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Name:   Katelin Sadler
E-Mail:   khsadler_AT-at_comporium_D.o.T_net
Hometown:   York, SC
How you found us:   Word of mouth
Date:   Fri Feb 28 06:32:22 2014
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Mr. Sandy,I am Mike Hege's granddaughter, Kate. I am making a science magazine as my science project and am wondering if I can email you some questions about yourself and your observatory? I think it would be awesome to have an interview with a real astronomer. My email address is kesadler03@comporium.netThank you!Kate Sadler
Name:   Larry D Ramsey
E-Mail:   ramld1_AT-at_comporium_D.o.T_net
Hometown:   Rock Hill,SC
How you found us:   A link someplace
Date:   Mon Jul 2 17:03:02 2012
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WOW!! What a scope
Name:   Mario Motta
E-Mail:   mmotta_AT-at_massmed_D.o.T_org
Hometown:   Gloucester, MA
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Mon Jan 9 11:46:10 2012
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Hello, I have a 32 inch telescope, built a CO2 snow gun, like you report. I am underwhelmed with the cleaning (see very little), wondering if I could discuss with you your results, and application method,Mario Motta
Name:   Tom W. Harrison
E-Mail:   twharrison_AT-at_manoprietoobservatory_D.o.T_com
Hometown:   Fort Davis
How you found us:   Other
Date:   Mon Dec 19 09:58:49 2011
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Hi Sandy, I had to replace my computer a couple of months ago, and I may have lost your current email. Could you send me a message so I will have it. Also, do you know of an excellent LOW noise 12VDC power supply and a USB isolator?Merry Christmas!Tom
Name:   James Foster
E-Mail:   jrfcomet_AT-at_hotmail_D.o.T_com
Hometown:   Los Angeles, CA
How you found us:   A link someplace
Date:   Mon Nov 7 15:53:46 2011
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Hi Frank, I saw your article at AstroDon about the MMOAG. Can you give me the distance btw the SBIG FW-8 and Takahashibarel (connection point with Tak Rotator). I'm planning to run a 17" PW in New Mexico and would like to learn from your experiance. Thanks!Sincerely Yours,James FosterLos Angeles, CAwww.astroimage.org
Name:   Tim Noblett
E-Mail:   tanoblett_AT-at_gmail_D.o.T_com
Hometown:   Rock Hill
How you found us:   Word of mouth
Date:   Mon Aug 29 12:07:59 2011
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Hi Sandy. I was just taking another stroll thru some of your images (love them). I enjoy your site (including our local weather). I hope you are well. Take Care, Tim.
Name:   JohnBush
E-Mail:   johnbush_AT-at_gmail_D.o.T_com
Hometown:   TTuzvdibnNbqMHs
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Tue May 24 01:02:20 2011
Message...
Hello! Very good job(this site)! Thank you man.
Name:   Randy Hall
E-Mail:   randyh_AT-at_texaspipe_D.o.T_com
Hometown:   Fort Mill SC
How you found us:   A link someplace
Date:   Wed Feb 9 16:42:55 2011
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weather station/wundergroundfantastic pics--poss. best I've ever seen, great work
Name:   Nick Mentzelopoulos
E-Mail:   nickmentis_AT-at_hotmail_D.o.T_com
Hometown:   51.10 degrees North 115.34 Degrees West
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Wed Dec 15 12:44:15 2010
Message...
Hello just wanted to say AWESOME SET UP!!!!!!!! soon enough I too will have my own Observatory set up,The best of the Season to you and your's...Nick
Name:   Yan
E-Mail:   yanouk73_AT-at_hotmail_D.o.T_com
Hometown:   Laval, Canada
How you found us:   Search Engine
Date:   Thu Aug 12 09:17:06 2010
Message...
Hi,I am looking to get a field rotator, that I will use with an 17mm large aperture custom build OAG.I would like to know if the Takometer rotator work's fine for you compare to the PIR rotator that you have on the Rcos?I think I will get the Takometer because the design look lighter and it's a taka so normaly realy good.Thank'sYan
Name:   Brian Johnson
E-Mail:   Brian_D.o.T_j_AT-at_btinternet_D.o.T_com
Hometown:   Ascot England
How you found us:   Other
Date:   Fri Feb 19 20:18:52 2010
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Hi FrankJust a note to say many thanks for all the help you have given me to get my observatory problems fixed.Also you should be proud of such a interesting and helpfull web site.Best RegardsBrian.
Name:   Doug Rich
E-Mail:   richobservatory_AT-at_att_D.o.T_net
Hometown:   Hampden, ME
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Fri Jan 2 17:06:45 2009
Message...
Hello there, nice equipment - superb images - excellent website !!
