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If you have come here from one of my other WebPages, you already know something about me, and some of my interests in amateur astronomy...

I am Ray Cash: a San Francisco resident, finish carpenter/cabinetmaker, novice skydiver, amateur telescope-maker, sidewalk astronomer, novice CCD imager, and deep-sky observer.   I hope you enjoy this page.

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Observing Hickson Groups

The main thrust of this WebPage: Extensive notes from various observers; "best of" list; how to prepare; photos...


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The Messier Monster
Mark Wagner


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Observing Arp Galaxies

Observing the 100 brightest Arp peculiar galaxies... my notes, so far.


Obscure, Sometimes  Large, Planetaries of the Summer
A few large Abell (and other) planetaries I observed these past two Summers. Recent observations of Jay McNeil's list as outlined in S&T's August, '99 article.

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Beyond the Messier List
A personal recommendation of which Deep-Sky observing list to use.

The Caldwell Catalogue a Good Idea Gone Bad...
Alister Ling

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My wife, Marie-No, with my 13-inch "travel scope." See:
Deep-Sky Notes from Hawaii

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Fun With Einstein's Cross
Einstein's Cross Revisited
Another Quasar in Draco

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My main scope: a 17.5" f/4.5 homebuilt
workhorse (13-yr. old Coulter mirror).

Click photo to E-mail me.


Other Deep-Sky WebPages
Deep-Sky, and ONLY
Deep-Sky links.



To my other WebPages:

The San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers

How to Build a Dobsonian Telescope

How to Make a 13-inch Travel Scope

My Vanity Page

Dobsonian Evolution

newb_8.gif (4999 bytes)My Fastar CCD Page


since July 27, 1998
Last update:  January 23, Y2K