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Best Fitness BFPL10 Leg and Preacher Attachment for BFFID10 Bench
Best Fitness BFPL10 Leg and Preacher Attachment for BFFID10 Bench
Offered by OJ Commerce
Price: $111.99
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fits My Old "Jack Lalanne Legend 331" Bench, April 21, 2010
Though this attachment is designed to work with the BFFID10 Bench, if your weight bench has the standard 2" square frame and is meant to use a leg curl attachment, this will probably work for you. My bench is over 15 years old and came with a few attachments, but not for preacher curls. This piece is better than just getting one of those preacher pads that drops in because of the handle included with it. It's very well designed, and allows me to bury the top of the pad into my armpits and duck my head down as the handle comes up, allowing for full contraction on the top of the excercise for better results. The design allows for use of greater amounts of weight without fear of going too heavy, as letting go won't crush your foot or damage the floor. I can also choose to use just the pad without the handle with free weights, the preacher pad will drop in seperately in my bench because it has a reducer for certain other included attachments to fit. There are three positions to choose from for the preacher handle for best comfort and fit for your arm length, and also choices for leg length and comfort. If you know your equipment you should be able to tell whether this attachment will work with it. Easy to assemble, comes with wrenches. If you use a bench other than the one this is designed for, there will be a few parts which you won't use; just follow the instructions after the mention of attaching the mount to the BFFID10. Very good value in my opinion.


Deep-Sky Observing With Small Telescopes: A Guide and Reference
Deep-Sky Observing With Small Telescopes: A Guide and Reference
by David J. Eicher
Edition: Library Binding
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Organized Information, February 7, 2010
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Novice and more experienced observers can both get many benefits from this collaboration on deep sky objects. The title is correct, as there is no information here on observing the solar system. The term "small telescope" really isn't defined in this book; the various authors of each chapter mention sizes from 2 to 6 inches (I get the sense from reading through that a 2.4 inch/60mm refractor and a 6 inch/150mm reflector are what they mainly focused on). I bought this book for double star and open cluster information, and its loaded with them, but globular and galaxy hunters will be very happy here.

Since this book was published a few decades ago, the epoch used is 1950, which will probably not matter to many users. In this day when goto telescopes are commonplace, just keying in the appropriate NGC or IC number will bring you to an object. If you are using setting circles instead, cross reference with epoch 2000 coordinates are easy to find on the internet or in many other reference books. With star hopping, the epoch used won't matter at all, of course.

Many of the objects listed have a comment about them, and all have the magnitudes and sizes in minutes of arc stated (seconds arc seperation for double stars). The double star list alone has over 1000 of them and will keep you busy for decades. The open cluster list has about 110, roughly one-quarter the number of the Collinder Catalog, but as this book was written by observers in North America nothing below M6 (roughly -40 degrees) is listed which shortens the list considerably. The same is true for globular clusters and galaxies, though Omega Centauri's inclusion is almost mandatory.

Having all this reference information in your hands next to your telescope is very convenient. Unless you live in Australia/New Zealand or southern Africa, you can't make a mistake looking for a copy of this book.


Astronomy with a Small Telescope
Astronomy with a Small Telescope
by James Muirden
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ideal Book for New Astronomers..., January 16, 2010
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and even for those, like myself, who've been away from this wonderful hobby for a while and need a guide to the night sky.

My introduction to Mr. Muirden was his previous work, "How to Use an Astonomical Telescope," and even more than the thorough and detailed listings of double stars, clusters, nebulae and galaxies provided, it was his love of observing these celestial objects and his desire to share them with others which really impressed me. He has the ability to not only make you want to see for yourself what he is describing, but gently and almost imperceptively gives you the confidence to be able to find them without the need for a go-to telescope by starhopping.

"Astronomical Telescope" is meant for beginners, but more experienced observers will benefit greatly from it and not it outgrow anytime soon. I find "Small Telescope" geared even more for beginners in the early chapter on equipment, and subsequent chapters are less detailed than the ones covering the same subjects. The reason for this is that the author takes it from the perspective of using a true beginner's telescope (a 60mm refractor), unlike "AT" which makes no such assumption (in fact, observable objects are mentioned in that book as needing certain size telescopes to see them, or being difficult with such-and-such an aperture).

The things I love about "ST" is, first of all, the author's style of writing, which is the same in each of his works that I have (I also own his book on binocular astronomy). Truly "British" in his attention to detail, not leaving anything out which might be of use to the reader, but done elegantly and showing respect to the intelligence of the beginning observer.

