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Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7
      #6052660 - 08/29/13 02:18 PM

Hey gang; the previous (Pt 6) Eterna thread was getting a little long in the tooth, so here's a brand new fresh, out of the box new thread for you all to enjoy!

For nostalgia, here's a link to Pt 6 thread (now locked). Link

Thanks everyone!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6052830 - 08/29/13 03:43 PM

Hi

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6052917 - 08/29/13 04:28 PM

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This thread has gotten a little long to navigate, so it is now locked; and let's switch over to the spanking new Pt. 7 thread here




Uh, thanks Carol, but really, it's not too bad if you don't start reading on page 1 every time. Try it. You might like it.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6053133 - 08/29/13 06:42 PM

Oh no, not another PNWMSHET.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #6053487 - 08/29/13 10:43 PM

Thanks for the clean slate Carol!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6053536 - 08/29/13 11:21 PM

Thanks Robert!

Guys; we ordinarily restart threads at around 1500 posts, the previous one went quite a ways over that, so it was time to restart it.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6053754 - 08/30/13 02:48 AM

I'm going to Mt. St. Helens Friday and Saturday! Forecast is for clear skies and VERY good seeing!

Will be at Windy Ridge or the Smith Creek lookout (probably that one).


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: seawolfe]
      #6054264 - 08/30/13 11:47 AM

Seawolfe, be sure to let us know if you find a good viewing site. Mt. St. Helens is our middle name.

I'm probably pointing out the obvious, flogging Kerry's dead horse, but if you haven't checked out the Pixieland S.P. Thread you might consider wandering over there the following weekend. You can find directions to the place here. Some guys will also be there this weekend and you'd be welcome.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6054379 - 08/30/13 12:47 PM

I would LOVE to come....but...I'm On Call AGAIN...that weekend. Ack!

On Call for 3 weekends straight, get two off with one a bust and the other a holiday weekend (everyone's on the road).


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: seawolfe]
      #6055917 - 08/31/13 11:48 AM

Thanks for the re-start, Carol.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: square_peg]
      #6056449 - 08/31/13 05:42 PM

We are a go for Hurricane Ridge tonight! You are all welcome to join us!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: square_peg]
      #6057940 - 09/01/13 04:03 PM

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Thanks for the re-start, Carol.




You're most welcome, Pegs!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6059046 - 09/02/13 11:17 AM

I posted about my two days at Mt St Helens here:
http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/6058893/page...


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: seawolfe]
      #6060911 - 09/03/13 11:35 AM

I wandered up to Hurricane Ridge Saturday and enjoyed a spectacular night. About six members of the Olympic Astro. Soc. were setting up as I arrived. They're a most welcoming bunch of people. Thanks for the invitation, Cliff!

I didn't bring Sugaree with me, and I planned on a night of binoc. viewing. However, my friend John G. was doing an outreach presentation and had two scopes set up, so what's a guy to do? He entertained a crowd around his 12.5" and I worked a (generally smaller) crowd with his 20". What a kick! So binoc viewing started much later than expected but was very enjoyable.

One notable sight from Saturday night: After the crescent moon rose above the trees (actually it was a ghostly presence *behind* a big evergreen as it first rose) I looked at it with the binocs. The shadowed side, bathed in earthglow and sporting ghostly mares, was a beautiful sight.

Seawolfe says:
Quote:

A little girl once asked as I showed her the Moon with my telescope, "Are you a scientist?" No, it's just a hobby....




Yup, I was asked the same question Sat. night.

One off-key note: A week previously I had knocked over Punk, my trusty 80 mm. refractor, while pulling a recliner out from behind it. It & its tripod toppled and hit the concrete garage floor, landing on its side. I had been planning to take it with me to Hurricane, but it turned out that I broke something in the focuser, and the drawtube within it is unattached. I've been yearning for some time for a 102 mm. scope and I may take this incident as a message from the gods.

I'm thinking that a 80 mm. Megrez with a good objective lens but no focuser (and also with some cosmetic issues) might go for about $100. I'd appreciate your opinions on that before I try to sell it.



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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6061209 - 09/03/13 03:38 PM

Sorry about the scope crash bro.....most regrettable.

I'd take it if I wasn't selling stuff myself(Mirror making stuff that is).

Rob


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #6061453 - 09/03/13 06:25 PM

So Rob, what do think a fair price range might be?

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6061906 - 09/03/13 11:26 PM

Mike,

I think it would be snatched at $100. Have you taken it apart to see if it just needs to be put back into place or is something really broken? If I did not already have an 80mm I'd snatch it at $100. So I think I'd start at $200 at least.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: BradleyB]
      #6061955 - 09/04/13 12:00 AM

Thanks Brad. I hear $200! I'd welcome other opinions, too. (No, no surgery yet.)

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6062362 - 09/04/13 09:34 AM

The OAS and John G are planning to be at Hurricane Ridge this coming Saturday, 7 Sep. You are all most welcome to join us. The weather is looking good at this point.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: cliff mygatt]
      #6062383 - 09/04/13 09:55 AM

Wah! I'm On Call once again...just will have to be content to go out the back door and pray for clear skies.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: seawolfe]
      #6062538 - 09/04/13 12:04 PM

Thanks, Cliff but I'm heading to Goldendale this weekend.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6062547 - 09/04/13 12:08 PM

Quote:

So Rob, what do think a fair price range might be?




Well Mike..is the extent of the damage known...apart from the broken focuser? Is there any element damage...are the secondary elements misaligned? Knowing this can impact the price you are attempting to gain.

I'm not sure of the price of such a scope in good condition on the resale market...let alone a broken one with unknown damage. Cement is brutal and a further investigation to assess said damage might be in your interest.

My best answer.

Rob


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: seawolfe]
      #6062560 - 09/04/13 12:21 PM

Hey everyone. I just found out we are in part 7. I haven't been on in a while since life keeps getting in the way. I got my car running but, my truck needs a fuel pump before I can go on any long trips. It overheats (the fuel pump) if I get below 3/8 full in my gas tank. I would have tried to sneak out after work Saturday but, I don't want to risk it going completely out in the middle of eastern Washington. Maybe we'll be able to get lucky and have an October meet somewhere... Have fun everyone.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: cliff mygatt]
      #6063199 - 09/04/13 06:29 PM

Thanks Cliff, but like Mike I will be in Goldendale as well.
I do want to make it up there sometime.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: astronomania]
      #6063530 - 09/04/13 11:02 PM

Mike, I'd ask William Optics about the repair costs for the scope and then look into the current selling price for your scope. That would give you a place to start.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: square_peg]
      #6063684 - 09/05/13 01:21 AM

Good suggestions all, and much appreciated.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6066793 - 09/06/13 08:25 PM

On Sunday Sept. 22nd there will be a memorial for Jon Collman (aka Jacat on Cloudy Nights). It's at noon in Issaquah. Details here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/207047076129590/

I will be there.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: square_peg]
      #6066819 - 09/06/13 08:42 PM

Quote:

On Sunday Sept. 22nd there will be a memorial for Jon Collman (aka Jacat on Cloudy Nights). It's at noon in Issaquah. Details here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/207047076129590/

That's so sad.....Jon used to come over and shoot his black powder guns....when he wasn't doing astronomy.

He was a great guy.

Rob

I will be there.




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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6066864 - 09/06/13 09:15 PM

Thanks for alerting us to that, Tom. My mom's birthday but I'll make it work. Suppose I drop by your place and we go together? Let's consider the idea. Rob, you wanna come by my place & we'll go to Tom's together?

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6067069 - 09/06/13 11:57 PM

That's a good idea, Mike.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6068130 - 09/07/13 04:38 PM

Quote:

Thanks for alerting us to that, Tom. My mom's birthday but I'll make it work. Suppose I drop by your place and we go together? Let's consider the idea. Rob, you wanna come by my place & we'll go to Tom's together?




Dang..I spoke to soon...My wife just reminded me we will be in Oregon again on that weekend.....More wedding planning and shopping for my daughters wedding....Darn.

I'm sorry guys...I have to be there for my daughter....

I hope you all express my condolences and wishes to his family....Jon was a great guy.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #6072405 - 09/10/13 12:02 AM Attachment (9 downloads)

I've done all I can do with this one. Taken from my home near Lake Goodwin over this last weekend. QHY9C CCD, 20 X 5 for 100 minutes of exposure.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6072419 - 09/10/13 12:18 AM

If any of you are looking for a 12.5" dob,this is in AM in north Seattle:
For Sale: Discovery 12.5 Dob $625 w/Terry Ostahowski Mirror

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6072454 - 09/10/13 12:50 AM

Looks great Robert!!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: astronomania]
      #6075823 - 09/11/13 08:42 PM

Thank You Ron!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6076768 - 09/12/13 11:06 AM

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?

