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#1651 Sean Puett

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 11:43 PM

Speaking of purchases, there are 2 21 ethos for $650 on AM. If anyone is in the market.
 

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 11:15 AM

Been away for a while.

Robert, that is an excellent M51.

Ajay
 

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 01:03 PM

Wow, Who in Eastern Washington made a Huge Astro Purchase?



:lol:Doesn't have to be a "big" purchase around here to screw up the weather.
Just thinking about buying something will bring in the clouds!


All it takes for me is to wake up or look outdoors. The weather was far nicer before I bought my second telescope. When I just had my 8"f6, it seemed like I was always out at night loving life. Now, it seems like I never get out and if it is clear, the seeing is bad enough that I question my refractor's collimation. This is a very sad area to love astronomy. :bawling: :bawling: :bawling:
Oh well, at least we have nice gear when it is time to go out :tonofbricks:
 

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 12:30 AM

My replacement data connector for my altitude encoder arrived in the mail today, just in the nick of time before tomorrow's departure. Phew!


I hope the weather cooperated for you guys. Tonight (Saturday) there's supposed to be a pretty good aurora. You'll have to tell us about it.
 

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 01:08 AM

My replacement data connector for my altitude encoder arrived in the mail today, just in the nick of time before tomorrow's departure. Phew!


I hope the weather cooperated for you guys. Tonight (Saturday) there's supposed to be a pretty good aurora. You'll have to tell us about it.


According to NOAA they've got "partly cloudy" over there tonight. I came down with a Nasty Bug so I'll not even be stepping outdoors to look!! Was off work Wednesday and Thursday with a fever. Worked on Friday...Wasn't a good plan, now it came back with a vengeance :tonofbricks:
 

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 11:11 AM

Man, I can *highly* recommend the Camp Delaney trip! The ELC is located right in one of the coulees immediately below dry falls. If a guy is at the Dry Falls visitors' center a narrow, long butte is directly in front, across from lakes; the ELC is in the coulee right behind the ridge, next to a spring area from which a sizable creek flows. There are hiking trails that allow ambling from the ELC in several directions, and most of the off-trail landscape is open enough to permit wandering. It's an absolutely unique, fabulous place to spend a few days. It puts the "E" back in ELCs. And spring has sprung there. Many of the desert plants are in their blooming seasons. I saw mule deer, ring neck pheasants, racoons, a rattlesnake (up close & personal), as well as many bird species. Coyotes and at least one great horned owl sang and hooted at night. The landscape is endlessly fascinating.

The weather treated us well, although it was cool and it was windy Thursday and Saturday nights. We had good nights Thursday and Friday; in fact, it was just starting to brighten in the east when I went to bed Saturday morning. Saturday night was a near bust: high haze with holes; seductive enough to keep me out but not good enough for good viewing. No aurora. But we had some excellent views of Panstarrs. It's moved to the north enough that it sets early but rises again in a few hours. Those were my first views of that comet.

I'm happy to report that Sugaree's DSCs have returned to their fine functionality, and it now tracks again. Phew! The job was much more extensive than I expected, however. I thought I'd receive a 4-wire cable with a connector at each end, that I'd just snap out and in from the altitude encoder to wherever it connected. Instead I received a harness that connected both encoders to the Argo Nav box, and to do the job I had to remove the mirror box from the rocker box, for the first time since the scope was new. It took three men and and a boy to get the job done, but -- success! Remaining, however, is the need to tidy up the job. The original cable is still in there, stapled to the box. I need to open it up again, carefully remove the old and replace my duct taped, jury-rigged job with a good stapling of the new cable.

I should add that the people at the s.p. were wonderfully welcoming, friendly and helpful. I expected that I'd be one of the few non-Olympic Astro Soc. attendees, but there is a coterie of folks from Snohomish, Boeing and other clubs, as well as, uh, "independents" such as myself. It's well-organized, well run and an excellent "deal," bucks wise.
 

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 01:57 PM

Nice report Mike! Sounds like my Fall trip up there once. Great fun, :)

I saw some stars on Friday night. Jesse Cook was in Seattle and I just happened to stumble upon some front row / center seats for Honey Bunny and I. All I can say was AMAZING!

Mike and I listened to Jesse Cook one night down at Goldendale when we were the only two up there observing. Dark skies and some flamenco wafting through on the warm breeze. A great night for astronomy!

Anyway, this was a night to remember as well. ;)

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 03:35 PM

Stacy, I'm appointing you my ticket acquisition agent. Wish I could have been there!
 

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 09:45 PM

Been away for a while.

Robert, that is an excellent M51.

Ajay


Thank You Ajay! Now if I could just get some more sky time!! I have a second camera with this chip. I'm thinking of contacting QHY to see if they can put together a camera if I supply the chip... :thinking: I've heard that they've done that before.
 

