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Posts Made By: Jim Carpenter

July 6, 2004 02:37 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Re: Go to for Stellarvue M-4?

Posted By Jim Carpenter

Have you tried


October 5, 2004 02:17 PM Forum: Ham and Shortwave Radio

Ham Radio at Star Parties

Posted By Jim Carpenter

I've been thinking about putting together a QRP station in a box to take to star parties for a daytime activity. Anyone else doing this, and if so, what's your set-up?


November 24, 2004 07:29 PM Forum: Insects - Flowers and Other Small Stuff - Photos

Silk Flowers

Posted By Jim Carpenter

Early morning sunlight on a centerpiece. D70/18-70 kit lens.


February 28, 2005 02:43 AM Forum: Wildlife Photography

Colorado Sunset

Posted By Jim Carpenter

From my rear deck a couple of weeks ago. D70/kit lens. As-is except for re-sizing in PE2.

March 4, 2005 03:26 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Red Dot Finders - How to Use

Posted By Jim Carpenter

I see a lot of posts here and elsewhere regarding the use of Red dot and similar "unity" finders. Many people complain about the "window" or "lens" of these finders being too dark or too heavily coated to allow the user to see "through" the finder. They miss the point -- the reflective coatings are necessary to make the projected image of the red dot visible. To properly use a red dot finder, you must have both eyes open. Align one eye on the red dot finder and let the other focus on the sky beyond. Your brain then interprets the red dot as being projected out on the sky beyond. It doesn't matter that you can't see clearly through the finder because you're seeing the sky with your other eye.

There is also a thread going in another forum regarding a new red dot type finder that has been recently announced by a telescope manufacturer which is actually based on a gun sight. Hello! My original red dot finder was a $9.95 Daisy BB gun sight modified per Phil Harrington's book, "Star Ware." Besides the fancy gun sight now being sold by the telescope manufacturer, Walmart carries a similar (but less feature laden) red dot gun site for $29.95 which is easly adapted for use as a telescope finder. Cabela's and other sporting/hunting/outdoor retailers carry similar items.


March 18, 2005 08:56 PM Forum: Landscape Photography

Colorado Sunrise

Posted By Jim Carpenter

A few weeks ago I posted an image of a sunset taken from my rear deck. Here's 180ยบ the other direction for the early sunrise on March 9. D70/18-70 kit lens - resized in PE2 - no other adjustments.


April 18, 2005 03:48 PM Forum: Landscape Photography

Skitrain 1 - Yellow Schoolhouse

Posted By Jim Carpenter

Here's a series of shots taken through a moving train window with my Canon A510 pocket camera. It was a snowy day and we were on a our way from Denver to Breckenridge on the Ski Train. These are all in a mountain valley just east of the Rollins Tunnel. The first is a yellow schoolhouse. Some manipulation of levels and contrast plus cropping and resizing in PS Elements 2. These point and shoot cameras can be pretty amazing when you don't want to tote that big DSLR around.

April 27, 2005 08:51 PM Forum: Insects - Flowers and Other Small Stuff - Photos

Fence-Eating Tree

Posted By Jim Carpenter

I saw this wrought iron fence being engulfed by a tree while strolling around the Garden District in New Orleans a couple of weeks ago.


May 10, 2005 02:14 AM Forum: Birding Optics and Photos

Great Horned Owl

Posted By Jim Carpenter

Saw this while my wife and I were taking our evening walk. D70/Sigma 70-300 APO.


May 10, 2005 02:17 AM Forum: Wildlife Photography

Let me in, it's cold out here!

Posted By Jim Carpenter

This little guy was standing at our patio door a couple of weeks ago while it was snowing outside. Taken through the sliding, double-pane door. D70/Sigma 70-300 APO.