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6078001 - 09/12/13 11:32 PM

And we live in a barred spiral. I like bars.

Sometimes you get free Patron.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6078492 - 09/13/13 10:32 AM

Quote:

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?




Thank You Mike!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6079240 - 09/13/13 07:00 PM

It's clear up in the mountains, it could be very dark anywhere up there tonight with fog in the lowlands.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: BradleyB]
      #6079311 - 09/13/13 07:52 PM

No kidding, good call, Brad. What time does the moon set?

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

Quote:

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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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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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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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

Edited by bluedandelion (09/14/13 10:34 PM)


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

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!


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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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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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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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      #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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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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      #6083015 - 09/15/13 11:15 PM

Great pics Robert!!

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


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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.

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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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      #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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      #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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      #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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      #6084530 - 09/16/13 07:06 PM

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




Wonderful gradation of hues. Must have been gorgeous in person.


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      #6084777 - 09/16/13 09:16 PM

Really beautiful, the colors are awesome!!

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      #6085305 - 09/17/13 05:45 AM

Yes, Sunrise Point is where the Tacoma Astronomical Society uses. However, it has NO "facilities" which my wife who accompanied me insisted on. Besides, when we arrived at Sunrise Point in the afternoon, it was infested with bug swarms, another minus point for my wife on the site.

Hence Sunrise Park parking lot. Other than the lights from the building, it wasn't a bad spot really. Next time I'll either use Sunrise Point, or if Sunrise Park, then choose my site away from the buildings.


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      #6085773 - 09/17/13 11:29 AM

OK, I'm with you now. I thought you had been at Paradise.

I wouldn't expect that mosquitoes are still a problem at Sunrise Pt. this time of year. What kind of bugs plagued you? Were they fewer at Sunrise?


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OK, I'm with you now. I thought you had been at Paradise.

I wouldn't expect that mosquitoes are still a problem at Sunrise Pt. this time of year. What kind of bugs plagued you? Were they fewer at Sunrise?




No, not mosquitoes, some kind of fly or gnat but they flew in spherical swarms all around Sunrise Point when we stopped there. They were not at Sunrise Park.

Of course they'd "gone to bug bed" by the time we went back to Sunrise Point at 2:30 AM.


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The snow is supposed to start falling at Slate Peak tomorrow and contiue through Wednesday... This could shut it down for the season

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      #6093460 - 09/21/13 01:35 PM

Your tears may be for a good reason, Robt. OTOH, there's still time for another spate of warm weather, if the planet cooperates.

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      #6093577 - 09/21/13 02:54 PM

Yea Mike... I considered that thought. We often get a warning shot of cool temps and a dusting on the peaks then it moderates a little till the end of October but; if they get too much moisture the "tentative repairs" to the road will fade quickly. The larch trees were juuuust starting to shift in color tone, so they'll be full on gold pretty quick.

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      #6093646 - 09/21/13 03:24 PM

Yeah, larch!

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      #6093854 - 09/21/13 05:39 PM

Could not pass this up.

And Now...No.1 THE LARCH

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LOL!! Those guys were the best!


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      #6097707 - 09/23/13 11:58 PM

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Well, money and equipment haven't yet exchanged places but I've bought a scope: a used TV NP101!




. . . and it arrived today. I'm a happy guy.

You may recall that I mentioned I want to sell my 80 mm Megrez with the broken focuser. All fixed, only required the tightening of a concealed set screw. The only thing remaining to do before sale is verify that the scope's fall didn't knock the collimation out of whack. Tonight makes twice that I've gone to my driveway, seen mostly clear with a wee bit of clouds, assembled scope to do a star test, and by the time I've gotten out there it's clouded up. One of these nights . . .


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      #6097765 - 09/24/13 01:04 AM

Thursday Night..Sky = Clear! set everything up; mount + camera + computer. all items powered up, look at the sky

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Thursday Night..Sky = Clear! set everything up; mount + camera + computer. all items powered up, look at the sky




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      #6101135 - 09/25/13 07:28 PM

My image of the Ring Nebula has been requested for use in the BBC program Sky at Night. They said they want to use it in the next program, but I don't know when that is.

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      #6101384 - 09/25/13 10:12 PM

Wow, I guess I rub shoulders with the stars in more ways than one! Congrats!

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      #6101389 - 09/25/13 10:15 PM

Congratulations Ajay!! That is a very nice shot!!

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      #6103189 - 09/26/13 10:48 PM

Thank you Mike and Ron. As my wife pointed out the image will probably last all of 3 seconds if it is broadcast. Still I find that exciting.

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      #6103389 - 09/27/13 01:04 AM

Congrats Ajay!

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      #6103465 - 09/27/13 02:50 AM

Good job Ajay!

Goldendale forecast is looking good for next weekend (new moon). Brooks Memorial has a group site that has plenty of room and toilets etc. Trying to get ahold of someone there hasn't been easy but trying to work it out for Oct. 4-6 Friday-Sat-Sun if anybody is interested.


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      #6104028 - 09/27/13 11:52 AM

I had planned to go to G/dale that weekend to retrieve my trailer and, weather permitting, stay a couple of days. I think I'll be staying in town, though, since friends scheduled their annual Oktoberfest party that Saturday.

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My image of the Ring Nebula has been requested for use in the BBC program Sky at Night. They said they want to use it in the next program, but I don't know when that is.

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Congratulations! Very deserving as that's a fantastic image. I only hope it gets on the program soon. See this thread. Link


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      #6104541 - 09/27/13 04:36 PM

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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.




Nice buy Mike. The np101 is lighter and shorter than mine with better color correction. I don't think my scope has bad color correction so better is great. Plus, I had to buy a heavier mount than I wanted to, you shouldn't have to. Did you get the one with the feathertouch?


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      #6104592 - 09/27/13 05:08 PM

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Good job Ajay!

Goldendale forecast is looking good for next weekend (new moon). Brooks Memorial has a group site that has plenty of room and toilets etc. Trying to get ahold of someone there hasn't been easy but trying to work it out for Oct. 4-6 Friday-Sat-Sun if anybody is interested.




That sounds interesting. Are you bringing your RV? I an not sure if I can commit to come yet. I do need to get out though.


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      #6104832 - 09/27/13 07:37 PM

Thank you Robert, Stacy and Carol.

They said they wanted to include it in the next program. According to the published schedule, that is Oct 6 and 7. Now how does one view it from the US? The on line offering requires the BBC i-player which only works if used from within the UK.

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STAR PARTY EARLY WARNING SYSTEM ALERT
THIS IS NOT A TEST

For those of you who keep calendars far in advance, Pixieland will be the weekend of May 30, 2014. I know I mentioned a June date a couple of months ago, so this is a change from what I said before. The tradeoff is that we are chancing cooler and possibly worser weather in exchange for longer nights.

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Shake those laughing bones
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Plus, I had to buy a heavier mount than I wanted to, you shouldn't have to. Did you get the one with the feathertouch?




Hi, Sean. Yes, this has the F/touch and Starbeam finder.

My mount is plenty sturdy, but one thing I didn't anticipate: My Voyager mount suspends the scope from the side, not from underneath. The finder is fixed on the Televue clamshell ring/adapter plate opposite where it mates with the mount. This results in the finder's location on the *side* of the scope instead of on top. It will be a bit clumsy and the scope will block the right side of my open eye view when I want to use the finder. I'll see how it works but I suspect I'm going to want a different setup. I may have an excellent tripod/mount for sale!

In my recent perusals through Astromart I've seen a couple of (used) T/vue Gibraltar tripods & the cradle for sale.

Edit: turns out there's a second slot on the clamshell where I was able to move the Finder to a different position where it's higher --still on the side but above instead of below the midline. I can use it like this!

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STAR PARTY EARLY WARNING SYSTEM ALERT
THIS IS NOT A TEST

For those of you who keep calendars far in advance, Pixieland will be the weekend of May 30, 2014. I know I mentioned a June date a couple of months ago, so this is a change from what I said before. The tradeoff is that we are chancing cooler and possibly worser weather in exchange for longer nights.

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Shake those laughing bones
Seven come eleven, boys
I'll take your money home.