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 10:09 PM

Mike,

I had a wonderful time at Camp Delaney a couple of years ago when I was on a sabbatical. Its hard to do the spring event now when school is in session. It was there that I wrote the poem I shared with you at Goldendale a couple of years ago. I'll append it below for others to see. Camp Delaney in the spring can be magical even in daytime.

- Ajay

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The Lightness of Things

On a quest to be nowhere, for no reason
I delighted in the light of things:

A solitary butterfly and an audacious dragonfly
drifted in a pool of grey tufted grass and sage
adorned with false dandelions and sage violets

Swallows cavorted freely on the shimmering air
occasionally locking claws and wheeling

A crow like a glistening velvet scrap of the night sky
soared, surfing the canyon winds like an eagle

Flecks of silver undulated on strands of spider web

And in a gap high up on the crags
a tree bereft of leaves plucked at the silken blue

On a quest to be nowhere
I delighted in the lightness of things.

If God loves us best
why do swallows have wings?


- Ajay Narayanan, April 30, 2011
OAS Star Party, Camp Delaney, WA.
 

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 12:20 AM

I remember when you came over that morning and recited it to us, Ajay. Many thanks.
 

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 09:52 PM

Mike,

How much would you estimate your Webster weighs? I have someone questioning me on the Webster site listed weight.
 

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 01:27 PM

I'm sorry Jackie but I've never weighed it. I would doubt the reliability of estimates but here goes.

The rocker box/mirror box with mirror installed are probably 55 - 65 lb. The only reason I don't attempt to pick them up without help is that they are so bulky I can't get a good position for my back when I grab the sides. But it is very easy for two people to pick up and put in or remove from the back of the truck because they really aren't that heavy. Wheelbarrow handles are included. It's a hard push to wheel the mirror/rocker into the back of the truck but a solution would simply be longer ramps.

I'd say the trusses are around 5 - 8 lb. and the UTA around 3 - 5 lb.
 

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 02:21 PM

Thanks for the estimate, Mike. Your dob isn't exactly a D14 but I would think close. Unless they found a way to lighten it, sounds like the D14 might exceed the 50 pound web site estimate.
 

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 04:48 PM

Your dob isn't exactly a D14 but I would think close.


I would say "close" to identical.
 

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 09:24 PM

Mike,

Thanks, I think I got my answer. The D14 is truly close to 50 pounds with the use of special wood & some other engineering touches per Eric.
 

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:16 PM

Well... is everyone afraid to notice? The weather for next week is looking pretty good. I for one will be trapped at home due to my work schedule, but may get some narrowband imaging done...
 

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 02:08 PM

Anyone looking for an incredible deal on a teeter 18" dob? Check this out. Teeter dob
 

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 02:23 PM

Mike, it was very good to meet you at Camp Delany. I too had a great time and think its a very well kept secret. Nicely organized and a real bargain price wise.

We did luck out on the weather. Several nights, looking at the satellite image of the PNW on the web, it looked like 4 states were completely clouded over. But somehow, a hole seemed to open up over Camp Delany. The Cascades blocked the flow and clouds, it seems. I ended up having 4 straight nights for imaging, and lots of success with new beta firmware for the CGEM, although the wind was a challenge at times. Now I need to get busy and do some processing.

Looking forward to the fall Camp Delany SP.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 11:54 PM

Mike,

How much would you estimate your Webster weighs? I have someone questioning me on the Webster site listed weight.


Jackie, don't look now but you're no longer a Pooh Bah. You've graduated to 'Carpal Tunnel'.

Congratulations! :yay:
 

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 12:10 PM

Yes, Doug, it was a fine experience. I really like the location.
 

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 12:52 PM

Jackie, don't look now but you're no longer a Pooh Bah. You've graduated to 'Carpal Tunnel'.
Congratulations! :yay:


And i've just graduated to lowly sage, myself. So has anyone ever figured out the list of titles and when they each start? And at some masterly exalted point, do you get to choose your own title?
 

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 09:15 PM

Well, darn. I liked Pooh Bah better. Now I go from a grand oriental potentate to an injured wrist. Hardly a promotion. Maybe my posts weren't of good enough quality to make me eligible for Venusian Viceroy or Lunar Lord.Oh well, off to change my Pooh Bah "witticism".
 

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 09:23 PM

SKY!!!! Blue SKY!!
 

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 10:45 PM

And i've just graduated to lowly sage, myself. So has anyone ever figured out the list of titles and when they each start? And at some masterly exalted point, do you get to choose your own title?


http://www.cloudynig...t=0#titlestring


If you harangue the administrators for a change you'll likely get one - but never ever the one you asked for.

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