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    Default Punishing the Cloud Curse



    So often we buy a new piece of gear, whether for visual or imaging, get all excited when it arrives (face it, we're just bigger kids with larger allowances), only to have darkness and damnation sicced onto us in the form of the cloud curse. Seems to happen more often than not, and if we discover we've been overlooked, well, it's just a matter of time before the cloud deities rectify their mistake and rush to the scene.

    This time around, however, I thought I'd just curse 'em back. You gonna cloud me up, then I'll show you, I'll just go buy myself something new! Take that, Ye Cloud Devils!

    My last observing session was on 22 September, 6 days ago. Since that time, the sky has been either intermittently cloudy with soupy haze, OR, as has been the case for the past four days, thickly overcast with nary a drop of rain.

    Also, back on 14 September, I had new scope owner and co-worker James over so I could "show him the ropes" with using his new XT8 dobsonian. I'd already explained the concept of exit pupil to him, and by golly he went right down to the ES store shortly afterwards with a "Benjamin" ($100.00) and got a good deal on a ES 62° 9mm and a Bresser 70° 15mm for his scope.

    So when he came over for the on-the-job-training at my house, I had the opportunity to try out his 62° 9mm in both my 12" dob and my long 5" refractor. I liked what it showed me, a clean crisp view to the edge and plenty of "space" available to see objects. The eye relief seemed plentiful, though I do not wear eyeglasses when observing (contact lenses for me). I didn't have time to really put it through it's paces, but the memory of what I did see has been haunting me.

    And I needed the darn thing like I need a hole in my skull.

    So this past Tuesday, while at home on my lunch hour, I was examining the ES website and looking over the 62° series eyepieces. My wife walked by. I said, "Say, these eyepieces are on sale right now for 20% off. You mind if I run by there and pick one up?"

    She says, "I don't care."

    And it wasn't one of those frightful "I don't cares" either, one that seems to dare you to actually follow through. No sir, it was a very casual and positive "I don't care", as in, "Dear boy, you are silly and ridiculous, and I love you, you may indeed treat yourself without fear of negative repercussion."

    You ain't gotta tell me twice. Off to the ES store I went and picked up my little 9mm eyepiece.

    Again, I needed it like a hole in the head. Of course, I don't much think the cloud gods gave a rat's patootie as they are still present. Hopefully they are at least marginally disappointed. Who knows...

    Thus, I still haven't had the opportunity to pull a photon through the eyepiece. Hopefully tomorrow night.

    Anyway, here she be in my "Usual Suspects" line up...it is a smallish eyepiece, rather "cute" in my mind.



    From 30mm to 4mm...



    Size comparison with the ES 82° 18mm...



    And compared to the BCO 10mm (they're already fast pals, can't you tell?)...



    And hat's off...



    So that's what I've accomplished this week, astro-wise.

    On a side note, the day I went down to the ES store, another gentlemen came in while I was settling up at the counter.

    Lance, the customer service manager, was apparently on vacation, leaving the store front to be minded by a couple of quite friendly, yet very green, young associates. They know what a telescope is, but otherwise...

    Anyway, as I concluded my transaction and was starting to walk out, this other gentleman was asking the kids about how to adjust and maneuver his EQ mount. He couldn't figure out why it was such a pain in the rear to move the scope up and down. He was pointing at the altitude adjustment knobs (to set elevation for polar alignment) on a Bresser EXOS-2 EQ mount. The kids had no clue and were going to check with someone in the back for help.

    I just couldn't help myself. So I turned around and gave him and the kids Equatorial Mount 101 training. This gentleman (Charles, it turns out) had been trying to photograph the Moon and was finding these adjustment knobs to be difficult with getting the scope to point up at Ol' Hateful.

    So as I explained what these adjustment knobs were really for and how to move the scope in RA and Dec, everyone listened with rapt attention and several good questions were asked. The gentlemen was quite grateful and shook my hand. Turns out his wife works at the same data center as I do.

    As I was finally leaving, I got lots of "Thanks Bryan!" and "Bye Bryan!"

    I was like "Bye Everybody!" and waved heartily to all the grinning faces.

    It was a real kumbaya moment.
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    Default Re: Punishing the Cloud Curse

    Wow, nice collection, Bryan. You know, if you ever feel you have too many of those ES's, my address is 26 Underhill...... Yeah. I know; nice try Mark!
    Hopefully it clears up for you. Your wife is a wonderful person. Please tell her to talk to mine
    Good show at the store, way to do it!
    "It was a real kumbaya moment" Now I wanna sit around a campfire....