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Hi Mike! ha ha, just throw a reminder out once in a while. I can't make plans a month in advance most of the time let alone... All I can say is that when you have the gathering, I'll try to make it.

I checked the weather at Slate again It's over for the season. Theyre expecting 4 to 8 inches just tonight, with winds up to 55mph. Snow through Wednesday night and then friday night... rain. It might take significant work to re-open next year. Glad I at least got one last sunset up there before it turned sour.


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      #6107203 - 09/29/13 10:44 AM

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Thank you Robert, Stacy and Carol.

They said they wanted to include it in the next program. According to the published schedule, that is Oct 6 and 7. Now how does one view it from the US? The on line offering requires the BBC i-player which only works if used from within the UK.

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That's the pits. I hope someway we can be able to view it. I wonder if there's DVD's covering the program.


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Quote:

Plus, I had to buy a heavier mount than I wanted to, you shouldn't have to. Did you get the one with the feathertouch?




Hi, Sean. Yes, this has the F/touch and Starbeam finder.

My mount is plenty sturdy, but one thing I didn't anticipate: My Voyager mount suspends the scope from the side, not from underneath. The finder is fixed on the Televue clamshell ring/adapter plate opposite where it mates with the mount. This results in the finder's location on the *side* of the scope instead of on top. It will be a bit clumsy and the scope will block the right side of my open eye view when I want to use the finder. I'll see how it works but I suspect I'm going to want a different setup. I may have an excellent tripod/mount for sale!

In my recent perusals through Astromart I've seen a couple of (used) T/vue Gibraltar tripods & the cradle for sale.

Edit: turns out there's a second slot on the clamshell where I was able to move the Finder to a different position where it's higher --still on the side but above instead of below the midline. I can use it like this!




I sold the starbeam because with that amazing wide view, things just fall into the eyepiece. My comments on the mount were telling you what you already discovered. The np101 is lighter and more compact than the genesis sdf by a pretty large margin. My scope weighs the same as a modern 5" (possibly). Everyone who has one or picks mine up says something like, "wow, that's built like a tank". That scope is going to be so cool for you set up next to Sugaree. It does well what that large scope does not and visa versa. Goldendale and 4.5* fields go together like pbnj. You will enjoy that scope.


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Quote:

Thank you Robert, Stacy and Carol.

They said they wanted to include it in the next program. According to the published schedule, that is Oct 6 and 7. Now how does one view it from the US? The on line offering requires the BBC i-player which only works if used from within the UK.

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That's the pits. I hope someway we can be able to view it. I wonder if there's DVD's covering the program.



Most Barn's & Nobel stores carry The Sky at Night magazine. Each magazine comes with a CD with the previous month's episode on it plus a lot of other goodies. I used to pick it up every month but then got my own subscription so that I could get the current month's issue that month.


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Hi Mike! ha ha, just throw a reminder out once in a while.




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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: seawolfe]
      #6109058 - 09/30/13 11:04 AM

There's no Barnes & Nobel around here, and $78 for 12 issues is much too expensive for me to subscribe to.

At least with the CD with the issue, Ajay will have his photo in print, as well as on CD! Quite a keepsake for a great accomplishment!


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I've asked one of my relatives in England if they can DVR it. We'll see.

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Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you

Happy BIRTH DAY dear Mi~ike

Happy birthday to you!


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Nice band. Thanks!

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Hey, Happy Birthday!

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      #6111320 - 10/01/13 02:11 PM

Hope you have a GREAT birthday Mike!!!!!

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I appreciate all the good wishes!

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Be sure to blow out the candles in your avatar, before any viewing session, to avoid LP.

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Happy...Birth---DAY! Mike.

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      #6112891 - 10/02/13 10:59 AM

Happy belated b-day Mike.

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Missed the party. Happy b'day Mike.

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      #6114918 - 10/03/13 11:00 AM

Thank you. Thank you very much.

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      #6115356 - 10/03/13 02:49 PM

Good to know Mike. The wife and I enjoyed ourselves there last June (best observing conditions I experienced all year) and hope to join you all again in 2014. We will have a new Chalet A frame instead of our old Tent Trailer.

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      #6115638 - 10/03/13 04:48 PM

It was indeed a terrific weekend, Len, in stark contrast to the previous year.

I'm very curious about your new trailer and I hope I'll get a chance to peer inside.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6119624 - 10/05/13 08:55 PM

Alright so BBC Sky at Night did use the M57 image.

Here's the clip titled "Observing With Binoculars" on their web site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01j0z44

- Ajay

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      #6121121 - 10/06/13 06:53 PM

Look at the Chalet website. We are buying a new XL1935 with installd 80 watt solar panels, LED lighting, wet Bath package, etc. It still folds down so I can park it in my garage - with +/- 4 inches of clearance on garage entrance .

http://www.chaletrv.com/folding-trailers/xl-1935


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      #6121285 - 10/06/13 08:51 PM

Hmmmm, Ajay, I see no "start" button on the clip.

Nice, Len.


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Wow Len, those trailers are cool!

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      #6121560 - 10/07/13 12:06 AM

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Hmmmm, Ajay, I see no "start" button on the clip.





Don't know what's going on there. Works fine for me. It is a flash movie. Here's a screenshot.

Ajay

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      #6123004 - 10/07/13 04:45 PM

Congrats again Ajay!!!
The movie starts on it's own, no button required.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: astronomania]
      #6132677 - 10/12/13 09:49 AM

OK so labor day weekend, it was...

Earth Science Picture of the Day


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I was just going to post that here too. Nice going!

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>OK so labor day weekend, it was...


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Woo Hoo! P/land is center of the Earth! For a day!

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Congrats Robert, great shot!!

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Congratulations, Robert!

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Great job Robert!

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Saturday & Sunday I retrieved the tent trailer, Minnow, from P/land. Pixie & I drove down Saturday afternoon, spent the night, and returned Sunday. We traveled light and it was an easy trip. For astronomy I took the "new" NP 101 & binocs. Viewing was a near-bust. It was cloudy when we arrived in the late afternoon but I had reason to think it would clear. It did -- temporarily -- teasing with clearing, then re-clouding, then clearing, then fog. I muttered the F-phrase and went to be around 12:30. I did get in a few minutes of lunar viewing; seeing was excellent and scope views were astounding, not to mention that clouds drifting across the moon made for some really cool sights. One nice thing about my traveling schedule: driving the last part of the trip during the Seahawks game made for very light traffic! SweetAnne recorded the game for me.

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Sounds like my last trip there Mike ;-) Congrat's on the NP101 - very cool scope!

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OK so, new camera. Its a total learning process for me with this one. So far it's looking like it'll work out though

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So far so good, Robert.

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That's a GREAT moon Robert. Keep it up

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Thanks Mike And Stacy!

It's a cool camera and it is mobile but it's definitely not a run of the mill. Its a Machine Vision High Resolution 35mm monochrome CCD. A KAI 11002 Class 1, 2 tap sensor. I just figured out how to adjust the gain on it last night when I was shooting this image.


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Lookin good Robert!!
New toys are so cool!!


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Thank You Ron!

a picture of the business end...


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      #6144067 - 10/18/13 12:43 AM

Sure doesn't look like my old Instamatic.

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That looks like a nice, small foot print.
How much investment is one of those?


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That looks like a nice, small foot print.
How much investment is one of those?




Well to be honest, I couldn't tell you the retail cost of the camera. The capture card made by Imperx retails for $995, but I paid about $1000 for the package used. I was going to just buy the camera and get my own frame grabber but after contacting Imperx for a price quote... it became clear I was getting a good buy. The guy had it up for sale for almost 4 months before I came along. I still need to get an external trigger cable for it so I can extend the exposure time.


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      #6147512 - 10/19/13 10:11 PM

Good deal Robert. Atik uses that chip in one of their cameras
that costs $6,000!!


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Good deal Robert. Atik uses that chip in one of their cameras
that costs $6,000!!




yes but the Atik buyer doesn't get the adventure of "making it work as an astro cam", it just will


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      #6148968 - 10/20/13 07:31 PM

So, did Rob get the job in Texas? Anyone know?

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Hi, Cliff,

Rob hasn't actually told us (or me personally) he got the job. OTOH, he's been in Texas for a while and I believe he's moved there. I bet if you'd send him a PM he'd respond. If you do, please tell him his buds around here are wondering.


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PM sent to Rob, I will let you know what I find out. Rob's wife works at the Navy Commissary in Bremerton and I have not seen her in a while so I assumed he moved.

