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zerro1
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5689766 - 02/19/13 09:32 PM

I'm undecided about setting up tonight... Been a couple of rough days at work. I did get some happy stuff today! No not the camera(that's tomorrow) . I got my truck and my CRX both fixed today. Now I can park the Deville again. It's in dire need of some TLC and the money I'll save driving the CRX will fund it.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5690883 - 02/20/13 01:20 PM

Ajay, that is a very nicely processed Heart Nebula!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5690893 - 02/20/13 01:25 PM

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Ram, you got the same color moonlite focuser that I have on my dob. Yours is far more complicated but, you have great taste. Maybe I do, anyway it looks great on your RC.




Thanks, It is a beautiful focuser and a beautiful OTA.

However I still am struggling to get decent resolution that my Tak or AP refractor scopes easily achieve on deep sky. I suspect my collimation isn't spot-on.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: rainycityastro]
      #5691410 - 02/20/13 05:45 PM

I got out last night briefly. Seeing was really bad, and it was cold, so I didn't last too long. Felt good though! A little time on Jupiter, cruised Orion, and the moon - all in one spot in the sky.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: SteveG]
      #5691690 - 02/20/13 08:23 PM

Ram, Thank you. If it wasn't for the noise from the voltage-picky Atik, this should have been a lot better. The image you see has had lots of noise reduction applied to it - in other words, smeared! Hopefully this upcoming season I should see the full potential of this camera with a dedicated voltage regulator.

Seeing was surprisingly good over my back yard last night. Jupiter and the moon were superb though my son's 6 inch Dob. We were mesmerized by the moon.

Ajay


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5693206 - 02/21/13 05:41 PM

My binos should be here Monday. I can test them out rain or shine so hopefully it doesn't affect the weather negatively. At least I can hope it isn't as bad as my moonlite focuser and 21e were. They caused 3-4 months of solid clouds.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5694392 - 02/22/13 10:27 AM

Sorry about the weather for the next few days. I just placed orders for some videoastrophotography gear. But at least i timed my orders so they coincide with the full moon...

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: MadHungarian]
      #5698606 - 02/24/13 05:04 PM Attachment (10 downloads)

Well it was nastily bright from the moon and hazy with some passing clouds last night. Hey is that a "moon dog" to the right of the moon

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: zerro1]
      #5699016 - 02/24/13 10:14 PM

Ajay:

I was just looking at the pictures of the SP retrofit. Very cool. How do you like the belt drive? I installed the WarpsDrive belt kit on my LXD75. I found that it works great in my experiences.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: zerro1]
      #5699151 - 02/25/13 12:03 AM

Robert, Gotos worked, but I had a little trouble with the dec motor. As you saw the motor was held in place with ABS parts. That is not sturdy enough. I am planning to make a motor bracket out of aluminum some time this summer. Its a nice grab and goto mount.

Ajay


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5699197 - 02/25/13 12:53 AM

Quote:

Robert, Gotos worked, but I had a little trouble with the dec motor. As you saw the motor was held in place with ABS parts. That is not sturdy enough. I am planning to make a motor bracket out of aluminum some time this summer. Its a nice grab and goto mount.

Ajay




I'm trying to do a little brainstorming on a counter weight system for DEC ballance. ballance in DEC becomes a tough nut to crack when I hook up the KAF6303E to my AT6RC. The LXD75 actually fairs better than the Atlas in that situation. HMMMMM I think I've got a solution.. I have a clamp for my top rail to mount a camera.... I can throw a DSLR out front as a counter. What the heck? more data


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: zerro1]
      #5702823 - 02/27/13 01:45 AM

NGC 6992, Eastern Veil captured in July 2010 from my light polluted back yard. Click on the image below to see a larger version on Flickr.



I think I want to call this the "Dragon Nebula."

Ajay


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5703322 - 02/27/13 11:31 AM

Nice one Ajay.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5703516 - 02/27/13 01:29 PM

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...I think I want to call this the "Dragon Nebula."
Ajay




Very nice. Yes, it does look a bit like some of JRR Tolkien's drawings of Smaug. Or maybe Glaurung instead (he didn't have wings).


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5703517 - 02/27/13 01:29 PM

Oooooh!

Keep postin', Ajay & Robt.!

I'm getting excited about heading up to Wintergrass Friday. I haven't attended since they moved from the Sheraton in Tacoma to wherever the heck it is in Bellevue. But I volunteered eight years running until a few years ago. I should be able to catch both David Grisman *and* Peter Rowan!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Spaced]
      #5704076 - 02/27/13 07:20 PM

The Wintergrass sounds like fun!
I imagine you've been to countless Dead shows? I watched 3 of their shows in '95. (two in Seattle and one in Portland).


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: rainycityastro]
      #5704122 - 02/27/13 07:46 PM

Table Mountain star party has posted the new location for this year! It will be held at Eden Valley ranch near Oroville, WA and they think it will darker than table has become! I am excited!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: cliff mygatt]
      #5704197 - 02/27/13 08:22 PM

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Table Mountain star party has posted the new location for this year! It will be held at Eden Valley ranch near Oroville, WA and they think it will darker than table has become! I am excited!




http://tmspa.com/

just inside a boundary layer, but still could be very dark

Dark Site View of the Ranch

The light bubbles should be considerably smaller from the new TMSP location.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Stacy]
      #5704264 - 02/27/13 08:59 PM

Thanks for the links Stacy. I imagine the drive to the ranch must be somewhat saner than the steep narrow approach to the original TMSP.

Ajay


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5704506 - 02/27/13 11:18 PM

The new TMSP is at edge of blue dark sky zone, while Pixieland is just into the darker area. Close enough that I suppose they would be comparable. OSP is in the really dark sky. From Olympia it is almost exactly the same length drive to either one, ~340 miles, 5 1/2+ hours.

Brad


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