Name:   James Witt
E-Mail:   james-witt_AT-at_cox_D.o.T_net
Hometown:   Phoenix Arizona
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Wed Dec 31 10:32:00 2008
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Seasons Greetings, I was wondering if you might be able to suggest an outstanding focuser for my black OTA C14 for visual and imaging. My mount is a Parallax HD200C. I have asked for suggestions on Cloudynights and Astromart but few have responded to my question. I am sure there is no single focuser that will excel for visual AND imaging. One individual did suggest a FeatherTouch with a power package. Any specifics you can provide would be appreciated. Regards, -JW:
Name:   jim snyder
E-Mail:   jsnyder_AT-at_yellowmagic_D.o.T_com
Hometown:  
How you found us:   Word of mouth
Date:   Wed Nov 5 19:20:50 2008
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Hi Sandy: I was talking with Johnny Hunter today and asked how you were doing. He gave me this website. Also told me you are heading up a new project. I wish you all the best in a successful outcome. If you are ever out on the West Coast, let me know. Jim
Name:   Bob Patton Jr
E-Mail:   rwpjr_AT-at_tampabay_D.o.T_rr_D.o.T_com
Hometown:   Clearwater, FL
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Sat Sep 6 20:57:23 2008
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Frank - renewed my Sky & Tel and saw a photo with your name on it. I've always enjoyed astronomy but the light pollution here in the Tampa area is very bad. Maybe one day I'll have to join the fellows up in Chieftain (sp?). Keep up the good work! Is this the same place my dad and I visited once long ago? .........Bob
Name:   Pat Williams
E-Mail:   dnp_D.o.T_Williams7429_AT-at_damailbox_D.o.T_com
Hometown:   Newton Centre
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Wed Aug 27 07:29:00 2008
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I liked your site.
Name:   Alan
E-Mail:   alan3003_AT-at_yahoo_D.o.T_com
Hometown:   Jacksonville
How you found us:   Other
Date:   Sun Aug 24 02:06:19 2008
Message...
Nice writing. You are on my RSS reader now so I can read more from you down the road.
Name:   Joe Viola
E-Mail:   joe_D.o.T_viola_AT-at_comporium_D.o.T_com
Hometown:   Rock Hill
How you found us:   Other
Date:   Tue Aug 19 14:30:09 2008
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Hey Sandy !!! I still love this site and hope you keep up the good work. I sure do miss your smiling face and hope things are going good for you. Keep in touch !!!! Your friend , Joe
Name:   Harry Williams
E-Mail:   harryfjr_AT-at_bellsouth_D.o.T_net
Hometown:   Hendersonville, NC
How you found us:   Other
Date:   Fri Jul 4 15:07:50 2008
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I am an old friend of your uncle Begie. He told me about your project. I enjoyed looking at your site, but must confess most of it is greek to me! What a wonderful hobby. Harry
Name:   Greg Morgan
E-Mail:   gregm_AT-at_sierra-remote_D.o.T_com
Hometown:   SRO
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Mon Jun 30 12:03:57 2008
Message...
Hi Sandy, I just had fun looking through your observatory construction pictures. It is interesting how many design features SRO has in common with your observatory like no concrete slab, V-groved wheels on inverted angle iron etc.. It looks like you have a big backyard there. Best, Greg
Name:   Joe Mize
E-Mail:   jmize_AT-at_svic_D.o.T_net
Hometown:   Chiefland Astronomy Village, FL
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Thu May 22 12:07:43 2008
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Sandy, I'm helping a neighbor build up his AP1200, TAK TOA-150 & FS-102. Your tucked-in configuration is a great idea. I went looking on Andy Homeyer's site for the tucked-in rings but didn't find anything. Did you have this setup custom made? Can you provide any additional details, spec's, photos or Links? Thkx...joe :) www.cav-sfo.com
Name:   Roddey Miller
E-Mail:   thomastravel_AT-at_rhtc_D.o.T_net
Hometown:  
How you found us:   Word of mouth
Date:   Fri Apr 4 17:30:40 2008
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Sandy: Great site. This is very helpful. Joe Viola told me about it yesterday at lunch. Thanks, Roddey
Name:   chris jackson
E-Mail:   chris_D.o.T_jackson_AT-at_yorkcountygov_D.o.T_com
Hometown:   not sure
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Mon Mar 31 08:40:05 2008
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Good morning, I work for York County, for the Engineering dep. I'm in Enviromental Compliance..we track the weather due to the impact on construction sites..I use Underground Weather..that sent me to you. We may build a NOAA weather station if the EPA / DHEC will help with funding. Chris Kckson 803-242-6759
Name:   Josh Lake
E-Mail:   lakej_AT-at_pomfretschool_D.o.T_org
Hometown:   Pomfret, CT
How you found us:   Search Engine
Date:   Wed Mar 26 11:40:20 2008
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Hi, great site! I'm writing because we (Pomfret School, a small boarding school in NE CT) just got a very similar setup to yours. We're very excited as we begin to prepare to put it all together. We got a C14 and an FSQ106 to be mounted on a Paramount ME. Coupling those with an SBIG STL11K and we should be in business! I wanted to know, before we set up, what you wished you would have known or did when you started putting your facility together. Any must-have puchases? Any pitfalls to avoid? Any advice on any part of the process? I'd appreciate any guidance at all, thanks!
Name:   Ken Tydeck
E-Mail:   ktydeck_AT-at_cox_D.o.T_net
Hometown:   Mesa Arizona
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Fri Mar 21 10:32:08 2008
Message...
Hello Frank' Met you at AIC2007 and saw a message of yours on a Yahoo group so I hit your link to this site. Very nice setup,site and images. Will visit more often as I will be building an observatory in Mayhill, NM. I am sure I will also have questions to ask you. Cheers, Ken Tydeck
Name:   Allan Abrams
E-Mail:   asabramsmd_AT-at_earthlink_D.o.T_net
Hometown:   Los Angeles, CA
How you found us:   Other
Date:   Mon Jan 7 16:17:13 2008
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Got here from Astro-Physics website. Congtatulations for the wonderful fulfillment of your vision of amateur astronomy.
