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Status Updates posted by Phosphor

  1. Fall and dark skies are on my mind tonight. :ticking:

  2. I don't use any of the major social media outlets, so I'm way passed that detox stage. My main weakness is Youtube  :P 

    I do want to switch back to a flip phone tho. 


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    2. Phosphor


      @Tacodidra, social media is the new cigarette. Every time I visit family, they're glued to their phones, even the kids! 

      And they try to call me a "hermit"  :laugh:

    3. Phosphor


      @Stone Cold Steve Tuna, Spacebook: A social media platform for astronomers

      That does sound tempting :P 

    4. Stone Cold Steve Tuna
  3. Goldeneye Rogue Agent was definitely one of my favorite games when I was a teen. Great soundtrack and very long levels!


  4. Good night everypony!

    It feels good to visit the forums. I've been so busy lately  :orly:  

    1. Tacodidra


      Good night, my friend! :grin:

    2. Deae Rising Shine~
  5. Hello there, Jupiter and Saturn! It's been a lil while since I've seen you two.  :grin:

    I think this heat wave is responsible for the turbulent conditions after sunset. Everything is radiating heat into the atmosphere. Focusing in these conditions is pretty much an art  :sealed:

  6. Happy Birthday, @Arc Flash!  :balloon:

  7. I know I haven't been very social on here lately. A lot of stuff is going on, which has been stressing me out. Also had a very recent family emergency. 

    Just want y'all to know, I'm okay. Thank y'all for the pony hugs. You're the best  :kindness:

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    2. Yoshi89


      We’re all here for you!

    3. Tacodidra


      Good to hear you're alright, my friend! :kindness: I hope things get better soon!

      *hugs again*

    4. Lord Valtasar

      Lord Valtasar

      family takes priority, take your time, we'll be here. glad to hear you're well. hope hope the same is true for your family aswel

  8. It's been a difficult week. I could use a pony hug or two  :sunny:

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    2. Phosphor


      Thanks y'all. I will be squeezing my Twilight plush extra hard tonight.  

    3. Twilight Luna

      Twilight Luna

      I hope that Twily helps you feel better tonight. :rarity:

    4. Widdershins


      I heard tell of hugs needed! Draconequuhuggles!


  9. Light pollution is a fascinating, yet very complex subject. There's way more to understanding it than simply pointing a meter toward the sky. Even under dark skies with little man-made light pollution, natural sources such as airglow, zodiacal light, gegenschein, and auroras can drastically affect sky brightness. Even the Milky Way itself brightens the night sky when overhead.  :ooh:

    1. ChB


      Not to mention the Moon itself. I once went on an star-gazing tour at Mauna Kea, Hawaii. But because it was full moon that night, we couldn't see some of the constellations.

    2. Phosphor


      @ChB, Yep, Luna's butt is quite bright. It makes even the darkest sites have city skies.  :orly:


    3. ChB


      @Phosphor Even in bright city lights, I can't get enough of looking at Venus. ^_^ 

  10. I thawed the evaporator coils out. Hopefully it'll stay reasonably cool overnight. 

    Good night, everypony!  :LunaMCM:

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    2. Tacodidra


      Good night, my friend! :grin:

    3. Phosphor


      @Arc Flash, refrigerant leak. It's fixed now and I have cold air  :yay:

    4. Arc Flash

      Arc Flash


  11. You okay bro?


    1. TBD


      I hope he's doing alright....

  12. Well crap. My AC is about to freeze up again. Looks like I'll be sleeping with 2 box fans tonight  :worry:


  13. Happy Friendship Day!

    Twily C8.jpg

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    2. Stone Cold Steve Tuna

      Stone Cold Steve Tuna

      Did you know that you can use telescopes to see stuff?

    3. Mellow Mane

      Mellow Mane

      Happy friendship day to you too!:kirin:

    4. Fasu


      "Personal assistant at stargazing". :laugh:

  14. I'm off work this morning. AC froze up last night, so I'm waiting on the repairman.  

    How is everypony this morning?  

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    2. Phosphor
    3. Tacodidra


      I'm doing fine, I just woke up from a fairly long nap. :please: I hope everything gets sorted out soon, and you have a great day! :kindness:

    4. Twilight Luna

      Twilight Luna

      I’m doing alright. Tired from work this morning. 

