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N11GPS Fastar//TOA-130S//MK66 Std//AT6RC//Vintage C5//Megrez II 80mm APO//SolarMax 40 NJP Temma II//Sirius EQ-G Too Many Astro-Cameras//Mallincam Color Hyper Plus Two not-spoiled Golden Retrievers - Casey and Nelson Lot 19 Deerlick Astronomy Village (Canis Major) Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is quite staggering. - Arthur C. Clarke
David Cotterell Toronto, Ontario "If an observer actually sees an object, there is no point in referring to a formula to find out whether he ought to see it; and if he fails to detect it, no formula will ensure his success." - W.H. Steavenson 8" f/15.5 TEC Maksutov 16" f/5 Teeter/Zambuto Dob 66mm WO SD AT 65EDQ APO Refractor Astro-Physics Mach 1 GTO Mount iOptron ZEQ25 mount Canon 60Da
Quote:Hahaha, I sure hope it is better. You have been logging a lot of mile Dave, I heard OkieTex was pretty good?Dean
Terry Danks Photography: Birds, Scenery, a little astrophotography too. http://danks.netfirms.com/home.htm Equipment List: Too embarrassed to list it all. Roll-off-roof Observatory Constructed Fall, 2013
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Black Hole Observatory
10'X16' ROR Observatory
Celestron 11" SCT
Celestron 8" SCT
Atlas 8" f4.9 Reflector
Orion Atlas EQ-G
A few REALLY good EP's
A few not so good
Quote:Sorry to hear that Kevin, would like to meet. Perhaps at another one someday.
Quote:I just did a week at the Peach State Star gaze which is closer. My drive is about 500 miles where Chiefland is 730. You might consider that next year also as that is any easy 1 day drive, and the skies are just as nice. But no outdoor showers, got to admit I like those too hahaha.
Quote:The Chiefland Fall Star Party is wrapping up tonight. We had one decent night for viewing (Monday); although tonight is predicted to be clean and clear, a lot of folks have left. Once again I missed Sergio...DeanS collected his usual imaging prize and left early.
Quote:I've been to chiefland FSP three times now. The first time, about three years ago, had 2/6 clear nights. My second trip, last year had 0/6 clear nights and this year it was, generously, 1.5/6 clear nights.Is this level of cloudiness typical? I will be most reluctant to attend in the future....Dave
Quote:Bob Schilling, Jack Huercamp and I once did an all-nighter when it was 17 degrees...we had ice on the scopes!
Homemade 14.5" f4.3 Truss Dobsonian
"I'd like to remind you at four in the morning my world is very still, The air is fresh under diamond skies, makes me glad to be alive." Randy Bachmann "Blue Collar"
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Quote:As a Chiefland "regular" for more than 20 years, I'd have to say that the last two years have been rather atypical. Maybe it's just chance, or the jetstream might have moved over us and is bringing more cloudiness with it.On top of everything else, it's been warmer than in the past (keep in mind, we weren't wearing jackets, and it was the end of October! ).That warmth is conducive to the formation of low-level cloud cover.
I think it is clearing up!
Retired owner of Tectron Telescopes and retired editor of "Amateur Astronomy Magazine." Author of "The Modern Dobsonian" and "Starry Starry Nights"
Rob 18" f/4.3 Starmaster 8" Meade LX200 Classic Celestron 15x70 Skymaster Binoculars