Most books on astronomy that we find in North America are naturally void of most sights in the southern hemisphere, since observers from these latitudes simply can't see them. The beauty of "ST" is that both northern and southern (Australia/New Zealand and southern Africa) astronomers have equal time. Monthly sky charts showing the brightest visually observable stars are included for both and a detailed area is given for each month to starhop to the highlights for that time of year. This fact shouldn't be quickly dismissed; the reason I bought this book was that I bought a very good 66mm Apo refractor to get back to observing, and find that the small size means I can take it and a lightweight altazimuth mount on an airplane easily. One of my goals is to eventually travel somewhere to see the Megallanic Clouds and other sights quite a bit south of the equator. None of the books I had previously could really be used for a trip like this with the exception of Mr. Muirden's "AT" which lists objects of the far southern sky, although it doesn't have the monthly southern sky maps to locate them easily.

I really like the way the moon is presented for observing in this book, with a photo as you'd see it at different phases on one page and a drawing of the same view with names of craters and mountain ranges opposite for easy reference.

Finally, each object listed has a description and is noted as being a binocular (B) or small telescope (T) object, so that those who are using only binoculars will be able to use this volume as well. The number of deep sky objects to be observed will suprise you.

I guess you can tell by the length of this review that I highly recommend this book. Sadly, it is out of print, but seems to be available at a bargain price from a number of used book dealers here on Amazon. I paid $0.69 plus $4.00 for shipping for my near brand-new copy.
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How To Use An Astronomical Telescope
How To Use An Astronomical Telescope
by James Muirden
Edition: Paperback
Price: $24.29
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic!, December 31, 2009
The previous reviewers got it right when they wrote that this book is more than a beginner's introduction into the hobby of astronomy. I don't think that I've ever come across another that contained such a wealth of information about what to observe and written in a manner which has me eager to go out observing the sky (both day and night).

One reviewer detailed the section on double stars, and that chapter truly is worth the price by itself. Beginners may feel overwhelmed at the amount of information here, but by first reading the written chapter before tackling the list of double/multiple stars everything will be much easier to understand and use.

The chapter on white light solar observing (this book was written before hobbyist H-alpha telescopes became available) is a must for beginners, and even those a bit more seasoned will find something to use here. I still find that this part of the book is indispensible.

It's difficult to find a good reference on how to observe the planets, even though they are among the easiest objects to see through a telescope, because rarely does an author go beyond the more prominent bands and Great Spot of Jupiter or the rings of Saturn. This author goes beyond the obvious and provides a reason to keep going back to them after you've been there numerous times before.

Of course, every book on astronomy will detail observing the moon with maps at the quarters, and the names of so many craters pointed out. Usually that would be the extent of the observing advice, but not so in this volume. Just as in all the other chapters, you will find that what you see through your first look is only the initial step to a wealth of observing highlights.

Mr. Muirden's love for observing the skies is evident in every sentence he has written, and his wonderful, truly "British" style of writing makes this book a delight to read even when you're not going to be going out and observing. In fact, I bought this book almost ten years and read it literally a hundred times before I could afford my first telescope! Naturally, I was well prepared to use it by then.


