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#1301 Sean Puett

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:01 PM

I see what may have caused the confusion with the reviews of the 12x36 canon IS. The new version has a field flattener to improve off axis performance and it is "dramatically lighter". My tax return is supposed to be here Wednesday so I may get them earlier than planned.
 

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 10:39 PM

Sean, that's what I have been emphasizing - get the newer version that says II. It is lighter.
 

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:06 PM

Tonight's looking like it "might" have potential :fingerscrossed:


Never.....mind :bawling:
 

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 03:37 AM

Tonight's looking like it "might" have potential :fingerscrossed:

Never.....mind :bawling:


Yeah, i was hoping to make a Rattlesnake Lake run Friday or Saturday night (someone mentioned that the way to beat this night fog is to head out there), but the weather didn't quite cooperate.

I just have one more Messier to go (M93), and it's going to disappear again in a few weeks...
 

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:17 AM

Tonight's looking like it "might" have potential :fingerscrossed:


Never.....mind :bawling:


Should I rub it in? Had completely clear skies until around 1am with clouds started coming in (from the PNW!) :lol: Had a fun night observing.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 11:44 AM

that's what the sky was looking like yesterday at my first post...then :cloudy:
 

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 11:52 AM

Thanks for sending the clear sky my way; however, no thanks for your clouds today. :poke:
 

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:17 PM

Only so many clouds can fill this space before they start spilling out in all directions..
 

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:31 PM

:lol: I'm so hoping for great skies this Spring!
 

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 02:50 PM

Should I rub it in? Had completely clear skies until around 1am with clouds started coming in (from the PNW!) :lol: Had a fun night observing.


Why ask if you're just going to do it anyway? :imawake: We RARELY get skies like that around here. I'm happy for you.
 

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 04:13 PM

Couldn't resist; however, I will not post a picture of today's sky; it would remind you too much of your area.

Seriously, this was one of the rare nights that was good for viewing, lately.
 

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:24 PM

Yeah even when it is "clear", there are thin clouds or the jet stream/ seeing and whatever conditions that make you question your scope's collimation. Western Washington should be where they send criminal astronomers for punishment.
 

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:04 PM

Oh I almost forgot, then when it is finally clear (about 2-3 months a year) it doesn't get dark until 10:30pm.
 

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:40 PM

Oh I almost forgot, then when it is finally clear (about 2-3 months a year) it doesn't get dark until 10:30pm.


And starts getting light about 4 hours later
 

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:09 AM

Sean, Robert and I also have the benifit of living almost directly under what's known around here as the "Convergence Zone". An area that's prone to turbulent, unpredictable weather. :(

The only worthwhile observing I do requires travel. Usuallly, the further the better :ubetcha:

I thought the skies in Montana were generally clear and stable? I know Eastern Washington is far better then this side of the Cascades.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:18 AM

I thought the skies in Montana were generally clear and stable?



Generally they are; but the past 6 weeks or so, more clouds than usual.
 

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:02 AM

I hardly observe at home anymore. When I first bought my beloved refractor, the first session or two were amazing. Then I started to think the scope was out of collimation because all my stars looked like stars at the edge of a cheap eyepiece. Before overreacting and trying to adjust it, I decided to take it to goldendale and evaluate it there. That proved the wise decision because stars were beautiful pinpoint there. I have had the same results numerous times.

That was when I thought of making western Washington a penal colony for astronomers. The problem is that there aren't any astronomer criminals.....

I am going to sacrifice a goat to the weather god soon to help with our conditions.
 

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:31 AM

Are you in Seattle? How far do you have to travel for good skies?
 

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 02:03 PM

...Western Washington should be where they send criminal astronomers for punishment.


You mean those people who shine white lights at star parties?
 

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:02 PM

Are you in Seattle? How far do you have to travel for good skies?


I live about 40minutes north of Seattle. I was just extra whiny last couple of days. I can get to much better skies in 1.5-2 hours. Goldendale is my favorite so far. Sunrise point had slightly darker skies but, it had similar muck for seeing/transparency when I went. That was just an opinion, no scientific measurements were taken.
 

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:24 PM

Everett area, I'm guessing. I can see where viewing would be curtailed having to drive that distance to get under some good skies. :(
 

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:05 AM

OK so I recently scouted out a possible spot not far from Enumclaw. There's a Sno-Park east of Greenwater on Hwy 410. Should be free of snow and people in the summer. Eastern and Southern vistas should be reasonable I am guessing. Anyone try out this spot?

I went a few days after Christmas and the place was thick with snow mobiles and the road was covered in ice. At least I found out it existed. A couple of my students suggested Greenwater as a possible location.

http://www.gonorthwe.../Greenwater.htm

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:40 AM

I've never been successful imaging west of cascades in the winter. (with the notable exception of 2 weekends ago when we had the wonderful inversion fog that obliterated the city lights and created excellent seeing conditions at elevation!)

This weekend might be clear near Yakima. Anyone interested in joining? I will probably image all night if weather cooperates.
 

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:27 AM

I'll have to reserve on a weather report later in the week. I'm certainly interested, and I've been known to drive to Vantage for "partly cloudy" sky :grin:. skeptical of the long range forcasts :smirk: though...
 

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:38 AM

Should I rub it in? Had completely clear skies until around 1am with clouds started coming in (from the PNW!) :lol: Had a fun night observing.


I'm surprised how little snow you have this year, Carol.
 






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