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RE: RE: Walt Hamler And Telescopes:

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Posted by Rick Crockett on March 25, 2000 08:50:13 UTC

Well then Hi again:

I have just found a proceedings from that convention this week.. It seems to me that you had made some telescopes before but I wasn`t sure. There are no dark skies in So. Cal. any more. Palomar is the Darkest and I can read a newspaper at midnight of new moon while leaning against any side of the 200" observatory. Used to be so dark that it was hard to tell were the edge of the slit ended and the sky began. Kids today can`t understand when I tell them that you could hold your hand up to the sky and a friend couldn`t tell how many fingers you had sticking out. I ocasionally go out to the desert with one group or another and they think it is dark. One group goes to the Little Blair Valley in the Anza Borrego Desert behind and below thw Quyamacas. San Diego runs more than half the sky until about 10:15 when bang, half the lights seem to go out. You can read your watch by the glow from El Centro to the East, Hement and Palms Springs to the North and North -East. I have a near midnight photo of Palomar Mountain sillouetted by the lights of Temecula Rancho California and Hemet. The heavy agriculture has but so much moisture in the air and along with smog the light of towns 60 miles away ruin the sky for photography, especially wide and deep.

Just helping your home sickness.

Clear Skies

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