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Rubber Band War and the Apple Box Fort

March 29, 2015

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My wife and I own an Adult Family Home where a team of caregivers provides for several elderly residents who are too fragile to safely care for themselves. Sometimes around the breakfast table they take turns entertaining us with stories of their childhood. It is fascinating. It is so indescribably rewarding. Well one day I […]

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Telescopes 101

February 15, 2015

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Have you ever discovered a telescope eyepiece in the pocket of your pajamas? Have you ever measured your roof for a dome? Do you know how to pronounce Cassiopeia? If so, you may have wondered, “is there hope for someone like me?” The answer is no. But you can help others learn the basics of […]

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LX200 Telescope

August 11, 2013

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Meade 10″ f/10 LX200 ACF I’ll start with that “ACF” part because that tells you what kind of a telescope I’ve purchased. It looks an awful lot like a Schmidt Cassegrain because the light path is “folded up” into a similar package to a Schmidt. The 10″ f/10 suggests a 100 inch light path but […]

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Happy Mars Curiosity Day

August 4, 2013

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One whole year ago my fellow NASA tweeps and I were at JPL in Pasadena listening to Allen Chen give us live play by play updates as Curiosity descended to the Martian surface and the famous seven minutes of terrible possibilities unfolded. Even Neil deGrasse Tyson has since admitted he had severe doubts about the […]

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Coronado SolarMax

July 28, 2013

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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 400). […]

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Lightbridge Telescopes

July 21, 2013

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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 own, as I […]

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NASA Social JPL – The Belly of the Beast

September 4, 2012

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The Real Mars Curiosity Rover prior to leaving Earth

To My Tweeps I have a message to those thousands of space geeks who wanted to go to the JPL Mars landing tweet-up, to those who wound up on the waiting list hoping for an opening, and especially to those rogues who showed up anyway and tweeted the event from off-campus. I sympathize with you […]

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