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Michael Rector
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Amateur astronomer by night, self check-out builder by day. I like night better.
Amateur astronomer by night, self check-out builder by day. I like night better.

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So, I made a homemade clineometer using a protractor, straw, string, and a weight (in my case I used a nut that had no threads). Using this device I measured the height of a door, and the height of my rain gutters using some basic trigonometry. All you need is this device and a way to measure how far away from the object you are standing.
This is my first math video, and I hope to do more in the near future. I figured a video like this may come in handy for others. I may take this device and use it to measure a few more objects, and maybe even the height and width of a tree. If anyone has any suggestions of math videos I'd also appreciate the ideas. Thanks for watching.

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Had my first imaging session with the new-to-me Celestron 8" SCT. The first target I have imaged with the scope is an oldie, but a goodie. The object is M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy in Canes Venatici. More information provided on my blog along with a comparison of the same object through my Newtonian Telescope taken 3 years ago. http://adirondackastro.com/2017/04/m51-whirlpool-galaxy-04-15-17/
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Had my first imaging session with the new-to-me Celestron 8" SCT. The first target I have imaged with the scope is an oldie, but a goodie. The object is M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy in Canes Venatici. More information provided on my blog along with a comparison of the same object through my Newtonian Telescope taken 3 years ago. http://adirondackastro.com/2017/04/m51-whirlpool-galaxy-04-15-17/
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Had my first imaging session with the new-to-me Celestron 8" SCT. The first target I have imaged with the scope is an oldie, but a goodie. The object is M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy in Canes Venatici. More information provided on my blog along with a comparison of the same object through my Newtonian Telescope taken 3 years ago. http://adirondackastro.com/2017/04/m51-whirlpool-galaxy-04-15-17/
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I know I haven't been very active on G+ in quite a while, but I'm going to be at #NEAF today. I'll be there for the day, and traveling back home once the event is done for the day. Looking forward to finally experience this event which I have been wanting to go to for many years now. I'm sure I'll get some pictures posted later. For now, here is a picture of the Rockland Community College map I took yesterday when I did a "dry run" of the drive from my hotel to NEAF.

Are you going to NEAF today? 
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Two Jade plant leaves are sprouting. The most exciting one though is the burro's tail. My mother gave me the main burro's tail two years ago, but it has been dying for a while. I have been attempting to propagate the leaves for a while now, but never even got a root to sprout. Now this one, one of the last remaining leaves that didn't shrivel up, is finally sprouting a little bit. I might possibly be able to keep this plant going. 
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3/22/17
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A quick tour of the moon this evening. Images taken handheld cellphone through the eyepiece. I don't have a very steady hand, so I'm pleased they came out this good. Using my new-to-me Celestron 8" SCT. 
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3/5/17
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Alright my Google plus astronomers. I know I don't post often, but I'm in search of a dovetail that'll fit on my new-to-me 8" SCT so I can put it on my CG5 mount. I believe I need the vixen dovetail, but not sure if there are other options that might be cheaper. Picked up the scope locally for a great price, but I don't really want to play around too much getting this mount working properly as I believe it needs some TLC to get it in full working order. I'll throw a 9v battery in it tonight to see if it works, but I'm not remaining hopeful. Either way I would still like to get this scope on my CG5 for better tracking. 
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My dog gets awfully springy when she's excited to play. 

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The other day I wrote out a proof for the square root of two being irrational. Got to keep practicing before the next semester starts. Proof writing is when you realize that a little bit of English class was actually helpful for your math degree. 
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