Name:   Cotton Howell
E-Mail:   cotton_D.o.T_howell_AT-at_yorkcountygov_D.o.T_com
Hometown:   Rock Hill
How you found us:   Other
Date:   Wed Dec 12 10:25:46 2007
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Great site, good information
Name:   Gerald van den Braak
E-Mail:   Pollux_AT-at_sterrenwacht_D.o.T_eu
Hometown:   The Netherlands 53 05' 51" N 60 40' 49"
How you found us:   Other
Date:   Sat Jul 7 10:09:01 2007
Message...
Frank, Thanks for the help too install CCDSoftV5. Atlast I've done it! I see, you build your observatory by your self too. I hope too make (in the future) just like you such beautiful images. I see, I can learn a lot of you. Thank you verry much. Gerlad
Name:   Mark Stanford
E-Mail:   mastanford_AT-at_comporium_D.o.T_net
Hometown:   Rock Hill, SC
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Sun May 20 12:54:04 2007
Message...
How come we can't get you Rock Hill guys out to the museum on the third tuesday of the month at 730pm? We would be honored to meet some of you guys. Some of you I have met in my travels. We were at the Worth Mountain site last night and the skies were 6th mag. I know your not gettin that in Rock Hill. Please email, I'd like to meet with you. I've had a roll of roof observatory for 16 years and have really enjoyed it. Excellent pix on this site, that's what brought me here. Keep up the good work.
Name:   Pete Treible
E-Mail:   gtreible_AT-at_treibs_D.o.T_com
Hometown:   Holland Springs in Rock Hill
How you found us:   A link someplace
Date:   Sun Feb 25 19:05:19 2007
Message...
Hi! Looks like we're neighbors. We live in Holland Springs off of Holland Rd. I linked to your site from Clear Sky. Just acquired a Meade LX200R 10".
Name:   Michael McFarland
E-Mail:   mmcfarland145_AT-at_hotmail_D.o.T_com
Hometown:   Tega Cay, SC
How you found us:   Search Engine
Date:   Tue Feb 6 19:05:46 2007
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I've had the opportunity to sit with scientists from Vanderbilt University at the Dyer Observatory where I got my first peek at the Orion Nebula. I have to say it was quite exciting. Since then I've moved to SC. Today's find, your web site once again sparked my interest in seeking the light from so far away. Thanks for your very well done web page.
Name:   Dave Moore
E-Mail:   drjmoore_AT-at_comporium_D.o.T_net
Hometown:   Rock Hill SC
How you found us:   A link someplace
Date:   Thu Feb 1 09:15:59 2007
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great photos and site i will be back often wish i could aford all this stuff lol dave
Name:   John McNeely
E-Mail:   jmack_AT-at_cetlink_D.o.T_net
Hometown:   Rock Hill
How you found us:   Word of mouth
Date:   Sun Jan 21 10:20:10 2007
Message...
Hey Sandy,cool site.Your name came up when I was talking to Magic Dave.Keep pickin',your old pal,Johnny Mc
Name:   David
E-Mail:   david_AT-at_yahoo_D.o.T_com
Hometown:   NYC
How you found us:   Other
Date:   Mon Jan 8 08:48:58 2007
Message...
Very nice site!
Name:   Richard Beaumont
E-Mail:   rbeaumont_AT-at_internode_D.o.T_on_D.o.T_net
Hometown:   -34.88907716010759, 138.63571286201477
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Wed Dec 6 04:58:31 2006
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Hello I'm just getting into Imaging and i stumbled on your site. I am totally amazed by your equipment, beautiful stuff. Your images are totally amazing aswell you should be proud. Richard (australia)
Name:   George, The Bad Heliochromolist
E-Mail:   georgecooper_AT-at_sbcglobal_D.o.T_net
Hometown:   San Antonio
How you found us:   A link someplace
Date:   Mon Oct 30 09:09:04 2006
Message...
I no longer have to reach down and pull my socks off, because I can come here instead and have them knoocked off! :) There is a chance I too will someday have a similar observatory, so your experience sharing is appreciated.
Name:   Peter & Martina
E-Mail:   pmzenith_AT-at_yahoo_D.o.T_com
Hometown:   Davidson, NC
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Fri Oct 13 16:30:59 2006
Message...
We enjoyed surfing your pictures; they are awesome!
Name:   Donald Brannan
E-Mail:   dbrannan1_AT_mac_DoT_com
Hometown:   Jackson, MS
How you found us:   A link someplace
Date:   Sun Nov 20 17:25:57 2005
Message...
Great site. I admire your efforts. dpb
Name:   bob caton
E-Mail:   drbown_AT_aol_DoT_com
Hometown:   modesto, california
How you found us:   Other
Date:   Sun Nov 13 11:44:12 2005
Message...
My Paramount ME is going to arrive in about 1 to 2 weeks. I enjoyed seeing all of your photos. I may need to ask you some questions when it arrives. Thanks, Bob Caton
Name:   Doug Barnes
E-Mail:   doug_AT_shutterdoug_DoT_com
Home Page:   http://www.shutterdoug.com
Hometown:   Lancaster SC
How you found us:   By my best recollection, I don't remember
Date:   Thu Oct 20 22:01:26 2005
Message...
Amazed again at the recent photos. Thanks for sharing them.
Name:   Russ Garrett
E-Mail:   russ_AT_russgarrett_DoT_com
Hometown:   Birmimgham, Al.
