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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5515451 - 11/12/12 02:26 AM

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What scope did you use Robert?






AT65EDQ scope coupled with the 28.4mm diagonal chip of the QHY8 gives a pretty wide field. If I had used my 1000d, it would have been a little smaller FOV.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5516068 - 11/12/12 02:01 PM

Mikester...after we talked on Saturday..I realized I was wrong. Saurday night was awesome. I thought it was Sunday when you guys were here. I was tripping.

As the CSC predicted it was down right clear and stable for Jupiter viewing and later Orion. As I had thought it rained like crazy on Sunday...which is why I sounded like a loon when you were here.

Anyway it was a pleasure to see you and visit briefly. I did clean up and fry those shrooms and stored them as you suggested. Sweet..thanks again.

Rain..rain..rain for some time it appears. Oh well..I got to enjoy a few awesome nights before it hit.

Rob


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #5517054 - 11/12/12 11:28 PM

Thanks for the open door, Rob. Loved the 'scope tour. Take care.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5520465 - 11/15/12 01:35 AM

So it was clear tonight (Wed). I went for a run as I did not have time to go observing and the sky was beautiful and inspiring.

The music I carried seemed not quite appropriate. So I am looking for recommendations. Songs that are outward looking even when glancing inward. Songs about the sky, the stars, the world and of fancy. I know some of you are just the right people to ask.

I'll start the ball rolling with something I shared on another thread a while back. Some sky themed songs by Philip Leitch Donovan.

The Voyage of the Moon
The Seller of Stars
And a personal favorite The Song Of Wandering Aengus a poem of W. B. Yeats set to song.

Edit: Found a couple more
The Sun is a Very Magic Fellow
The Universe am I

Ajay

Edited by bluedandelion (11/15/12 02:04 AM)


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5521135 - 11/15/12 12:26 PM

Anything from Alan Parsons....

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Stacy]
      #5521250 - 11/15/12 01:41 PM

Wow last night Jupiter was awesome! I stumbled upon an Io shadow transit & GRS combo. Also a large round storm trailing the GRS, lots of bands and festoon visible. I also discovered that my right eye is slightly sharper than my left, the latter being my main viewing eye for 25 years. I need to "train" my right eye for viewing now - after a few more tests to confirm.

I used my ED120, noticeably superior to the ED100 I used last week. Pentax XW's ruled the night...


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: SteveG]
      #5521373 - 11/15/12 02:56 PM

Ajay, are you looking for running music or astronomy music? Regardless,

-- Yeah, Alan Parsons!

-- And for another stellar Canadian I'm sure you'd like much of Bruce Cockburn. (Thematically speaking, listen to his "Lord of the Starfields.")

-- So much Grateful Dead. From their "American Beauty" album, for a contemplative vibe, try "Ripple", "Brokedown Palace" and "Attics of my Mind"; and for a more upbeat vibe try "Friend of the Devil" and "Truckin'". Pretty much anything from their "Wake of the Flood" album. Here's a link to a (OK but not great) live performance of "Weather Report Suite" from Wake of the Flood. (Ignore the 1964 picture accompanying the 1974 performance.) If you like that I can point you toward more. ** Edit: for an acoustic flavor try this "Birdsong":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYA16z2-xFg&feature=related

-- About 80% of Van Morrison, and after 1985 close to 100%

I'll be quiet now.

Edited by Spaced (11/15/12 03:49 PM)


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Spaced]
      #5521385 - 11/15/12 03:00 PM

Sounds like a great night Steve!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Stacy]
      #5521910 - 11/15/12 09:02 PM Attachment (9 downloads)

I got back from Tucson yesterday where I attended the astro show on Saturday & Sunday and then visited with my brother & family for a few days after that. I came away with a 17.3mm Delos for $295 and no tax as well as an ADM dual Losmandy/Vixen saddle for $100. The admission fee was only $11 per day, which I thought very cheap. This show was organized by the person who does NEAF I believe, and might be repeated if they found it successful enough. The crowds seemed good but not excessive to me.

There were a number of speakers but I spent most of my time in the vendor section and looking at the solar telescopes set up for public viewing outside the convention center. These solar scopes were set up by the Charlie Bates organization, a non-profit with a mission for public outreach. One of the solar scopes was a 6"!

My main point of interest was to see the new 6" refractor that Markus Ludes of APM was showing. He brought the scope from Germany to show it off. The price is reasonable for an ED (not a triplet) at $4000 but it is large if not heavy.

It was great seeing many "famous" vendors: Vic Maris of Stellarvue, Roland Christen of AP, Markus Ludes of APM, and Yuri of TEC to mention just a few. I was disappointed that Yuri only brought a TEC 110 and no TEC 140. When I asked, he rather humorously said that the TEC 140 is so popular they don't need to market it strenuously.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Dragonwatcher]
      #5521914 - 11/15/12 09:05 PM Attachment (6 downloads)

Here is Markus & the telescope I was interested in:

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Dragonwatcher]
      #5521915 - 11/15/12 09:06 PM Attachment (8 downloads)

Here is Roland of AP in the green shirt:

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Dragonwatcher]
      #5521918 - 11/15/12 09:08 PM Attachment (5 downloads)

Yuri of TEC with name tag:

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Dragonwatcher]
      #5521919 - 11/15/12 09:09 PM Attachment (6 downloads)

Here is solar observing:

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Dragonwatcher]
      #5521920 - 11/15/12 09:12 PM Attachment (5 downloads)

Buy stuff! And I did - the 17.3mm Delos!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Dragonwatcher]
      #5521925 - 11/15/12 09:14 PM Attachment (7 downloads)

Look at the size of the 30mm eyepiece that Explore Scientific was selling!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Dragonwatcher]
      #5521990 - 11/15/12 09:50 PM Attachment (8 downloads)

Here is a closer look at Markus & the 6" refractor I wanted to see. Note the red bag the person in the background has. We were all given one at registration and I put my Ipad 3 and a book in mine. Later I bought a bottle of diet cola; I only finished about 60% of it and then put it in my red bag. After walking back to my hotel, I discovered that I had not tightened the cap sufficiently and my Ipad was swimming in diet cola. It worked a while but slowly became erratic. I tried leaving it out in the hot Tucson sun to dry it out, but it eventually died. It did come back to life but I could see diet soda under the screen and I couldn't use my AT&T function - the main reason to own an Ipad for me.

Short story, I went to Alderwood's Apple store and they gave me a new one for a reduced price of $350 plus tax with a year and half warranty. Next time I do something stupid - as long as it is before May 2014 - they give me a new one for just $50 no matter if the fault is mine.

So I lost all the $$ I saved at the convention plus more due to a red bag soda mishap!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Dragonwatcher]
      #5522002 - 11/15/12 09:55 PM Attachment (5 downloads)

Setting up the 6" solar scope:

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Dragonwatcher]
      #5522011 - 11/15/12 10:02 PM Attachment (5 downloads)

Final two pictures:

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Dragonwatcher]
      #5522012 - 11/15/12 10:02 PM Attachment (4 downloads)

And:

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Dragonwatcher]
      #5522170 - 11/16/12 12:29 AM

Wow looks like a blast Jackie! Sorry about your iPad. Still looks like you had a great time.

Stacy


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