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#1376 zerro1

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:03 PM

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Sounds Great :bawling:

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I think it rained here that night :lol:
 

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:07 PM

Sounds like a very productive outing. Ram's image looks great!

One thing to be careful about the Umptanum site as it gets warmer are ticks. If any of you take dogs you may regret it even if they have tick treatment. Flea treatment or a combination will not be effective. Ticks will also climb on to you if they get a chance and go for the ride. We were finding them in our car and on our jackets even days after a hike we undertook last summer. Two days after the hike, we pulled off a big fat swollen tick from one of our dogs - yech!

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:33 AM

One thing to be careful about the Umptanum site as it gets warmer are ticks.


Thanks for the warning, Ajay. I despise the little buggers. I'd think a rattlesnake or three might wander through there in the summer, too. Too cold now.
 

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:51 PM

Thanks for the warning, Ajay. I despise the little buggers. I'd think a rattlesnake or three might wander through there in the summer, too. Too cold now.


Even worse than ticks and Rattlers are some human campers. In summer they have campfires burning all night that disturbs transparency. Campgrounds are not great for astronomy in Summer.
 

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:15 PM

Even worse than ticks and Rattlers are some human campers. In summer they have campfires burning all night that disturbs transparency. Campgrounds are not great for astronomy in Summer.


At least in the summer, we have the mountaintops.

One thing that amused me -- i read this little interpretive sign at the campground that was explaining the difference between canyon daytime and nighttime life. Then right afterwards, i watched all the daytime fishermen leaving and the nighttime starwatchers arriving. A different sort of daytime vs nighttime canyon life...

 

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:52 PM

Sounds like a good trip I missed. I was pretending it was summer with my family at great wolf lodge. It was fun but, not as good as a star party; even a small star party. :-)

I am glad you guys got out. Maybe next time I can make it.
 

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:34 PM

Jackie,

Please check your PM. Thanks.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:05 PM

One of the reasons I enjoy astronomy is simply that I love the night. Friday night, at Umtanum Creek, we listened to owls hooting at each other. Last night I pulled out my bird i.d. program, which has recordings of different calls of most bird species, and listened to all the owls*. I can now confidently identify the ones we listened to Friday as great horned owls. Cool! :D


* Actually, it had no snowy owl recordings, but they're extremely rare in Washington.
 

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:30 PM

I would have enjoyed the owls.
 

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:37 PM

Very cool! I really enjoy hearing owls, but sorry to say I've only seen one very large one that got spooked as I drove by & he flew ahead of me, startling the heck out of me! :grin:
 

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:25 PM

We used to get Owls around the house here almost every winter, but the 100 acres east of us just got cleared last summer/fall so they migh not show anymore.

SORRY Everyone, the weather is not going to get any better for a while now...I just took on another "project camera". It's another Quantix but this one is a small sensor(1317 X 1035) . It was cheap!! Technically I could say that I was just buying it for the power supply and PCI card as emergency back-ups for the KAF6303E since the connections, pinout, and voltages are the same :thinking: and it still needs a shutter :lol:
 

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 12:57 AM

one very large one that got spooked as I drove by & he flew ahead of me, startling the heck out of me!


That happened to Anne & me on our honeymoon! Without seat belts one of us might have gone through the car roof.

SORRY Everyone, the weather is not going to get any better for a while now...I just took on another "project camera".


Any way you gadgeteers could coordinate so you all buy your stuff on the same day, instead of sprinkling and spraying it all over the dang calendar?
 

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 12:34 PM

Yes, that would be good.
 

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:52 PM

I guess now is the time to order the binos. :-)
 

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:01 PM

I guess now is the time to order the binos. :-)

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 02:13 AM

If the deal I am negotiating comes through, I might be the owner of a new scope!

This will be my first "mainly visual" scope.
:jump: Very excited!
 

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:20 PM

Ram, you've restored my faith! :applause: I was shaken to the core when your fellow imager, Andy, told me he doesn't own an eyepiece.
 

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:06 PM

Actually he does own several eyepieces.
They just happen to be cooled and have CCD chips in them.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:59 PM

Actually he does own several eyepieces.
They just happen to be cooled and have CCD chips in them.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:38 PM

Gotta lay low....

2 PM's today from different mods. Guess I'm stirring up trouble for folks. Not really my intent.

So... anybody asks... I wasn't here. :getem:
 

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:31 AM

Stacy? Stacy who? No Stacy 'round here. :shrug:
 

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:37 AM

Well, I guess I am innocent of blame for any bad weather. My deal for the 14" ultralight Dob fell through as the seller decided to send it back to the manufacturer. :bawling: :bawling: :bawling:
 

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:31 PM

Look at the weather. It is beautiful. Thanks Jackie! :-) sorry about your deal though. Nothing better than dark skies and a nice big mirror.
 

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 05:09 PM

Well it looks like tonight might be good - but of coarse I have a gig. Won't even be home til about 2:30 am. This has been a tough winter! I've yet to be at any dark site to see the winter Milky Way. I'm sure the weather will clear up nice for the coming full moon.....;-)
 

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 05:28 PM

Hmmm... Wow nice weather!

Looking forward to a quiet evening... Then My step son calls. Want's to know if they could spend the night as we are close to Stevens Pass and he has National Guard biathlon training up there this weekend. And bring his wife, and the two grand-kids (1&2yo) And his buddy (nice kid also in the NG), and his buddy's wife and kid.

Ah well, the more the merrier :)

I might sneak out with the binos.
 






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