[AZ-Observing] Re: Astronomy and Moths

  • From: "Rick Tejera" <saguaroastro@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2009 18:49:37 -0700

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
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