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Old 03-09-2017, 12:31 PM   #29
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Wow! I wish I had a dome like that. Mine will be a shed with a roll off roof
The dome was built because the owner made a 36" dobsonian he called the "Yard Scope". He built scopes for a while, Tectron, and still made collimating tools in that workshop. However, a 36" scope needs PERFECT viewing skies or it looks soft, and you had to climb a 16' stepladder to look in the eyepiece. All in all, not worth it.
My friend built the roll off roof shed too. It's very functional. It rolls on 8 steel wheels. He uses "load binders" to clamp the roof shut in bad weather. Otherwise the county zoning frowns on removable roofs. "Son, here we try to keep the roof on."
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We are heading from Florida to Missouri to be in the path of the totality. Very excited, hoping for clear skies!!
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My dad pointed out what looked like moving stars, with no flashing lights for airplanes. He told us that these were satellites, with the sun reflecting on them. Is this true?
Yes, you can see them often. Spy satellites travel in a N/S plane so as the Earth rotates they can cover all the planet. They're also lower orbits. There's web sites that will tell you when the Space Station will pass overhead. It's cool to watch, we wave.
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