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Tue Aug 30 21:55:22 2005
Message...
Does the AO-7 help with long exposure guiding? How about when autoguiding with a st 10 xme and it is humid outside. The humidity here is terrible.
Name:   cynde marshall
E-Mail:   cyndemarshall_AT_hotmail_DoT_com
Hometown:   rock hill sc
How you found us:   Word of mouth
Date:   Thu Jul 7 09:36:32 2005
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Name:   Tyler Francis
E-Mail:   tylerfrancis216_AT_yahoo_DoT_com
Hometown:   Providence, R.I.
How you found us:   Word of mouth
Date:   Thu Jun 9 21:18:11 2005
Message...
WOW! what a site and what a sight. The pictuers you get are amazing. Can't wait to see what the new scope brings. Hope to get the chance to check the observatory out in person some time. Bye.
Name:   Steve Davis
E-Mail:   davis_AT_beveragesystemsinc_DoT_com
Hometown:   Anderson, S.C.
How you found us:   Other
Date:   Thu May 12 15:52:17 2005
Message...
Hi, Outstanding site!! Really enjoyed the images. I appreciate your efforts on building your observatory & sharing it with the rest of us. I plan on using many of your designs,(hope you don't mind). Thanks, Steve Davis
Name:   Armand Oliva
E-Mail:   armandoob_AT_yahoo_DoT_es
Home Page:   http://www.astrored.net/zosma
Hometown:   +41║ -0.2
How you found us:   Other
Date:   Thu May 5 17:59:21 2005
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Congratulations for your observatori, we here in Catalonia (Spain) are working on a challenger project of building 25 observatories (wooden made) similar as yours, near the Pyrenees (Pirineos) wonderful mountains. Greetings
Name:   Benjamin
E-Mail:   Benjamin_AT_skygazer_DoT_se
Home Page:   http://www.skygazer.se
Hometown:   Sweden, Malmo
How you found us:   A link someplace
Date:   Tue Apr 5 10:35:09 2005
Message...
The telescope┤s that you have are most impressive!
Name:   Don Williamson
E-Mail:   williamson1611_AT_yahoo_DoT_com
Hometown:   Katy (just outside Houston)
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Tue Mar 22 14:27:04 2005
Message...
Hi... I was just looking thru your web site.... although 4-5 years away, I'm beginning to plan my observatory .... I've been on the waiting list for a 1200GTO for 18 months or so... I notice that you only had yours for a few months before moving to the paramount... if you don't mind me asking, why did you switch... just looking at the load ratings, the AP1200 is rated to carry more weight, although the paramount looks like a heavier mount? Thanks Don
Name:   Malcolm Park
E-Mail:   malcolm_AT_theparkconsultancy_DoT_co_DoT_uk
Hometown:   London, UK
How you found us:   A link someplace
Date:   Mon Mar 21 09:27:51 2005
Message...
Linked to your very good site via Astro-Physics site. I would be interested to know where you got the rings to mount the Takahashi guidescope onto the larger Astro Physics scope. I notice they do not hit the Takahashi barrel with delrin pins, but via a second ring. Can you help?
Name:   Kirk Barnes
E-Mail:   kirkbarnes_AT_comporium_DoT_net
Home Page:   http://www.kirkbarnes.com
Hometown:   Lancaster
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Tue Feb 22 21:53:34 2005
Message...
Cousin Sandy, My dad & I set up a telescope I got for Christmas and we were able to see the moon this evening. He also showed me this site and typed this message as I stood and watched. We like your site and all the pictures.
Name:   Katie Miller
E-Mail:   katie_DoT_miller_AT_comporium_DoT_com,
Hometown:   Rock Hill
How you found us:   Word of mouth
Date:   Mon Feb 21 16:59:38 2005
Message...
Neat site Sandy
Name:   James Winter
E-Mail:   jwinter3_AT_comcast_DoT_net
Hometown:   Upper Darby,PA
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Tue Jan 11 08:26:01 2005
Message...
Nice design, may borrow a few. I'll beusing ICF (Insulated concrete) walls. Florida termites are a pain.
Name:   Bob Lindsay
E-Mail:   bwlindsay_AT_cox_DoT_net
Hometown:   Topeka, Kansas
How you found us:   Resource Directory Listing
Date:   Sat Dec 11 20:29:35 2004
Message...
Great web site! I've been looking for r-o-r observatories to give me ideas and yours is maybe the most helpful I've found. My big issue is the carraige arrangement. Where did you obtain your wheels? They look perfect! Thanks for sharing with us on your great web site.
Name:   Manning Kimmel
E-Mail:   mkimmel_AT_wrhi_DoT_com
Hometown:  
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Tue Dec 7 19:46:03 2004
Message...
Mike Hege and I are here at the house looking at all your expertise...It's INCREDIBLE !!!!! Keep up the good work...Manning
Name:   Manning Kimmel
E-Mail:   mkimmel_AT_wrhi_DoT_com
Hometown:  
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Tue Dec 7 19:46:03 2004
Message...
Mike Hege and I are here at the house looking at all yur expertise...It's INCREDIBLE !!!!! Keep up the good work...Manning
Name:   Todd
E-Mail:   certguy12_AT_aol_DoT_com
Hometown:   Va bch,va
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Wed Nov 24 01:53:04 2004
Message...
Great site...I love to look up @ the heavens as well!!!!!Thanks for a job well done and God bless AMERICA!!!!
