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Driving on Air and a prophetic 'Stone Age' Technology against Global Warming

Temperature records, increasing numbers and intensities of storms, floodings, wildfires, droughts... How will climate change proceed? How intense, and how fast?
After decades of public and scientific debates about the causes and parameters, the recent trend is clearly speaking for a severe change of the climate within an alarmingly short time. The atmosphere and oceans are showing signs of a potential escalation towards deteriorating life conditions on earth. Nobody can stop the accumulating methane gas that is escaping faster and faster out of the perma frost regions and seabeds, triggered by the heat-trapping global greenhouse made
of CO2. The greenhouse effect of methane surpasses CO2 by 25 times or more... It has become difficult to communicate the steeply rising degree of urgency to the public and the complex blend of influencing factors makes it hard to predict what will happen exactly. Whatever that is, it will change everything, very fast.

More, and more warning voices are leaving the conservative establishment and their classic economic priorities. The concept of basic international contracts and rules, to achieve the reduction of greenhouse emissions, seems not enough to stop the scary development. It is like scratching on the surface of the (melting) "iceberg"...
The question is not anymore, only, how to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions. We will have to find a way to reduce the temperatures directly. Planet Earth has become a kind of vast industrial stress experiment that is damaging our natural habitat in the universe, the fauna and flora, the soil, the oceans, and the atmosphere. We are studying and documenting that depressing process in plain detail so that we can learn about it, daily, in the news and science forums. Reports of desintegrating life zones pull a lot of media interest. New revolutionary green technologies, on the other hand, or keen ideas of geoengineering (however weird they may appear), are rarely introduced in the mainstream media. Some have been attacked or rediculed. Many useful inventions or findings for a better, greener, easier way of life can hardly make it to a major market, or it happens very, very slow... If there is a 'stop button' for the doom, where is it?
Organic photovoltaics could become a smart technology to generate electric power because certain versions could become cheap and lightweight. OPV can be done even in transparent layers. Screens and windows can contain it. Hopefully, we will see skyscrapers wrapped in silicium or with OPV coatings. The same technology could recharge the electric cars. Most cars are parking or driving in daylight, hence we are throwing away up to 30 clean free kilometers per day. (Panasonic, Toyota, and Tesla, and others are allegedly doing something about it, currently. Steps in the right direction at an interesting point of time considering the introduction of the first Solar Cell in 1954(!) by researchers of the Bell Laboratories).
And what did we achieve in terms of electric recuperation? While certain commuter trains were featuring that technology, already a century ago, we went on using sheer friction to slow the ride. We loose power, each time when stepping on the brake pedal, thereby producing millions of tons of unhealthy sorts of dust.

Thousands of billions of dollars went in the development of the modern automobiles, and their infrastructures, running with
mostly one or two persons on board, emitting loads of greenhouse gases, killing forests, animals, and plants. The industrial automobile sells ores, oil, and rubber. This is why we have them heavy, thirsty, dirty, and why they still can't fly (unseen certain latest developments of companies of admirable, courageous private inventors and investors). Cars were tailored to reach the work place, daily, or a mid distance weekend destination. The easier to build and to maintain electric car is said to have a heavy battery and it takes a bit long for charging, not mentioning the economic hurdles. And, yet, it's not just solar-, hydro-, and wind energy enabling electric mobility - 'fueling' the oponents of the electric car.

Obviously, forgotten, or nearly unknown: the old and simple compressed air car. When we would combine that super lightweight technology with a small electric compressor, and photovoltaic layers all over the bodywork, the air compression tank could refill in daylight. The speed and range is only limited by the possible air pressure, the volume of the compression tank, and by the design of the motor. Creating these air pressure engines could perhaps 'save' parts of the yet existing combustion engine industry. (Maybe, along with a future generation of hydrogen based combustion drives...).
A lightweight compression tank from composite materials could be integrated in the bodywork to nearby support the stiffness of the structure. That could become a very powerful, spacious, and lightweight vehicle. It could also become a very safe car because the compressed air tank could be connected with an outside&inside airbag system. Besides the electric car, this could be the most affordable, or elegant way to go. But the number of
involved industries would be overviewable. Such a car would be dirt cheap. It would make the customer fairly independent. The motor would not produce much heat. This means that the engine parts can be made of lightweight materials. These cars could have every thinkable design, whatsoever. They could be made for delivery of Pizza, or they could transport your family. They could as well work in form of a school bus or as a tractor. When a small tank for bio gas or hydrogen is connected, additionally, besides the compressed air tank, the power of the engine can be further reinforced. An inverse method could be useful too: Air compression to generate electric power for driving. The air pressure tank will weigh far less than any known battery. Further advantages could be a higher longtime efficiency and a least possible complexity to build it. And the toxicity of batteries? ...Not a problem with a tank that is containing compressed air, made of composites to stand a very long time. A lot will depend on how good, how light, how cheap, and how 'green' the coming generation of batteries will show. However, the simplicity and the low weight speaks for research on the air compression drive technology, offering perhaps a very simple and green way of efficient mobility. The scalable energy density profile (per mass and volume) could make it interesting for aviation, too. To build an air pressure tank stronger, very safe, and lightweight is possible and likely easier than making batteries of same energy capacity and weight.