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Thanks, Cliff. I'd appreciate learning what you find out.

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Anybody getting above the fog this week?

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"Out of the fog and into the smog."

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Anybody getting above the fog this week?




There is someplace that the fog isn't?

I have not seen sky... even during the day!

I've been trying to call my friend in Winthrop for quite some time. Got one call back that I missed ... Now I guess I got to drive over and beat on the door and see whats up, this weekend. It's supposed to be pretty good but cold this weekend so I'm going to try to get some imaging in as well!

I'm hoping that I can keep my eyes open long enough to do a marathon drive thursday night from Greenbank on Whidbey Island, to Smokey Point(then load my gear) and drive to my friends place in Winthrop.

I may drive home tomorrow night, get my stuff, drive back to Oak Harbor, then leave from Greenbank on Thursday and drive straight through to Winthrop after work... (I think I like that plan best)


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      #6152715 - 10/22/13 11:36 PM

You are a man of dedication, Robert!

(Who seems able to get by on no sleep at all.)
______________________________________________

I guess it wouldn't hurt to mention that I'm selling my Astro-Tech Voyager mount, here. It's a very nice alt-az with good slo mo controls.


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The fog managed to burn off today in Marysville.
Its been a week and a half of constant fog/overcast.
To celebrate I decided to snap some shots of the sunspot groups in white light.


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Nice Sun Ron! (I missed it too!)

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Nice image.

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Mikey likes it!

I still see some sun outside. Mikey likes that, too.


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Thanks Stacy, Ajay, and Mikey!!
This was shot hand held with a Canon T3 through a Baader Astrosolar film visual filter.
Tv mode...1/1250th sec...ISO 100.
55-250mm zoom lens @ 250mm.
Processed and heavily cropped in PS elements 8.

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So I'm thinkin. The moon doesn't come up on Friday until about 11:30 PM. The next moon rise is at 12:20 am on Sunday. And the next at 1:22 am Monday. Since the sun sets about 6pm, that gives us about 4 hours of dark on Friday night, 5 on Sat and 6 on Sunday night. More than we were getting in June. Anybody up for a trip to G-Dale? I could work a half day on Friday and get down there late Friday for some Bino action. Set up the scope for Saturday and leave Sunday, unless anybody wanted to call in sick on Monday and stay another night. I would help with the honey bucket if anybody else wanted to go. Or there's always Rainier or the Snow Park at Cle Elum...

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      #6154509 - 10/23/13 10:06 PM

Man, I wish I could!!
My wife wrecked her truck this morning, so no trips for a while.


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      #6154565 - 10/23/13 10:48 PM

Tempting, but not in the cards for me either. It's frustrating that the clear skies are not more than 5 miles from my abode. Also with the fog it would be very dark. But it is up in the wild hills. Most animals are ok there but the human type are kind of scary for me to be out there alone. Anyone want to brave it? I really wish there was a private place to go up there.

I did see a little sun yesterday and even a tiny bit today.

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      #6155306 - 10/24/13 11:12 AM

I am available! I can do Friday and Saturday.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6155340 - 10/24/13 11:32 AM

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Or there's always Rainier or the Snow Park at Cle Elum...




Or Hurricane Ridge.

I retrieved Minnow from G/dale for the winter last weekend, so I don't think I'll go that far, Stacy. All should feel welcome to go there without me.

Brad, you're echoing what I was musing to myself: If a guy can get above the fog it oughta be **really** dark. (That's double double-asterisk dark.) I think an evening excursion around your area would be doable, and considerably less driving & more sleep than if I went to Hurricane (which I was considering). I have something going on Friday evening but I'd do it on Sat.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6155600 - 10/24/13 01:44 PM

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I am available! I can do Friday and Saturday.




Ok looks like a "go" for me as well. I am looking at a Friday 6pm or so arrival and departing on Sunday.

Anybody else?


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6155665 - 10/24/13 02:22 PM

I can go anywhere in the area. Of course a shorter drive would be better. I just need a place to pitch my tent. What is the place near Olympia? My friend Ram was looking for good eastern horizon to image ISON.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6155873 - 10/24/13 04:18 PM

I am going to Mt Rainier at Paradise Visitor's Center lower parking lot tomorrow only.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: seawolfe]
      #6156060 - 10/24/13 06:08 PM

Ron, great sun pic, and so sorry about your wife's misfortune!
I might do Rattlesnake Lake Sunday night.

Mike - Congrat's on getting your Megrez 80 sold!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6156122 - 10/24/13 06:44 PM

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Quote:

I am available! I can do Friday and Saturday.




Ok looks like a "go" for me as well. I am looking at a Friday 6pm or so arrival and departing on Sunday.

Anybody else?




Looks like I'm going to have to bag my "wild hair" Goldendale trip. Too many projects as it is and now I find out the landscapers are coming this weekend. We need to move our plants, including a medium evergreen tree, back about 3 feet to make room for the new road in front of our house.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: astronomania]
      #6156208 - 10/24/13 07:26 PM

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Man, I wish I could!!
My wife wrecked her truck this morning, so no trips for a while.




Looks like I missed this one! Hope everybody is ok.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: SteveG]
      #6156554 - 10/24/13 11:06 PM

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Ron, great sun pic, and so sorry about your wife's misfortune!
I might do Rattlesnake Lake Sunday night.

Mike - Congrat's on getting your Megrez 80 sold!




I will most likely do Rattlesnake lake on Sunday, assuming that it's clear. It will be an early night but if I start right around 8 I can get ~4 hours of imaging.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6156563 - 10/24/13 11:15 PM

Well there isn't really a good spot picked out here in the Black Hills near Olympia. But there ought to be. The hills have been poking up through the fog the whole time. I actually got up out of it just barely on my walk today, which takes me about 400 ft more elevation than I am here at 400ft (so up to about 800ft).

Tom (Square Peg) and I ventured up Capitol Peak and Rock Candy Mtn a few years ago. There are good views from Rock Candy, but no place to camp, and barely any place to set up, it's sort of a rocky outcrop. It would be a good place to see something at sunrise or sunset (like comets) and then vamoose.

What I'd really like to do is reconnoiter the area to see if there isn't a good place we can sort of take over with space to camp and good views. Even without fog in the low lands it's pretty dark so long as one is not on the town side of the hills.

However this weekend is not looking very clear now. So a good time to explore, but maybe not for viewing. If we find a good spot, then we can be ready to pounce when the conditions are good.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: BradleyB]
      #6156622 - 10/25/13 12:13 AM

Okay here's a new one for me. One of my students who has volunteered for the forest service suggested Suntop Firewatch tower, East of Enumclaw:

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Suntop
Perched on a 5,271-foot open knoll just to the north of Mount Rainier National Park, is the restored 1934-built Suntop fire tower. Reached by FR 7315 (off of FR 73 near The Dalles Campground on SR 410) Suntop is a popular family picnicking and sightseeing spot. Hikers and mountain bikes can access it by following a 7.5 mile trail from Buck Creek off of SR 410. And snowshoers and cross-country skiers follow the closed road in winter to the lookout. ref: http://www.visitrainier.com/pg/fire_lookouts_pg2/Fire-Lookouts-of-Mount-Rainier




According to my student its got dark skies, and only 45 minutes from Auburn. He said that when he volunteered there, people went up with scopes to observe from time to time. I cannot make it this weekend as I am helping my students test out a monster trebuchet.

If all goes well we'll be chucking pumpkins the following weekend

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #6156781 - 10/25/13 03:40 AM Attachment (9 downloads)

well, I made it to Winthrop. got here a little later than I wanted so decided to lounge this evening and set up tomorrow. as luck would have it, it turned out to be a good plan since the power went off a while ago. Twisp looks completely dark, and Winthrop just has a few lights probably connected to Generators.

15 second exposure


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6157384 - 10/25/13 12:34 PM

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Mike - Congrat's on getting your Megrez 80 sold!




Thanks, I think. I'm waiting for payment. I'm a little goosey about the buyer; he was a bit too cryptic about his name and phone number for my comfort level and he wanted me to send the scope before receiving the bucks, but it's probably OK. It's all boxed up and ready to hit the UPS store.

So a little investigation and a couple of phone calls tells me this:

-- Brad bore bad news from the weather guesser and I don't think I'll expect astronomy this weekend. I might consider Sunday night if the timing of the expected clearing is right.

-- I spoke to a ranger at the Enumclaw Forest Svc. office. He told me that the road to Suntop is open and he enthused about its suitability as an observing site. I think I'll drive up there tomorrow during the day, just as an excursion to check it out.

