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TAC Imaging / Re: Asteroid Hannibal
« on: December 01, 2017, 09:28:53 AM »
Amazing and Impressive.

TAC Astro Classifieds / Explore Scientific AR127 Refractor for sale $395
« on: November 25, 2017, 08:35:25 AM »
Hi folks,

I am a minimalist with most things, and that includes scopes.  No sense having something that is just sitting around not being used.  With my recent purchase of a used SW 127 Mak Cas (for use in backyard) this scope will just be sitting in its' case.  Therefore I am offering it to you folks first before I put it up for sale on Cloudy Nights.

This ES AR127 is in excellent shape.  Comes with all of the standard features as shown on their website
and at:

except mine comes with more ....
- this scope use to be supplied with a nice silver case.  Mine did and so it is included.
- I am a huge fan of Rigel Quick Finders, so this scope will come with one.
- also made a nice dew shield for the optical finder (it works great)

Will be glad to answer any questions ... email me directly at


TAC Astro Classifieds / Zhumell 20x80 Binos in Case $120
« on: November 25, 2017, 08:32:27 AM »
Selling my Zhumell 20x80 binos with extras ... $120
I modified them to be able to add an EZ Finder (Red Dot) to the center bar.
I also created a pair of dew shields (they have come in handy).
And I found and adapted a nice silver case to hold everything (except dew shields).
Please check out the pics here:

Offering them here first before putting them up for sale on Cloudy Nights

TAC Astro Classifieds / (Sold) Great Atlas of the Sky $125
« on: November 21, 2017, 07:07:51 PM »
I have too many atlases ... love em all but need to raise some cash to buy some new toys (yet to be determined but that itch is growing).

This is an amazing atlas.   Check out the specs and great write up here:

Willing to meet up anywhere from Benicia to Gilroy.   

shoot me an email at if interested or have questions.

TAC Imaging / Notes from the Stars
« on: November 12, 2017, 09:37:29 PM »
A high-quality hardcover book with ten night photography masterclasses, each written by a world-class, award-winning astrophotographer.

Check out the link to the Kickstarter Campaign:

And of course Rogelio Bernal is one of the ten award-winning astrophotographers.

I pledged and am looking forward to receiving a hard copy of the book.

Observing Reports / Re: Some recent ! and !! doubles, and a question
« on: November 01, 2017, 04:14:16 PM »
and by the way, he meant to type

Observing Reports / Re: Some recent ! and !! doubles, and a question
« on: November 01, 2017, 04:12:06 PM »
Let me know when you get your encoders installed (if you can - get the 311K tic ones) and I will loan you my Nexus DSC.
It really is made for visual observers. Serge has a ton of catalogs installed that cover all of the faint fuzzies.

Hi folks,
This amazing scope was donated to the club a while back and it is now time to find it a new home.
You can check out some recent pics here:

This scope was last sold in 2014.  Here is the ad in Astromart:

Some differences from the ad to what is available now
- Argo Navis DSC included (not the sky commander)
- no Paracorr
- no Telrad Finder
- no Desert Storm Cover
The scope does come with vehicle ramps though.

This scope will be on view at the upcoming SJAA Swap Meet (unless it is sold prior to that)
feel free to email me if you have any questions

Details about the event have now been updated, please see website.
We will have some great deals being offered so stop on by.
And maybe even a 24" f/4.2 dob ...

SJAA is pleased to announce they will be hosting their Annual Fall Swap Meet
Sunday October 29th at Houge Park, Bldg #1, from Noon to 3 pm.
Details will be updated and available here:
Meetup also has an event posted:
The current details are not completely accurate ... I am just trying to get the word out so folks (and clubs can put it on their calendars)
SJAA will only have 1 table worth of items and maybe a few scopes, so will be taking up very little room.

TAC Visual / Pinnacles NP Road Closure
« on: May 28, 2017, 11:10:22 AM »
Hi folks,

Just a heads up that the road leading in and out of Pinnacles National Park - West Side will be completely closed between the hours of 9 pm to 6 am during the entire month of June.  No idea as to why.

Also, there is a huge construction sign near the visitor's center that is flashing this warning notice in the direction of the parking lot.  It's bright and very irritating.

That means anyone in the park at night will be stuck there till the road reopens in the morning.


(sorry, originally stated Yosemite ... had mush for brains this morning)

Calendar: Announcements by Clubs, Societies, etc. / Re: SJAA Fall Swap Meet
« on: November 07, 2016, 09:06:13 AM »
Just a friendly little reminder that the swap meet is this coming Sunday.
Sellers will be allowed in the building at 11 am.
Doors will open for public at Noon.

Every time this event is held, the place is packed from wall to wall with all sorts of goodies.
You gotta come check it out!

TAC Astro Classifieds / 20" Obsessioin for sale by SJAA
« on: October 04, 2016, 10:52:06 AM »
Hi folks,
SJAA is selling a 20" f/5 Obsession.  This is a donated scope so will be sold as is.
Obsession 20" f/5
Optical Finder
Argo Navis DSC
DSC Stalk Kit
not sure if there is a wireless stellarCAT controller
set of ramps (long and short ones)
removable wheelbarrow handles
Counterweight Kit
dew heater on secondary
powered ground board
6'+ ladder
aluminized cover
and possibly more.
The mirror has been gentility cleaned (no scrubbing).  The scope has been powered up and appears to be fully functional.
Interested parties can come by Houge Park at Noon this Sunday, October 9th to view this scope.
First person to pay gets the scope.  Asking $4500.  Check to be made out to SJAA.
Feel free to email me at should you have any questions.

PS Pic can be found here:

Calendar: Announcements by Clubs, Societies, etc. / SJAA Fall Swap Meet
« on: October 04, 2016, 10:23:42 AM »
SJAA will be conducting the annual Fall Swap Meet on Sunday November 13th.
Details will be on the website as well as in our Meetup Group

Observing Intents / Re: Montebello
« on: August 30, 2016, 12:41:42 AM »
you didn't close/lock the gate behind you?

I think each club has their own viewing locations.

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