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Posted 04 January 2013 - 04:28 PM

Jackie, you're appointed as the entertainment committee. And please, no Siamese fighting fish like the last time. :crazy:
 

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:21 PM

Wow! I haven't had a chance to use my hand shadow puppets since elementary school days!
 

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:22 PM

While you're at it, could you get some vendors like Televue and Astro-Physics to show up and give away free samples of their products? Oh, and maybe a gratis performance by Cirque du Soleil and Vegas-style slots to keep us entertained in the daytime?



Trying hard to resist running with this and posting something inappropriate. :crazy:
 

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:25 PM

Mike, you forgot another word...


OK, but Jeez, you guys are running me ragged. :getem:


I don't think we should mention the four letter word beginning with "W" and ending in "ind" that provided so much amusement last year.
 

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:54 PM

Sooooo is anyone invited to this shindig? Would have to think about our entertainment contribution....

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 01:35 AM

Nice work Robert.

My wife found this illustrated poem about astronomers of different feathers.

http://zenpencils.co...rnd-astronomer/

Here's a quick snapshot of the 2012 Christmas Moon with a point and shoot.

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Goldendale in the summer sounds like heaven right now ...

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 02:42 AM

...On a better note: since Mike is hosting June, I think I'll host week long events in March, April, May, July, August, and September. Of course they will all be fully catered and equipped with portable shower trailers as well. :grin:


You aren't serious about any of those, are you? (minus catering and showers...)

As for Mike's June event, i've already put in my vacation request at work. Hope the weather cooperates and the bugs are elsewhere.
 

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 03:56 AM

Chris, you know you guys are welcome! (But cocoa bribes still accepted.)

Would have to think about our entertainment contribution....


The ventriloquist gig is still available, I think. :smirk: You'd have to ask Jackie.

I like the poem, Ajay.
 

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 12:45 PM

Thanks Ajay
here's the thread to the final stacked versions from that night... Rosette, Cone, California
 

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 12:49 PM

Nope, I consider ventriloquism integral to my shadow hand puppet act.
 

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 03:59 PM

Hi friends,
Wishing you more clear skies in 2013. I managed to head out into the bitter cold on the one clear night we got in the past many months and got a bit of data.

Hope you like it!

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 06:59 PM

Nope, I consider ventriloquism integral to my shadow hand puppet act.


Not to be an overbearing dictator here but I agree, with feeling, that one ventriloquist is enough. Chris, maybe you'd like to organize the chain saw duels?

Greetings, Ram, and Happy New Year. Your Horsehead is incredible. I really like the B & W, in which you bring out about 50,000 shades of gray.

I'd be interested knowing your sky conditions then -- transparency, seeing and so on.
 

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 07:45 PM

Great Image Ram!

I've been a little bit chicken to point my Quantix camera at Alnitak for fear of a major "bloooooomm"
 

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 08:25 PM

Mike,Robert, thank you!
Mike, transparency was pretty good. I'd say above average. Seeing was below average but that is all we get in the winter months here.
It was very bright (a soccer game happened earlier that night and they left the lights on)
It was *bitterly* cold. The temperature was 24F when I finally packed up ready to go. It was extremely dewey so everything was solidly iced up.
The camera was comfortably running -20C at 25% of max power usage. In summer, this figure is around 70%.
When I was ready to leave, the tripod was frozen solid to the ground so it took some yanking to pry it free :-)
I would not have left if my mount had not stopped working. I am still unsure what happened. I suspect the batteries were putting out less voltage than the mount would have liked. I have to figure out how to construct a DC-DC convertor that keeps the mount humming along.

Robert, Alnitak is indeed very bright. I've not been able to image its companion other than when I was using a Ha filter.
 

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:20 PM

What are you using for batteries? I actually take two dual purpose deep cycle batteries. I use one for my mount and one for the camera and accesories. I found when I run the mount and the QHY8 off the same battery, I get some indications from the camera that "we are not amused". I thought my camera was toast... :crazy: I finally made the connection and discovered that separating the two solved it.
 

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:47 PM

Hi Robert. I am using 2 deep cycle batteries.
1: 35 Ah AGM Deep cycle: mount only
2: 85 Ah Costco deep cycle: Powers laptop, camera and dew heater.

When I plugged back the AGM battery to my battery tender, it was fully charged within 8 hours. (at 1.25 Ah charge rate) So clearly the battery wasn't drained or anything. Maybe the cold had something to do with it. But I've imaged in colder conditions and havent had a failure of this sort.

All other components (laptop, camera, dew heater) ran without a hitch. I even swapped out the battery in the field and the mount worked for about 5 mins and then stalled. It was probably some cable that had worked loose.

I tried to repro the problem back home but I could not see the issue again.
 

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 11:28 PM

Ram, That is a gorgeous image. Amazing amount of detail.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 02:06 PM

Mike, transparency was pretty good. I'd say above average. Seeing was below average but that is all we get in the winter months here.
It was very bright (a soccer game happened earlier that night and they left the lights on)


It just blows my mind, how much subtle detail you imagers can extract from a dim (well, parts of it are dim) nebular region under bright conditions.

To all imagers: :bow:
 

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:27 AM

You aren't serious about any of those, are you? (minus catering and showers...)



Kidding 4 sure...but may host several SP's like last year.

Though, I did look into a shower trailer... :scared: way to much money!!!
 

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:38 AM

While you're at it, could you get some vendors like Televue and Astro-Physics to show up and give away free samples of their products?



Wouldn't that be nice.
 

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 02:16 PM

Last week when we had that one night of pretty good sky, I tried several different things with my Monochrome CCD. I am still at the beginning of the learning curve with mono imaging and with this type of camera (non anti blooming gate) it can be a fine line between too much exposure time and juuuusssst right. Bright stars can bloom very easily so I've avoided any target that have energetic stars in the FOV. Alnitak is pretty much a deal breaker for the Horse Head. I was even concerned about Orion. I decided to try a series of short subs on Orion to see what kind of result I could get. I was very close to being forced into a meridian flip when I shot the series. I got 18 X 20 seconds with the 7nm Ha filter in place, and I didn't really expect much to come through but hey; it didn't bloom :)
It's noisy and it's a crop from the original FOV.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 07:27 PM

Looks awesome Robert! Like Batman :)
 

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:26 AM

Seriously cool exposure.
 

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:07 PM

Thanks Stacy, Mike!! I sure hope the weather clears a bit "like the forecast says", maybe I'll get to put some real time on it plus shoot a second filter...
 

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:22 PM

It's Snowing here, and the Stillaguamish is over running its banks near Silvana...
 






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