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12/28/2012

Antares Dual LED Adjustable Light

Well, I think I've posted most of my new products here.  One I did order and that I REALLY like is from Agena Astro Products and it is called the Antares Dual LED Adjustable Light and you can find it here.  It has both red and white LED lights.  The light color is determined by moving a small switch on top. There is no reason to accidently turn on the white light here as once you have it on red, the flashlight turns off by the know you use to adjust the brightness. I am going to once again post some pictures to try reflect how the light works and how dim or bright it is. They won't convey what I actually see, and I am very excited as I believe this is going to make a major impact on my observing by keeping my night vision more acute.
Here in this image you can see a printed chart from Starry Night Pro that I put in a clear sheet protector and use in the field.


Next you can see the box that it comes in from Agena.  Nice box, arrived in a good small box with bubble wrap.



Here is the flashlight out of the box. No markings on this one and the cord is 14 inches long that you can put around your neck if you want.



Here you can see the front switch which you turn to the back for red, and then move forward when you want white light.  The rolling switch behind the front switch controls the intensity of the light from the LED. In white mode you have two white LED's and in Red mode two red LED.  The flashlight is powered by a D cell battery and yes, you have three screws on the right side that you have to unscrew in order to get the old battery out and the new one in.


 In this shot you can see the two red and two white LED lights in the front of the flashlight. They are protected by a clear plastic.



Here are the two red LED's at their lowest setting on the wheel.  Just perfect but you can't see it here.


This shows more of the stars from the map I am using and this is at about mid point on the wheel for looking at the chart.



This shows the LED's at max on the wheel and it is much too bright for field work.


Here is the white LED's at the lowest setting.


 Here are the two white LED's at their mid point setting on the wheel.


Here is the brightest setting for the white LED's. Perfect for when your cleaning up after the session and no one else is observing.


Seems to be build strong and barring a major drop I think this little light will last me for some time.

12/13/2012

Well, here it is new moon and I apologize but I have nothing to post about! Well, that's not true but I haven't been observing since November 10th at a dark site. I fear the curse of a new telescope, new eyepieces, new collimation equipment, new land for observing, setting up that land and so much more has meant that I am not having an inch of clear skies.  What is interesting is in reality here in northern Utah we are technically in a drought. We've had two major snow storms but not enough snow to fill the reservoirs for next summer.  However, what has failed to fall as H20 has stayed up as condensation in the forms of clouds.  Plenty of clouds during the new moon period.  I did make a recent purchase, just to test it out and see how it works. It is a 2 inch OIII filter.  I need it for the 2 inch 30mm ES 82 degree and my 27mm Panoptic which is 2 inches.   As soon as I can use it, I would guess next spring, I'll report back on the new OIII filter.  In the news I have been walking a lot lately and starting to do some hiking and I have taken up an new interest, birding. Birds are always around and its fun to identify them via sight, sound and other means.  So no, this blog will remain about my observations and equipment, but I am enjoying birding. At least the weather doesn't stop that hobby! Here's hoping you find clear skies where you are and I'll start posting here now that my semester is over.