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Forum: Pentax K-3 09-24-2020, 11:12 AM  
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Funny thing - some fellow students I work with are friends with a girl named Guderian, and when one of them told me about her she mentioned that her great-grandfather had had a role in some sort of 'tank association or something'. I just stared at her asking whether she was talking about Heinz Guderian, and she said "Oh yeah, that guy! Didn't he have something to do with tanks?" :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-20-2020, 03:04 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
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It would be best to be a logistics manager 20 miles behind the front and not inside a tank - ever.
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-13-2020, 03:26 PM  
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Poor alligators gotta earn their income some way.

Forum: Pentax K-3 09-13-2020, 03:16 PM  
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A couple of days ago Claudia, one of the doctors at the Tropical Institute, burst into our office exclaiming 'Who wants to see a crazy big beef tapeworm I just found?!', so we all stormed down into the lab (including the IT guys) to marvel at that beauty and all its clear uterine branches. Half an hour later she barged in again to ask who wanted to listen to her husband's talk on medieval plague epidemics. So we did for an hour. I learnt that the word 'quarantine' comes from the Italian 'quaranta', meaning 'forty', because without any knowledge of infectiology the medieval Republic of Venice decided to quarantine newly arrived sailors on an island in the lagoon for forty days, as that number seems to pop up in the bible a lot.

I got paid for looking at cool worms and learning about the history of plague - god, I love my job.

But what will you call me now? :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-05-2020, 02:54 PM  
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On the issue of motor vehicles: I am not very interested in cars. They're noisy, they pollute the air, they take up a lot of space in cities, and I do not enjoy driving them myself.

But should anyone ever make me drive one, I'd like it to be this one:



Or maybe this one:



Actually, now that I think of it, cars are pretty cool. I stand to the rest of my points though.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-02-2020, 12:13 PM  
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Forum: Pentax K-3 08-02-2020, 11:59 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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That comes to x150 magnification on a scope that's theoretically capable of x300. Even with less than ideal seeing 5 mm should still be very usable on planets.



I went with the old photographic adage that the best camera is the one you have on you, and as the 6" flextube is the biggest thing I can comfortably lug around, there I went :)






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No, AP is not nice! When you see one of those gorgeous shots of the Horsehead Nebula you think AP would be nice. Then you read the description: "Almost 38 hours of exposure time was required over 7 different channels over the course of 20 nights." (That's an actual quote from an article about photographing the Horsehead!)



Yeah, if you're crazy, you're crazy. But I've gathered that you can take decent enough images with single sessions of a couple of hours :D






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The budget option is to build you own.
Giant 70" Telescope Built By Truck Driver - YouTube



Yeah, came across that one some time ago - would love to peer through it at least once and see what it's capable of.



The thing about catadioptric scopes is that they offer more magnification (at least most amateur ones) at the expense of light gathering, as you said yourself. Makes them great for planets, comets etc., but not for DSOs. And as I want to look at DSOs as much as planets, I went for a normal Newtonian.



You first look at scopes and propose a budget, then you read all the articles and peruse all the forums, you see what's possible, and you slowly keep correcting that budget upwards, because with just a little more size and a little more funds you can see just that much more, and then there's another option, just a bit outside your budget, and why not add two inches of opening and BAM you're ready to spend thousands on a monster of a telescope :D

If you're truly interested in getting one and just keep losing yourself in the options, just get a basic quality scope and start out. And if it's fun you can always upgrade, and if it's not you can sell it. You don't have to start with 'too big to store' - I'm not either :)
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-02-2020, 11:44 AM  
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I got a random one rather than 6", because my local pet store doesn't stock them based on size. I was also told not to put it in the fridge or freezer, so that's that for cooling times. Now what? I know cats have great night vision, but I cannot look through the cat. And now that the cat is using the telescope, I cannot peer through that one either.

That was TERRIBLE advice, savoche, absolutely shocking!
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-02-2020, 10:35 AM  
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She wasn't attentive enough to keep someone from stealing the tyres though.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-02-2020, 05:32 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By FantasticMrFox
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Have you guys seen this new thread:

10 reasons I will not buy K new

Would be a shame if someone took it over with bacon, and planes, and talk of the live hociR ...
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-02-2020, 02:38 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
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The highest temperature every recorded was 56.7 °C, and even that one is hotly contested :hmm:
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-01-2020, 04:00 PM  
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You Tube



Forum: Pentax K-3 08-01-2020, 02:53 PM  
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It's been 33°C in Munich today, pretty insufferable - so I've been online shopping for a nice gin to emulate you :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-01-2020, 02:50 PM  
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Thanks Dave! But if there's one thing cardiologists want to beat into you, it's that bacon is no good for your blood vessels - but I'll be damned before I advertise that around these parts of the forum :p



Nice, if my memory fails me in cardiology (or endocrinology, or anaesthesiology, or intensive care, or general medicine, or gastroenterology - because I have all of these over the course of three days :mad:) I'll just try to woo them by talking about the 'head bone' instead :lol: Fun fact for you: did you know that the sternoclavicular joint (the really rather small bit that connects your clavicles to your breastbone) is the only real joint that connects the entire skeleton of the upper limbs (arms and whole shoulder region) to the rest of your body?



I did ask myself why all the hobbies involving optical systems have to be so pricey ...