-- The roads to Sunrise & to Mowich are closed for the season (although Sunrise Rd. is open to hikers & bikers.)

And Robert, I really like the photo!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6157411 - 10/25/13 12:52 PM

Thank You Mike

Just my opinion, but "no money, NO SEND"... it's not customary in any way to ship to an unknown prior to payment. I buy a lot of stuff(pretty much all my astro gear)used and never have an expectation to take posession prior to payment.

Again, thats just MHO


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6157677 - 10/25/13 03:28 PM

That's always been my attitude too, Robert. But I was pleasantly surprised when the seller of the NP 101 sent it off as soon as I told him the check was in the mail. He offered, I didn't ask.

The mount for that scope was waiting for me at the office this morning. Haven't peered beneath the padding yet. So that's a bit of a relief.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6157754 - 10/25/13 04:25 PM

Hey, you talented imagers . . . my S & T newsletter today has a link to a Comet ISON photo contest: right here.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6158007 - 10/25/13 06:32 PM

Hey folks I am heading to Cle Elum tonight for imaging. Just thought to let the group know if anyone was interested in joining me.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6158208 - 10/25/13 09:04 PM

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-- I spoke to a ranger at the Enumclaw Forest Svc. office. He told me that the road to Suntop is open and he enthused about its suitability as an observing site. I think I'll drive up there tomorrow during the day, just as an excursion to check it out.

And Robert, I really like the photo!




I am very interested in your scouting report Mike. If this works out, we'll have a nice spot close by for a quick outing.

I agree that last image by Robert is a very nice nightscape.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #6158516 - 10/26/13 12:44 AM

Yes, I'm looking forward to it. I think I'll probably leave in the 11:00 - 1:00 time frame, probably in the second half of it, after some chores. I figure round trip from Tacoma about 4 hours, including some dallying time at the top. Anyone want to go? Enumclaw would be a good rendezvous point for people from the far north (such as Auburn.) We could consolidate to just my Exploder and pick up your car on the way back. I expect a very bad road for a couple of miles.

I may take some pictures and I'll certainly let you know what I see.

Incidentally, the Gibraltar tripod/mount is absolutely succulent. They're just beautiful walnut legs and the hardware is without sin. The seller spoke of some minor scuffs; I haven't seen it in the sunshine yet but so far the legs just look perfect. I feel lucky.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6159038 - 10/26/13 12:08 PM

Far North? I feel like Nanook.

Hope you like what you see Mike. I am off to test the Pumpkin Chunker. If all goes well, you are all invited to our event next weekend.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #6159200 - 10/26/13 01:35 PM

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If all goes well, you are all invited to our event next weekend.




I'll wear my Prussian spiked helmet and try to catch one.

Slight change of plans: I'm going to drive up to Suntop tomorrow, not today, still leaving mid-day. Anyone?

Edit: I just spoke with a friend who knows Rob. Rob & his wife haven't moved yet.

Edited by Spaced (10/26/13 01:56 PM)


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      #6159692 - 10/26/13 07:34 PM

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Incidentally, the Gibraltar tripod/mount is absolutely succulent. They're just beautiful walnut legs and the hardware is without sin. The seller spoke of some minor scuffs; I haven't seen it in the sunshine yet but so far the legs just look perfect. I feel lucky.




I love the look of those dark, walnut legs! I'm definitely a leg man


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6160146 - 10/27/13 02:45 AM

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Hey folks I am heading to Cle Elum tonight for imaging. Just thought to let the group know if anyone was interested in joining me.




Thanks for the heads up Andy. Maybe next time.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6160638 - 10/27/13 12:05 PM

I talked with Robs wife at the commissary yesterday and they have had no call back and are not able to get in touch with anyone and thus have NOT moved to Texas, yet. FYI.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: cliff mygatt]
      #6161587 - 10/27/13 10:18 PM Attachment (5 downloads)

Meet the new "Baby". Maybe I'll call it "Vader" since it looks like it was made on the "dark side" of Stellarvue. I love it.

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      #6161639 - 10/27/13 10:55 PM

Very nice Stacy! I hope you bring it with you the at the next outing so that i can look through it:)

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6161683 - 10/28/13 12:16 AM

90 mm? Dangerous looking item, for sure.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6161761 - 10/28/13 01:34 AM

Pretty scope Stacy. Reminds me of the WO 98 FLT that I wish I had never sold. It had the same black carbon fiber body look but some red/pink color rings. My current 105mm triplet probably looks close to your new "baby". I am partial to carbon fiber aesthetics.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Dragonwatcher]
      #6161777 - 10/28/13 01:52 AM Attachment (7 downloads)

I actually got this thing out for first light tonight!

This is a big improvement over my SV80ED. Storybook views even in my LP skies! Can't wait to get it somewhere dark and perched on the SCT. I wouldn't think a 90 would be a big deal over the 80, but I guess every little bit helps. I suppose I will be letting the 80 go... That will be tough. It's such a nice little scope.. Never hurt anybody.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6161781 - 10/28/13 01:58 AM Attachment (7 downloads)

BTW, it's a SVR90T-25SV otherwise known as: Stellarvue Raptor 90mm APO Triplet with 2.5 focuser.

Came with a SV 2" dielectric diagonal and a UM2A - M2 mount, column and tripod with tray. Great deal from a CN lurker.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6161823 - 10/28/13 03:06 AM

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Very nice Stacy! I hope you bring it with you the at the next outing so that i can look through it:)

Andy




Absolutely!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6161880 - 10/28/13 05:22 AM

Great addition Stacy!! Can't wait to get a peek through it!!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6162216 - 10/28/13 10:40 AM

Stacy, that is indeed a beauty! Congratulations!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6162290 - 10/28/13 11:24 AM

I was really salivating over the Raptors when searching for Punk's replacement. I think you're going to like it a lot!

Yesterday Anne & I drove up to Suntop, or at least almost to Suntop. The Ranger's report that the road was open was exaggerated. It was open as far as the last gate, maybe 3/4 mi. before the tippy top. We didn't walk the rest of the way so I can't tell you about the final leg of road or the site itself. I can report though, that the road as far as we went is better than I expected. There were a few potholes and some stretches of minor washboard, but it would have been easy in a passenger car. The top is about 7 mi. from the highway. I averaged 20-25 mph.

I'll be checking that site out for sure next summer.

We had lunch at the saddle just before the final gate. Lots of mushrooms and, in one place, a lot of blue grouse feathers. A bit of snow on the ground.

Edit: Stacy, what's the focal ratio on the new scope? What's the max FOV a guy can get with it. (On my NP 101, it's f/5.4, with 4.9* FOV with my Pan 41.)

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6163249 - 10/28/13 08:01 PM

Congratulations Stacy. You beat me to it! From all accounts, the SV90T is great optically.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #6163308 - 10/28/13 08:42 PM

Nice scope Stacy!

So I went to Rattlesnake Lake last night - 95% cloud cover.

I went home and set up on my back deck, and let my 10" cool for an hour or so. I was treated to the absolute worst seeing I've ever seen! I wonder if tonight could be any better? I'll probably use my refractor if the seeing is as bad


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: SteveG]
      #6163361 - 10/28/13 09:09 PM

I'm going out again after the game. I love this new scope. It's my first "real" apo and I must say there does seem to be something special about it. I had a Genesis once but it was so nice I hesitated to use it. I was planing on selling the mount, but I am REALLY enjoying that as well. It goes really high and is quite smooth and stable. Hmmm what to do...

For the most part this will rest piggyback on the SCT, but with this mount, the grab-n-go is becoming a real pleasure....

Need to go somewhere dark. Unfortunately the weekend doesn't look promising.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6163391 - 10/28/13 09:28 PM

Quote:

Spaced Said:
Edit: Stacy, what's the focal ratio on the new scope? What's the max FOV a guy can get with it. (On my NP 101, it's f/5.4, with 4.9* FOV with my Pan 41.)




It's an f7 so with my 41 Pan I get 4.2* and 15X. Pop in the Terminagler and I get 3.8* at 20X. Not too shabby.

I am going to find some warm clothes because I NEED to do some observing this winter. Hopefully we can all get together one of these weekends.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6163539 - 10/28/13 10:42 PM

Man.... is it ever cold tonight in winthrop. I got layed off so I'm making the best of it.

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      #6163666 - 10/28/13 11:27 PM

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Man.... is it ever cold tonight in winthrop. I got layed off so I'm making the best of it.