Here is an example for the air compression technology (The very city-specific design is certainly not showing the limits...)

In a near future, the cars could get airborne. Retractable wings could make them flying tight over
green speedways. The 'Ground Effect Vehicle' could become a clean solution to close the gap between driving and flying because a GEV could have retractable wings and wheels, so that it can drive downtown, following a foot-level flight over a green intercity expressway (yes, why not with grass on it). Controlling the traffic safety of GEVs, by modern computers, should be easier than running a classic car driverless through the city rush hour. A GEV could be propelled by electric impeller jet drives, integrated in the wings. The retractable wings can be designed smaller as of a conventional plane, but they would increase the active photovoltaic surface (way bigger exposed surface as of a conventional SUV, or so). Very interesting is that they can travel over water, and over snow and ice, or over sands, or over marshland... Certain versions will even lift off and land vertically (VTOL). 

Time is needed to make tools and toys different or better, but time is running out due to the runaway development of the average atmospheric and oceanic parameters. We need a radical reforestation policy asap, photovoltaics virtually everywhere, bio composites, wooden materials wherever making sense, and less burning, mining, and smelting. Hopefully, wooden log homes will become more popular but in connection with significant reforestation campaigns. We could use more Carbon in our building materials (e.g. timber) but we need to get it out of the atmosphere (more forests could do that). Storms and earthquakes can not so easily destroy a well done log home. Lightweight eco friendly drives may allow to surpass the traditional paradigm of 'making&moving by burning'. Many sorts of plants, besides cotton, can be used to make superb fibers and textiles with very specific properties. Some can be used also in the form of composites, to create all sorts of durable and lightweight products. Why not eco-friendly wearables instead of petroleum based chemical textiles... Wind turbines, designed to use the funnel effect, could be embedded into the common architecture for charging batteries inbuilt in the walls, nearby improving thermal insulation, just like the photovoltaic roof tiles...

Sand dams are a clever and well working rural irregation strategy, even in sand deserts. They can irrigating oases in certain desert conditions (working almost like a miracle). At the moment we have quite a lot of arid land on earth! We could likely survive on a hot rainforest planet but certainly not on an overheated planet with raging superstorms and floodings. 'Terra Forming' is a term that was meant for the future exploration of other planets. But before settling on Mars, or so, we might be better adviced to launch a Terra Reforming project on earth. We have to rethink what economy should do, and what it should not do, to man and nature.
Since we learned of the urgent need to avoid greenhouse gas emissions, it should actually become politically and financially far easier to invent or propose smarter things for happy people and a happy planet. But is this already so? Has it become easier?

Once, we were told that a significant rise of the sea level could happen in 500 years or so. That number was going down rapidly, now, throughout touching presently living generations (in the case of certain 'Abrupt Global Warming' scenarios). Meanwhile, all sorts of severe weather is haunting us in many places on earth. We have seen it coming, though, yet we're burning oil and coal as usual. Many ingenious people presented great ideas over the past decades, but the breakthrough is hindered by an obviously distorted understanding of how a blue planet actually works. Still, some people claim that it's not all coming from mankind's carbon emissions, or that it is mainly the solar factor changing the climate etc... Looking at the graphs, it seems too late for that discussion.

We need an air conditioner for planet Earth!  

