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About timthelder

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    To Infinity and Beyond
  • Birthday 07/06/1965


  • Biography
    Well?..I purchased a Meade RB-60, 700mm refractor at a Wal-mart back in May 2007. I was hooked.
  • Location
    Bowling Green, KY USA
  • Interests
    Playing w/my little boy, learning about astronomy/photography.
  • Occupation
    Parts sales, Warehouse manager
  • Astronomy Equipment
    Just read my signature...

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  1. M51 from last night

    The last effort the best I believe. Although I do enjoy the other galaxies in the wider version. The spikes, in this instance seem to distract one's attention from the 'object' of focus, which very well holds it's own. Tim.
  2. Dark Matter

    Be interesting to see how this plays out. Political correctness, isn't always; correct. Tim.
  3. Hyperstar III/C11 running again

    Glad you got it sorted out Greg. My own CGE Pro mount is currently only good for manually choosing targets. I guess if I was old school, I would learn to use those R/A and declination guides. Nah, I'm a wuss. A new mount will be in order soon. Should have a lottery for these bloody things as much as they cost Tim.
  4. Crikey..!!!

    Knockin'em right outha the park Daryl. Simply fabulous! Tim.
  5. Observatory Rebuild

    Dude, my we've been busy! Lookin good! Tim
  6. Observatory Rebuild

    What's the material you are using on the outside this go-round? Tim
  7. Nothing to see here

    Just a white light filter on the 100ED, (same as for the 2017 eclipse.) I used the DSLR for a camera, just straight up prime focus, Sun fits the FOV nicely. Tim.
  8. The night of Mercury's transit

    About 8pm Monday 11th after the transit. Awoke to a nice balmy 18F degrees Tuesday morning!
  9. Whole Transit of Mercury

    Show offs...
  10. Ok, now my second one of these, my latest outdoor pier thingy. I dug down about 18" and water started coming in. Left over from all the rain. Highest water table I've ever seen. So add some concrete and mix it in the hole. Sure would be nice to have a level surface to work off of. Wonder if I could fit an obs on that thing? Cheers, Tim.
  11. Nothing to see here

    How's that for click bait, lol. Been a while. Been a busy beaver, new to me home, new pier, new neighbors security light 30ft away from my 'second' pier installment. Lots of remodeling has passed, but I think I finally have things under control till spring comes back around (for us northern folk anyway.) I'll probably post several updates in their appropriate locations around the forums, but for now here is todays folly. Mercury transit. Got started about 5:45am with getting out 'the required stuff', I used the ole CG-5 mount as I did for the 2017 eclipse. Canon utilities still had my settings for full Sun, (NOT full btw,) and focus was still almost spot on. AFTER mucking around with the mount for about 30min because apparently some of the jacks had corroded since it's last use (only 2yrs ago, wtf?) Finally I got power and a late start. Long story short, clouds, clouds, clouds, and a few lucky captures. Finally, jeeze! S quick GIF of the session. I'll try and catch up with you fellers, sorry about the walk-about/haciades/absence. Tim.
  12. Three in one night!

    Grabbed a couple of more last night...If I could've got started just a bit sooner, I could have went for Venus as well. Four planets spread out across the sky. Quite awe inspiring.
  13. Three in one night!

    Planets. Finally, a 'sort of' clear night. Started off shortly after sunset with a nice view of our Earth's shadow projected onto the atmosphere. Then was able to revisit Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Not much detail on the side of Mars that was facing me at the time due to a very large dust storm currently in progress. Cheers, Tim.
  14. The Coma galaxy cluster

    Top notch Greg. Both of those are excellent. Tim.
  15. Sattelites Galore

    Holy cow! I count 13, possibly 14. Definitely use median combine if you use that sub. I use median anyway to eliminate such anomalies. That's an eye opener for sure. Tim.