Brad Snowder's Blog – July 2013 Archive (4)

Coronado SolarMax

The Coronado SolarMax II 60mm, f/6.6, <0.5A H-α, BF15 The Scope

60mm, f/6.6, <0.5A H-α, BF15.

And here's what all that technical mumbo jumbo means.



The telescope is a refractor and the diameter of the lens is 60mm. The f/6.6 means the length of the scope is 6.6 times longer than it is wide which makes it 396 mm long (but everyone says…

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Added by Brad Snowder on July 28, 2013 at 3:43am — 3 Comments

Lightbridge Telescopes

A real light-bucket. Meade Lightbridge Dobsonian Surrier Truss Telescopes



A dobsonian telescope consists of optics which were designed by Isaac Newton in the 1660's, on a mount popularized by John Dobson in the 1960's. They say more than half of all amateur scopes are of this type and I believe it. Many people make their…

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Added by Brad Snowder on July 21, 2013 at 2:05am — 4 Comments

Astronomers at Large

A meeting of the gods. Did I ever tell you about the time I prevented a bombing? Okay forget I said anything, but here's what happened.



On July 11, 1991 in La Paz, Mexico there was a total eclipse of the Sun. The Keystone Astronomers were there.



Keystone Astronomers at Large is a quirky…

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Added by Brad Snowder on July 13, 2013 at 12:45pm — 1 Comment

Pleasant Valley Chaos Theory

273cu V8, four on the floor Hurst shifter. And a back window that can cook a pizza. My first car was a white 1964 Barracuda. I was pretty proud of it. I suppose having my own car at age 16 helped me develop a proper sense of responsibility and independence. Those things are important. But that's not where this story is going.



One night I was on a camp-out fishing trip with some friends. The…

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Added by Brad Snowder on July 6, 2013 at 10:03pm — No Comments

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