Parting Ways With The Stars

Meade 2080/LX3 8″ (203mm) f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain Catadioptric Telescope + ACCESSORIES

Classic, in near perfect condition (cosmetic blemishes only). Primary concave mirror totally refinished 2 years ago. Lots of manually adjustable features. FULLY WORKING, CLEANED, READY TO USE. Includes the following accessories:

Original Manual
Original Quartz Drive control pad
Extended length power cord
Orion 1.25″ Moon Filter
Orion 2x Barlow Lens “Shorty”
Sirius Plossl 26mm Eyepiece
Meade Series 4000 6.4mm Eyepiece
Meade Series 4000 9.7mm Eyepiece
Meade Series 4000 20mm Eyepiece
All stock Alan wrenches
Heavy Duty Tripod

I’d prefer to have someone pick this bad boy up locally (southern California), but if I need to ship it, I will. AND IT WILL BE PACKED VERY CAREFULLY BECAUSE THIS IS A DELICATE PIECE OF EQUIPMENT AND SHOULD BE TREATED RESPECTFULLY. If it’s any consolation, I originally got this telescope from ebay, and it was shipped to me in perfect condition (needing to be collimated, obviously). I will return the favor, to any interested buyer.









Defying Gravity – Wicked

GLINDA (spoken) Elphie – why couldn’t you have stayed calm for once, instead of flying off the handle! (sung) I hope you’re happy! I hope you’re happy now I hope you’re happy how you Hurt your cause forever I hope you think you’re clever!

ELPHABA I hope you’re happy I hope you’re happy, too I hope you’re proud how you Would grovel in submission To feed your own ambition
BOTH So though I can’t imagine how I hope you’re happy right now

GLINDA (spoken) Elphie, listen to me. Just say you’re sorry: (sung) You can still be with the Wizard What you’ve worked and waited for You can
have all you ever wanted:

ELPHABA (spoken) I know: (sung) But I don’t want it – No – I can’t want it Anymore:
Something has changed within me Something is not the same I’m through with playing by the rules Of someone else’s game Too late for second-
guessing Too late to go back to sleep It’s time to trust my instincts Close my eyes: and leap!

It’s time to try Defying gravity I think I’ll try Defying gravity And you can’t pull me down!

GLINDA Can’t I make you understand? You’re having delusions of grandeur:

ELPHABA I’m through accepting limits ”cause someone says they’re so Some things I cannot change But till I try, I’ll never know! Too long I’ve
been afraid of Losing love I guess I’ve lost Well, if that’s love It comes at much too high a cost! I’d sooner buy Defying gravity Kiss me goodbye I’m
defying gravity And you can’t pull me down: (spoken) Glinda – come with me. Think of what we could do: together.

(sung) Unlimited Together we’re unlimited Together we’ll be the greatest team There’s ever been

Glinda – Dreams, the way we planned ’em

GLINDA If we work in tandem:

BOTH There’s no fight we cannot win Just you and I Defying gravity With you and I Defying gravity

ELPHABA They’ll never bring us down! (spoken) Well? Are you coming?

GLINDA I hope you’re happy Now that you’re choosing this

ELPHABA (spoken) You too (sung) I hope it brings you bliss

BOTH I really hope you get it And you don’t live to regret it I hope you’re happy in the end I hope you’re happy, my friend:

ELPHABA So if you care to find me Look to the western sky! As someone told me lately: “Ev’ryone deserves the chance to fly!” And if I’m flying
solo At least I’m flying free To those who’d ground me Take a message back from me Tell them how I am Defying gravity I’m flying high Defying
gravity And soon I’ll match them in renown And nobody in all of Oz No Wizard that there is or was Is ever gonna bring me down!

GLINDA I hope you’re happy!

CITIZENS OF OZ Look at her, she’s wicked! Get her!

ELPHABA :Bring me down!


Rockhounds Cometh

Pegmatite dykes are uncommon in San Diego County, but pretty fucking rare as geologic features go, overall. There are a bunch of factors that contribute to the development of these dykes, but again, the minerals deposited within are usually byproducts of the matrix that was already there before the intrusion of volcanic material. In the case of the Peninsular Ranges, mostly Mesozoic granitic (gabbro) rocks. These were intruded by basaltic volcanoes after the batholith came above ground and began to weather-down.

I’ve been out to the desert hills, looking for undiscovered Pegmatites, but so far, have only found deposits of Tourmaline and Amatrine on surface / alluvial areas. For me, this is unsatisfying. Scouring for a very rare occurrence is likely to end in frustration.

INSTEAD, I’ve decided to allow nature to do the work for me. In east county San Diego, there are old volcanoes that intruded upon the granitic and metamorphic deposits already on the surface, and in all likelihood, produced uncommon minerals from the interactivity of heat and pressure from the intruding magma. Anywhere igneous rock runs into something that was there already, I get interested. I have found an area near the Peninsular Range’s Table Mountain Volcano, where quartz and feldspar from the granitic pluton are heavily concentrated already.

My speculation is that by investigating the wash-out areas from the lowest levels of the volcanic area, I’m likely to find good mineral deposits on the surface. It might take half the day to FULLY INVESTIGATE the area. We’re talking about a mile or so of open desert riverbed. Wash, down from generations of rainfall on soft, sandy, eroded desert granite. It’s a neat place, and I can’t wait to hike the volcano with Birdy.

How about February?