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Posted 15 February 2013 - 05:37 PM

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


Of course! :foreheadslap:
 

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 11:30 PM

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



I've heard one sits on Bigfoot's left shoulder.
 

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 12:34 AM

I got six sub exposures before the clouds moved in tonight :tonofbricks:
 

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 01:06 AM

I was late getting out and the clouds moved in quickly. It was enough to make a fat man sad.
 

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:02 AM

I'm happy at least, though. I snuck out with my small-scope for an hour and managed to finish some real-low-to-the-horizon binary-star observations in Canis Major and Puppis. I'd been just kicking myself all week for not doing them last Thursday when we had that one clear night. Didn't really want to have to wait another year...

And also managed to catch Mercury setting earlier this evening. All in all, a short but productive night. Almost done with the Solar System and Double Star AstroLeague certificates now.
 

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 12:21 PM

The old civilizations had a penchant for sacrifice to the "gods"(what ever god they wanted something from)...

along that thought path
I'm thinking a larger hammer(almost gallagher like) and the sacrificial lamb- a Starlight Express camera? I suppose there should be some kind of chanting taking place during the "event"... any thoughts.

Part of me is kidding, and then :smashpc: part of me is NOT :thinking:
 

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 12:54 PM

The old civilizations had a penchant for sacrifice to the "gods"(what ever god they wanted something from)...


The new civilization also seems to be doing a lot of sacrificing to its deity, mother earth. Doesn't seem to be pacifying that cruel deity though.

Hmm, i'm sure i have some misbegotten hardware i'd be happy to take a hammer to. But of course, the problem is that those deities never want the sick and crippled for their sacrifices; they want the firstfruits, the best. King Agamemnon, remember, had to sacrifice his only daughter.

So you'd have to draw straws and the loser would have to run over his 36" Dobsonion with a bulldozer or something.
 

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:44 PM

I knew it was a sucker hole when I set up last night... here is what I got for 35 minutes

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:07 PM

:bow:
For only 35mins!
 

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:11 PM

I went out again to Yakima Canyon last night and got some nice data (I think :question:)
I took a good hour doing flats and so it was sunrise before I left soI managed to snap a few shots. This place is beautiful and an excellent place for winter observing!

Here are some images of the Canyon

http://www.flickr.co...57632791154180/
 

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:31 PM

Thanks, Ram!
 

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:41 PM

Thank You Ram! That was with my QHY9C. I saw that the weather was looking good over there last night, but it was too late by then. Looks frosty cold:) (wich is good for imaging) :like:
 

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 10:04 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.


Actually that sounds better than going out observing. Not much better than a house full of family and friends. :)
 

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:05 AM

I drove past Yakima Canyon on the ridges above this past weekend. I wondered if any of us were down there.
 

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:40 AM

Ram is that a Prius to match the color of your AP mount? Congratulations.

Reprocessed some of my older images since I really can't get out observing until summer. Here's a reprocess of the only image I got with all the equipment mishaps I had lust summer at Goldendale. Click on the image for a larger version on Flickr.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:01 PM

Ajay, that is a wonderful image. There are SO many stars and the nebula has an amazing amount of detail. You guys could pool your images and make a book. I would buy one.

Speaking of buying, I bought the binos. Mike and Jackie have good taste in optics so I am sure I'll enjoy them.
 

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:38 AM

Ram is that a Prius to match the color of your AP mount? Congratulations.

Reprocessed some of my older images since I really can't get out observing until summer. Here's a reprocess of the only image I got with all the equipment mishaps I had lust summer at Goldendale. Click on the image for a larger version on Flickr.

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Wow, that turned out well.
 

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:12 AM

Ram, you got the same color moonlite focuser that I have on my dob. Yours is far more complicated but, you have great taste. Maybe I do, anyway it looks great on your RC.
 

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:08 PM

Looks like a nice day. I am hoping to get a little time out tonight if it holds up. Today is my wife's birthday so it may be a challenge.
 

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:17 PM

Thank you Sean and Kyle.

Be careful Sean, don't be tempted. CN user Ed Moreno (Eddgie) has a line in his signature that says, "The night sky is my mistress. She seduces me away from all other lovers." Don't listen to him.

I have a pile of papers to grade, but I am going to poke my head out a bit as well.

Ajay
 

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:32 PM

I'm undecided about setting up tonight... Been a couple of rough days at work. I did get some happy stuff today! No not the camera(that's tomorrow) :grin:. I got my truck and my CRX both fixed today. Now I can park the Deville again. It's in dire need of some TLC and the money I'll save driving the CRX will fund it. :jump:
 

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 01:20 PM

Ajay, that is a very nicely processed Heart Nebula!
 

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 01:25 PM

Ram, you got the same color moonlite focuser that I have on my dob. Yours is far more complicated but, you have great taste. Maybe I do, anyway it looks great on your RC.


Thanks, It is a beautiful focuser and a beautiful OTA.

However I still am struggling to get decent resolution that my Tak or AP refractor scopes easily achieve on deep sky. I suspect my collimation isn't spot-on.
 

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:45 PM

I got out last night briefly. Seeing was really bad, and it was cold, so I didn't last too long. Felt good though! A little time on Jupiter, cruised Orion, and the moon - all in one spot in the sky.
 

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:23 PM

Ram, Thank you. If it wasn't for the noise from the voltage-picky Atik, this should have been a lot better. The image you see has had lots of noise reduction applied to it - in other words, smeared! Hopefully this upcoming season I should see the full potential of this camera with a dedicated voltage regulator.

Seeing was surprisingly good over my back yard last night. Jupiter and the moon were superb though my son's 6 inch Dob. We were mesmerized by the moon.

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