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2023 Mt St Helens Star Party
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Practicing for the 2024 Eclipse-Checking image scale / sharpness
My 14.5 inch f/3.5 "Grab & Go" Telescoppe-My current "Flagship" Telescope. 
This photo was taken at the 2017 Golden State Star Party.
  24 inch f/4 Ultra Light Dobsonion
  My un-intended TREND SETTING signature Telescope
  First Light June 15th, 2000, 8:25pm - Sold in March of 2009
  Design Features 
      Large Altitude BearingLarge Altitude Bearing 
      Flex Board Azimuth Bearing 
      Pyramid Shaped Spider 
      Lightweight Open Architecture  
Simple concept-make a large Aperture Telescope as light and minimalist as possible, manageble by one person and able to travel in a small vehicle with room for camping provisions.  The total weight was 105 pounds, with the heaviest piece 72 pounds, that being the Cell/Mirror combination.  The Pyramid Spider replaced the Cage structure.  Aluminum straps and corner gussits added regidity.  The Cage nests on the "Mirror Box" for travel.   The material was Baltic Birch with an epoxy coating including the Mirror Cell.  Lots of holes to reduce weight, combined with aluminum gussits and straps to add rigidity.  The trusses are made from foam filled 3/4 inch Graphite tubing and the Spider is made from Aluminum and Composite plates.   A Flex Board Azimuth with Cam Follower Bearings for the large Alt Bearing sits on a heavy hub-less Ground (Board) Base.  The Base is "hub-less" to permit Mirror clearance as the Telescope rotates to the horizon.  The Azimuth surface needed frequent cleaning to maintain smooth motion. 

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  2023 Milky Way & Sky Images
Sony AC7 Camera

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Sony A6000 Camera

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Film Cameras

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    2023 Annular Solar Eclipse
October 14th, 2023 
Medford Oregon, USA
    2017 Total Solar Eclipse
August 21st, 2017 
Baker City, OR USA
      2012 Annular Solar Eclipse
May 20th, 1993 
 Susanville, CA USA
      2009 Total Solar Eclipse
July 22, 2009
viewed from near Iwo Jima
      2001 Total Solar Eclipse
June 21st, 2001
      2000 Partial Solar Eclipse
July 1st, 2000
Astoria, Oregon, USA

    1999 Total Solar Eclipse
August 11th, 1999

    1998 Total Solar Eclipse
August 11th, 1999
 Aruba, Caribbean

    1990 Patial Solar Eclipse
August 11th, 1999
 Pine Mountain Observatory, Oregon
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1999 Total Solar Eclipse-Turkey
1998 Total Solar Eclipse-Caribbean
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