The utopia A TIME OF GOLDEN SKIES describes a fairly crazy sounding fictional concept. The protagonists/adventurers learn that the Great Pyramid of Giza has been secretly identified as a gigantic shooting device, a thermodynamic system of gas ex
plosion chambers, created to eject liquefied gold through the upper two diagonal 'airshafts', so fast and so high into the sky that it can reach or surpass the top layers of the atmosphere, high enough to cover great parts of the earth with gold particles, just like a global molecular confetti rain, or so. The process shall enhance the infrared reflectivity of the planet, to reduce the average temperatures of the otherwise rapidly heating up surface, atmosphere, and oceans. The Great Pyramid - a divine/alien/human installation to prevent extinction on Earth?! Yes, that was a part of my initial idea for a Christian faith based science fiction adventure story, partly inspired by certain mysterious prophecies in the Bible. However, the longer I was pulled into that topic, the more I had to wonder: "Could it even be true?"

In the meantime, a leading Professor of a renown German Institute of
Thermodynamics, has roughly calculated (scalable) the necessary pressure to around 3500 bar to occur in the 'King's Chamber' for escalating a 10kg liquid mass of gold to fly into near earth space, pushed through the northern and southern s.c. 'Air Shafts'. That is a similar pressure occurring as in certain Common Rail Diesel motors. Generating that energy could be achieved by a reacting sled-piston-compressed gas mix from the so called 'Grand Gallery'. Hydrogen, methane, and other light rising gases can be generated by e.g. pyrolysis, in the deepest chamber, the 'Subterranean Chamber'. A first initial gas explosion in the s.c. 'Queen's Chamber', and the adjacent access corridor, shall produce enough sudden pressure to push a gigantic piston sled upwards, running on rollerbearings inside the aslant 'Grand Gallery'. That will compress all the air and gas mix from the GG into the KC... But while trying to understand the 'pyramid bang', we may first have to look at a few fundamental thoughts.

The 'King's Chamber', located centrally inside of an artificial mountain of rock (so to say), is certainly solid enough to withstand a far higher pressure as in a Diesel motor. Thus, it could basically push significant masses of a heavy or a precious metal very high, toward the northern and the southern skies and countries, in the gaseous form, to be spread by jet streams or the coriolis force etc... The diagonal angles of these remarkable shafts, and their specific design, could throughout indicate the intended function as acceleration runs, with their over 60m
(!) effective lengths, allowing unprecedented long ballistic trajectories of a liquid dense metal material that will become a gas during its hypersonic flight. The air friction, at such multiple supersonic velocities, will be furtherly heating up the liquid metal. It will transform into the gaseous state while still trapped in the slipstream behind a (e.g.) shock-burned ceramic lump of clay. Pushed by the glueing/sealing clay (or plaster) inside the shafts or, maybe, inside of special embedded tubes. Certainly the inner walls of the shafts/tubes will get gilded, reducing the friction. Specs and details may become subject to research, but I hope, the physical principles hinted, here, appear plausible enough to consider that roughly presented, seemingly 'absurd' suggestion (after the initial laugh has calmed down). Someone attempted, or rather planned ahead for the eons to come, enabling rescue of human life and nature on earth. Someone who ruled or influenced the deep ancient past (at the least) and, who, obviously, could see sharply into the future.

Pre-installed vertical grooves are to find in the 'Antechamber', an access room made of granite, leading to the KC. It is apparently designed for a huge 'high load' valve system consisting of three massive bulkheads, or portcullis. Presumably, they are as best to be built from steel, obviously pulley-connected to the giant sled-piston system in the Grand Gallery (also a rust resistant steel construction to stand the dynamic forces, the big range of temperatures, and the humidity). The vertical rails, for closing the three bulkheads/portcullis (thereby to ignite the reaction in the KC), will have to be anchored in these said granite grooves that are carved in by the ancient masons (the grooves are partly damaged but likely repairable). That triple portcullis valve system will be defining how much pressure the red granite block lined King's Chamber can take, thus, how far the gold gas can fly, in the slipstream behind a leading nose of ceramics which is keeping the golden gas jet on track. 54 little niches, meant to contain the roller bearings for the piston sledge in the GG, had been carved into the ledges (again, by the ancient masons!). Normally, the necessary interior installations and repair works could be completed by mortal humans of today with stuff that is to find in a building materials & hardware store.

