I have found that my Meade 10 inch LX200 makes a dandy "moth trap" -- just open up the back of the scope and point it upward to air it out... Works every time, the little critters like to crawl down that 1-1/4 inch hole... hee hee FYI, The Stan's portable observatory and the Ernie Williams Tent Observatory can be seen on Stan's web pages... http://users.commspeed.net/stanlep/portableobservatorypage3.html Gene Lucas (17250) Stan Gorodenski wrote: > 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. > > > -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.