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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:22 PM

Good odds for a clear night tonight. Get 'em while they're (not) hot! :jump:

Hmmm, it's looking considerably less optimistic as I approach 1800. I'll go to Thurs. nite games after all.

I'll attend friends' annual percussion retreat at Ramblewood, the ELC at Sequim Bay State Park this weekend, leaving tomorrow afternoon. There's a good place for nekkid eye & binoc astronomy, down on the dock. Two years ago I believe I could see the flame nebula around Alnitak with binocs. It was a situation where I was under clear skies in the Sequim rain shadow but greater Puget Sound LP-opolis was clouded in, so I enjoyed exceptionally dark skies. Maybe I'll get lucky again!
 

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:30 PM

well It's clear near Lake Goodwin at 19:28 hours... Got my mount set up, getting scope and camera ready; Hope it lasts! :fingerscrossed:
 

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:01 AM

CRYSTAL here right now. Bye :)
 

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 03:04 PM

I was fogged out after setting up last night. If it's as clear as suggested, I might go out to Rattlesnake Lake tonight, and brave the cold.
 

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:49 PM

[quote name="Spaced"][quote]Nope, I consider ventriloquism integral to my shadow hand puppet act. [/quote]

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?

Chainsaw duels are good....but maybe yoga karaoke would get everyone fit for a night of viewing?

And I'm good for the cocoa bribes....

Chris :yay:
 

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:39 PM

I was fogged out after setting up last night. If it's as clear as suggested, I might go out to Rattlesnake Lake tonight, and brave the cold.


It's hazy up north here... so no imaging tonight.

I did shoot some more narrow band of the cone region last night and created my first false color image. Certainly non-standard but I like the look.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:48 PM

Chainsaw duels, yoga karaoke, it's all good! Yoga karaoke with chain saws, even better! Someone just might try to Stihl first prize! :lol: :step:
 

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:13 PM

Well I was in New Orleans last weekend for a conference of physics teachers. Having to catch up with work meant I couldn't go out last couple of nights. Was spotty anyway at my location.

Here are some pictures from the Big Easy:
http://www.flickr.co...17203408/lig...
Click "Next" to browse the set of 39 images. There are some interesting street signs.

It was an overcast day as I walked past the Mississippi, through the French quarter and Bourbon Street. Despite the clouds and misting rain, man was it colorful!

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 11:59 PM

Thanks for the pics Ajay! Looks like a fun adventure.:)
 

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:07 AM

Chainsaw duels, yoga karaoke, it's all good! Yoga karaoke with chain saws, even better! Someone just might try to Stihl first prize! :lol: :step:


Hmmm we had the grandkids up for the weekend. THIS time we were ready. More toys than they could imagine donated by my sister who collected Thomas the Train among others. Kids LOVE that stuff. We had several hours of kids lost in play otherwise known as bliss.
 

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:13 PM

sure is a cold nice sky out here tonight! chasing the Flaming Star Nebula!!

EDIT: I got the flaming star in Ha as well as spent some time on M42. Now I'm shooting the Horse Head..
 

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:35 AM

Looking forward to the images, Robert!
 

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:37 PM

sure is a cold nice sky out here tonight! chasing the Flaming Star Nebula!!

EDIT: I got the flaming star in Ha as well as spent some time on M42. Now I'm shooting the Horse Head..


....................... :gotpopcorn:
 

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:10 PM

OK: :grin: IC405 and IC410 in Hydrogen Alpha through the AT65EDQ

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:12 PM

It really loses a lot on web viewing

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:18 PM

Sure was cold last night, but got in a little viewing time.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:27 PM

So did I, Brad . . . a very little bit. I visited a friend in Silverdale, primarily dinner, music & BS. But he did have his homemade 12.5" cooling in the driveway and we went out to look at Jupiter. Although we were in a fairly bright area (neighbors' lights) the views were still disappointing. I could barely make out bands/zones. We attributed it to poor seeing, which seems counterintuitive with the current weather pattern. How would you rate the seeing last night?

Incidentally, my buddy played hookey from work yesterday because the night before he had driven to Mt. St. Helens. He said he was under low clouds and fog the whole way, until he broke above at around 2000'. The resulting suppression of LP gave him the best skies he's seen in Washington. He worked dirty low-down areas: Sextans, Canis Major. He said he just pulled over into a wide asphalt area along the highway and between 10:30 and 3:30 not a single car passed.

Cool, Robert!
 

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:36 PM

It really loses a lot on web viewing

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Looks great to me!

Wow Mike. Sounds like a COLD adventure! :coldday:
 

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 10:55 PM

Seeing here was not bad but not great. I could make out the shadow of a moon on Jupiter's face. I could almost see some texture in the bands but not quite for sure. Tonight it is clear up higher and fog bound lower, I bet it would be absolutely dark up on Capitol Peak, or anywhere in the mountains. But I'm not going to venture out in this weather. It is probably warmer up above the fog though, but I bet it's still plenty cold at night.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 10:59 PM

Thanks Mike and Stacy

cold here above the fog :)

I got bored last night and decided to try som Ha of M81/M82... Combined it with some stuff I shot a couple years ago. Wide field

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:46 PM

He said he just pulled over into a wide asphalt area along the highway and between 10:30 and 3:30 not a single car passed.



I find that hard to believe... :lol:
 

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:09 AM

Robert, THat's quite a bit of detail around the horsey. Well done.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:52 AM

Thanks Ajay, I was a little reluctant to point that camera at Alnitak due to the nature of the sensor(NABG) but it pulled through pretty well.

Arghh! Haze moving in now... shutting down. back to the foul sky. :bawling:
 

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:48 AM

Wow Mike. Sounds like a COLD adventure!


He doesn't have any secondary heat and frost on his secondary twice became a problem. The first time he removed the upper cage, took it into his p/u to warm, then reassembled, recollimated and went back to business. The second time was quite late, so it was his goodnight signal. He got home to Silverdale around 6:30.
 

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 05:54 PM

Here is a use I found for the Ha data I shot of the Flaming Star and Tadpoles... a little color

http://www.cloudynig...uriga_color.jpg
 






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