Last updated: 22 October 2004
Sent: Friday, October 22, 2004 08:23:02 From: Mathematical Sciences (firstname.lastname@example.org) I bought my first telescope, an ETX125 this year. Immediately I fell in love with this little ETX. I proudly took my ETX125 to my first Star Party this summer. I spent half the night out under the stars and was subject to a lot of dew. My homemade Dewshield worked perfectly. However my Autostar controller became completely covered with dew. After I get home, I started thinking about how I could prevent dew from collecting on my Autostar controller. My solution to this problem is a Ziploc storage bag. I got a Ziploc storage bag from my wife. The bag I used is the one quart size. It measured 7 inches by 8 inches. If you look carefully, the size of the Ziploc bag is printed on the box. I cut a small hole in one corner of the bag. I ran the cord through this hole and sealed the Autostar controller inside the Ziploc bag. I use Velcro to secure the controller to the tripod leg. Therefore I put a strip of Velcro on the back of the Ziploc bag. I found the Ziploc bag with Velcro easily held the controller to the tripod leg. Okay, you are asking yourself, can I really use the Autostar controller with it inside a Ziploc bag? I found that there was no problem in reading the Liquid Crystals Display. Also it was not difficult to use the buttons of the Autostar to enter data. I was actually pleasantly surprised as to how easy it was to use my Ziploc-Autostar. Now when I have my ETX125 outside and I'm expecting a lot of dew, I immediately get out my Ziploc storage bag.
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