Name:   Joe Hogan
E-Mail:  
Hometown:   Little Rock, AR
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Fri Nov 12 14:42:54 2004
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Name:   Carl S. Novosel
E-Mail:   cs_novosel_AT_yahoo_DoT_com
Hometown:   Vacaville, CA
How you found us:   A link someplace
Date:   Fri Oct 8 23:40:15 2004
Message...
Great website! Thanks for sharing - lots of effort involved no doubt. I really like how you're able to mount your refractors tucked in close to the mount but am curious if you need to program the mount to avoid the scary thought of the refractors hitting the mount when slewing. I'd like to use your tucked-in refractors idea eventually and would certainly appreciate any comments regarding this. Thanks....Carl
Name:   Rod Proctor
E-Mail:   rodproctor1_AT_aol_DoT_com
Hometown:   Rock Hill
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Wed Sep 15 08:53:37 2004
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Name:   Jim Hicklin
E-Mail:   jhicklin_AT_chestertel_DoT_com
Hometown:  
How you found us:   Word of mouth
Date:   Thu Jul 29 15:28:23 2004
Message...
Sandy, Steve Case told me about your website today. It's great, I added it to my favorites. Come to see us at Chester Telco when you get a chance.
Name:   Paul Knight
E-Mail:   gtg766h_AT_mail_DoT_gatech_DoT_edu
Home Page:   http://www.ipaulknight.com
Hometown:  
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Sat Jul 17 01:32:50 2004
Message...
Nice equipment and pics! Picked up a lot of info I'd like to use on some of my projects (if I could ever get them started!)
Name:   warren case
E-Mail:   wcase_AT_alltel_DoT_net
Hometown:   waxhaw,n.c, 28173
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Tue Jun 22 12:51:59 2004
Message...
your web site wasgiven to me by my son steven case.
Name:   Robert S Brooks
E-Mail:   stevebrooks_AT_cetlink_DoT_net
Hometown:   rock hill
How you found us:   Search Engine
Date:   Thu Jun 3 22:47:03 2004
Message...
I just finished a wonderfully enlightening course with Al Graves on astronomy from Limestone College. It really has given me a new and fresh way of seeing our universe. I was wondering if there might be an observatory near Rock Hill SC where a beginnning observer could get his feet wet? Any suggestions?
Name:   Ron Abbott
E-Mail:   rcabbott_AT_swbell_DoT_net
Home Page:   http://www.astrolandofoz.com
Hometown:   Overland Park
How you found us:   Other
Date:   Fri May 14 15:10:03 2004
Message...
Frank, My website is now up. Let me know what you think. Your site was an inspiration.
Name:   Bill Griswold
E-Mail:   billgriz_AT_fmtc_DoT_net
Hometown:   Fort Mill
How you found us:   A link someplace
Date:   Fri Apr 23 14:25:14 2004
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Name:   DOUG STEPPE
E-Mail:   DOUG_DoT_STEPPE_AT_PARSONS_DoT_COM
Hometown:  
How you found us:   Other
Date:   Thu Apr 1 21:45:24 2004
Message...
Great pic's and a good view from Pasadena. And when I want the real weather what a place to go.
Name:   Ben Spearman
E-Mail:   bspearman_AT_pbttel_DoT_net
Hometown:   North, SC
How you found us:   Other
Date:   Tue Mar 16 17:07:20 2004
Message...
Great information and very informative. Wish I had something like this.
Name:   Jason Ray Young
E-Mail:   jryoung1972_AT_netzero_DoT_com
Hometown:   35.017 N, 80 W (South Charlotte)
How you found us:   A link someplace
Date:   Thu Mar 4 11:15:04 2004
Message...
Good to see serious astronomy still alive. You are doing my dream, now all you need to do is grab a bunch of old satalite dishes and build a radio array. :D
Name:   Rex Cox
E-Mail:   rex_AT_icon_DoT_net
Hometown:   Midwest City, OK
How you found us:   Search Engine
Date:   Mon Feb 2 00:11:41 2004
Message...
Frank, I like your web site and your gallery in particular. I just purchased a C14 from Joe Golias of Astrozap. Geez, it's huge! I can't wait to start using it, I'm really stoked. It will be about a month or so before I can get a mount for it. I hope to find a used Losmandy Titan or an MI-250, but so for, no luck. Someday, I too would like to own an AP refractor to compliment the C14. I would also like to build a backyard observatory similar to yours. But, one thing at a time, and in its own time!
Name:   CC Clarke
E-Mail:   ccclarke1958_AT_netzero_DoT_net
Hometown:   Poulsbo, WA.
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Mon Dec 22 01:29:28 2003
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Xcellent pics --especially NGC 253; great detail. I have a very similar set-up that I just brought online this past summer with the completion of my (10' x 16') roll-off roof observatory. Keep up the great work!!! Best regards, CCC
Name:   mltaylor gang
E-Mail:   mltaylor_AT_comporium_DoT_net
Hometown:   rock hill,s.c.
