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MadHungarian
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5464478 - 10/10/12 09:46 PM Attachment (13 downloads)

Well here's the next few days forecast around here. Rain! Finally! Woo hoo! Besides the fact i like rain, i can actually catch up on my sleep now. And of course i have a ton of starwatching backoffice work to catch up on too, for various astroleague certificates.

Just hope we don't have six months straight of this... It'd be nice to get out once a month.


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BradleyB
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: MadHungarian]
      #5464579 - 10/10/12 10:50 PM

Yes bring it on. I have the roof on my shop, or at least the paper, and things are starting to look a bit too parched around here for my taste. I agree on the once per month deal though.

Brad


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zerro1
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Reged: 08/02/09

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: MadHungarian]
      #5464599 - 10/10/12 11:02 PM

I think we finally had pretty good run, even though the sky didn't always cooperate for imaging. I have some equipment modification to do, and some autumn house cleaning to get out of the way. (unless of course there is some clear sky east) Not Montana or Idaho!!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5465167 - 10/11/12 11:06 AM

Bring it on!

Edited by Spaced (10/11/12 11:07 AM)


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MadHungarian
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5469662 - 10/14/12 11:46 AM Attachment (11 downloads)

My last Moon snapshot before the cloudy weather set in.
Unstacked image from a 6" SCT + a new Powermate 2.5x + 60d DSLR. Cropped a bit. Not as good as i was seeing visually through the eyepiece though, which bugs me. I guess you've got to do multiple shots and stack them to get real good Moon results? But i'm not sure how you'd be able to stack images when the Moon is micro-shimmering all over the place with poor seeing?
Oh well. But i've got my big CPC1100 up on its winter scope-buggy wheels now, so i'll be able to wheel it out on the driveway for some more solar system imaging and whatnot, hopefully.

Edited by MadHungarian (10/14/12 11:47 AM)


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csa/montana
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5469757 - 10/14/12 12:55 PM

Quote:

Not Montana or Idaho!!




Mighty selective, arn't we?

No worry, it's completely overcast here.


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zerro1
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: csa/montana]
      #5469830 - 10/14/12 01:43 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Not Montana or Idaho!!




Mighty selective, arn't we?

No worry, it's completely overcast here.





it's the drive for almost 6 years I drove to Pullman/Moscow from the coast almost every weekend. it's not the first 3 or 4 hundred miles... it's the last 150 that kills me.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: zerro1]
      #5469851 - 10/14/12 01:53 PM

Nice Moon shot!

MSHSP Pt 6...? I can't believe this thread has gone on for so long.

Keith (been gone a few years)


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: trainsktg]
      #5469865 - 10/14/12 02:04 PM

Hi, Keith!


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csa/montana
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: zerro1]
      #5470032 - 10/14/12 03:39 PM

Robert; I know what you mean! We used to drive out to Seattle, and about the last 100 miles felt like it would never end!

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rwiederrich
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: trainsktg]
      #5470307 - 10/14/12 06:18 PM

Quote:

Nice Moon shot!

MSHSP Pt 6...? I can't believe this thread has gone on for so long.

Keith (been gone a few years)




Bro..how have you been..I've missed you quite a bit.
We have a new crop of PNW'ers on the thread too.

I'm so glad you are back..

Rob


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bluedandelion
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: rwiederrich]
      #5470901 - 10/15/12 01:27 AM

Emery, That is a nice moon.

Carol, might it not be time for a restart to this 11 page long thread now that the season has changed?

Ajay


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csa/montana
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5471524 - 10/15/12 12:58 PM

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Carol, might it not be time for a restart to this 11 page long thread now that the season has changed?




You would have to ask one of the moderators of this forum to restart it, & lock this one. Usually, it's not done until around 1500 posts.


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bluedandelion
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: csa/montana]
      #5472350 - 10/15/12 09:48 PM

Quote:


You would have to ask one of the moderators of this forum to restart it, & lock this one. Usually, it's not done until around 1500 posts.




Whoops! Sorry, your name in green on the sidebar made me think you are a moderator.

Ajay


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bluedandelion
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5472358 - 10/15/12 09:53 PM

So I have crossed over into APO land finally. A TMB130SS (used and in great shape) is on its way!

I wasn't going to spend any astro dollars for a while, but I had some good fortune and my better half consented to the purchase as well.

Second reason is that I have been most productive imaging with the small SV85s. Seeing and weather conditions never seem to favor the C925. I may just keep it for visual and planetary work and use the 130ss for imaging.

It should be here Friday.

Ajay


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5472574 - 10/16/12 12:14 AM

Pretty cool, Ajay!

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MadHungarian
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Reged: 11/18/10

Loc: Rainy WA
Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5472591 - 10/16/12 12:25 AM

Hmm, I'll be interested to know how it works out. From time to time i've been also toying with the idea of buying an APO in the 5" class for astrophotography use. Then hook it up with a self-contained autoguider and a DSLR running on auto-timer, and let it do its slow thing while i'm having fun observing with my SCT.

But why is it that the SCT hasn't worked as well for you for this?


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csa/montana
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5472602 - 10/16/12 12:36 AM

Quote:

Quote:


You would have to ask one of the moderators of this forum to restart it, & lock this one. Usually, it's not done until around 1500 posts.




Whoops! Sorry, your name in green on the sidebar made me think you are a moderator.

Ajay




Actually I am a moderator; however, we have assigned forums in which we can edit, move, lock, etc. I'm not assigned to this particular forum.


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bluedandelion
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: MadHungarian]
      #5472633 - 10/16/12 01:01 AM

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But why is it that the SCT hasn't worked as well for you for this?




Coma and Seeing mostly. Also the large image scale at long focal lengths is pretty unforgiving for imaging. All errors get magnified. On my last outing to Goldendale I had trouble getting the OAG to show anything in the guide camera. Has to do with complications associated with the flattener/reducer and the length of the imaging train. I hate to lose more trips to dark sky sites troubleshooting. Refractors are simpler in imaging setups. The 130SS at f/7 seems just right.

Ajay


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Stacy
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5472694 - 10/16/12 03:09 AM

Ah yes, image scale. I remember being curious about that when I had my f6 newt set up next to my f10 sct. Mars looked almost twice as big in the sct vs. the newt at the same magnification. It's really best to have several scopes of diferent focal ratios and diameters so you don't miss anything.

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