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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Dragonwatcher]
      #5817533 - 04/23/13 01:49 PM

I doubt you're done Jackie - yea I've said that before too!

Was nice to get some star time last night, even with the bright moon. I viewed Jupiter, the moon and then some nice doubles. I love the crisp, pinpoint views through my 120 ED. I'm thinking about bringing it to Goldendale this coming June along with my reflector.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: SteveG]
      #5818219 - 04/23/13 06:13 PM

Jackie, you're done?

Sure, I believe that. Which of the latest crew of transients do you expect to cart to G/dale?

Steve, please do take the new refractor! I'm curious about such as FOV . . . I think I'd like to wield a 120 mm. under dark skies.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5818422 - 04/23/13 07:01 PM

Mike,

Not sure what I will take. I need a 1stBase dob base built for the MN-76 and that hasn't been ordered yet. The new Dob will be big & I have to see how it breaks down when I get it. I may just go with my refractors and if there is room (and I still own it) throw in my 8" Uti. Now that I think about it, I have never owned a SCT... hmmmmmmm.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Dragonwatcher]
      #5818536 - 04/23/13 07:53 PM Attachment (11 downloads)

Well I did get some stuff last night...

M13


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5818538 - 04/23/13 07:54 PM Attachment (9 downloads)

M51

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5819107 - 04/24/13 03:36 AM

A lesson in futility? I don't know, but I'm shooting NGC7023 (The IRIS) with a DSLR on my AT6RC with nearly a full moon and no LP filter...

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5819571 - 04/24/13 11:30 AM

Nice, Robt.

Jackie, more aperture under dark skies!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5819807 - 04/24/13 01:28 PM

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Anyone looking for an incredible deal on a teeter 18" dob? Check this out. Teeter dob




This is pretty sweet. I continually look for a reasonably priced used 18-20" scope. But there seem to be very few of them that come up in this area. If this wasn't a 13 hour drive from here, I would be deep in negotiations with my wife right now!!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: morceli]
      #5820037 - 04/24/13 03:28 PM

C'mon, Mike, it's not so far: fly there, rent a one-way car and take two enjoyable days coming home. I've made the 1200 mi. drive between here & Glen Ullin, ND many times.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5820720 - 04/24/13 08:01 PM Attachment (7 downloads)

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Nice, Robt.






Thanks Mike! I did get some results of the Iris Nebula last night. 35 X 4 minutes at ISO400 with my Canon T1i and a pretty bright sky (thanks moon)


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5820982 - 04/24/13 10:31 PM

Nice pics.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Stacy]
      #5821067 - 04/24/13 11:22 PM

Thanks Stacy!
it was nice just to be able to get out and do some imaging. I had my gear set up for two whole nights! In A ROW!. It was all I could do to resist the temptation to stay up way too late and shoot some of the summer objects...


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: SteveG]
      #5821989 - 04/25/13 12:42 PM

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I doubt you're done Jackie - yea I've said that before too!

Was nice to get some star time last night, even with the bright moon. I viewed Jupiter, the moon and then some nice doubles. I love the crisp, pinpoint views through my 120 ED. I'm thinking about bringing it to Goldendale this coming June along with my reflector.




Stop thinking and bring it . I have wanted to get a look through it for a long time. I really want to see how a slightly larger refractor compares to a 4". I haven't ever looked through a WO refractor so it would be very cool to visit your spot for me. Setting up your refractor next to your dob is great. It gives you the ability to always get the best view available. Plus taking it to Goldendale gives you a great view of the star rich areas.

Sorry, I got a little carried away.

Wednesday morning, when I left for work (4am), the sky was as steady as I have ever seen it at my house. I seriously considered going in a few hours late to take advantage of it. I hope you guys got to get those steady clear skies.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: morceli]
      #5822296 - 04/25/13 02:21 PM

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Quote:

Anyone looking for an incredible deal on a teeter 18" dob? Check this out. Teeter dob




This is pretty sweet. I continually look for a reasonably priced used 18-20" scope. But there seem to be very few of them that come up in this area. If this wasn't a 13 hour drive from here, I would be deep in negotiations with my wife right now!!




That is an insane deal. The guy said he would drive to you a ways so, if you can swing it, you should go. 2-3 months ago I would have bought it but, I spent quite a bit of money since then. I'll have to wait and hope another shows up later. I really want a D18 but I doubt there will ever be one for $4500. Neck, the Zambuto mirror costs a high percentage of that price. Teeter would fit the bill though...


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5822316 - 04/25/13 02:27 PM

Robert the iris is beautiful. Thanks so much for posting these images. It is great relief to see them when clouds are damaging our lives and now, when there is finally light at the end of the tunnel, it is helping to get me excited for our upcoming viewing season.
I am starting to see some of the attraction of imaging. You can get out and collect photons in the good weather, then edit images during the poor weather. You can still get your fix, somewhat.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5823215 - 04/25/13 09:43 PM

Thank You Sean!

I love doing this stuff! I've been pretty hog-tied over the last few months. I've wanted to take some road trips to dark sites, but with the price of fuel It's been too high of a cost to risk a trip with questionable weather. My 1990 Honda CRX developed a leak just over the instrument cluster so basically I had to throw a tarp over it until I could get it solved. As of tonight...IT's Fixed Yay!!! It's basically $100 to fill the tank on the Caddy, or my f-150. The CRX is really hard to squeeze 9 gallons into unless it's pretty hard on empty, and I can get almost 400 miles out of a tank. I'm so happy!!! I can take some trips on a whim and not break the bank!!!!!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Spaced]
      #5829112 - 04/28/13 09:04 PM

Next Saturday looks favorable in ellensburg. I don't know of a good place in the area. I haven't checked many locations for weather yet.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5829150 - 04/28/13 09:26 PM

Tuesday through Thursday night is looking promising around here.

I might be heading down to Oregon next weekend to visit a friend in Mosier. I'm hoping the good weather extends down there... It'd be nice to bring the beast(quantix camera) and try for some of the Sagitarius Objects.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: zerro1]
      #5830181 - 04/29/13 01:14 PM

That would be cool. More images for your fan club too. :-)

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5830992 - 04/29/13 07:59 PM

Ready for a nice weekend!

Looky what I ordered: Celestron StarSense for my Nexstar 11. Not that aligning is that difficult, but this is cool! Just turn it on and push the button and wha-la

Stacy


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