I was looking for a decent Newton on an equatorial mount, but living on the fourth floor in Munich with no balcony, garden, or car I'll have to be able to lug the thing around on a bicycle to get to somewhat dark places in the countryside. So I tried to find the best optical system that I can still get around that way, and I think I found it in a Skywatcher Heritage 150P. Only takes 1.25" eyepieces, unfortunately, but it's a 6" truss tube Newtonian with decent optics that collapses and weighs less than 4 kg (that's like 44 bananas or 0.04% of a football stadium or something like that, for all the Imperials around here) - I'll take it off its mini-Dobsonian mount and put it on a sturdy photo tripod fitted with a ball-head for a mobile set-up :) It comes with 25 and 10 mm eyepieces that I will probably replace sooner rather than later, but only ordered a 5 mm Planetary with it so far, plus a laser collimator. I'll make some modifications too - tighten the focuser, line the tube with velour, make a little shroud, maybe add a better finder later rather than the included laser finder.

As for photography - yes, that'd be nice ... But not with this scope. I quickly realised that I can have a portable set-up that I can get around, or I can have a photography-ready one - but not both in one. If I ever get bitten by the astrophoto bug I'll get myself a small Apo, HEQ-5, small guide scope and camera, and second-hand DSLR that I'll pry the IR filter off. Or in case I'm not rich by then I'll slap a Samyang 135 f/2 on my K-Unspeakable and that on a small tracker - I saw an image of the Horsehead Nebula alongside the Orion Nebula taken with a similar set-up that was truly impressive.

Oh, and once I'm rich I want a platform on the roof of my house with a permanently installed 16" Ritchey-Chretién :lol: Or I'll buy one of those second-hand once ESO moves over to the ELT:



What do you use to peer at the stars up north?





Yes, some questions are really rather interesting - one from a past exam asked about dealing with children and one of the choices was 'For better management parents should always be sedated'. Loved that one, every paediatrician's dream :lol: Another one showed the picture of a patient with a very, very pronounced goitre and asked for the most likely diagnosis - one of the options was 'Physiologischer Bayernnormalhals' (Physiological Bavarian throat).
Forum: Pentax K-3 07-30-2020, 04:28 PM  
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Great, now can you give me a quick summary on how they work? Because my cardiology exam is on Tuesday and I've spent more time googling telescopes and enjoying the summer with friends the last weeks than studying for exams :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-3 07-21-2020, 04:46 AM  
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Oh, I don't know ... Bikes aren't rocket science, pretty sure you don't need to look to Germany for a good one - the Dutch make very nice ones too :lol: Especially as the German reputation for honest, efficient quality work has kind of suffered over the last years with all that engine tinkering and that abomination of an airport near Berlin ...

My mother just got an eBike too, by the way. She can cycle just fine, but says she has trouble keeping up with my brother and dad on longer trips, so she got herself a bit of that Vorsprung durch Technik.
Forum: Pentax K-3 07-19-2020, 11:52 PM  
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I laugh in your general direction!

Forum: Pentax K-3 07-19-2020, 02:52 PM  
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Thank god for this little thing ;)

Forum: Pentax K-3 07-19-2020, 01:53 PM  
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Oh, I missed that one :lol: My bad.
Forum: Pentax K-3 07-19-2020, 01:52 PM  
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I have no idea - they're a hassle, you always need to make sure they're topped up, and take them off when you park the bike in order to make sure they don't get stolen. I guess their main benefit is that they can be had very cheaply.

In any case a hub dynamo is a much better choice - negligible resistance, and built into the bike, so always available.
Forum: Pentax K-3 07-19-2020, 01:49 PM  
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And if you want to up the exercise one more level, add one of those:



I'd make some sentimental comment like "Oh the days of my youth, when we used to have these on our bikes ...", but I actually had one of those until about half a year ago :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-3 07-18-2020, 11:32 AM  
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Where I grew up at the Dutch border there are more bikes than people. I used to cycle everywhere during my teenage years (school, parties, friends, villages). When I moved to Scotland I stopped cycling - Dundee is quite hilly in parts and there is zero cycling infrastructure. Bar a couple crazy European exchange students, cyclists really are nowhere to be found there. I cycled with gusto again during my exchange year in Canberra (oh the bike paths there!), but when I moved to Munich I initially just used public transport. After about a year I bought a bike again, and oh, how much I had missed it! I'm anywhere in Munich faster than any car or public transport, the sun and wind in my face. Cycling is freedom.


Looks sharp!
Forum: Pentax K-3 07-18-2020, 02:38 AM  
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Me meanwhile:

Forum: Pentax K-3 07-17-2020, 04:25 AM  
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Taschen does a beautiful reproduction of an 1830 anatomy atlas by Jean Baptiste Marc Bourgery:



The drawings, both anatomical and histological, are absolutely gorgeous, and the second half is dedicated to surgery. You don't want to see the pictures of early 19th century urogenital or gynaecological procedures :eek:
Forum: Pentax K-3 07-16-2020, 01:24 PM  
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There are several systems of sinuses that are all connected to the major nasal cavity, as shown in this picture:



For your implant they probably went into the maxillary sinus, which sits above the mouth. The swab goes through the lower nasal meatus (there are three nasal meatus = corridors stacked on top of each other) into the throat - at no point do we take a turn to enter any of the sinuses :) So no problem there.



I'm thankful to live in this day and age and not back when medical procedures were much more ... martial :lol: But then again people in the 2050s may be looking back at what we're doing right now and think 'God, those butchers back then ...'

I had to get all my wisdom teeth removed in one go just before I moved to Ghana (dentist said they'd start to trouble me within a couple of months, and dental services in Ghana are, well ...) - went to a German surgeon who did loads of those procedures for the US army on GIs heading into Iraq and Afghanistan via Germany. He was very impressed with the bone density of African American GIs, said sometimes he did a procedure and had to swap his saw blade afterwards as it had gone blunt.
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