The mysterious five 'Relief Chambers', stacked on top of the King's Chamber, will as well contain inflammable gases. Their reaction shall dampen AND increase the pressure in the KC, at the same time! Their counteracting
cascade-like reaction will happen in a prompt succession, within a fraction of a second, ignited by the piezo effect occurring between the stone beams on top and below each chamber. Between the ceiling beams, the gas can flow in and out as they had not been made air tight, intentionally! The countless quartz particles will produce sparking, due to the sudden change of static pressure in all the contact points. That firing cascade will stretch the duration and the maximum gas pressure in the KC. Splashing water, in the 'Stone Sarcophagus', has now enough time to steam up thereby increasing the insane gas pressure, inside the KC, even more! The highest attainable pressure will finally release the clay-sealed gold charges, pushing them through the upper two shafts whizzing them high into the northern and into the southern sky (there is still an important mechanism to ensure the synchronicity but it would take too much space to tell, here).

It is, of course, a good question, how high the gold charges need to climb. When you look at the map, you will find a lot of dry land in the north (east of Europe and west of Russia) and a bit more in the south of Giza (the entire African land mass down to the Cape). Interestingly, the different angles of the shafts could match the two different ballistic requirements to reach much of these land masses, after the reentry. Some of the precious metal gas will be leaving the charges while ascending like a
kind of global sprinkler system. The extreme density of the ballistic flight mass will be penetrating the air, highly efficiently, spreading out an invisible veil of gold on that same globe that our species had sprinkled with blood and deprivation, over thousands of years.

Gold is extremely effective covering large surfaces with surprisingly small masses, so that a very thinly gilded surface can be reflecting highest levels of infrared radiation. A gold coin is enough to gild a full size sculpture of a rider and his horse! We need, of course, not a visibly closed gold coating of the earth's surface. Just a transparent, invisible veil of gold particles is enough. That cloud of gold could be orbiting the planet and then be falling back down, much of it will cover dry land. It will remain as an active reflector, as long as it occurs in the sky or in the upper layer of the dry surface of the earth. Every single gold atom, in the low orbit, in the atmosphere, or on the ground, will help to fight Global Warming whilst increasing the infrared reflectivity (Albedo) of our planet!

Yes, that 'Stone Age' mega machine is meant to gilden our planet, to pause or halt Global Warming for a certain time, long enough, so that we can have the opportunity (mercy would be the better term) to "clean" our motherland in space, rethink our technical haste, and greedy habits, our questionable ways of transport and food production, and our bizarre social-economic concepts of wealth distribution. Perhaps, we can finally end political or racial unfriendliness and cruel traditions, replacing them with a deeply ingraved desire for love and peace, in our hearts and minds... hopefully, humanity can opt for life before running out of time and options.

Many Ancient Alien theorists are expecting a powerful alliance, or a delegation of alien astronauts coming back to earth, in an unknown future. Certain ancient cultures, traditions, and religions stressed the return of their gods as an inevitable core element of their believe concept. That wish, hope, faith, or fear remained immanent in ancient cultures, rites, texts, and buildings, reaching back to the stone age. Pyramids and temples have mainly to do with the expected god-given eternal life, or the believe in it like the believe in something that undoubtedly exists. Interestingly, after centuries of enlightenment when it became, scientifically seen, pure 'nonsense' the ancient dream of immortality made it on the discussion board of modern science ethics. In the age of super computers, artificial intelligence, and 3D printing of lung tissue, livers, kidneys, venes, or bones, you will scratch your head and think again... Perhaps you may ask your local Pastor concerning the future of mankind. What will he say when you allow him one single sentence? When he is leading a Biblically oriented congregation, he might say something like: "The Son of Man and His Kingdom of Heaven will return to bring eternal life, removing fear and terror forever, but it will make a difference if He will find us looking up, or running away."

Could the Great Pyramid, made of 6.25 million tons (estimated total mass) of seamlessly set 2.5 tons heavy stone blocks (average), take such a high pressure in her red granite block armored King's Chamber, for propelling the instantly liquifying Gold so high into the sky? Perhaps daily, during the coming decades, or centuries even? Could she distribute the gaseous gold towards the northern and the southern hemisphere, reaching far out thus covering the globe with a super thin golden layer that shall be reflecting more and more of the infrared radiation of the sun? Could that ancient enigmatic monument be meant to halt the terrible dynamics of Global Warming caused by our (obviously expected by the ancient builder/s) industrial societies of the modern age? Can it give us enough extra time to overcome mankind's economic think barriers, destructive habits, and harmful technologies? Could it make us sometimes 'giving' to each other instead of selling, 'receiving' instead of buying? Could we still learn to become a human family of love and peace? Could we sometimes connect to the potentially existing interstellar, or intergalactic networks out there? Can we even become a new building block of the Kingdom of Heaven? Or will we choose to live on as economic conquerors and warriors, ruining our blue house in space?  

