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
AP900GTO, AP1200GTO, DM6, Tak Epsilon 160, 12.5" F/3.8 AG Optical Newtonian, C9.25, 8" LX200GPS, 18" Starmaster w/Zambuto F/4.3, ES ED127mm CF, FS60C, SV80 FLI ML8300, QSI640WSG-8 SX Lodestars Some Uncle Al's glass hand grenades www.doghouseastronomy.com
6'' Orion SkyQuest f/5 12.5" Astrotel truss dob f/3.3 20" Super FXQ Starmaster William Optics 80mm ZenithStar ED II 1850/2500 Observing sessions grand total for 2013, 49. So far in 2014, 11
I have more money than brains. And I haven't got that much money. WB4RJK Astronomy is looking up! http://www.farrout.org
Quote:Gosh Dave, I'll bet it costs a TON of money to go to the Florida Keys.
Quote:Gosh Dave, I'll bet it costs a TON of money to go to the Florida Keys. Isn't there a better use for that money?
AP 178 f/9 10" Royce Optics Dall Kirkham Conservator of Tom Back's personal TMB 100/800 (Strehl .997!) PST
Quote:I am thinking of attending, had a great time last year. I can only take a week off of work, so driving two or three days each way from MA is problematic. Without my own vehicle, bringing a scope/mount/tripod and ep's is also problematic. I may have to mooch off of others for views. That is fine I guess but would I really would like to have a scope of my own to use. I have large scopes -except for my TMB 100 f/8. If I had my druthers, I would bring my Dall Kirkham as it is my largest aperture. Large aperture rules down there from what I found. I suppose any scope I bring would bring in better views than what I am getting up here though - even a 4" refractor. Still weighing possibilities.
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"
“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open.” ― Frank Zappa
Quote:I wish we had the car/train option down I-75. Oh well, two long days drive for five possible night observing in February sounds really good to me. I'll be arriving early Sunday morning to wait in that line. At least I'll be able to sack out till noon in style this year as I'll be dragging my little teardrop trailer down to it's second star party. No tent or red ants for me, although if you have some Amdro you'll be fine as long as you don't set up next to an anthill.
Quote: As for that line-up - don't believe the "you can't line up until 6am" business. The first dozen or so cars in the line get there at sunset the night before - I've talked to these guys and they tell me that the police don't mind as long as your car is well off the road. The WSP folks won't tell you this, though....
Quote:If the weather keeps on going like it has been this winter, get ready for a scorcher!!! Today was a balmy 85F!!! Tee shirt, sandals and shorts kind of weather. We haven't had a "winter" down here in 3 years.
Quote:I ususally observe at Anne's Beach which is between mile markers 73 & 74.
Quote:Jim it's Anne's Beach no Alice. Easy to find, type Anne's Beach in Google. When the results come up select "maps" and it takes you to it.