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got the autofocuser working.

Added by Charles Dunlop on March 10, 2011 at 9:35pm — No Comments

Clear skies

Three to four days of zero clouds. New focuser, nut still no adapter plate to attach the mount to the pier. Talk about driving me insane!!!! Either way, stoked, have some cool toys to play with tonight.

Added by Charles Dunlop on March 8, 2011 at 7:55am — No Comments


Moonlite focuser with stepper motor shows tomorrow. Can't wait to check the thing out. Astrobling fix.

Added by Charles Dunlop on March 3, 2011 at 7:53pm — 5 Comments


Might have a new girlfriend guys and might cut into my astronomy time. Nit sure, keep you all posted, or not. Lol.

Hey were not techs and were not making money in fact were spending money for this site so we can learn, even if it makes me jealous of Jeff's setup.

We took care of rose, although i thought i had a chance, but she's now gone, and this won't be the last time we have a tech issue... But we now screen newcomers decreasing the likelihood of spammers.

Added by Charles Dunlop on March 2, 2011 at 11:39pm — 1 Comment

Latest Activity

Changed the nature of what rolls up on latest activity, but couldn't figure out how to organize by friends.

Added by Charles Dunlop on February 27, 2011 at 7:36pm — 3 Comments

Clear blue skies

Holy moly I'm going to finish off the observatory today and then set up the system. Wish I had the adapter plate from sky shed but no worries, I'll be on tripod tonight.

Added by Charles Dunlop on February 27, 2011 at 8:41am — No Comments

rain rain rain

two weekends in a row. Never going to set up my pier and pod at this rate. Super bummed. Wish I could just work on it tomorrow and get it done but nope... :(

Added by Charles Dunlop on February 25, 2011 at 8:41am — 3 Comments


Tomorrow when the rain clears, I'm fully setting up my observatory. Can't wait.

Added by Charles Dunlop on February 19, 2011 at 6:34pm — No Comments

Sales reps

My sales reps are officially out of town, and the weather is about to officially clear up some. Observatory install this evening. Can't wait.

Added by Charles Dunlop on February 18, 2011 at 9:38am — No Comments

Blue skies.

Tonight is gonna be a telescoping one. I'm on it tonight.

Added by Charles Dunlop on February 11, 2011 at 9:55am — 3 Comments

out tonight

best skies I've seen, visibility as good as it get's, and I'm lined up, star aligned and waiting for dusk to end and targeting time to begin.

Added by Charles Dunlop on February 10, 2011 at 6:01pm — 4 Comments

Pier Installation

Will ride my bike home today from work, and begin ripping out the part of the deck covering where the pier will be installed. Have my cement, etc all ready to go. Not exactly sure how I'm going to do this but hope I see good ideas once I rip up the deck.

Added by Charles Dunlop on February 7, 2011 at 12:39pm — 17 Comments

Floors nearly done

So stoked to be almost back to normal. Rain cut off the work fir the day, back at it tomorrow, likely done wed. pm. Can't wait. And should get pier this week so install this weekend and then, I'm a telescoper again.

Added by Charles Dunlop on January 30, 2011 at 2:35pm — 3 Comments


Set up the pod, set up the telescope, since it's been so long i had a few alligators, rookie mistakes. Drift aligned for a few hours and got it pretty good, should be shooting but have an early AM so am cashgin out. Kinda cool just about to close the lid and leave the setup there. Kinda trippy actually.

Added by Charles Dunlop on January 25, 2011 at 9:26pm — 3 Comments


Got it set up last night. Pretty cool. Pretty much exactly what I expected.

Added by Charles Dunlop on January 18, 2011 at 8:18am — 9 Comments

Clear Skies

Clear skies and epic visibility. I'm going to have to wheel the scope out tonight.

But there is light at the end of the table, my house flooring is starting to be installed tonight. STOKED.

Added by Charles Dunlop on January 17, 2011 at 9:29am — No Comments

House, skyshedpod, geologists and prior homeowners

Cool geologist informs me that the house is not sliding. Good thing. So now i get to relevel my cracked floor and then use that as a subfloor to put in hardwood flooring. Amping on this. Its clear as day the guy i bought the house from knew about the cracks and did not disclose, so hes in big trouble with me.

Other things.. Got my skyshedpod. Maybe set up this weekend. Pretty big boxes it comes in. Klooz knows!! Got the same thing you did boss.

So im installing floors… Continue

Added by Charles Dunlop on January 11, 2011 at 7:44pm — 2 Comments

the nightmare is coming to an end.

So if I can't bitch to my telescope bro's then I can't bitch to anyone!! LOL. So, I'm in the middle of demolition hammering my stone floor out of my house. With all the rain in cali this winter I noticed crack in my concrete and the retaining wall cracked. Not as bad as it sounds, the cracks up front are from water expanding underneath the home, and the cracks in the wall (one foot wall not too bad) are from the prior owner putting in these ugly cold dirty stones as flooring. So I'm ripping out… Continue

Added by Charles Dunlop on January 7, 2011 at 6:48pm — 3 Comments

tonight 12 29 10

Weather has been rainy and windy. All that is supposed to stop at midnight, and I don't have work tomorrow. Perhaps I should set up, but I don't know. It's still pretty windy out there, but I'd love to get a few more shots. hmmmm...

Added by Charles Dunlop on December 29, 2010 at 6:06pm — 2 Comments

feelings about this site

I'm super stoked on this site. Maybe I'm biased, but I just love the fact there is a chat room, and forums without editing or someone with a company bias reviewing. This is totally open, no porn or viagra sales though!!! lol. But it's just really cool that we have this to share our hobby. In the chat room earlier I learned a lot from hopper about attaching a photo lense to a CCD and shooting wide field views. Epic. Thank you all for signing up and i'm hoping we get a bunch of people on here so… Continue

Added by Charles Dunlop on December 28, 2010 at 8:53pm — No Comments

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