Obviously, the Great Pyramid of Giza is (also) a planetary life rescue apparatus, to say it in a nutshell. Her many mathematical, numerological, and geometrical references show
the character of a divine memorial. It's a preeminent monument that proves the serious intention and power to repair the fundamental life conditions on earth! Certain incorporated numbers and features are without doubt indicating Biblical connections, as several researchers had noticed, already, centuries ago. The Giza Pyramids were built to perform several functions surpassing everything a Hollywood film maker could dare to dream of.

Isaiah, a prophet of the Old Testament, had announced an 'altar of stone', important enough to become a 'sign and a witness to the LORD of hosts'. A written prophecy, obviously, expected to be met in a remote future. That 'altar of stone' shall be located in the 'midst of the land of Egypt' and 'at its border'. 'Border' translates into "Giza", the elevated frontier point between Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt. It is not believed that Isaiah had seen or known the Giza Pyramids, or if he even knew more about their specific technical functions. I guess that God had let him use prophetic words, hinting Giza, but concurrently protecting it as long as necessary because otherwise the monument site would have become a focus of worse destruction and seizure, like other significant places of conflicts in the human history. The specified location, and the term 'altar' is fitting perfectly because it could hint an elevated place to sacrifice something of value.

A second object of stone that is also mentioned in Isaiah 19:19, the 'stone column' or 'pillar of stone', is still standing in a place that is, biblically, named 'Ir-Ha-Heres', the 'city of destruction'. Once, it was known as 'Heliopolis' (Sun City) in ancient Greek, or 'IUNU' in Egyptian language. Huge temples had been destroyed, and then removed from there. Today it is a district of Cairo. One single obelisk survived, miraculously, still pointing skyward, in a little park, illuminated at night...

Will A TIME OF GOLDEN SKIES remain science fiction or could it even be?
Could the Great Pyramid of Giza become the last way out to halt Global Warming, nearby mitigating those notorious warmongering attitudes of certain nations and individuals, finally helping the leaders to see and feel how costly our gift of nature and human life actually is, before everything fades? Has the 7th World Wonder been defying time for so long, to bail out mankind? ...Inviting us to invest (or sacrifice) into a future of life, and can we fix that ancient prophetic monument to let it embrace our (yet) blue planet with its miraculous arms of gold?

As it appears, we can still do something against Global Warming. It will require to get humble, forgiving, wondering, learning, and looking up to the skies & heavens...

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>..."...Come on, John, please..., slowly..., maybe... now... finally to the point...” Sarah was woken up and began with mild bed gymnastics. Her injured leg had reduced the swelling, but it was itchy and she hated it, not being able to sit in her airplane, rehearsing the new routine. Also, from her parachute she was fed up at the moment. The situation was chastening. Just Elijah's love was a solace. So far, they had missed the first two air shows of the season. Not good. However, Eli gave her warmth and closeness. “...But now, crazy John and his fancy speculations, and no way in sight to get rid of him this afternoon,” she thought.

Elijah was listening with growing attention. He had developed some interest in Asian cultures. As a professional adventurer and mountaineer, he could throughout imagine to clamber around in a secret mountain cave or in a tomb, discovering hidden treasures, and when possible, why not a formula or equipment to save the world, about like a comic hero in the cinema, or so...

Ok, Sarah, it's the pyramid... I mean, the Great Pyramid of Giza, ...of course!” John pushed it hastily behind.

Aaah, wow! How original is that?! Thanks, John... Very interesting... Though.., you know... That's actually enough for me today... Bye, John!” Sarah lounged relaxed at Elijah's side and closed her eyes again.

Elijah persisted. “Wait a minute. What exactly do you mean with 'Great Pyramid'? I thought you're talking about a mysterious machine, or so? In this pyramid, there are no buttons to press, or?” He would have preferred going to explore a secret treasure cave. Pyramid climbing was somewhat outside his spectrum of interest.

