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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: rainycityastro]
      #5400415 - 09/03/12 12:11 AM

Happy Birthday, Stacy!

Gorgeous pix. That Iris is a knockout!

I'll be delivering out of town guests back to SeaTac at 0500 tomorrow for an 0600 flight. Then when I get home it'll be a big breakfast and up to Corral Pass for huckleberry picking. It should be nice up there tomorrow.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5402661 - 09/04/12 10:17 AM

I bet S&T would publish that image and give you their cash award. I think it is $100. Anyway the Iris is brilliant. It is amazing what you guys can accomplish as amateur astronomers. The pros couldn't get results like that not all that long ago.
Thanks again for sharing your work.

Happy late birthday Stacy.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5402821 - 09/04/12 11:42 AM

SweetAnne, Maggie, her boyfriend and I had a terrific day at Corral Pass. It was warm but not hot and endlessly beautiful. Pixie was a happy dog. Huckleberries were spotty, since a bear had already worked over some of the area we picked in and initially we thought we were up there a week early. But it's all about microhabitat and we found enough succulent, ripe berries for four pies plus another 3 cups. Cleaned up!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5403375 - 09/04/12 04:16 PM Attachment (12 downloads)

Sorry I missed Corral Pass. But I had a great little hike up to Snow Lake.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: square_peg]
      #5403393 - 09/04/12 04:31 PM

Man, that's pretty, Tom.

The only time I went to Snow Lake was a multi-day snowshoe in, IIRC, May '73. I got, literally, the worst sunburn of my life on that trip.

Oh, and Anne corrected me on the huckhaul. We had 'nuff for *three* pies + 3 cups.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5403748 - 09/04/12 07:51 PM

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SweetAnne, Maggie, her boyfriend and I had a terrific day at Corral Pass. It was warm but not hot and endlessly beautiful. Pixie was a happy dog. Huckleberries were spotty, since a bear had already worked over some of the area we picked in and initially we thought we were up there a week early. But it's all about microhabitat and we found enough succulent, ripe berries for four pies plus another 3 cups. Cleaned up!




I went up to Tonga Ridge last weekend and there were "0" berries! a few green nubs but looks really bad for the bears this year in that area. I've often picked in Late July at Tonga and came out with enough for 8 pies! Very Disappointed. Had to go pick blackberries as a consolation...


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: zerro1]
      #5403824 - 09/04/12 08:41 PM

Mmmmmm Pie.

Thanks for the birthday wishes. Really my Mom did all the work.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Stacy]
      #5404184 - 09/05/12 12:14 AM

Did you just get the canon IS15x50s Stacy? There was a pair in Vancouver, bc for 1/2 the new price that i balked on because it was outside the US. Contracts anyway. I remember you posting about how bad you wanted them.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5404612 - 09/05/12 10:23 AM

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I went up to Tonga Ridge last weekend and there were "0" berries!




I talked to someone yesterday who hiked from the Greenwater up to Noble Knob, which is only a couple of miles from where I was and at the same altitude, and he was skunked too, looking for berries. I think last year's and this year's long, cool, wet spring is the culprit. I doubt if we'll have a third La Nina year in a row and we might have good picking again next year.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5405149 - 09/05/12 03:50 PM

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Did you just get the canon IS15x50s Stacy? There was a pair in Vancouver, bc for 1/2 the new price that i balked on because it was outside the US. Contracts anyway. I remember you posting about how bad you wanted them.




I think I got them in June. Loved them but over-extended financially. Bought a used RV and a new Lincoln. Something had to go! Think I finally sold the old RV for thousands less than I wanted. Oh well. The end of the world IS in a couple months


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Stacy]
      #5405887 - 09/06/12 12:44 AM

Something odd has happed at my house.

The LP is deminished. While it's understandable that the neighbor blocking a security lamp from my view would help greatly, the overall skyglow has decreased, I can see the milkyway much better, and much lower into the south, and the sky in the SW is a light blue, not pinkish white. My dad noticed it too. It's quite a large ( it seems) change.
Oh, and I can see semi dim stars over yakima( 3-4Mag, now, used to be 2-3mag only)

Did the transparancy of the air increase exponentialy, or did everyone turn off there lights?????

Edited by DarkSkys (09/06/12 12:46 AM)


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: DarkSkys]
      #5405929 - 09/06/12 01:29 AM

The Cle Elum fire going out may have something to do with it.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5405942 - 09/06/12 01:44 AM

That could be, but the sky normaly had a pinkish glow in that direction, all the way back to when I started observeing a few years ago. It's a pretty noticeable change.

Edited by DarkSkys (09/06/12 01:54 AM)


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: DarkSkys]
      #5405951 - 09/06/12 01:52 AM

Maybe it's the new led street lamps?

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Stacy]
      #5405952 - 09/06/12 01:55 AM

Could be, I'll have to go for a ride once I get my bike Un-Broken and see if they have changed more of them over.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: DarkSkys]
      #5406026 - 09/06/12 04:43 AM

OK here's an image from July of last year captured from my red zone back yard in Auburn I call the Hazy Hollow Observatory. Just got done processing this with Pixinsight. This is a portion of the IC1318, or the gamma Cygni (Sadr) nebula. Sadr is out of the field and to the top right (not bottom right as I posted earlier).

Version 1: (posted earlier)

High res here..

Version 2:

High res here.

I believe version 2 is a truer representation. In version 1, I removed some of the nebulosity caused by Sadr thinking it was a gradient caused by light pollution. This changed the color balance quite a bit.


Ajay

Edited by bluedandelion (09/06/12 05:11 PM)


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: DarkSkys]
      #5406433 - 09/06/12 11:59 AM

Quote:

Something odd has happened at my house.

The LP is diminished. While it's understandable that the neighbor blocking a security lamp from my view would help greatly, the overall skyglow has decreased, I can see the milkyway much better, and much lower into the south, and the sky in the SW is a light blue, not pinkish white. My dad noticed it too. It's quite a large ( it seems) change.
Oh, and I can see semi dim stars over yakima( 3-4Mag, now, used to be 2-3mag only)

Did the transparency of the air increase exponentially, or did everyone turn off there lights?????




I've had my porch lights turned off the last few nights, over in Bothell. Maybe that's it? <grin>


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: MadHungarian]
      #5407357 - 09/06/12 09:55 PM

I noticed that also here the other night. I suspect it has to do with the transparency of the sky. There was particularly blue skies that day also.

Brad


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: BradleyB]
      #5407533 - 09/06/12 11:53 PM

I've been getting up every morning this week at 4am to view&snapshot the Moon & Jupiter, and i've been getting some unusually good viewing of them, even with my small 6" SCT. If only i had had enough energy to drag out the big scope. Also, I noticed the other evening that Mt Rainier was unusually clear (at least above the usual Seattle Smog layer).

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: MadHungarian]
      #5407646 - 09/07/12 01:51 AM

I got my scope and camera out tonight... last chance before the change in weather...

Edited by zerro1 (09/07/12 01:34 PM)


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