Sony ICF38 Portable AM/FM Radio (Black)
Sony ICF38 Portable AM/FM Radio (Black)
Price: $26.00
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1,194 of 1,202 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Designed/Good Performance, October 16, 2009
I'm a big time radio guy, and have used many models over the years. There are two things that really make any radio stand out, and this one has both of them.
The ICF-38 is an excellent performer as far as reception of both AM and FM signals go. Weak signal pick up on both bands is markedly better here than with almost all small portable radios I've used, and even more importantly, selectivity (ability to seperate stations cleanly) is better as well. The tone switch (which some radios don't even have) cuts the treble when desired, if you want a less harsh sounding AM signal. The dial has no clock or light, but an LED for indicating if a station is tuned in. Battery life is excellent if alkalines are used (it takes 4 AA batteries). Output volume is listed as 4 watts, quite loud for a radio of this size, with little distortion at top level.
The other ingredient for a good radio is ease of use and a well thought out design. There are little things here which most people won't notice that actually make this radio a joy to use. Many radios today that run off both internal batteries and AC require a seperate wall-wart that plugs into the radio and the outlet, but the ICF-38 has the power cord built in so you won't have to search for it when needed. Also, the battery cover is hinged, which is great as battery covers can disappear as easily as wall-warts (and you can't just go to Wal-mart to buy a new battery cover). The carry handle flips up when needed, and there is an indentation in the cabinet which allows you to slip in a finger to raise it easily, and you'll find out how nice this is when your hands are full and you need to bring the radio with you as well. Both slide switches for band selection and power have a raised bump in the middle which makes it easier to change bands or turn it on. Finally, The shape makes it easy to place in most locations and it is very stable, making it unlikely to get knocked over.
If there were no markings on this radio to indicate the manufacturer, I would have easily guessed that it was a Sony product. It has the great performance and clever design that I associate with Sony.
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Marc Anthony True Professional Instantly Thick, Hair Thickening Shampoo 12.9 fl oz (380 ml)
Marc Anthony True Professional Instantly Thick, Hair Thickening Shampoo 12.9 fl oz (380 ml)
Price: $8.48
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes a Difference For Me, July 6, 2009
I have rather fine hair, and with age it is getting thinner, which is a bad combination. I've used a number of these "thickening" shampoos, not hoping for a Rogaine affect (i.e. regrowing, which is a completely different thing), but as a shampoo which will make each individual hair that I have left thicker, thereby giving more overall body to it (and hopefully giving a fuller head of hair look).
Without going crazy and dropping $20 on a bottle, I've used cheaper ones like Suave, Aussie, SAMY, and a couple of others whose names I forgot, each under $10 (though I've never tried "Thicker Fuller Hair" which I had read was very good). Marc Anthony's "Instantly Thick" definitely does a better job than any of the others I've used. The difference is not subtle to me, and I also notice that my hair is more managable when brushing after using it.
Again, shampoos designed for thickening are NOT intended to be like Rogaine and regrow what's not there, but are meant to make what is called "fine" hair strands thicker, thereby giving a fuller overall appearance to the head of hair. For me, this product does that very well.


Intex Floating Recliner Inflatable Lounge, 71" X 53"
Intex Floating Recliner Inflatable Lounge, 71" X 53"
Price: $22.38
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142 of 147 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not a Toy..., June 21, 2009
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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I don't know why Amazon catagorizes this lounger as a toy for this review, but it's nothing like the cheap $[...] flat floats that you find in discount stores like [...]. I've had mine for a few weeks and absolutely love it! Very comfortable and the cup holders are a real plus, fill two tumblers and float out to the middle of the pool without needing to go inside for a refill so soon. The handles also are a help when bringing it out of the water. There has been one negative which I must mention. So far I've had to add a bit of air twice to keep it as firm as I like it. I just like having it fully inflated each time that I use it (several times a week), so I am a little fussy, probably more so than most people. By far its the best float that I've used.
Update 10/16/2009-After a full season of using this float, I can say that it loses very little air if the plug is quite secure after inflating.


Pillsbury Doughboy Slow Cooker Recipes: 140 New Ways to Have Dinner Ready and Waiting!
Pillsbury Doughboy Slow Cooker Recipes: 140 New Ways to Have Dinner Ready and Waiting!
by Pillsbury Editors
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Slow Cooking, June 21, 2009
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Quite a few interesting recipes beyond just basic placing meat in and turning it on, like the Key West Ribs and Morrocan Lamb and Rice. There are tips in the beginning which tell a new user like myself what to do and what not to do with a slow cooker. Very helpful!


COEXIST in Peace & Love Dreams Come True Magnetic Bumper Sticker
COEXIST in Peace & Love Dreams Come True Magnetic Bumper Sticker

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colorful Message of Peace!, June 21, 2009
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My wife wanted a "Coexist" bumbersticker for her car after seeing them around on a number of others. I found this particular magnetic one on Amazon, and when she saw it on the website she absolutely loved it. She was concerned about the "Obama" reference on it (not because she's opposed to our current President, but because she didn't want to make any kind of political statement), but the writing on that part is so small that it won't be noticed by anyone else. It holds on with no problems and is unique compared to the basic one (I haven't seen another of these purple ones yet).


The New Shortwave Propagation Handbook
The New Shortwave Propagation Handbook
by George Jacobs
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Book with the New Sunspot Cycle Starting!, June 21, 2009
I have to agree with everything that "Mr. Dio" said in his review. I've owned this book for a number of years and not only learned much more than I previously had about high frequency propogation, but have been able to plan the best times of the year for seeking DX signals from particular parts of the world using the Charts. The authors probably expected that radio amateurs would be the biggest buyers, as the meter bands given are not Warc (international broadcast) but amateur bands. That doesn't mean SW listeners can't use the charts, just substitute 90 and 60 meters for 80, 49 and 41 for 40 etc. It can get quite technical at times, but beginners to HF radio will get a terrific education in how propogation works in an understandable manner, and can easily use the valuable Charts for predicting the open bands.


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