Button not, ...no, ...although, ...almost! ...Something like that. A ball! It's a ball. When you think it through, it's actually pretty close to a switch or a lever. Though, it's just a ball... Seems unimpressive, but it surpasses everything Indiana Jones could ever dream of. It appears so strangely simple that no one came up with it, not even in our modern times where rolling balls are considered as something self-evident... I mean, when you only think of soccer, of tennis, ...or bowling, ...or billiards, or so... Everything is rolling, or?”

What do you mean with 'a ball', John? What are you actually talking about?” Sarah lost her patience, yet not her humor. Her voice came from underneath of her blanket where she had just disappeared again.

Since centuries, journalists and scientists had been around there, conducting research on the Great Pyramid of Giza. They've written thousands of books... John, You're really not the first one who's putting attention on it.”

Yes, I know it sounds like a B-movie tale, but in reality, it's a huge apparatus. It's a superhuman technical device and it addresses precisely the two most serious threats on Earth, namely, global warming and the wickedness amidst the nations. Both separates humanity from a vibrant future. It's like a boundary between life and death. And yes! 'Frontier' or 'border' is a term into that 'Giza' can be translated, quite literally! Interestingly, the name 'Cairo', of the neighboring mega city, translates into 'Mars'. Mars was the name of a Roman god who was associated with war. In Greece it was Ares, yet before that age. You could interpret 'Giza' as the 'border' point or 'borderline' between peace and war, or between life and death. It's also possible to consider Giza purely geographically as a border, between Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt! But that's not yet the full picture. Based on a certain cartographic system, it's located exactly at the geometric mass center of the dry land masses on the whole planet!”

Ooookay, details please!” Sarah became slowly visible again. “Please, John, what for a border? What for a ball?! What are you talking about?”

...Hang on! Think, I've read about something like that... somewhere, sometimes... ” muttered Elijah in between.

Right! ...The Dixon Relics... They're called 'Dixon Relics'... Once, they were almost discarded because they appeared so insignificant from a classical studies point of view. For some time, they were even disappeared completely. Today, they are exhibited in the British Museum, in London.”

John had regained the attention of the two stunt pilots. Sarah got a twinkle in her eyes as if she would start the Lycoming of her Edge 540. Elijah was wondering how to turn on a gigantic pyramid with a ball, for whatsoever...

In 1872, a Scottish railway engineer named Waynman Dixon, and his friend, Dr. James Andrew Sandilands Grant, a physician with influential relations practicing in Cairo titled there as Honorary Grant Bey, discovered two small shaft openings behind thick limestone walls, in a chamber that is located below the famous King's chamber. In their cross-section, these shafts are about the size of a shoe box...”

...How could they discover shafts there when they were covered from stone walls?” asked Sarah.

Similar shafts were known and accessible in the King's Chamber. Their mentor and client, Charles Piazzi Smyth had suspected similar features in the Queen's Chamber, underneath. Dixon had moved a candle flame slowly along the walls, putting attention to the finest air movements. Then he pushed a wire into a tiny gap and knocked off the walls for potential resonance. Finally, when he was sure enough of hollow sounds, he chiseled them carefully out. And bingo!, the gentlemen found indeed two previously unknown shafts... Same position and orientation as above. Their entrances were at the north wall and right opposite at the south wall of the room. They had a similar diameter as those in the King's Chamber. On the outer surface of the pyramid, however, they are closed. They don't show exits at the outer walls, as the upper two shafts do. The virtual exit points in their geometric extensions are not marked anywhere, externally.”

John unpacked a huge technical drawing. He eagerly rolled it out on Sarah's sickbed, right in front of both astonished faces. It was depicting the Great Pyramid, in her cross-section.

...Dixon, of course, ...he wanted to bring home particular valuable treasures or at least a mummy, but there was nothing like that. Instead, a nearly fist-sized stone ball rolled out there... Guess that could have rumbled pretty scary in the stuffy dark room. Certainly a frightening experience when you've just opened a pyramid shaft, after many thousands of years, with a torch and a chisel in your hands... and then a stone ball is tumbling out there, like on a bowling alley or so. Inside was also a wooden rod, and a funny little double sided hook made of bronze. Except for the wooden stick, those things landed in the British Museum in London, via complex detours and an intermediate shelf life in the Museum of Aberdeen, in Scotland.”

OK, John, and what should we think about this very interesting stone ball and the extraordinary double-whatsit-hook?” asked Sarah, noticeable getting a little bored again...<

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Congratulation on the Hot Products. 

