[AZ-Observing] Astronomy and Moths

  • From: Stan Gorodenski <stanlep@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: AZ-Observing <az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2009 12:34:51 -0700

It just occurred to me that taking along my Meade 10" LXD75 when I go 
out to collect moths at night would be a good complement. One problem 
with collecting moths is that one sits and twiddles thumbs (unless there 
is someone along as company, but usually I go out alone) waiting for 
them to come in. Why not observe in the mean time? One problem with 
doing this is that light is needed to collect moths which interferes 
with observing. Some collectors use a mercury vapor light to attract 
moths from long distances, but I just use a black light (a neon tube 
about a foot long that produces a blue light) and my coleman white gas 
lantern. What I could do is take along my portable observatory, but for 
a one night stay it would be too much to drag along and set up. I could 
buy one of the tent type portable observatories (that Ernie Williams 
pioneered years ago which seems to have been forgotten, or never known, 
by most). But then when I get to the site I have to 1) set up the sheet 
and other associated equipment, 2) get the van in shape for a nights 
sleep, 3) set up the tent portable observatory, 4) set up the LXD75, and 
make my supper sometime in between all this.  Arrrgghh. Too much work. 
Maybe if I live long enough our technology will produce a 'Stepford' 
Companion (a take on 'Stepford Wives', remember the movie?) that can do 
most of this stuff for me.
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