How you found us:   Other
Date:   Fri Dec 12 21:14:43 2003
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Love your web site!!! better gather your notes for a visit to mrs dennis' fouth grade class love ya lea and the gang
Name:   Marti Davis & Joe Quashnock
E-Mail:   martidavis2003_AT_yahoo_DoT_com
Hometown:   Temecula, Ca
How you found us:   Word of mouth
Date:   Sat Aug 30 00:06:44 2003
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Hi there! I'm Amanda's friend from Seasilver and she told us about your website. The pictures are spectacular!!!! We have enjoyed viewing your beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing with us. We'll keep checking in to your website and viewing any new pictures or information you may have. Marti Davis & Joe Quashnock
Name:   Dan Janosick
E-Mail:   danjanos_AT_optonline_DoT_net
Hometown:   40░ 51' N 72░ 38' W
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Wed Aug 27 21:58:59 2003
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Name:   Ron Brant
E-Mail:   r_DoT_d_DoT_brant_AT_worldnet_DoT_att_DoT_net
Hometown:   San Diego, Ca.
How you found us:   A link someplace
Date:   Mon Jul 21 19:50:48 2003
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Do you have a link (address) for True Technology? Thanks Ron
Name:   Jade Stuckey
E-Mail:   humboldtgrad_AT_earthlink_DoT_net
Hometown:   San Marcos, CA
How you found us:   Word of mouth
Date:   Mon Jul 14 20:20:54 2003
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Hello! Website is looking good GiGi! Can't wait to see you again! Keep up the awesome work!
Name:   Elliott Brooks
E-Mail:   ebrooks_AT_tip_DoT_nl
Hometown:   51N06' 5E52' Echt, Netherlands
How you found us:   A link someplace
Date:   Sun May 18 06:35:10 2003
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Hello, I'm interested in building an obeservatory with pier for now a C8, maybe later a C14. I notice you put the alt-az adjustment plate at the bottom of the pier near the concrete. Why did you not put it at the top near the scope? Do you have problems with vibration, or is your pier thick enough? Did you fill the pier with anything? Thanks much, Elliott
Name:   Steve Timmons
E-Mail:   scorpio1155_AT_yahoo_DoT_com
Hometown:   Estherville, IA
How you found us:   A link someplace
Date:   Sun Apr 20 18:54:06 2003
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Hi: My name is Steve Timmons and I just purchased an SBIG ST-237A with the CFW-5 and the FR237 focal reducer. The scope is a 12-inch LX200. I hope that when you first started imaging, you were as overwhelmed as I am right now. Thanks for all the great info on your site! ST
Name:   Antonio Peres Gomes
E-Mail:   peres_DoT_gomes_AT_netvisao_DoT_pt
Hometown:   Lagoa - Portugal
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Fri Mar 28 05:33:46 2003
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In your section tech stuff you have an interesting and simple system to lock C-14 mirror. I have just got a brand new C-14. I have noticed you cannot unscrew completely the original mirror locking screw. Question: How did you remove them from your C-14 ?
Name:   Tim Macklin
E-Mail:   tmacklin_AT_hotmail_DoT_com
Hometown:   Kernersville NC
How you found us:   Search Engine
Date:   Wed Mar 12 22:36:49 2003
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I have just begun my journey as an amateur astronomer in the last 2 years and have had great difficulty in successfully photographing deep sky objects. your work is very inspiring. Thanks!
Name:   Jim Self
E-Mail:   jself_AT_nuwavenet_DoT_com
Hometown:   Kaufman Texas
How you found us:   Other
Date:   Fri Mar 7 11:27:21 2003
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Outstanding! You have given me much to dream of and work towards.And also a beautiful web site.
Name:   manning kimmel
E-Mail:   mkimmel_AT_wrhi_DoT_com
Home Page:   http://www.wrhi.com
Hometown:  
How you found us:   Word of mouth
Date:   Sat Nov 9 22:39:08 2002
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It just keep on getting better and better !!!! I LOVE the weather info-particularly the wind data which I'm now using in my flight prep. Keep 'em coming neighbor-it's GREAT !!! Manning
Name:   Ron Headrick
E-Mail:   ron_AT_aaiengineering_DoT_com
Hometown:   N34.834 x w-85.059
How you found us:   A link someplace
Date:   Mon Oct 7 08:47:21 2002
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I've been surfing the net for Observatory Ideas and yours looks OUTSTANDING!! Now that you've had it for a while, Is there anything you would do differently? Do you have any problems with dew at the desk?
Name:   Ed Blinn
E-Mail:   eblinn_AT_sbcglobal_DoT_net
Home Page:   http://www.starjunkie.com
Hometown:   32░ 47.000' N 96░ 49.000' W
How you found us:   A link someplace
Date:   Mon Sep 2 17:30:13 2002
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Your observatory looks fantastic!!!..maybe when i get off my 1/8 acre lot I'll try to build one... Awesome pics too!
Name:   Carl Novosel
E-Mail:   stygian_sojourn_AT_yahoo_DoT_com
Hometown:   Northern California
How you found us:   A link someplace
Date:   Wed Aug 21 14:13:53 2002
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Thanks for sharing - wonderful website!
Name:   Dennis Simmons
E-Mail:   desnar_AT_powerup_DoT_com_DoT_au
Hometown:   Brisbane
How you found us:   Other
Date:   Mon Aug 19 22:17:55 2002
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Hi - This is my second visit.....and I was just wondering....now that you have the magnificent Paramount...are you looking for a good home for the AP1200? We have great skies in Australia :-)
Name:   Dennis Simmons
E-Mail:  
Hometown:   Brisbane, Australia
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Mon Aug 19 06:44:18 2002
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Nice site, great images and very good descriptions and pictures of equipment, gear, observatory, etc. Too much to see all in one go....will return.
