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    Yup! At age five I saw a meteor storm (the Draconids 1946 storm), with somewhere near 60,000 meteors and hour for several hours (commonly called "falling stars") and I was forever hooked on astronomy after that. I got my first (and last scope) during the last apparition of comet Haley, an 8" catadioptic reflector. I paid $2,200, but actually it was a gift because I"d just gotten a $2,500 dollar "rebate(?) from our utility company for making a couple of houses I was building at the time 'all electric' with geothermal.

    I bet you can get a lot for $700 these days. Mine has a drive motor - which doesn't work now - but is not computer guided.

    Here is a post I made titled Sixty Thousand Meteors per Hour talking about that and some other things at a forum provided by Astronomy Magazine. I recommend that you go to your local Barnes and Noble bookstore and pick up a copy; it's a monthly magazine. Whn you click on my link, at the top left corner you'll see "magazine" click there for more the magazine has to offer amature astronomers. I've subscribed to it since 1979, and have every issue. I'm trying to cut living expenses and stop, but I couldn't make my self stop and went for another year.

    If you have an I-Phone, or if your wife has one (mine does), there is an astronomy APP called Sky Safari that only costs $1.99 and is really great. For instance you could open up Jupiter and get minut by minute images of the Galilean moons in their orbits, the full array, and can get close or back off by just tweaking the screen. The Galilean moons are actually binocular objects.

    I hope you are somewhere where you have clear skies. In recent years the ambient light from our nearest city, Bloomington Indiana, has become very limiting. But there's a lot more to observing than the telescope.

    This month, February, a gibbous Venus will be within 3 of a crescent moon close to the western horizon on the 25th. Also Venus the evening star (in Pisces) will be only 0.3 (rhat's just 20-minutes) away from Uranus on February 9. Look for it after sunset. Uranus will be blue-green, visible through a scope, and the largest nearby object to a gibbous Venus. It will be below or toward the horizen from venus, but very very close. You will be able to see it with binoculuars too.

    Thanks for making me a friend!
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    Thanks, I really appreciate it, sometimes it gets hard to stay motivated but little messages like this really pump me up. I want to go run about five miles now! Thank you sir.
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    Thanks Bill, I thought we were already on each others list! Semper Fidelis
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    Welcome aboard Marine, may the Good Lord be with you and your wife,Semper Fidelis Brother.
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    VERY cool card! Thank you very much! And the same to you and yours!
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    Is there a possibility you have my yearbook? MCRD PI Series 2088, Plt 2089, Graduated Nov 0f 1988.
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    Would you be interested in buying the remaining Grad books I have??? would make youa good deal

    Ron
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    GREAT pic!
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    Hey Bill.
    My brother in law is a retired Marine. He goes to the PX at Keesler AFB in Biloxi Miss. a lot and picked it up for me for Christmas a couple of years ago. I have a crap load of USMC caps and this is my favorite. I'll have him check the next time he goes and if they happen to have the same type, I'll get it and send it to you. Maybe awhile, but I'll let you know if he finds it.
    Semper Fi my friend.
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    .....HOLY CRAP, BILLY-BOB!!!! Saw your "yugly" kisser on TWS......AGAIN!!! Are they trying to scare away all the WM's?.....HE! HE! HE! HE!.......
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About Marine1955

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About Marine1955
First Name:
Bill
Last Name:
P.
Rank:
E-1
Do you own a business?:
No
Where did you attend bootcamp?:
MCRD Parris Island
What date did you graduate bootcamp?:
05/01/1973
Duty Stations:
Montford Point, Camp Lejeune Camp Pendelton Ca.,Iwakuni,Japan,Quantico , Cherry point, Naha ,Okinawa,Japan , Cherry Point
Year Entered Marine corps:
1972
Year Exited Marine Corps:
1981
Favorite Duty Station:
Quantico.Va./ Cherry Point N.C.
Favorite Marine:
Chesty Puller
Combat History:
Absolutely None But I respect all who have seen it..
Military Biography:
Never Been to Nam. but was willing to go if called up. Spent 8 plus years in the Marine Corps ... Ohrah
Current City:
Holcomb
Current State:
Kansas
Hometown:
Memphis
Home State:
Tennessee
High School:
Cherry Point N.C.,,( G.E.D.)
Gender:
Male
Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn
Occupation:
Medically Disabled
Colleges Attended:
Garden City Community Collage , Business
Interests:
watching NCIS
Favorite Quote:
Semper Fi / Do or Die
Favorite Color:
Red, White, Blue Hint the Flag..
Favorite Movie:
It's a wonderful Life
Favorite Book:
Bible

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