Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass

Wrapping Up July 2013

I found a deal on the Canon 60Da camera a few weeks ago. It was $1203 with free shipping out of Hong Kong. I took advantage of it and have the camera here ready for service in a few days. I really like it because it has the China/Australia power plugs and requires an adapter to run on US power. It is a natural for future trips to Oz.


JOhn Davis is hosting his 2nd Annual Bucksnort Star Party on Friday. I am really looking forward to it because all my favorite imaging buddies will be there! I missed the first one last year because I was recovering from radiation and chemo and still too sick to travel ( or have fun, for that matter!) I will be migrating to 3RF CSAC next Sunday for a week, too. I plan to leave Bucksnort, drive to Abilene, and probably spend Sunday night, then roll on to CSAC Monday morning.


Mike Dennis and I have sewn up the speaking engagements at Okie-Tex 2013. I will be presenting a talk on Introduction to PixInsight - A Suggested Workflow, then another on Layers & Object Masks in Photoshop, and a third talk on 3RF. OTSP is refunding my registration and camp use fees, giving me a t-shirt, and providing a free meal plan. This will be the most economical OTSP experience of my life!


I purchased a suitcase-style portable 160 watt solar array from Solarblvd. It is more powerful and more compact than the existing 100 watt panel I have been using at OTSP and Eldorado Star Party in the past. I modified it with additional bracing to make it more sturdy, and it is under the bed in the RV right now. It fits there perfectly, so can stay in the RV 24-7.







I will spend the next few days cleaning and stocking the RV, and editing the astro gear that is currently in the truck bed. I think I want to travel light in August; just carry the EM-10 and iOptron iEQ45 mounts, the WO 81GTF and AT65EDQ scopes, and "retire" the three ring circus for awhile.  It will be much easier to tear down and pack, for sure!


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