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bluedandelion
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6079389 - 09/13/13 08:40 PM

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The last exchange got me looking at Robert's (stunning) image of M31 again and I now realize that yes, M110 is an elliptical, not spiral galaxy. Who was I discussing that with this past weekend? Ajay?




Yup. If you look carefully at this image, you can make out faint dust lanes in the elliptical.

Ajay


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zerro1
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #6079738 - 09/14/13 02:02 AM

I always assumed I was creating processing artifacts in 110. I'll have to revisit my data from a couple years ago

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seawolfe
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6081024 - 09/14/13 08:09 PM Attachment (5 downloads)

Was at Mt. Rainier's Sunrise park visitor center Friday night, September 13th.

Clear skies with 1st quarter Moon that finally set around 11:30 PM behind Mt. Rainier.

Surprise that we could see Venus set between the two peaks of Mt. Rainier around sunset!

Great viewing especially after the Moon set. Clear dark skies with the Milky Way over Mt. Rainier.


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bluedandelion
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: seawolfe]
      #6081222 - 09/14/13 10:34 PM

I finally had the chance to sift through my summer star party photos.
Here's an interesting one from Pixieland (weekend of Sept 7).



That random blob that looks like a person (my son's actual description ) is Mike. I had not enabled mirror lock, or the trigger cable was swinging. Either way this was the only 30 second exposure that had somewhat decent stars.

I've uploaded more pictures from Table Mountain and Goldendale from this summer of 2013 on Flickr at the link below in high res. The sunset pictures from Goldendale show crepuscular rays.

Summer 2013 Starparty Pictures.
Press the play arrow that is at the bottom center for a full screen slideshow.

Ajay

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #6081493 - 09/15/13 04:09 AM

VERY nice photos! I especially like the one with the Moon / earthshine clouds just veiling the Moon a bit and Venus to the right. All these above a barn... Very nice indeed!

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csa/montana
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: seawolfe]
      #6081801 - 09/15/13 10:23 AM

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I especially like the one with the Moon / earthshine clouds just veiling the Moon a bit and Venus to the right. All these above a barn... Very nice indeed!






That is an awesome image! Would make a great wallpaper!


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bluedandelion
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6081989 - 09/15/13 12:30 PM

Quote:

Quote:

I especially like the one with the Moon / earthshine clouds just veiling the Moon a bit and Venus to the right. All these above a barn... Very nice indeed!






That is an awesome image! Would make a great wallpaper!




Seawolfe, Thank you.

Carol, Thank you. Right click on the image on Flickr and select original. Right click again and save it to your computer. Feel free to use it as a wallpaper.

By the way that is a house.

Ajay

Edited by bluedandelion (09/15/13 12:33 PM)


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #6082076 - 09/15/13 01:37 PM

Seawolfe, you look like a very happy camper.

Ajay, I can imagine exactly how that person-like blob felt. I'm amused that several times you asked me to freeze for a 30 sec. exposure, and the one you finally selected featured a person-like blob. That's art for you!

P.S. I'm working on purchasing a certain ~ 102 mm. scope to replace Punk. News may follow.


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astronomania
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6082117 - 09/15/13 02:02 PM

Nice ones Ajay!!
I especially like the one of the Blob formerly known as Mike!!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: astronomania]
      #6082338 - 09/15/13 04:08 PM Attachment (7 downloads)

Went up to Slate Peak yesterday. It seems that the same storm that closed highway 20 with mudslides damaged the road to harts pass(is it possible to actually cause damage to that road? ). The forest service blended that damage in a bit so reopened the road last week. I had a good day and evening up there but weather started to blow in so no imaging. A couple of pictures out of many taken...

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6082342 - 09/15/13 04:09 PM Attachment (6 downloads)

moon through the clouds

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csa/montana
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #6082416 - 09/15/13 04:55 PM

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Carol, Thank you. Right click on the image on Flickr and select original. Right click again and save it to your computer. Feel free to use it as a wallpaper.





Thanks so much for your permission! That is really a beauty that I will enjoy daily as wallpaper!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6082597 - 09/15/13 06:39 PM

Wow, this really is picture day!

I've just gone through the photos on Ajay's link. My favorite is the shrouded, almost ghostly late evening Luna/Venus shot. That's incredible. I'm also just knocked out by the vibrancy of the colors in your wildflower shots.

Robert, lovely sunset shot. I bet that was a 360* sight, for sure. "The forest service blended that damage in a bit" Great line! Where was the Harts Pass road damage?

Well, money and equipment haven't yet exchanged places but I've bought a scope: a used TV NP101! I think I'm getting another "lifetime scope" for a very good price. The 80 mm was just didn't gather enough light for my preferences, although its small size made for easy handling. The new one, although larger, will retain airline portability. The new one is f/5.4 so I'll have the richest of rich-field views; my Pan 41 will give a true field of 4.9*! I love big views.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6082720 - 09/15/13 07:59 PM Attachment (10 downloads)

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Robert, lovely sunset shot. I bet that was a 360* sight, for sure. "The forest service blended that damage in a bit" Great line! Where was the Harts Pass road damage?





Thank You Mike. It was a sunset to remember for certain. I kept wishing I had a truly wide angle lens!

The damage was in at least 6 locations. That little "dry" creek bed below dead horse point, moved a lot of material(about two feet of gravel) onto, accross, and down hill from the road. They cut a path through it. Dead Horse point looks like it got a lot of rework. About 3/4 of a mile above Dead Horse, there is a creek flowing accross the road now. the road path changed a little there but it's passable(a lot of fist size rocks and wook scattered around too) farther up they replaced a few culverts that either got plugged or washed away.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6083015 - 09/15/13 11:15 PM

Great pics Robert!!

Mike- You are going to love the TV 101!!


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bluedandelion
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6083122 - 09/16/13 01:05 AM

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Thank You Mike. It was a sunset to remember for certain. I kept wishing I had a truly wide angle lens!




Robert, The early fall moisture is giving us some lovely cloud formations during sunset. Last weekend at sunset was similar at Goldendale. Good shot with the moon.

Mike, Thank you. Congratulations on the TV101.

Well tomorrow is the first day of school for me. Observing is in all likelihood done for a while for me.

Ajay


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6083500 - 09/16/13 09:27 AM Attachment (11 downloads)

You liked his picture of a sunset...how do you like mine of a sunrise I saw on September 7th at Mt. St. Helens?

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: seawolfe]
      #6083747 - 09/16/13 11:37 AM

Yes, a fine sunrise indeed. Looks as if you had an excellent night.

Are any lights at the Paradise parking lot left on during the night?


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6084056 - 09/16/13 02:30 PM

Yes, the snack bar building shaped like an A frame had lights on for no reason on the bottom floor. Unfortunately for me, I chose a spot to set up directly opposite that building but on the far side of the lot.
Then of course, there was the occasional person with their high beams on that drove around the parking lot like fools.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 [Re: seawolfe]
      #6084439 - 09/16/13 06:04 PM

You might try Sunrise Pt. as an alternative, although it's a longer drive from SW Washington than Paradise. The dual advantages are (1) no lights, other than pesky drivers, and (2) the mountain is between you and the light polluted Puget Sound basin. It really is darker and you might like it a lot. Fortunately for me, it's about the same drive from Tacoma as Paradise.

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