    Have a good night, hope it clears for the weekend!
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    Default Re: Punishing the Cloud Curse

    You just need to go ahead and get a part time position to cover Lance’s vacation!
    Congrats on the new glass! It does look rather cute sitting next to the 18mm.
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    Cool story I bet you were all puffed up and pleased
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFatKitty View Post
    Wow, nice collection, Bryan. You know, if you ever feel you have too many of those ES's, my address is 26 Underhill...... Yeah. I know; nice try Mark!
    Hopefully it clears up for you. Your wife is a wonderful person. Please tell her to talk to mine
    Good show at the store, way to do it!
    "It was a real kumbaya moment" Now I wanna sit around a campfire....

    Have a good night, hope it clears for the weekend!
    Mark
    Hahaha! Thanks Mark!

    I just gotta remember to put those eyepieces away before the cat gets up there on the counter and starts casually flipping them onto the floor. You know how they do...

    If our wives were talking on the phone, I wonder if they would laugh about us...

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    You just need to go ahead and get a part time position to cover Lance’s vacation!
    Congrats on the new glass! It does look rather cute sitting next to the 18mm.
    Heck, I'm game! I'd totally do a part-time job there, and I'd work for gear and happily test anything out they needed me too.

    Thanks Craig!
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    Quote Originally Posted by UlteriorModem View Post
    Cool story I bet you were all puffed up and pleased
    Thanks Tom! I felt rather happy that I was able to help out. I'm just lucky they didn't ask me any hard questions. I would have let loose a Homer Simpson scream and ran out of there.
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    Very nice collection you have there for sure. My set of eyepieces consists of Two Panoptics 35mm and 27mm A GSO 42mm Celestron 25mm (2) Binoviewer use Meade QX 26 Astro Tech Paradigms 18mm 15mm (2) Binoviewer use ES 68 24mm ES 82 11mm Astro Tech 8mm(2) and 5mm. I also have a couple of Kellners in 15mm and 9mm and one Sirius Plossl 10mm and a Meade 2X Barlow Plus of course the TS Binoviewer.... Not anything like your great set but it does work.
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    Nice read, Bryan.

    One can never have too many eyepieces. I speak from experience.

    Like many here, you have a terrible case of GAS*. Living and working so close to the ES candy store must really be difficult. I know I'd be down there every day.

    Thanks for the story and the pictures... both very impressive.

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    Ya did good, Bryan! Great story! If you told your wife the part about how kind and helpful you were at the store, that should have tilted the "I don't care" statement in your favor just a wee bit more.

    You really have quite the collection of nice eyepieces. I especially love the 10mm Ortho in the first image, the one that doubles as a soap dispenser. Cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dagadget View Post
    Very nice collection you have there for sure. My set of eyepieces consists of Two Panoptics 35mm and 27mm A GSO 42mm Celestron 25mm (2) Binoviewer use Meade QX 26 Astro Tech Paradigms 18mm 15mm (2) Binoviewer use ES 68 24mm ES 82 11mm Astro Tech 8mm(2) and 5mm. I also have a couple of Kellners in 15mm and 9mm and one Sirius Plossl 10mm and a Meade 2X Barlow Plus of course the TS Binoviewer.... Not anything like your great set but it does work.
    Thanks David! You have a fine collection of glass yourself, plus a great binoviewer!

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    Nice read, Bryan.

    One can never have too many eyepieces. I speak from experience.

    Like many here, you have a terrible case of GAS*. Living and working so close to the ES candy store must really be difficult. I know I'd be down there every day.

    Thanks for the story and the pictures... both very impressive.

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    Thanks, my friend!

    Next time I get down there, I need to snap a pic of their central floor display. They have three Twilight II mounts in a row holding six OTA's of varying models, EACH. It's quite something.

    You know that wonderful smell you get when you pull the front dust cover from your AR152 or Dana's AR102? The whole store smells like that...

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    Ya did good, Bryan! Great story! If you told your wife the part about how kind and helpful you were at the store, that should have tilted the "I don't care" statement in your favor just a wee bit more.

    You really have quite the collection of nice eyepieces. I especially love the 10mm Ortho in the first image, the one that doubles as a soap dispenser. Cool!
    Thanks Steve!

    I didn't notice the "spigot" on the eyepiece until you mentioned it. Too funny!
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