevator string?  JW-stronger than spider silk.  B-carbon?  JW-single sheet of graphene is strongest, maybe rolled into a tube and many tubes together.  B-lots of weight, how far out?  CM-23K miles.  JW-theoretically possible.  B-not a rocket up?  FAA rules on planes to not hit cable?  B-know anything about Sean talk?  CM-probably a rope and someone to volunteer...  B-movie Gravity, toss ball to earth, it will go down?  JW-depends how you throw it, hard enuf, like 17,500mph, it should drop straight down.  B-last 30s, invite folks to join.  CM-1st Fri april 7, 7pm, web page sbau.org, 2nd Saturday star party telescopes.

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