Laid off!!!? That sucks. Freeze/frost warning everywhere. Cover your faucets!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6163794 - 10/29/13 12:36 AM

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Quote:

Man.... is it ever cold tonight in winthrop. I got layed off so I'm making the best of it.




Laid off!!!? That sucks. !




Well not so much since I'm getting the SII for my NGC1499. Image. What sucks is I left my brodband card at home so the only net connection is this phone of mine


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
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Here are a few pix I took at Mt Rainier (Paradise visitor center parking lot) on Saturday Oct. 25

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      #6164302 - 10/29/13 10:27 AM Attachment (3 downloads)

Here's another from Saturday night. This one is Mt Rainier at sunset.

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This one is of the waning Moon and the first time I used my prime focus on my 8 inch SCT. Just used a button for one or two seconds. It's a little out of focus but it's my first attempt.

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Here's the last one, it's also a first attempt. This one is of star trails over Mt. Rainier. I set it for bulb, tungsten, ISO 800 and shot for about 5 minutes.

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Here's a couple more pix. These were taken using my Canon T3 on a piggyback mount on my 8 inch SCT. The first is of Andromeda and the exposure was 152 seconds.

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This last one is of the Pleiades and it also was on my piggyback mount for 152 seconds.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: seawolfe]
      #6164333 - 10/29/13 10:55 AM

Very nice work. Ya know, its a slippery slope when you start taking pictures of the night sky? At some point, you find you have no money, and it has somehow become "imaging" rather than "photography"

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      #6164530 - 10/29/13 12:58 PM

Gorgeous shots & shot selection! Thanks for sharing!

I'm not familiar with the lower lot at Sunrise. I take it no lights from the lodge area are visible from there? I just looked at Paradise on Google Earth. Are you talking about the lot you get to by driving past the main lodge then going around behind it?

Robert, I'm sorry about the layoff. I hope it's short . . . but not too short.

I went out after the game last night, too. The 101 / Gibraltar combo is dynamite. A guy can control it easily at all altitudes and maintain az control with a well-placed thumbscrew. With it pointed nearly straight up the focuser has no trouble moving a heavy EP combo (Powermate + 6 mm Ethos). It's tall enough that I'm comfortable viewing at near-zenith with my Stardust chair seat on lowest rung.

I looked at a couple of GCs (M15 & M2). I was disappointed that I couldn't pull any galaxies out of the LP. I tried for NGC 7814 in Peg and M81/82. I have no doubt M31 would have been visible but it was really at zenith. Really, my driveway isn't a very good viewing location. A nearby streetlight illuminates the house across the street and the street itself and sometimes neighbor's lights are in my eyes. Finished off with a nice view of the Pleides (26 mm Nagler, 3.7*, 21X).


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6164916 - 10/29/13 04:36 PM

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Gorgeous shots & shot selection! Thanks for sharing!

I'm not familiar with the lower lot at Sunrise. I take it no lights from the lodge area are visible from there? I just looked at Paradise on Google Earth. Are you talking about the lot you get to by driving past the main lodge then going around behind it?




I was at the Paradise area this time; last time I was at Mt. Rainier, in September, it was at Sunrise which is now closed for the season.

The area at Paradise I was at was at the OLD Visitor Center parking lot. The lot that used to be where the old round Visitor Center was and is near the maintenance shed. The NEW Visitor Center is at the same parking lot as the Paradise Inn (which is closed for the season).

The old visitor center parking lot has two parts, an upper and lower. You drive by both as you take the road up to the Paradise Lodge, it's on your left.

I parked and set up near the circle pathway you can see from Google Earth where the OLD round Visitor Center used to be located at. This area had enough smaller trees to block out the lights from the Lodge and also from the maintenance shed.

The sunset was just unbelievable! Venus was up in the sky as well!

It was great viewing until around 11:30 when the Moon rose. By 1:00 AM it was high in the sky and just lit up Mt. Rainier like a spot light and it was a last quarter moon too.

I was able to get a few hours ZZZZ's before waking up to see the dawn come. But I didn't unpack my scope again, so just spotted Mars and Jupiter with my binoculars.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: seawolfe]
      #6164991 - 10/29/13 05:18 PM

Funny, I was thinking "Paradise" but it came out "Sunrise."

I think I got it now and I appreciate the explanation. My apparently faulty recollection of the location of the old visitors' center placed it about where the new one now is.


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      #6165219 - 10/29/13 07:35 PM Attachment (8 downloads)

Disclaimer: I have zero experience combining narrow band data. I had to read a tutorial via my "PHONE"... I got pretty frustrated and walked away for a while.

This image was created with Ha and SII data. Then copied to an external drive, then to a laptop that will talk to my phone...to my phone, then uploaded. (Its made the rounds)


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6165572 - 10/30/13 12:21 AM

Robert, that is fantastic as it is!

Ha and SII are both kind of red. Here is a tutorial for bicolor imaging:
http://www.starrywonders.com/bicolortechnique.html
Even if you don't follow all the steps, it gives you a basic idea of bicolor imaging. For this method to work, you should have gone Ha and OIII.

May I suggest that you do some OIII and try the Hubble palette? That is, R: S2, G: Ha and B: O3

If you want something closer to RGB, try this:
R: 0.5*S2 + 0.5*Ha
G: 0.15*Ha + 0.85*O3
B: O3

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: seawolfe]
      #6165576 - 10/30/13 12:22 AM

Love the star trails over Rainier.

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      #6165604 - 10/30/13 12:46 AM

Thanks Ajay. I can't really switch out filters that easy. I'm shooting SII on the flaming star tonight. The OIII will have to come later. I can't use the filter wheel on the reducer scope combo that I'm using.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #6166084 - 10/30/13 10:12 AM

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Love the star trails over Rainier.

Ajay




Thanks, Ajay. This was my very first attempt and it didn't come out too bad. There's lots o' room for improvement but that will come in time I hope.

New camera and new tricks to learn.


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A little northern glow last night

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6167277 - 10/30/13 08:48 PM

Great pics Robert and Seawolfe!!!

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      #6167292 - 10/30/13 08:58 PM

I agree. Great work!

Robert, if that's your first try, I can't wait to see what you come up with when you get used to the new camera!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6167573 - 10/31/13 12:03 AM

I'm new to this thread, but it seems like it's the appropriate place to post about this observing site I found off I-90, exit 38. Being an avid hiker who likes long hikes with short drives, I thoroughly explore all I-90 options. Now yesterday I loaded my binocular stand, plus my backpacking scope, into my trunk, and went on a favorite hike off Exit 38. Upon return I went to North Bend, got myself dinner, and headed up Forest Road 9020 off Exit 38 about a mile to where it intersects the John Wayne trail. Just high up enough off the South Fork valley floor so as to be above the ultra-cooled air. No lights! The last remaining trail-users left before it was totally dark. I set up and took in my favorite sights including M31, M13, Ring...you name it. Everything except to the South which is pretty much blocked by trees. In autumn there isn't much to the south anyway. One needs a state discover pass to park there, and one nighttime bicyclist cruised by and I just closed my eyes--no big deal. Next time I want to pack up my 100MM (it can fit in the trunk so they can't see it while I'm hiking, and it's not high value like my Zeiss binocs. BTW the name of this location on maps is "Garcia".

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: John Harold]
      #6167648 - 10/31/13 01:16 AM

Thank You Stacy and Ron.
I still got some items to get for the other camera. That narrow band image was shot with the KAF6303E


@ John: Welcome! Is that the exit that has access to the "old wagon road" that takes you up to Dirty Harry's Balcony?


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6168394 - 10/31/13 12:31 PM

Robert, thanks for the usual incredible pictures.

John, I'm glad you decided to join us, and thanks for the intel! I believe I found the place you described on Google Earth. It took me two maps, neither of which labels FS roads (too lazy to dig out my Mt. Baker/Snoq. FS map). Google Earth gives an altitude of ~1630', below the typical winter snow line. I'd definitely be interested in an excursion there when conditions & time allow.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: John Harold]
      #6168653 - 10/31/13 02:42 PM

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I'm new to this thread, but it seems like it's the appropriate place to post about this observing site I found off I-90, exit 38. Being an avid hiker who likes long hikes with short drives, I thoroughly explore all I-90 options. Now yesterday I loaded my binocular stand, plus my backpacking scope, into my trunk, and went on a favorite hike off Exit 38. Upon return I went to North Bend, got myself dinner, and headed up Forest Road 9020 off Exit 38 about a mile to where it intersects the John Wayne trail. Just high up enough off the South Fork valley floor so as to be above the ultra-cooled air. No lights! The last remaining trail-users left before it was totally dark. I set up and took in my favorite sights including M31, M13, Ring...you name it. Everything except to the South which is pretty much blocked by trees. In autumn there isn't much to the south anyway. One needs a state discover pass to park there, and one nighttime bicyclist cruised by and I just closed my eyes--no big deal. Next time I want to pack up my 100MM (it can fit in the trunk so they can't see it while I'm hiking, and it's not high value like my Zeiss binocs. BTW the name of this location on maps is "Garcia".




