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    Shoemaker-Levy IX. {click on picture to learn more}

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Sky Conditions

South - Gardner, CO.:
West - Tarryall, CO.:
Central - Colorado Springs, CO.:
East - Kling-Karval (Hwy 94 & 109 intersection)
Way out east - VAS Observatory, VT.:
Southeast of Colo. SPrings, and East of Pueblo - Plishner Science Center(Hwy 96, near Haswell,CO)>

Sometimes you just want to drive out into the country, setup your telescope and take a quick look at what is up there!

Vesto Slipher studied the galaxies. His works laid the foundations for others who followed. Unfortunately, his first studies involved the Andromeda galaxy (our nearest neighboring galaxy) - and it is coming towards us rather than speeding away (like most of the other galaxies). Thus he missed his chance to propose the "expansion of the universe" like Hubble did. [Hubble had better PR people as well. - IMO]

What is notable is his use of the term "dark star" which predates the more common phrase, "black hole"... {click here for Vesto Slipher's 1913 report}

{click on picture for Hubble's 1929 report}

I'm a big TN (telescope nut). My first homemade telescope was built in 1974. You may see the second resurection of it under "Newtonian alignment" below. The first version was twice as long (F/8) and when the secondary mirror hit the primary (the spider broke), I decided that it would be shorter (F/4) in it's second reincarnation!

I am currently working on these projects:

  • 1. Eighteen inch dia. F/6, thin mirror. (See below.)
  • 2. An F/8, novelty telescope.
  • 3. Several flats.

  • This is my homemade mount for my binoculars. The base is a Meade (TM) LX200 field tripod. The binos are Celestron (TM) 25x100 Skymasters.

    The picture above shows how the light is focused to a common point. It is also an example of a noncoherent multi-mirrored telescope. The combination of several mirrors to be used together to form one image (not an easy task!).

    Would the seperate mirrors determine the resolution of the image; or would the ultimate dimensions determine the resolution? Oh, and it kind of matches my shirt!

    ANSWER: Because it is noncoherent; the resolution would be limited to that of one of the individual mirrors.

    Current projects:

    18 inch mirror project:
    Celestron corrector plate:
    Newtonian alignment: (~2Meg.)





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    My first visit to Stellafane was quite amazing. I had made two or three mirrors before I went, but it really lit a fire under me to learn and do more. While living in Vermont, I visited Stellafane as often as possible. Our local Astronomy Club (in Burlington,VT.) was also big into ATM'ing. In fact, the winter months didn't give you much observing time, so there was plenty of time for grinding mirrors.

    Take a quick trip to the Stellafane website, I'm certain you will bookmark it if you do.



    stands for Rocky Mountain Star Stare. It is an annual event sponsored by CSAS (Colorado Springs Astronomical Society). Lots of telescopes, interesting and friendly people, and clear transparent skies! Their website says it all... {click here for RMSS website}

    DSES - Deep Space Exploration Society

    Colorado's best (only?) club owned Radio Astronomy site. {click on picture for DSES website}

     Colo. Springs Astronomical Society [CSAS]  SOHO Solar image
     Rocky Mountain Star Stare [RMSS]  NASA images
     Clear Skies Clocks  Jet Propulsion Lab [JPL] 
     Vermont Astronomical Society [VAS]  Lick Observatory
     United States Air Force Academy[USAFA]  University of Colorado at Colo. Springs[UCCS]
     Nightsky Live   Mt.Wilson Observatory
     Near Earth Objects [NEO]  Astronomical League
     CSAS Events page  Heavens Above
     Science News  Exo-Planets
     D2L - PPCC  PPCC with Sign-on
     Comet TLEs  MPCORB page

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