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    Re: Telescope danger to sight. Was: Venus transit ...
    From: Rodney Myrvaagnes
    Date: 2004 May 12, 23:35 -0500

    This is getting toward OT, but my brother had one of those "astronomy"
    scopes about 4 decades ago, a 3 or 4 inch reflector in a cardboard
    mailing tube, IIRC. We looked at a solar eclipse by using it to project
    an image on a piece of white Bristol board. WOrked fine, and no danger
    to anyone.
    I wouldn't have known how to hold a sextant at the time, never mind use
    On Wed, 12 May 2004 20:28:50 -0400, Jared Sherman wrote:
    >look at the sun, with objective lenses commonly ranging from 30mm (sextants)
    >to 50mm (binoculars) and 80+mm (common spotting scopes and birding scopes)
    >and none of these even touch the range of "telescopes" for general
    >astronomical purposes. I think I've seen hundred dollar "astronomy" scopes
    >at the WalMart with larger objectives, and they don't ask for any skill
    >levels before selling them to the public.
    Rodney Myrvaagnes                                                                J36 Gjo/a
    ". . . the most insidious sort of treason . . "   George H.W. Bush

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