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Job 9:9

Job 9:9-10
9 He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion,
the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.
10 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed,
miracles that cannot be counted.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Dew Heater & the Clouds

Went out and found a clear sky, so I packed up the telescope and set it up for another Saturn shot.  This time, I swapped the scopes on the mount and attached the 70mm to the mount.  Finished the dew heater tonight, and built some cradles for the 2 refractors over the weekend. to make it easier to swap scopes.

The stuff worked perfectly, the dew heater is warming things up nicely, possibly too nicely.  I'm going to have to build some kinda controller, which wont be too difficult.  I powered the heater directly off of a 12V battery, and it was getting much too warm.

Anyway, with it all set up, I found Saturn, inserted the barlow, and did some fine focusing, and just as I was ready to shoot, Saturn disappeared from the screen.  Looked up and a massive wall of clouds moved in from the west.  This has happened to me more than I can count.  It has been raining continuously for the last week with the exception of one evening, and when I saw stars tonight, I got my hopes up for some nice Saturn photos.  If I had another 15 minutes, I would have pictures here instead of me sitting here rambling and complaining about the weather....

Oh well, such is life in Northeast Ohio!


Carolyn Jones said...

Best luck next time.

Mike H - KD0AR said...

And its clear right now. I could be home photograsphing the moon in daylight, but I gotta work.... Oh well...

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