Thank you for producing a great telescope.  I could tell from your early designs that you would eventually make a real winner.
I appreciate that someone finally came up with a truly portable telescope. 
Thank you for your kind words in your "about" section.

I recently built a very simple style flying telescope by taking as many part from a classic Dobsonian and putting it in a carry on home built case. 
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Firstly may I say thank you for sharing your wonderful telescope design with us. It was an absorbing and uplifting experience for us both!
As you know Brian and I have strong connections with astronomy through Cambridge Astronomical Association and through our own life interest.
We are both passionate and deeply committed to our subject.
Also we both regularly make and use telescopes of all types – from those found in professional observatories to some of the finest amateur instruments available.

Our CAA connections also make us most aware of the needs and issues faced by those beginning astronomy and of those who choose to pursue
astronomy at a semi professional level.

With this experience in mind I can say that I have never seen such an elegant and technically sophisticated solution to Newtonian telescope manufacture as you have achieved with this latest creation. I have personally researched the leading edge of amateur designs over many years.
I know this is where technical excellence and innovation is often to be found. Based on this research I believe you have a superior instrument which is at vanguard of present possibilities given the technology available.

You are to be greatly congratulated. It is a superbly practical piece of art and also a fantastic scientific instrument. So as we say in England – I take my hat of to you!

We were greatly impressed by the following features:

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In conclusion let me say you have made a thing of great beauty in this instrument. It has beauty of purpose and of construction. You will know that
astronomers often fall somewhat in love with the instruments that connect them so fundamentally with the Universe. Keen observers own many scopes
and are eager to share their knowledge with others. They consider this a wonderful if not beautiful experience. In this sense you have a product which
is easy to love. I predict this product will have passionate Champions!

I hope you are able to protect your design and find in this special place which is Cambridge those who can help you bring this design to the market.
Those who do help will help not only you, but generations of astronomers to come. Those who understand their shared duty in helping humankind
know our wonderful planet and its greater place in the space environment.

From our life experience, including many years in design and manufacture, we know that there is a long way to go before you can sell the scope
commercially. Your determination so far, working with limited resources, shows you have the passion and will to succeed.

If there is any way in which I can further assist your endeavours please let me know and I will do all I can to make help available.

To further indicate the level of belief I have in your future success please let me be the first to order one of you production telescopes when they become available. 

Again many thanks and our very best regards,

Barry Crellin ( and on behalf of Brian Lister)

Cambridge Astronomical Association

"... I am amazed at how stable the scope is for such a lightweight structure.
Vibrations damp very quickly after movement, and collimation holds effectively.
My only concern is that azimuth motion is slightly sticky with the additional
counterbalance. I may need to add some lubrication to the azimuth surface.
The optics are very good. I have had excellent images even in fairly bright
suburban skies. I look forward to taking it to a truly dark site. Coma is
minimal despite the fast focal ratio. I have not need to use a Paracorr yet.
Setup and takedown are becoming very easy now that I have had practice. 

I must congratulate you on the brilliant design. My observing companions are going to
be very impressed when I show up at the next star party with this scope in the
backpack. Based only on some e-mail discussions, I have already been asked to
write a short article about it for the Minnesota Astronomical Society newsletter
this fall. 
Overall, I am very impressed with the instrument. You have done an excellent
job designing and building it.

Cort Sylvester / Minneapolis - Minnesota USA


I just got back from the Winter Star Party 2010 in Florida and using the Mountain 12".  My simple summary is fantastic, excellent, superb.  I had the best time using this scope and found its performance to be outstanding.  I assumed with a travel scope this light and simple, there would be compromises and performance would be tolerable to trade off on its transportability.  It turned out to be much, much better than just tolerable.  It performed really well and was so much fun.  I will write up a full impression later and send it to you and am planning to do a review for Cloudy Nights if that is OK with you. 

I had no problem with the pole assembly and everything else worked perfectly.  Easy to put together and take apart after I had done it once.  I used the Ethos 8, 13, 17 and they were perfect.  Very easy to travel with.  

If the 16 works as good as the 12, then I will be so pleased.  


Doug Dolginow, Maryland USA  
I was amazed how stable it was in the wind. It hardly wiggled at all...

The scope has really proved itself and I am very happy with it! Again, thanks so much for all your help and understanding. You have made this 70 year old lady very happy.

Susan Girard, Hawaii USA    Member of the Hawaiian Astronomical Society
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