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#101 zerro1

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 02:01 PM

I'm north of the light dome, but I'll turn off the light when I leave home.

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 06:21 PM

Just got a message from Bill (Wayazo). He and his wife took their motor home up to Table today.
There are many horses, trucks, and trailers in and among the tree area.
He is parked down at the south end of the meadow by the AP area. He says it is wide open down there. :cool:

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 07:13 PM

That's where I usually end up anyway... Geeze ? what? are they having the ellensburg rodeo up there? Hope they have low light courtesy. I'll be up Friday evening, I'm open minded and certainly willing to give her a go, but if that bunch of equestrian enthusiasts are a pain, I'll head north for Saturday night. Don't get me wrong, got lots of friends who have lots of horses... I'm just not all that certain that the two compliment each other :lol:

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 07:50 PM

Well to be honest Robert, I am so used to observing in
sub-idea conditions that I don't know if it will be a bother to me or not.
We can probably arrange the vehicles to make a "steel curtain " and reduce any spurious lighting to a minimum. ;)
I will be going up there Sat afternoon, hope you decide to stay.

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 08:03 PM

I'm bringing my Atlas this time! I think I got the issues solved with it. (after a few minor setbacks). You know; I really had no desire to become so familiar with the internal workings of this mount. I'll have my tools with me...too!

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 09:18 PM

Know what you mean Robert. I'll be bringing mine as well.

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 02:45 AM

Horse people seem to be respectful of the dark. So far so good!

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 09:40 AM

I'll be up to Table mountain friday between 7-8pm

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 12:47 PM

Guys - have fun at Table. Wish I could be there, but have company tonight. Tomorrow heading up to Hurricane Ridge for the Olympic club one night star party. The weather is looking pretty good at this point.

I'll give you a wave from the ridge!

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 09:15 AM

Hope everyone has a great clear night.......

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 12:52 PM

early this morning at Table

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 03:14 PM

Robert,

Nice shot! Hopefully see some tonight.

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 05:09 PM

I was up there Thursday and Friday, got back today.
The tens of Rv's and horse trailers scared us off and we setup at a lower field that was equally good as the main field. We also needed a shaded spot for the tent and there weren't any at the main field. Sorry I missed you guys. It was a good two nights of imaging.
I am planning to head up there again next weekend!

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 09:10 PM

some more pics from the weekend

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 09:22 PM

Great shots Robert!! Glad I finally got to meet you, Stacy, and Ajay as well as your ladies!! :D
Here's a shot of Mike serenading the sunset.

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 09:25 PM

I put on the WL filter and snapped some of the big AR group this morning before I left.

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 09:25 PM

Here's the closeup. :grin:

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 10:30 PM

Great shots Robert and Ron!

Saturday night we had about 30 students from Edmonds/Shoreline area, who are visiting from Japan, stop by to look through our telescopes. I showed them all Saturn and M13, which garnered lots of squeals and ohs and ahs as they had never looked through a telescope before! Mike showed them the Swan and another glob I believe and Robert his Northern Lights shots from the night before. It was fun to share the view. :)

I also was surprised to see lots of campers, sani-cans and horses up there when we got there Thursday but they turned out to be very low impact. Great neighbors as well. Some of the horses were amazing!

Thursday night was the best I think. Friday's light show was just great fun! It was also nice of Christopher to share the view through his 6" Televue. :cool: Saturday Ajay came up from down below and Ron also joined us. While not as good as the previous nights, us Northwest astronomers can't complain when we get consecutive clear new moon weekends. I had three great nights of viewing this month as well as last month at Mike's place in Goldendale.

Table Mountain has lost some trees, but none of it's beauty as far as I'm concerned. Enjoying the sunrise over the wildflower meadows with a creamy latte' is just about as good as it gets.

Thanks to everybody who came up and made this a weekend to remember. :)

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 11:02 PM

Oh? you mean those flowers...

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 11:08 PM

Aimee Had a great time! She said the days were kind of boring but the nights were amazing! Thank you all for welcoming her to the "show"!

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 11:13 PM

Wide shot of our sky

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 11:22 PM

Oh yeah, there were wild flowers!!

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 11:23 PM

And bugs on wild flowers!!

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 11:30 PM

And who can forget the Forgetmenots!! :grin:

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 10:27 AM

Thanks for the pix, guys!

It was an unblemished weekend, decorated with new acquaintances, thousands of wildflowers and beautiful weather, all at a lovely location.

I suspect Ajay encountered a freeway slowdown just before the rest area at Indian John Hill. Ajay and I caravaned down the hill yesterday morning. I didn't see him follow me onto the freeway and I think he may have stopped for gas. I continued on and a collision happened about 200 yd. ahead of me. I saw two cars careen uphill through the meridian about 1.25 mi. before the rest area, raising great clouds of dust. I suspect injuries, if any, were minor, since neither car rolled. I was past the accident in a few seconds but probably those behind me weren't so lucky. It must have been terrifying for those involved but perhaps simply an expensive lesson in defensive driving.






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