Name:   Walt Whitman
E-Mail:   Walt_DoT_Whitman_AT_Comporium_DoT_Com
Hometown:   Edgemoor
How you found us:   Word of mouth
Date:   Thu Jun 20 22:37:50 2002
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Sandy, I am thouroghly impressed and excited for you. I had no idea that you were so involved in astronomy! I too would love to visit this spectacle some evening.
Name:   David Little
E-Mail:   David_DoT_little_AT_comporium_DoT_com
Hometown:   Rock Hill
How you found us:   Word of mouth
Date:   Fri Jun 7 09:24:14 2002
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Hey Sandy! A yellow page customer told one of the sales reps to check out your web site. I knew that astronomy was a hobby of yours, but I had no idea that you had your own private observatory!! Pretty impressive! Happy Star Gazzing!!
Name:   Charles Ruffalo
E-Mail:   ruffalo_AT_rhtc_DoT_net
Hometown:   Rock Hill S.C. on Earth
How you found us:   Word of mouth
Date:   Sun May 26 13:34:20 2002
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thanks I enjoyed the tour Sat. night
Name:   Gary Myers
E-Mail:   gmyers2_AT_caroline_DoT_rr_DoT_com
Home Page:   http://www.RXDesignOnline.com
Hometown:   Charlotte, NC
How you found us:   Search Engine
Date:   Fri May 17 12:05:02 2002
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so where is this!??? I am thinking Rock Hill but cannot confirm it.
Name:   Ron Abbott - Astro Society of Kansas City
E-Mail:   rcabbott_AT_swbell_DoT_net
Hometown:   Overland Park, Kansas 66207
How you found us:   A link someplace
Date:   Sun Mar 24 15:38:45 2002
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Name:   Dave Cohen
E-Mail:   wezel_AT_cavtel_DoT_net
Hometown:   Mechanicsville, VA - LAT 37░ 30' N LON 77░ 24' W77░ 24' W
How you found us:   Search Engine
Date:   Mon Mar 11 23:45:05 2002
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Great website. Thanks for taking the effort to share your experience in CCD photography with others, especially with the ST-237A. Your detailed notes were very helpful to me. Very nice photography.
Name:   Peter Collingwood
E-Mail:   pj67coll_AT_hotmail_DoT_com
Hometown:   Phoenix AZ.
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Mon Mar 11 22:30:30 2002
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I just wanted to say that the Image of M42 is the best I have ever seen of this object, including professional observatories efforts. And to achieve this with a mere 4 inches aperture is quite remarkable. A beautiful piece of work.
Name:   Mike Garrett
E-Mail:   mikejima_AT_pacbell_DoT_net
Home Page:   http://www.skygazer.d2g.com
Hometown:   Moorpark, Ca 93021
How you found us:   A link someplace
Date:   Sun Mar 10 15:08:51 2002
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Nice setup. I have same OTA. Interested in your perceptions once you get your paramount. I continue to learn with my AP 1200. Nice photos.
Name:   Bud Smith
E-Mail:   bud_DoT_smith_AT_Comporium_DoT_com
Hometown:  
How you found us:   Other
Date:   Wed Feb 6 17:32:43 2002
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Sandy, I've really enjoyed browsing your site and looking at the pictures. I didn't realize that you were this involved with astronomy. I'll be back, keep up the good work. Bud
Name:   Dick Neely
E-Mail:   dick_DoT_neely_AT_comporium_DoT_com
Hometown:  
How you found us:   Word of mouth
Date:   Thu Jan 24 13:01:18 2002
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Sandy, very cool site. i did not realize you had gone BIG TIME. Dick
Name:   Libby Brown
E-Mail:   Libby_DoT_Brown_AT_Comporium_DoT_net
Hometown:  
How you found us:   Word of mouth
Date:   Thu Jan 24 12:36:31 2002
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Sandy, this is great. I sure enjoyed looking at the pictures. You did a wonderful job on this site. Will keep checking back for added pictures. Thanks!
Name:   Harry Miller
E-Mail:   millerfamily_AT_comporium_DoT_net
Hometown:  
How you found us:   Word of mouth
Date:   Thu Jan 17 19:52:22 2002
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WOW!!! Sandy, You've really done some great stuff. I am impressed!!! Harry
Name:   Glenn Mcfadden
E-Mail:   glenn_DoT_mcfadden_AT_comporium_DoT_com
Hometown:   Fort Lawn
How you found us:   Word of mouth
Date:   Wed Jan 16 10:40:02 2002
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This stuff is fantastic! Keep up the good work.
Name:   Lou
E-Mail:   chimmoma_AT_earthlink_DoT_net
Hometown:   117,24 X 33,57 (southern ca.)
How you found us:   Other
Date:   Fri Dec 14 23:46:11 2001
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Hello. I will be building my second observatory soon, as I will be relocating to the San Bernardino Mountains (around 6,000' msl) near the end of December. The area offers dark skies, but is full of trees... Still debating over a roll-off or dome. I will be dealing with a large amount of snow, so a high pitch roof will be needed, which translates into high weight. Can you move your roof on your own? Regards, Lou
Name:   Will Helmly
E-Mail:   Will_DoT_helmly_AT_hometelco_DoT_com
Hometown:   Moncks Corner
How you found us:   Other
Date:   Fri Nov 9 16:33:32 2001
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Hi Sandy. Heard about your project and wanted to take a look. Wow! I know nothing about astronomy or photography but I am very impressed both with the Observatory and your photography. Keep up the great work. Will
Name:   ShutterDoug
E-Mail:   ShutterDoug_AT_InfoAve_DoT_net
Home Page:   http://www.shutterdoug.com
Hometown:   ~34.72874 N 80.77282 W
How you found us:   By my best recollection, I don't remember
Date:   Fri Nov 9 16:27:03 2001
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Just another return visit. I love your new photos! Have a great weekend!
