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Re: My Visit to the Griffith Observatory new [Re: droid]
      #5551762 - 12/03/12 10:09 AM

Thanks for the tour Dave.

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Re: My Visit to the Griffith Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5551821 - 12/03/12 10:55 AM

Dave, thank you for giving us such an awesome tour of this renowned Observatory! Your pictures were wonderful, made me feel I was right there.

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Re: My Visit to the Griffith Observatory new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5552068 - 12/03/12 01:37 PM

I enjoyed the tour. Thanks Dave!

Mike


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Dave Mitsky
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Re: My Visit to the Griffith Observatory new [Re: droid]
      #5552095 - 12/03/12 01:52 PM

You're welcome everyone.

Quote:

Dave; thanks for sharing , nice.The night shot while pretty would be disturbing for an observatory. Do they still do active observing or research there?




I wasn't using a flash. The Griffith Observatory is a public facility. The observatory lies right in the middle of a white zone. The NELM is less than fifth magnitude. No research is currently being conducted there.

http://www.laparks.org/observatory/exhibits/bzeiss.html

http://cleardarksky.com/lp/GriffObsCAlp.html?Mn=science (light pollution map)

Browse http://www.griffithobservatory.org/obshist.html for an article on the history of the Griffith Observatory.

Dave Mitsky


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Re: My Visit to the Griffith Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5552217 - 12/03/12 03:06 PM

Thank you Dave, for bringing back memories of my visit there in the late 60's, while my brother was stationed in Riverside during his stint in the Air Force. I see there's been quite a bit of remodeling since that time!

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Re: My Visit to the Griffith Observatory new [Re: SteveNH]
      #5552456 - 12/03/12 05:24 PM

Very cool. So that's the one from Rebel? Awesome.

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Re: My Visit to the Griffith Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5552682 - 12/03/12 07:41 PM

Quote:

Clocks in the 12-inch Zeiss dome


Thanks for the tour in pictures, but shouldn't Pacific Time be 7 or 8 hours hours behind Universal time?

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Dave Mitsky
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Re: My Visit to the Griffith Observatory new [Re: SkipW]
      #5554037 - 12/04/12 01:49 PM

The Pacific Time clock was correct. The Universal Time clock was not. The time difference should have been plus 8 hours.

The door to the dome is closed promptly at 9:30 p.m. Anyone still in line outside of the dome is out of luck at that point.

Dave Mitsky


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Re: My Visit to the Griffith Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5554059 - 12/04/12 02:05 PM

Couldn't begin to tell you when was the last time I was at the Griffith Observatory! And with the exception of the first half of the 1980s, I lived not real far from it until I moved to Phoenix in 2004.

So what brought you to Los Angeles? And did you manage a trip to Mt. Wilson?


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Re: My Visit to the Griffith Observatory new [Re: hm insulators]
      #5554085 - 12/04/12 02:23 PM

I enjoyed the tour, thank's.

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Re: My Visit to the Griffith Observatory new [Re: Tim Gilliland]
      #5554208 - 12/04/12 04:01 PM

Good one Dave, Thanks.
I lived in L.A. for 39 years, till 1992.
Been in Oregon ever since, never been back to L.A.
The memories you bring back to me with this very kind and
well done tour are boundless for me.
Thanks again Dave.
Mike.


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Dave Mitsky
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Re: My Visit to the Griffith Observatory new [Re: hm insulators]
      #5554385 - 12/04/12 06:18 PM

Quote:

So what brought you to Los Angeles? And did you manage a trip to Mt. Wilson?




My wife wanted to visit her sons (in Los Angeles and San Diego). We toured Mt. Wilson on the previous Friday and Palomar Mountain on the following Tuesday.

http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/5507904/page... (Mt. Wilson)

We also spent a very expensive two days in San Francisco.

Dave Mitsky


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Re: My Visit to the Griffith Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5555678 - 12/05/12 01:24 PM

Quote:

This time the target was Uranus








Nice tour! You sold me on a visit to both observatories.


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Re: My Visit to the Griffith Observatory new [Re: Paco_Grande]
      #5555762 - 12/05/12 02:19 PM

Photos of my trip to the Palomar Observatory are now available at http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=5555029&...

Dave Mitsky


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Re: My Visit to the Griffith Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5555784 - 12/05/12 02:34 PM

Nice reports!!

It's funny. The numerous times I've gone up to Griffith (frequently), Mt. Wilson, and Palomar were on my bicycle from the bottom up with my cycling buddies as these roads make for perfect training routes.


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Re: My Visit to the Griffith Observatory new [Re: Gastrol]
      #5555795 - 12/05/12 02:48 PM

We saw a number of bicyclists pedaling up Mt. Wilson. What a workout!

Dave Mitsky


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Re: My Visit to the Griffith Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5555918 - 12/05/12 04:15 PM

The new planetarium projector is a state-of-the-art digital projector. The show in the planetarium requires obtaining a separate ticket to see the show (from the entry ticket), but it is worth it. I have seen planetarium shows in the new Hayden (NY), and the Adler (Chicago) and a few other places, but currently, IMO, none equals the impressive projector in LA's Griffith Observatory Planetarium.
If you go, make sure you see the planetarium show. It's far more impressive than the view of Jupiter through the 12" refractor.
This site doesn't have good seeing. The observatory was located where it was to be accessible to Los Angelenos, and it is.


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Re: My Visit to the Griffith Observatory new [Re: Starman1]
      #5557936 - 12/06/12 05:26 PM

Cool pictures Dave! I've always wanted to go there, but alas, it is the one 'famous' CA observatory that I've missed.

The original concepts and drawings for this place were done by Russell Porter (of Stellafane fame), while taking a break from his work at Palomar.


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Re: My Visit to the Griffith Observatory new [Re: George N]
      #5564888 - 12/10/12 08:56 PM

Fantastic, thank you Dave!

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Re: My Visit to the Griffith Observatory new [Re: dynamo15]
      #5605834 - 01/05/13 12:28 AM

You're welcome.

Dave Mitsky


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