Hello from the Colonies

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Hello from the Colonies

Postby philrandall » Fri Sep 01, 2006 4:16 pm

Just a quick note of hello from the other side of the puddle.

My name is Richard, and I live in West Central Florida. On nights of a new moon, my club meets in a strawberry field northeast of Tampa under fairly dark skies. And in February, when air is cold, still and clear the strawberries are ripe on the bush. Life does have it’s moments.

I have an 11” Celestron XLT SCT on a CG-5 Equatorial mount
Behind it I have a JMI NGF-CM Focuser and a Mead 2” Flip Mirror
I just purchased a 2” Stratus 68 degree 30mm eyepiece and a 2” 3 element APO 2x Barlow, very nice equipment, to go with an assortment of 1.25” stuff.
Basically more scope than my abilities warrant.

I also Just ordered an Orion StarShoot DSI, as the cool weather approaches, cool for Florida, I hope to image from Polaris, deep into the Southern hemisphere. Sitting on Latitude 28, on a good night big parts of Puppis rise above the horizon.

I ran across Sky at Night a while back while scanning my local bookstore’s newsstand, and I really enjoyed you Britt’s and your take on this hobby. I look for issues each time I stop by, and sometimes I find one. Usually a month or so out of date, but that’s OK.

Again hello from the Colonies…
Richard
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RE: Hello from the Colonies

Postby Chanctonbury » Fri Sep 01, 2006 4:33 pm

Hi Richard and welcome - I do the same with Sky & Telescope magazine and some of those really are out of date but it is interesting to see 'different' view from across the puddle.

How come you lot have a nebula named after you but we don't ?? Florida is clearly visible in it! [:D][:D]
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RE: Hello from the Colonies

Postby wgater » Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:06 pm

Hi Richard,

Welcome to the forum.

ATB Will
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RE: Hello from the Colonies

Postby philrandall » Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:06 pm

It’s a little known fact that the “North American Nebula” used to be called “The Really Spiffy, Even If It Is A Bit Dark, Nebula That Looks A Good Deal Like The Colonies” nebula, but some felt the name was a bit long. :)
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RE: Hello from the Colonies

Postby Chanctonbury » Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:23 pm

I quite like the original name, it has a certain ring to it ....

I feel sorry for the Pelican Nebula next door, no one knows its there ( mind you, you do have to have a good eye for abstract art to see it's shape! )
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RE: Hello from the Colonies

Postby s_hawkins » Fri Sep 01, 2006 8:43 pm

Welcome to the Forum Richard. [:)]
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RE: Hello from the Colonies

Postby jsc248 » Fri Sep 01, 2006 9:33 pm

Hi Richard,
Welcome to the forum, glad to have you aboard.
Like Steve I used to do the same thing but with the Astronomy magazine!
John.
To me astronomy is looking up and thinking "What the heck is going on up there!!"
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RE: Hello from the Colonies

Postby christo » Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:23 pm

....and a warm welcome from me too. Look forward to talking in the future.
Chris
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RE: Hello from the Colonies

Postby col » Fri Sep 01, 2006 11:13 pm

Warm welcome richard[:D]

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RE: Hello from the Colonies

Postby dellboy » Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:53 am

Welcome richard
I know we have been having a drought over here but didn't relise how bad it had got
to go from a POND to a PUDDLE!!

derek
HAVE A NICE DARK NIGHT
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