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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5441959 - 09/26/12 04:06 PM

I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I'm taking another long weekend. But it's true. Some of you may remember that Anne & I learned during the 2010 Pixieland S.P. that her brother, Bob, had just died. Well, tomorrow I leave for the vicinity of Cuprum, Idaho, to participate in spreading his ashes. He and I spent probably 6 to 8 weeks (or more?) camping around there in his wall tent, deer hunting, during the '80s & early '90s. It'll be good to revisit old haunts.

The trip is being put together by his 25/26 year old son, who was a babe or younger (Ha!) when Bob & I used to go down there. There'll be 8 of us. I'll bring Punk & laser pointer and I've mentioned that guys should bring binocs. Lots of Dutch oven cooking. It'll be more of a party atmosphere than solemn. The good news is that others' 4 WD rigs will have room for me in the hills, so I can take the Hyundai, saving myself a whole lot of gas $$.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5442393 - 09/26/12 08:52 PM

Mike, have a good time out there!

Besides comet Ikeya-Seki when I was a teen in the '60's, my most memorable was comet Hyakutake viewed from Capitol Peak on a very dark, clear and cold night. The tail was visible across the entire sky. A few friends and I camped under the stars and every time I looked up there it was blazing across the sky.

Brad


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5442419 - 09/26/12 09:06 PM

Sounds like a good way to send him off - the way he would have wanted. I've heard you speak of your friend Bob many times. Just please don't set any wall tents on fire during this trip.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5442808 - 09/27/12 01:29 AM Attachment (14 downloads)

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Thank You Steve
I think it's the best that 75 to 300 lens has ever done @ 300mm




Speaking of Canon lenses, first light here on my brand new Canon EF 400mm f5.6 lens that just showed up on my doorstep this afternoon. Some cropping, of course, to offset the reduction in image size. Bought it for birding, etc. Hope it turns out to be a decent lens, because there's fat chance of my ever getting a larger lens. I can buy an Obsession 22" UC dobsonian + all the options, for the price of a Canon 500mm, 600mm, or 800mm lens. Or a new car.

Edited by MadHungarian (09/27/12 10:37 AM)


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 *DELETED* new [Re: MadHungarian]
      #5442835 - 09/27/12 01:52 AM

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5442858 - 09/27/12 02:08 AM

Stunning shot, Emery. Congrats on your new lens.

Comet Hale-Bopp holds the premier place in my memory bank. My daughter Maggie and I -- she was probably in Jr. High then -- took our annual backpack along the Oly. Natl. Park coastal strip during her spring break. For a couple of nights we had extraordinarily clear, nearly humidity-free skies and the comet was poised across what seemed like half the western sky.

I don't remember the name -- maybe it was Ikeya-Seki, Brad -- but the first comet I saw was in the sky during Nov., '69, when I was in basic training at Ft. Lewis. I remember walking to the mess hall for KP in the early clear dark and looking up and seeing it hanging in the sky: quite small but classic shape. I remember drawing a much-needed sense of tranquility from the sight, too.

Well, I'm packed up except for stuff that'll go in the ice chests in the morning. Man, that little Elantra can hold a lot! It's a loooooong drive.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5443025 - 09/27/12 07:36 AM

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Mag -16! No dso observing while that one is here.




I can't imagine wanting to observe anything else if that comet really gets that bright!

Probably would be a once in a lifetime event.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: DarkSkys]
      #5445065 - 09/28/12 11:41 AM

Really. It must be huge, very close, or both. I would much rather have a giant comet messing up the dark skies than the hazy smoke smog funk that has been the last couple months.

I am going to hope for a nice October new moon weekend.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5447837 - 09/30/12 01:40 AM

Nice Moon shot Emery. Won't be long now, come over to the dark side

Ajay


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5447839 - 09/30/12 01:44 AM

Well here's my try at M31. Shot from Table Mountain in July 2010 a week before the star party. Canon 350D and SV85s. Two hours of data. This was processed to reveal details near the center so looks less bright than other M31 shots you may have seen. In the large version on Flickr you can see dust lanes in M110.


Higher res image on Flickr.

Ajay


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5447861 - 09/30/12 02:09 AM

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Nice Moon shot Emery. Won't be long now, come over to the dark side
Ajay




No no, i'm still resisting the temptation. Though i am tempted occasionally to get an Orion ED120 or equivalent, and stick a DSLR on it. Then let it do its slow thing while i'm doing my viewing.

But for now i'm still sticking to my plan of getting a Mallincam instead, when the finances allow.

Btw, your M31 image there is way cool!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: MadHungarian]
      #5447901 - 09/30/12 02:58 AM

The mallincam is is just the first step down the slippery slope I just picked up a little manual filter wheel and got a set of 2" LRGB filters to try my hand. You know, when I started imaging, I never intended to get a mono camera

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Spaced]
      #5449832 - 10/01/12 09:20 AM

We picked up a replacement car for my wife yesterday. She got a jeep liberty. She is pretty happy with it. I tried to get her to get this nearly perfect 2002 explorer with 80000 miles on it but, she wanted a newer vehicle. The people at Marysville ford are good to work with. I had a migraine so I wasn't on my haggling game at all but, we still got it for 1500 under blue book. I'll go back there next time I buy a car.

This morning, Venus and Jupiter looked nice and bright in the sky. Venus had a halo around it from thin clouds and Jupiter was in prime viewing position. At 6:15am. Looking at them made me understand why some of the art that was made before the newtonian telescope was invented had stars with distraction spikes on them. The planets show them on there own (or my eyes are out of collimation)


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5450230 - 10/01/12 02:21 PM

Woo hoo, I can see Mt Rainier again! So the skies must be finally back to something vaguely approaching normal again.

Tried to snapshot the oh-so-slightly-waning Moon last night, but didn't do myself any favors. Whatever i try, i just can't convince a full moon to be telegenic. Oh well -- in another week, October starwatching season opens up again.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5450237 - 10/01/12 02:25 PM

Happy Birthday Mike!!!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5450435 - 10/01/12 04:20 PM

Stunning! I love the apaque control in the core, along with the white/black magnitude and color shift.

Great job.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Spaced]
      #5450441 - 10/01/12 04:22 PM

Mikey...you young buck...sneakin another B-Day in there are we?

Hope it is full of joy, happiness and love.

Rob


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: rwiederrich]
      #5451122 - 10/01/12 11:35 PM

Thank you; thank you; thank you very much.

I'm now eligible for a $10 lifetime pass to the Natl. Parks! I even considered driving to the nearest ranger station to get one today. But after driving 500 mi. yesterday I was gripped by a wave of common sense & postponed.

I gotta go eat some more cake.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Spaced]
      #5451130 - 10/01/12 11:38 PM

Mike,

Happy B-day. I already have my lifetime pass!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Dragonwatcher]
      #5451139 - 10/01/12 11:43 PM

Many happy returns of the day, Mike.

Ajay


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