      Have a cute Twily!


  15. Good night, everypony!  :LunaMCM:

    1. R.D.Dash



    2. Lucky Bolt

      Lucky Bolt


    3. Lord Midnight Madness

      Lord Midnight Madness

      Have a good night.

  16. I spent the last several evenings exploring a really beautiful property. It's very rural with no neighbors close by. The night sky was wonderful, the darkest I've ever seen! Only saw one small light dome low on the horizon and the few clouds I saw looked like charcoal briquettes (really dark).  The horizons away from the light dome measured 21.6 mpsas. (No zenith reading with MW overhead) :ticking:

    It really is a treat to see dark lane structures in the Milky Way with the naked eye.  :fluttershy:

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    2. Mellow Mane

      Mellow Mane

      I really hope you can get it! :fluttershy:

    3. Phosphor


      @Lord Valtasar, this is a different one. The other house/property I put an offer on, didn't work out.

    4. Lord Valtasar

      Lord Valtasar

      let's hope this time it works out then

  17. Happy Birthday!  :mlp_smile:


    1. Thuja


      Thanks!  I plan on doing a lot of baking for my birthday lol...

  18. Fluttershy's mane at 5:10... I like  :squee:

    Rarity's is adorable too  


    1. DivineSoul1000


      @Phosphor Oh! My heart can't take all of this adorableness!

  19. It's quiet on here. Quick! Dig up some old General Discussion topics :P

    1. Xeltor


      do NOT tempt the beast

    2. Lucky Bolt

      Lucky Bolt

      I've already been tempted. Too late. :P

    3. Xeltor


      I've seen that; that's why I put up my warning 

  20. Hey!

    Thanks for the follow  :grin:

    1. Yoshi89


      You’re welcome. :)

  21. I actually woke up early this morning and didn't need an alarm. :fluttershy:

    I hope I can maintain this sleep schedule. It's probably best I take a break from late night stargazing and such for a little while.

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    2. Phosphor


      @Twilight Luna, just a short break til I get this sleep schedule settled in. Even after a week, I feel so much better.  :fluttershy:

      All those late nights and such were starting to take a toll on my health. 

    3. Twilight Luna

      Twilight Luna

      That’s good to hear! :yay:

      I bet they were. I hope you recover soon, my friend. Was Twilight sad that you’re taking a break?

    4. Phosphor



      Not really. She still has access to my telescopes. :P 

      ... and my thermal camera  :worry: lol


  22. Smith & Wesson is remaking the classic K-frame revolver. Looks good, but they seriously need to do away with that hideous key lock on the side. :eww: The forcing cone was also redesigned. Wonder how much stronger it is over the original?  :huh:

    I still prefer the original models, which have hand fitted/polished internals vs metal injection molded parts in the newer ones. I have a model 19-3 (just like the old one in the video) and it's a very smooth gun  :fluttershy:


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    2. Phosphor


      Rugers are nice too! They tend to build their guns like tanks. I don't have a Ruger revolver but I have a P89. That thing is overbuilt for a 9mm  :sealed:

      @J.T.What's your favorite gun?

    3. J.T.


      I love the M1911, it has such classic lines. :squee: the Colt single action army is great too!

    4. Phosphor


      I would love to have a S&W Model 3. Those old top break revolvers are sexy!  :squee:

      I would have to sell my big telescope to afford one tho. lol

      top break revolver.jpg

  23. Hmmm... Processing the raw images from Juno would be fun for nights that are cloudy. I might take a shot at some of them. I could use the practice.  :derp:


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    2. Twilight Luna

      Twilight Luna

      Twilight will lend you a hoof. ^_^

    3. Phosphor


      @Splashee, I use the gaming pc I built like 9 years ago. :blush:

      It does have an Intel Q9650 3.0GHz quad core tho. It gets the job done.

      Saving for rural land has been my priority this year, but I plan to buy a nice laptop for capturing planetary video and processing them into images.  

    4. Splashee


      I have a similar computer, quad core with hyperthreading on (8 threads). My main problem is 4 GB of RAM, which slows down the computer while editing huge images.