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07-06-2012, 02:34 PM
Who would one leave a scope set up outside without at least a dust cap on. AND he was warned by friends previously about the possible dangers.
Some people are just plain Dumb, what a waste of a fine instrument.
07-06-2012, 02:39 PM
Good one JJJ :lol:
No one here would ever do anything like that, right? :rolleyes:
07-06-2012, 02:39 PM
Lucky he didn't lose the entire house I guess.
07-06-2012, 02:42 PM
Yes quite silly - to say the least. As it says though, he isn't the only one to get caught. The photo below is from an IIS thread a few years ago where a big dobs was outside to cool down for the night. Instead it heated somewhat. Can't find the original thread but I did keep the picture.
07-06-2012, 05:06 PM
My first visit to astrofest and admiring the big dobs in the afternoon sun
Couldn't quite fathom what I was seeing , this large impressive scopes
mirror was juat about to get a kiss from the setting sun, pointed, right at it actually , torn between not to touch anothers scope yet pretty sure something way bad was about to happen, I asked somone near bye come and look at this , needless to say the scope got moved.
So it does happen from time to time I guess.
btw.. no names need be mentioned but the scope was a 20" sdm..
black in colour:D
07-06-2012, 05:15 PM
What a dill!!! Lucky it was only the roof and also that no-one was killed during an afternoon nap!
07-06-2012, 05:24 PM
I'm sure a fair few of us have had our share of close calls and the occasional minor disaster.
It's a case of lesson learned one hopes.
07-06-2012, 05:35 PM
14" scope concentrates approximately 500watts to the focal point.
Any flammable material will ignite instantly. Its like a high powered laser. :eyepop:
07-06-2012, 05:37 PM
That corrector plate needs cleaning :lol::lol:
07-06-2012, 06:08 PM
The guy who did that is nothing but a mental midget I reckon.
I work it out to approx 30W, still a lot though in a small spot!
07-06-2012, 07:09 PM
I'll admit that I cooked a DLSR once the same way pointing at the sun accidently while setting up a nights shoot, should have left the dust cover on
07-06-2012, 07:26 PM
This happens more than you think, particularly with houses on the ocean front. I know of one instance, in Perth, where a spotting scope, with the cap off, was left in the window and it set the curtains caught on fire.
I don't think people are dumb, just not something most people would give much thought about. We can all make mistakes, although I wouldn't make that mistake.
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