Yeah, but, if your going to all the trouble of making your own girlfriend, is intelligence really a requirement? ;) Clear Skies Rick Tejera Editor SACnews, Public Outreach Coordinator Saguaro Astronomy Club Phoenix, Arizona www.saguaroastro.org saguaroastro@xxxxxxx -----Original Message----- From: az-observing-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:az-observing-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Dan Heim Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2009 13:00 To: az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [AZ-Observing] Re: Astronomy and Moths They are getting close to such a "Stepford Companion." Check out the latest from the Land of the Rising Sun. Getting so real it's almost scary. Unfortunately, not a heck of a lot of AI yet. See the link below: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10199581-1.html Dan Heim President Desert Foothills Astronomy Club http://www.dfacaz.org ----- Original Message ----- From: "Stan Gorodenski" <stanlep@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: "AZ-Observing" <az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2009 12:34 PM Subject: [AZ-Observing] Astronomy and Moths > 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. > Stan > -- > See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please > send personal replies to the author, not the list. > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---- No virus found in this incoming message. Checked by AVG - www.avg.com Version: 8.0.238 / Virus Database: 270.11.20/2012 - Release Date: 03/19/09 12:26:00 -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list. -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.