Could you map this site for us? I can easily find the exit, but I don't see any "John Wayne" trail, and I don't see the forest rd 9020, just 9021. BTW, welcome to our "group"!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: SteveG]
      #6168715 - 10/31/13 03:22 PM

Steve, look for "Iron Horse Trail" -- same thing, I think.

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      #6170451 - 11/01/13 02:58 PM

I'm still confused as to the location. Perhaps the clearing seen here?
https://www.google.com/mapmaker?ll=47.422984,-121.626098&spn=0.010961,0.030684&t=h&z=16&q=issaqua+wa&utm_source=mapseditbutton_normal&gw=30&lyt=large_map_v3&hyaw=224.42472033515045


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      #6170533 - 11/01/13 03:39 PM

I'm pretty sure that's where I ended up, Steve.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: SteveG]
      #6170627 - 11/01/13 04:42 PM

Yes it is the "Dirty Harry's" access, but the Dirty Harry trailhead is on the north side of the freeway. Iron Horse State Park--which is the John Wayne Trail--is an old railroad bed on the south side of the freeway. Coming from Seattle one exits on #38, takes a right, and follows the paved road past Olallie State Park, just before this paved road goes under the freeway to the Dirty Harry access there is a gravel road to the right. One takes that gravel road to the intersection with the John Wayne trail (about a mile). I'm sorry Steve, but I'm not good enough with the map programs to mark the site. Green Trails Maps--available in sporting stores like REI--has a map called MT SI NRCA, and it shows everything I'm talking about. And thank you all for the warm welcome. Hope to be observe with you in the near future!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: John Harold]
      #6170813 - 11/01/13 06:23 PM

John, I don't know how carefully you've been monitoring the thread before emerging from behind the curtain, but (in case you aren't aware) see my 9/28 post (page 5 of this thread) with the red & blue lettering, and consider yourself invited. If that will be the first you hear of the annual star party, say so & I'll direct you to more information.

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I think this is where John is talking about.
The red marker.

Edited by astronomania (11/01/13 06:32 PM)


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: astronomania]
      #6170981 - 11/01/13 07:54 PM

That's the place. I see Google has the climbing rocks identified. I'm surprised they don't identify the two State Parks in the area. I've never seen where Google identifies any hiking trails.
Now at that point the John Wayne trail goes straight east and west opening up full view skies in those directions. To the north the land drops off and the horizon is the Cascades on the north side of the South Fork valley. I saw the Pleiades rise over the Cascades at about 8:00. I also checked off M81 and M82 almost directly to the north. During the day there are usually cars parked in the area. There is room for maybe 8 cars.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6170988 - 11/01/13 07:57 PM

Thanks for the invite Spaced!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: John Harold]
      #6172610 - 11/02/13 09:03 PM

How has everyone come out with the storm today? Power went off here(near Lake Goodwin) this morning for a couple hours...

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6172646 - 11/02/13 09:35 PM

I'm going to head up your way (Lake Goodwin) tomorrow night for imaging. CSC shows clear so far.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6172691 - 11/02/13 10:05 PM

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I'm going to head up your way (Lake Goodwin) tomorrow night for imaging. CSC shows clear so far.




Whats up with that CSC? I looked at the weather forecast and it doesn't favor imaging(but then I've been lied to by NOAA plenty of times)

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      #6172762 - 11/02/13 10:56 PM

Oh yeah of course! I usually go to a friend's house who lives only a mile or so from the west side of the lake. I found the seeing to usually be quite good out there. I need to finish my M33.

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      #6172953 - 11/03/13 01:20 AM

The sky can be nice at times, and I've had some decent success's out here, but the marine air off the sound can be thick at times(I don't mean fog either).

I wish you clear skies!! Oh? does that seem like a self serving statement


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6176519 - 11/04/13 11:03 PM

Well Robert thank you for the clear sky wish!
It was clear long enough for me to collect enough HA and RGB data:)
Here is the semi-final product collected from Yakima and Lake Goodwin.
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      #6176576 - 11/04/13 11:30 PM

Amazing work Andy!!

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      #6176584 - 11/04/13 11:33 PM

That looks Great Andy!!

I never set up last night.. I went out and looked at the sky a few times and it did look pretty nice between the few clouds I saw. I left my Atlas in Winthrop so I don't have to transport it next time I head over. I found a reflection in my AT65EDQ... again. This time, it looks like the tip of the Moonlite draw tube. Gotta dig out the flat black paint.. again. I shot some 10 minute subs of the Rosette when I was in Winthrop with my QHY8 and discovered the reflection then. Needless to say I wasn't a happy camper


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      #6177192 - 11/05/13 11:26 AM

Andy, Gorgeous!

Robert, sorry about your frustrations.


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      #6177927 - 11/05/13 06:09 PM

Great work on M33 Andy!!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: astronomania]
      #6178510 - 11/06/13 12:55 AM

Outstanding M33 Andy.

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      #6178547 - 11/06/13 01:34 AM

Thanks guys!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6179131 - 11/06/13 12:23 PM

Happy Samhain everyone! (cross-quarter)

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      #6179312 - 11/06/13 01:46 PM

Help

I have a new (to me) APO and a pair of Fuji 10X50 FMT-SX (the holy grail of 10X50's for astro use) and I have not been able to use them. I did get first light on the Raptor in my LP driveway. But that was it!!!


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      #6179791 - 11/06/13 06:33 PM

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Happy Samhain everyone!




Uh, same to you.

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Help




There. Is that better?


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      #6179907 - 11/06/13 08:00 PM

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Spaced said: There. Is that better?




I dunno. Did you make it clear?


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6179951 - 11/06/13 08:24 PM

Learn Samhain new everyday:

Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. [From the Wikipedia]

Interestingly, the Festival of Lights (Divali) was celebrated in India this past week near the new moon. Various legends associated with the festival are about the victory of good over evil. I always thought it was interesting that you celebrate the good over evil thing in the winter rather than in the spring.

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      #6179969 - 11/06/13 08:39 PM

Darker half? But wait! You mean Cloudy Half?

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      #6180246 - 11/07/13 12:30 AM

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I dunno. Did you make it clear?




Samhain more clear than it was.

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I always thought it was interesting that you celebrate the good over evil thing in the winter rather than in the spring.




Maybe the festival originated with a now-legendary caste of skiers?


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6181593 - 11/07/13 06:05 PM

Aside from that excellent description of Samhain, it marks the half-way point between the Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice. My Yes watch shows the 4 seasons and 4 cross quarters.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: SteveG]
      #6181619 - 11/07/13 06:28 PM

I am having a particularly difficult time transitioning to the "dark & wet PNW" season this year. I don't know why, but cool summer nights under dark, starry skies seem so far away...

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6181737 - 11/07/13 07:57 PM

I would gladly take cold clear winter nights if we had them! This is arguably the beginning of the best time of year for AP given how much darkness we get. Also the cold weather makes DSLR shooting a possibility.
Let's hope for clear weather in EWA at least.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6181775 - 11/07/13 08:23 PM

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I would gladly take cold clear winter nights if we had them! This is arguably the beginning of the best time of year for AP given how much darkness we get. Also the cold weather makes DSLR shooting a possibility.
Let's hope for clear weather in EWA at least.




All is not lost! We just need to loose these clouds! For you astro-photo guys who don't have to freeze your ears off with your "set it and forget it" technology! I'll take "clear and cold". When does that start?


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6181844 - 11/07/13 09:11 PM

Haha yes true my imaging sessions are the usually nights I get the most sleep:)

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6198640 - 11/16/13 06:14 PM

I will probably plan a June 24-25-26-27 Star Party (roads and weather permitting) for Table Mountain proper. Or maybe call it "Lion Rock" to avoid confusion?

