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I think there may be an astronomer or two (at Lick or McDonnald?) which have 30"+ telescopes and actual human usable eye pieces (most only have CCD mounts), which could actually run this experiment.

I'm sure they don't want smoke in the observatory, but you could do it in a box. Then you could fill the box with variable oxygen levels (to make up for altitude) and substitute N2 with Ar/Kr/Xe to change the heat dissipation.

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