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#1101 bluedandelion

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 01:54 AM

Joe,

Happy retirement.

One idea I have toyed with more than once is offering continuing education classes in basic astronomy, telescopes and observing at our college, but that is a difficult thing to pull off in addition to my full time teaching load.

I would highly encourage you to do it. Your location is also a huge plus over what we have around the Puget Sound.

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#1102 Sean Puett

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 02:52 PM

I am going to have to try some IS binos. Everyone says the IS makes up for smaller aperture and I don't want mounted binos.
Thought I would stop in and say hi. Clouds have got me in a funk. I have been reading and playing video games to keep my mind off the clouds.

Also I start midlife crisis this month so that is helping moral as well. :-)
 

#1103 Stacy

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:55 PM

Just buy more gear. You will cheer up.

My new Vanguard Endeavor ED 8X42's are on their way! :yay: So I guess I'll be selling a couple pair... Gotta keep the herd under control lol.
 

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 01:10 PM

Clouds/rain my fault. Sorry. Bought a new (to me) LZOS 105/650 refractor. Couldn't help myself... hadn't had an impulse purchase for a week or two :shrug:
 

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 04:32 PM

Yep - I just bought another XW and I'm working on a Pan 35 to get me through the doldrums of winter.
 

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:06 PM

I'm considering the Meopta zoom (7.9 to 15.8mm and 66 AFOV throughout), but would have to sell the Denk14 and the Earthwin power filter slide to do it. I'm waiting for the first observing report on it before I make the move. I have only had my new C6 out for a few minutes of hazy moon viewing so far. I'd sure like to try it out someday.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:25 AM

Thanks Ajay!

Yeah it looks like the college classes will be in March for 4 wks. I like the fact that within 10 mins I'm in a grey zone....but I sure miss the puget sound everyday.
 

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:44 PM

Yep - I just bought another XW and I'm working on a Pan 35 to get me through the doldrums of winter.


Thanks to Mike, my EP collection is complete (Mike's advice is simple, just "buy what you really want, get quality and you only need to buy them once"). It's kinda weird, not needing or wanting any EP's after years of trial and error, but also nice as well. Sounds like you are heading that direction with the XW's and Pan's. I had an XW 10 once that came to me free with a Craigslist scope. Like a fool I sold it before I really knew what it was! Truly sweet glass. Of course the Panoptics are a treasure as well. Love my 41 :love:. Sounds like you are completing your collection. Might have to swap Nagler's for XW's some night for fun :)

Now I am addicted to binoculars. I think I finally have the quality and variety I was looking for so hopefully I can settle down a bit. :lol:
 

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:32 PM

ES 11mm 82 deg at Woodland Hills for $89 + tax and shipping.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:24 PM

The Pleiades. One of my first images acquired January 2009 from my light polluted backyard. No filters were used.
Reprocessed with Pixinsight. The old version in my avatar is too blue.

Posted Image

Large version on Flickr.

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#1111 Dragonwatcher

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:26 PM

Ajay,

Two the the bright stars in particular seem to have extensive cloudy halos or fields. Is this an atmospheric artifact or are there real gas clouds in their vicinity? Or is something else happening here?
 

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:28 PM

Jackie,

These are artifacts but these are instrument related not from the atmosphere. So are the spikes. The Orion Nebula, the Pleiades, the Horsehead etc. have very bright stars against faint nebulosity. The stars predictably get over exposed. Some of the processing steps and multiple reflections produce the halos. Spikes arise from multiple reflections in the imaging train. In some cases you can even get multiple reflections between the DSLR chip and the IR filter that is directly on it.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:32 PM

But very pretty. I really love that wispy cloud nebula action.

Bleah, doesn't look like there's going to be much star watching this month. It's not my fault this time though -- i haven't bought any more stuff lately. Though i may swing for a Delos 4.5 to complete my collection. (Yeah right, is any collection EVER complete?)
 

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:00 PM

Bleah, doesn't look like there's going to be much star watching this month.


It's winter in the Great Northwet. Just stow the scopes until March. :p
 

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:41 AM

Well if it clears up on the east side of the Cascades, the Geminids look promising as per this article:

http://www.space.com...er-origins.html

Ajay
 

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:28 AM

I think my Ethos collection is complete and I am very happy with it ..... unless Televue comes up with another Ethos to buy :cool:
 

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:12 PM

Couldn't resist the temptation of trying to post a message on 12/12/12 12:12.

Won't have another such opportunity for 89 years or so...
 

#1118 Dragonwatcher

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:05 PM

Actually you could do it 24 times if you posted a message on a bulletin board in each of the various time zones at the appropriate time.

Or keep changing your time zone preference here. For example, if you use Eastern time zone, your post works. I am on Pacific so your message posts as 9:12am.
 

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:12 PM

Oh well. At least i got it correct on the server's timezone.
 

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:49 PM

Yep! You did! :grin:
 

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:33 PM

Hi guys. Man what a string of beautiful weather we have had. Ha ha ha
 

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:40 PM

Or keep changing your time zone preference here. For example, if you use Eastern time zone, your post works. I am on Pacific so your message posts as 9:12am.


What's the expression, even a broken clock is right twice a day?

The best such date coincidence was my grandmother's, who was born 7/7/00. Had she lived long enough, she would have been 77 on 7/7/77.

Scheduled for a colonoscopy at 9:00 tomorrow morning . . . so just guess what I'm doing tonight but please, keep your conclusion to yourself; this is a family program.

Stacy, your new avatar is your best self-portrait yet.
 

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:09 PM

Anyone got any sky for meteor observing? Ha! [I know Mike won't be observing...]
 

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 12:33 PM

Anyone got any sky for meteor observing? Ha! [I know Mike won't be observing...]


It's all a matter of ones perception. :rainbow:
 

#1125 Stacy

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:23 PM

Scheduled for a colonoscopy at 9:00 tomorrow morning . . . so just guess what I'm doing tonight but please, keep your conclusion to yourself; this is a family program.

Stacy, your new avatar is your best self-portrait yet.


Good luck with that. I'm high risk so I get the pleasure every three years. :ubetcha:

Eat some yogurt after (or just an acidophiles supplement) , it'll help get things back on track. :grin:
 






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