That would put the Northwest New Moon schedule:

Spring Delany: April
Pixieland: May
Table Mountain Proper: June
Eden Valley: July
Oregon Star Party: August

I am going to try to do all of these, except maybe OSP and opt for Goldendale instead.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6202277 - 11/18/13 06:39 PM

Thanks for posting the summary, Stacy. I hope I'm free to attend *all* of these. Time will tell.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6204799 - 11/19/13 10:33 PM

Is anyone going to make an attempt at comet ISON?

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: BradleyB]
      #6204816 - 11/19/13 10:45 PM

I may try to get it this weekend. I am heading to the Yakima Canyon on Thursday night for imaging and probably also Friday and Saturday.
I'm going to bring my DSLR.... it seems very low tho.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6205536 - 11/20/13 11:38 AM

Jupiter was high & bright this morning! I think I'll get up earlier tomorrow and, if it's clear, take a look at it.

I'm going to hold off on ISON viewing until its reappearance in early December. I know the odds are against clear weather but I think it's too low in the sky right now for a quick, casual look to be successful. I need to figure out a good site for views all the way to the eastern horizon. I'll check out a certain VFW parking lot this morning and, if it's a suitable site, go back in the afternoon and talk to them about permission to go there in the mornings. It would mean looking across the lights of Tacoma but I gotta work with what I have.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6205631 - 11/20/13 12:28 PM

Yes it seems to be way too low now. It would be nice to photograph it and also get some landscape in the foreground. Perhaps if it gets brighter and bigger

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6205794 - 11/20/13 01:59 PM

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Yes it seems to be way too low now. It would be nice to photograph it and also get some landscape in the foreground. Perhaps if it gets brighter and bigger




I vote for that!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6206003 - 11/20/13 04:09 PM

I did stop at the VFW this morning. I think it will be a decent viewing site. I sweet-talked the GM into giving me her business card, with "permission" written on the back, in case I have an early-morning chat with the attentive boys in black and blue. I also met the morning janitors, so they'd recognize me. I even got into a conversation with one of the vets, Rusty, and invited him to meet me in the lot tomorrow morning.

I'm about to look up and maybe print viewing charts. I believe that even if ISON is too low now, others may be visible: C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) is in southern Ursa Major, at Mag 8.0; 2P/Encke will be low on the eastern horizon, just below Mercury*, in Libra at Mag 4.6; and ISON 7 deg. west of Encke in Virgo, at Mag 6.7.

Also, S & T's viewing charts, at least those accessed through the website, don't go quite to this late date.

*The comet is at the corner of a right triangle with Mercury above and Saturn to the left, looking east.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6206650 - 11/20/13 10:39 PM



I'm running a session tonight with my DSLR. M33 for now, will switch to M45... we'll see what happens after that.


Edit: ohhh the moons still pretty big and just rising . Well I'll still try M45 but after that

Edited by zerro1 (11/20/13 10:47 PM)


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6206841 - 11/21/13 01:36 AM

Yeah the moon is bright. I was able to get about 1.5 hours of luminance on NGC89 before it was too bright....planning to continue imaging it for as long as it stays clear.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6207452 - 11/21/13 12:09 PM

I got up early and went over to the VFW parking lot. I got in little actual viewing, but it was still fun.

As soon as I got out of the truck I could see a fairly bright satellite moving west to east high in the north. I just now checked Satellite Safari and no, it wasn't the ISS.

First, I realized I had forgotten to scope out lights in the parking lot. There's a bright dual sodium vapor light set where I planned to set up. But in their lower lot the light was turned off and I found a place where some decorative evergreens blocked the glare from the first. None the less, it's an overall fairly bright area, illuminated by other lights in the near distance.

It only took a couple of minutes to set up. I decided to start with Jupiter. Seeing was superb. The problem was that a thin layer of frost soon started forming on my EP. That was a problem I wasn't equipped to deal with. I used pretty much all of my EPs for a couple of minutes each, but no joy. At some point I looked up and realized it was brightening in the east.

Anyway, as I say, it was fun. I'd do it there again, possibly in early Dec. with the goal of comet spotting.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6207519 - 11/21/13 12:53 PM Attachment (6 downloads)

with only an hour of 2 minute sub exposures and a third of them taking punishment from the moon, I'm not too disapointed in my m33 from last night..

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6207624 - 11/21/13 01:51 PM

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with only an hour of 2 minute sub exposures and a third of them taking punishment from the moon, I'm not too disapointed in my m33 from last night..




I am (disappointed). What is that? Did someone sneeze on your objective?

Just kidding. Jealous really. I went out last night to check conditions and had a haze/fog around my house. Not worth braving the cold for that. Of course at bedtime (12:30AM) a substantial improvement. But I'm old and tired.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6207635 - 11/21/13 01:59 PM

You wouldn't be so tired if you went to bed at a decent hour, Stacy. But you'd still be old.

Pretty cool, Robert! If M33 was at 12:00 for you, what direction was the moon? With the seeing so good this might be a good time to try Jupiter or Luna.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6207641 - 11/21/13 02:05 PM

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Pretty cool, Robert! If M33 was at 12:00 for you, what direction was the moon? With the seeing so good this might be a good time to try Jupiter or Luna.




Yes! Do a planet Robert!!!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6209626 - 11/22/13 02:43 PM

Does anyone know of a good spot south of Seattle that is dark enough for AP?
Rattlesnake lake has horrible seeing most of the time and I am looking for alternate locations.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6212212 - 11/23/13 09:25 PM Attachment (6 downloads)

Sorry Andy, I've never ventured that direction for imaging. I've never found anything on this side of the passes that really stands out due to the marine air from the Pacific.

Thursday night was pretty good out here. I setup my Quantix and spent the whole night with the OIII filter.

I combined the OIII with some Ha for a bicolor of M42 but didn't have any short exposures to tame the core. Solution: I dug up the LRGB I shot last year with the Quantix...


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6212404 - 11/24/13 12:06 AM

Nice Robert!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6213223 - 11/24/13 12:41 PM

Wow!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6213277 - 11/24/13 01:13 PM

Nice Orion!
I ended up going to the Yakima Canyon. I compared my subs from Rattlesnake Lake and from Yakima and there is a dramatic difference in sharpness. I think for small targets Rattlesnake Lake is just a waste of time for luminance. For RGB data it should be OK tho.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6213486 - 11/24/13 03:24 PM

Thank You Stacy, Mike and Andy.

Thats what I mean, Andy. Sometimes the conditions come together and imaging on the west side can be good, but most of the time...not great. The East side has better conditions due to dryer air. It may not always be great in all aspects, but that reduction in moisture go's a long way to reduce the impacts of other factors.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6213671 - 11/24/13 05:28 PM

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Nice Orion!
I ended up going to the Yakima Canyon. I compared my subs from Rattlesnake Lake and from Yakima and there is a dramatic difference in sharpness. I think for small targets Rattlesnake Lake is just a waste of time for luminance. For RGB data it should be OK tho.




Where in Yakima Canyon do you go?


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6214269 - 11/24/13 11:33 PM

I usually go to the Lmuma Creek recreation area. Its protected form the headlights of passing traffic and it has a fairly open horizon.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6214380 - 11/25/13 01:40 AM

The last time i set up there with my scope, i was amused by the educational signs there that were contrasting the daytime canyon wildlife with nighttime wildlife -- they could've added a section on human-life as well. The daytime human-life (fishermen) were just leaving and the nighttime human-life (starwatchers) were just showing up.

The sky exposure was fairly good, but i remember it being pretty cold though. This was February, i think. I like my comforts, and i've really got to come up with some better arrangement next time i go there. Maybe i need to buy a tent and air-mattress, or something. Or maybe a big fancy motorhome with a 40" flat-panel TV that i can hook the telescope too...


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: MadHungarian]
      #6214716 - 11/25/13 09:49 AM

Yes I was there on Saturday night and it was about 18F. The seeing was excellent and there was no dew at all. I usually nap in my truck, I have a sleeping bag that is rated for -20 and it works.
I was only able to get about 6 hours of Luminance on my target but it's a start.
Here is what I have so far.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/andyinsea/11044581906/sizes/o/
I think I should have framed it better to feature the galaxy group at the bottom right corner but I had no idea that it was part of my shot!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6214851 - 11/25/13 10:56 AM

But very nice! I lost count of the number of galaxies in that shot. Got to be at least 30-40, i'd think. What part of the sky is that in? Is that M104? I suppose i should know, but i've taken the last several months off starwatching to rest my back and i'm a little rusty now.

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