Any tips for a 600 mile trip?

Discussion in 'General' started by bassplyer92517, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    Sentra, I always wanted to ask you about that big dob that you use in your avatar..
  2. SentraSE-R

    SentraSE-R Pishtaco

    Herm, It's an 18" Pegasus mirror, f/4.2 Nightsky.
  3. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    ohh nice mirrors.. years ago I saw details on Jupiter that compare to a Voyager picture (with the color saturation toned down) using a Pegasus mirror (I think in a Starmaster dob).. sometimes we get exceptional steady seeing in South Florida.
  4. SentraSE-R

    SentraSE-R Pishtaco

    John Hall trained Carl Zambuto, so he makes some great mirrors. Mine has a .992 Strehl ratio, and is a superb mirror.
  5. dieselbeetle

    dieselbeetle Member

    MARVEL MYSTERY OIL, trust me, dude.

    set the cruise around 55.

    block main part of your grill (google grill block).

    unload everything you can, lighter is better.

    don't use the radio or a/c.

    when you do use a/c, recirculate your air.

    make some cardboard air foils.

    don't get caught up in stop and go traffic. transcend it by anticipating the waves. there was a really useful study done about this entitled "traffic wave experiments" by a professor at university. google it.

    stick with the concurrent traffic flow. this air will assist you safely, unlike "drafting" would.

    inflate tires.

    disabling daytime running lights would help quite a bit, too.

    keep your windows up.

    lower your driver's seat as low as it will go (height-wise).
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2012
  6. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    I'm not sure that last suggestion will help with mileage if you are in a (non-convertible) pickup truck. :p
  7. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    An extra stop or two and there goes those hours. 70 or more on Cruise does not average 70.

    Our time is worth no more than anyone else’s but a needless waste of resources is a waste that never comes back.

    I have been driving the I-5 at 50 to 55 mph for years and as long as you follow the rules, you are good to go. RR at all times and take it easy. An accident from 70 in your Ranger and you are dead. From 50 to 55 mph, you may even be able to avoid whatever the problem ahead is.

    On our way to CA on Dec. 29th, we and hundreds of others were held up for over an hour from a ejection fatality when an SUV rolled over on the I-40 just west of Shamrock, TX. If that family had been going 55 to 60 mph instead of 75 +, they may have had a chance :(

  8. dieselbeetle

    dieselbeetle Member

    How did this trip go anyway?

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