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2017 Total Solar Eclipse2017 Total Solar Eclipse-Eastern Oregon
2009 Total Solar Eclipse-Asian Pacific
2001Total Solar Eclipse--Africa
1999 Total Solar Eclipse-Turkey
1998Total Solar Eclipse + Jupiter-The Caribbean
My 14.5 inch f/3.5 Grab & Go Telescoppe-My current "Flagship" Telescope. 
This photo was taken at the 2017 Golden State Star Party.
  24 inch f/4 Ultra Light Dobsonion
  My un-intended TREND SETTING signature Telescope
  First Light June 15th, 2000, 8:25pm - Sold in March of 2009
  Design Features 
      Large Altitude BearingLarge Altitude Bearing 
      Flex Board Azimuth Bearing 
      Pyramid Shaped Spider 
      Lightweight Open Architecture  
Simple concept-make a large Aperture Telescope as light and minimalist as possible, manageble by one person and able to travel in a small vehicle with room for camping provisions.  The total weight was 105 pounds, with the heaviest piece 72 pounds, that being the Cell/Mirror combination.  The Pyramid Spider replaced the Cage structure.  Aluminum straps and corner gussits added regidity.  The Cage nests on the "Mirror Box" for travel.   The material was Baltic Birch with an epoxy coating including the Mirror Cell.  Lots of holes to reduce weight, combined with aluminum gussits and straps to add rigidity.  The trusses are made from foam filled 3/4 inch Graphite tubing and the Spider is made from Aluminum and Composite plates.   A Flex Board Azimuth with Cam Follower Bearings for the large Alt Bearing sits on a heavy hub-less Ground (Board) Base.  The Base is "hub-less" to permit Mirror clearance as the Telescope rotates to the horizon.  The Azimuth surface needed frequent cleaning to maintain smooth motion. 

Mt. St. Helens Volcano 
My go to region for Astronomical Observing. This is a view from our observation point.  The above view is from our observing location.  The clouds would later clear this night.   Click image for more on places to observe.
Southern Sky Obsaerving-Leonardo Cavagnaro's Website & Videos
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About Leo
My name is Leo Gabriel Cavagnaro. I live in Mendoza, one of the biggest cities in the west region of Argentina, situated close to the Andes Mountains. Mendoza is a friendly city to live in. It is a place of vineyards and wineries, good restaurants…and dark skies for undertaking astronomy.

I am an industrial engineer and amateur astronomer. I have enjoyed the starry skies since I was a child. I consider visual observation one of the most fruitful and amazing activities that any amateur can do. For this reason I wanted to bring this observing guide of the southern skies to help the night sky´s fans with their observations.
Leo's Book-The Southern Observer's Handbook  (PDF Book) 

Spring Bound to lay flat, 78 page Book on Binocular Stargazing  ABOUT THE BOOK
  Book Web Price: $24.90 including shipping in the continental U.S.  
  Featured Dealers  
  Cloud Break Optics-Seattle, Washington  
  Oregon Observatory-Sunriver, Oregon  
  Postal Place PDX  
  Rose City Astronomers Society-Portland, Oregon  

Pages & Links
Astronomy Home Page
My Telescopes
My Binoculars
My Cameras
Eclipses & Transits
2017 Total Solar Eclipse-Baker City, OR
2012 Venus Transit-Washington
2012 Annual Solar Eclipse-CA
2009 Total Solar Eclipse-Asia
2004 Venus Transit-Greece
2001 Total Solar Eclipse-Africa
1999 Total Solar Eclipse-Turkey
1998 Total Solar Eclipse-Caribbean
Image Gallery
Observing Sites-Mt St Helens Volcano
Pacific Northwest Astronomy 
Pine Mountain Observatory
Oregon Observatory-Sunriver
Eugene Astronomical Society
Rose City Astronomers (RCA)
Friends of Gallieo-Astro Society
David Haworth-Sky Imaging
Oregon Star Party (OSP) 
Oregon Road Cams
Mt. St. Helens Cam
Washington Mountain Passes
Golden State Star Party (GSSP)
Mt. Bachelor Star Party
Telescope & Equipment
Mel Bartels
Aurora Precision-Components
What to look at
Carbon Star List
Observing G1 the Great Globular in Andromeda
Andromeda Galaxy-Object full of Objects
Yanking Markarian's Chain-of Galaxies
Astronomy & Space Travel
Clear Sky Charts
Backyard Astronomer
International Dark Sky Association
Maui Astronomy Club
Spears Travel
The Planetary Society
SLOOH.COM  Live Space Show
The Universe Today
NASA-Home Page
SOHO-Latest Solar Images
World View Experience
BBC News Article-The Moon & Beyond
NON Astronomy-But relevant LINKS
House Plants for Dark Spaces
The Weather Channel
NON Astronomy-DWELLINGS-Small Spaces & RVs
Portakleen Mobile Bunk House
I like this Tiny Home
North Face-Ultra Lite Fabric Camper
My Favorite RV?
My Business Affiliates
Portland & Tri-County Heating Oil Tank Decommissionings
Vancouver & Southwest Washington Heating Oil Tank Decommissionings
Children's Book written by Cory & Jennifer Dopp
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