Name:   Doug Barnes
E-Mail:   Doug_DoT_Barnes_AT_InfoAve_DoT_net
Home Page:   http://www.dougbarnes.com
Hometown:   LA as in Lancaster, SC
How you found us:   Word of mouth
Date:   Thu Jun 21 12:44:46 2001
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You've done a nice job. I'd like to come see your stuff in person sometime. FYI _ finally made it into the 500+unit club of Seti a few weeks ago.
Name:   Matthias
E-Mail:   matthias_DoT_weigelt_AT_stud_DoT_tu-muenchen_DoT_de
Hometown:   48░ 11' 52'' N 11░ 32' 06'' E (Munich)
How you found us:   Other
Date:   Thu May 31 10:17:08 2001
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Thanks for your input. I saw that Greg answered to my question, too. Now I know, that the camera is a good choise and so I purchase one asap. Greetings Matthias
Name:   julio cabrera
E-Mail:   jackstraaw_AT_yahoo_DoT_com
Hometown:   arcata, ca
How you found us:   Word of mouth
Date:   Wed May 2 21:17:01 2001
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You rock!
Name:   Paul Tanner
E-Mail:   redbeard_AT_hsnp_DoT_com
Hometown:   Hot Springs,Arkansas
How you found us:   Word of mouth
Date:   Thu Mar 29 01:30:28 2001
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Hi, this is a very great site,I love your progress photos. We are working on an observatory also, you planned and executed well. Nice hit on getting the adjustment slots in the pier in the center.(That's mapping things out).I also have a C14 with CI-700 mount, I would like to get into CCD imaging soon and really have enjoyed the site. I would like to keep in touch,e-mail if you have time. Thanks again for having an informative site, this helps keep our minds headed in the right direction-UP!Thanks to folks like you we add a couple of new astronomers each day. Our best and greatest natural resource, The Celestial Heavens Above. Paul
Name:   Bob Patton
E-Mail:   rwp_AT_mindspring_DoT_com
Hometown:   Clearwater, FL
How you found us:   A link someplace
Date:   Tue Mar 27 23:13:56 2001
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Hi Sandy! We sure enjoyed seeing your observatory the other night! Things have really progressed since I was a kid lookin' through an 8-inch reflector with plumbing pipe for a mount! Did you get the pixs you wanted the other night?? I'm still looking to see them posted! ...........Bob
Name:   Kathy B. Dawson
E-Mail:   edistokat3613_AT_Yahoo_DoT_com
Hometown:   Georgetown, S.C.
How you found us:   Other
Date:   Sun Mar 25 11:51:20 2001
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Sandy, Wow, I'm impressed! Some really beautiful shots. I especially like the one of the full moon.
Name:   Earl Cooke
E-Mail:   mewlon_AT_yahoo_DoT_com
Hometown:   Winnabow NC
How you found us:   Resource Directory Listing
Date:   Wed Mar 21 17:41:39 2001
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great work on your observatory.just starting on mine.i may contact you in the future for some advice.again great job.
Name:   Bill Hilton Jr.
E-Mail:   bhilton_AT_infoave_DoT_net
Home Page:   http://www.hiltonpond.org & http://www.rubythroat.org
Hometown:   York SC
How you found us:   Word of mouth
Date:   Sat Mar 3 15:57:54 2001
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SANDY . . . Thanks for your tip on this Web site. I didn't know you were this deep into deep space. :-) Best wishes, BILL
Name:   Peter Kubacko
E-Mail:   peterk46_AT_earthlink_DoT_net
Home Page:   http://home.earthlink.net/~peterk46
Hometown:   Charlotte, NC
How you found us:   Other
Date:   Sat Feb 24 16:26:07 2001
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Frank, Your web site looks better every time I access it and the images are fantastic. Really like the new M106. Have a good one, Pete
Name:   Gerry Cichocki
E-Mail:   gcichocki_AT_hotmail_DoT_com
Hometown:   Newark, DE
How you found us:   Other
Date:   Thu Feb 22 23:02:36 2001
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I just finished my rolloff this past December & it was based on Chris Vedeler's also. Your rails are made just like mine. I had rain get inside the angle iron between the welds & ran into the observatory. If you didn't already I would reccomend caulking the angle iron all the way down each side. I also caulked each side of the metal plate (that the angle is welded to) where it meets the wood. Seems if there is ice on the rail it melts & works its way under the plate & inside. I had this problem on one rail only --It wasn't exactly level but I caulked both. I also built up the caulk like a little dam just prior to where the rail enters the observatory to keep any heavy rain from possibly coming in. Did you use stainless steel or galvanized angle iron? I used plain angle iron & sprayed a cold galvanizing compound on & a primer & it is not holding up . The wheels chew it right off. What have you used?? Good luck, Gerry.
Name:   Frank S Barnes III
E-Mail:   SBarnes_AT_RHTC_DoT_Net
Home Page:   http://www.skyimager.com
Hometown:   Rock Hill
How you found us:   Just out surfing
Date:   Tue Jan 23 01:08:47 2001
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