Monday, January 17, 2011

Various things

It's been cloudy and rainy for a couple of days.

I'll be building a 70mm F/4.3 refractor with my five-year-old son.  Lens and diagonal have arrived ($33, from Sheldon Faworski).  We have a mailing tube of just about the right size.  I ordered some screws and nuts from Amazon to attach the lens to the tube.  I am working on a simplified PTFE-on-PTFE Crayford variant for the focuser, made out of one piece of wood, plus some hardware.  I'll post details once it's done.

I've spent some of the weekend playing with using a Wii remote with an IR pen.  This might be nice for operating Stellarium at public star parties.

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