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#1726 zerro1

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 03:10 PM

HMMM! G-dale... and I have some unfinished business with a Nebula that is south of here. ;)
 

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 09:46 PM

I'll be headed to Winthrop a week from now. I'll be with my wife so no star gazing beyond a peak with bino's from downtown.

I had big plans to observe on this wonderfully clear weekend that has just passed, but alas on Friday I came down with a cold and was not up to getting out, not even tonight still, but am getting better now that it's supposed to cloud up.

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 12:46 AM

If the sky is clear in winthrop, even downtown aint bad.
 

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 04:35 PM

I can't come this weekend. I have a lot of tooling to make for a run of prototype parts for a flight test. It isn't even a contract just one time runs that may someday be a contract. Also my boss at home reminded me that Sunday is mother's day. I told her that they really need to plan this stuff around full moon not new moon. What are they thinking?
 

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 10:09 PM

Yes, I had a similar new moon/mother's day conversation. Uhh, I'm going to G/dale. I think the tipping point was pointing out how the new moon weekend had been on my calendar since January.

Brad, I'm glad your health is on the mend.
 

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 10:48 PM

Honey Bunny nixed the Mothers Day weekend trip to Goldendale. We will make our annual trip to Flower World so she can pick out a plant.

Isn't the New Moon AND Mothers Day PRINTED on most calendars almost a year in advance Mike?. :lol:
 

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 02:05 PM

. . . not on my Google calendar.
 

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 09:16 PM

It isn't really my wife stopping me. It is more the insane amount of work and short period of time to do it. Mother's day is part of why I am missing though.
 

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 01:09 AM

Well I couldn't pass up the sky tonight. I think I got the mount problem sorted out. So for a test, I' shooting M13 with my 6 inch RC and a QHY8. We will see how it turns out...

Edit: the QHY8 was a poor choice on an open scope in the humidity of western washington... lost everything I got on the Iris, and 4 of the subs from M13 because frost developed on the CCD window

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 07:17 AM

Part of the reason globs are my favorite is that it seems that they are the only areas with stars close enough to have an interstellar community. A scientist on one of the shows I watched said that there is too much radiation in a globular cluster for life to exist. That was a bummer to hear...
 

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 11:11 AM

Sean, that's one person's opinion based on a number of assumptions, which may or may not be correct. Perhaps lifeforms like mammals couldn't exist but I have always heard that cockroaches, as an example, could survive a nuclear holocaust. If life forms could exist, perhaps they would evolve protective mechanisms or even feed off radiation. Life may take strange forms in non-earth environments. I think it is questionable whether we can dogmatically state life forms need near-earth conditions to survive. We have been surprised at some of the organisms we have found in the hostile environment of the high Andes as well as the hardy ones in deep-sea thermal vents.
 

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 12:41 AM

I had hoped to image tonight, but instead I am wearing my Cloudynights shirt and reading stuff here. :foreheadslap:

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 06:55 PM

Fine, Ajay, so where's the image of you in your CN shirt?
 

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 01:15 AM

Fine, Ajay, so where's the image of you in your CN shirt?


There was a time when a man's word was good enough. Now you know why I take pictures and don't look through a scope :step: Anyway here's an image to keep y'all happy. Finally managed to snag the Leo Triplet weekend before last from Hazy Hollow.

First light for my TMB 130ss at f/7. Captured with an Atik 383L+.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 11:47 AM

Cool picture! I was looking at that grouping and at others in the neighborhood last month, at Camp Delany. Somehow it didn't look exactly like your picture.
 

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 12:05 PM

Hey all - I'm asking if anyone local has a Televue 3x barlow (1.25") that I could borrow? I'm doing a 3x barlow shootout, and I'm questioning if I have a bad sample of the TV. Let me know if you have one that could be loaned for a week or so. Thanks!
 

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 09:49 PM

Wow. That is a nice shot Ajay.
 

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 10:04 PM

Thank you Mike and Sean.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 03:04 PM

Sorry Steve. I really don't like barlows very much, probably why I have a giant eyepiece case...
 

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 07:02 PM

Great shots guys. Like those galaxies Ajay!

False alarm last night. Looked like it might be good, but then it went away. The moon looked good, so it must have been just this side of the clouds.

Just binos, but I also noticed my small scopes are multiplying. I think they are up to about 4 now with two gotos. Funny how those things happen. Must be time to separate them. :ubetcha:
 

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 09:05 PM

Hey folks, greetings from the Columbia Gorge.
I hope everyone is doing well and look forward to this summers observing.
If anyone knows where Lost Lake in Oregon is; I created a sky chart for its location:
http://cleardarksky....tLkORkey.html?1

I hope to throw a few star parties there this season, and will let you guys know via the outreach thread :)
 

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 03:12 PM

Hi, Joe, it's nice to hear from you!

Lost Lake looks reachable from Tacoma. What's the camping situation there? How are the horizons?
 

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 05:22 PM

How are the horizons?


Mt Hood would certainly be prominent in the south-east :lol: got to be a beautiful view of it!
 

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 11:06 PM

Finally getting the hang of processing galaxies. Here is the final version of M31 taken from Table Mountain.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 11:09 AM

Ajay,

That looks ALMOST as good as I visually saw it in my Borg 5" refractor. :silly:

[Really beautiful shot. Pictures like this remind me how vast, grand, inexplicable, fantastic, and simply mind-boggling the universe really is. ]
 






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