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Dragonwatcher
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5493410 - 10/28/12 05:28 PM

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Does anyone know why they locate large telescopes in Arizona?

Ajay




I can ask - I'm going to the big astro convention in Tucson Nov 10-11th!


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bluedandelion
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Dragonwatcher]
      #5493936 - 10/29/12 12:18 AM

OK, I was being flippant in keeping with weather v/s equipment banter above.

The large telescopes are situated there to lure what few clouds they get.

Ajay


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Sean Puett
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #5493994 - 10/29/12 01:12 AM

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Hmmm. Looks like a 24 100? Should be able to get a nice wide fov of your celing.




Its the 82 degree version and it was fantastic in my 12.5 f4.7 dob...many thanks to Sean for letting me use his at GDale. Actually better than my 35 pan!




I really should get commission from ES for selling those ES82s for them. I really like them.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5494598 - 10/29/12 12:49 PM

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Sure! No problem. We'll check them out at Goldendale!

Be careful, you know... about Mike...

Oh yeah.... It's cool. They're resistant to most. .. Uh... fluids






Anne & I drove about 750 mi. this weekend: To Coeur D'Alene Sat., from there to Pullman yesterday morning for a friend's memorial service (that's two such in two weekends . . . thankfully, this thread reminds me I still have some friends left) then back from Pullman last night in driving rain. I think I prefer the Amish approach to transportation.

At one point in the Pullman get-together Anne leaned over and said, "Happy anniversary." (Our 34th)


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5494626 - 10/29/12 01:06 PM

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At one point in the Pullman get-together Anne leaned over and said, "Happy anniversary." (Our 34th)





I can only HOPE that you were not surprised, but it sounds like maybe you were caught off guard. Anyway, congratulations on 34 years! That's just great.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Stacy]
      #5494668 - 10/29/12 01:38 PM

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I can only HOPE that you were not surprised, but it sounds like maybe you were caught off guard.




Well . . . yes & no. We had been aware it was that day but then was actually the first time yesterday it occurred to us. We hadn't been planning to do anything "special" this time around, given other obligations.

Incidentally, I think Jesse Cook is playing a gig at the Showbox soon. Maybe you should surprise someone.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Spaced]
      #5495200 - 10/29/12 07:43 PM

Hmmmm. I found a show in April at the Moore... Do you have other info?

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Stacy]
      #5495295 - 10/29/12 08:47 PM

More Hmmmmm, I guess my recollector was off. I thought I saw that in a Showbox email announcement, but I guess not. Not there, not at the Tractor, just . . . not. Sorry, bro.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Spaced]
      #5495675 - 10/30/12 01:26 AM

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"Happy anniversary." (Our 34th)






Congrats to you both!





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I think I prefer the Amish approach to transportation.




Yeah, just think...instead of 4 hrs to the star party, it'll take 4 days!


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MadHungarian
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sky Captain]
      #5495682 - 10/30/12 01:34 AM

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I think I prefer the Amish approach to transportation.



Yeah, just think...instead of 4 hrs to the star party, it'll take 4 days!




But, in the non-tech Amish scheme, there's no light-pollution, so you don't need to travel to dark-sites for star parties.
Of course, there's no telescopes either. Oh well, nothing's perfect.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5496159 - 10/30/12 01:05 PM

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The voodoo from my telescope purchase has worn off. Now everybody else please stop buying equipment, so I can get some clear skies over Hazy Hollow.
...
Ajay




It's a vicious cycle. We can't do anything because of the clouds+rain, so we buy equipment instead. That results in more clouds+rain, which causes still more equipment buying. And so on, until we all run out of money. Then the clear skies show up again.

I'd wager that the NW has the lowest ratio of viewing hours to equipment purchases of anywhere in the US.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: MadHungarian]
      #5496421 - 10/30/12 04:02 PM

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It's a vicious cycle. We can't do anything because of the clouds+rain, so we buy equipment instead. That results in more clouds+rain, which causes still more equipment buying. And so on, until we all run out of money. Then the clear skies show up again.

I'd wager that the NW has the lowest ratio of viewing hours to equipment purchases of anywhere in the US.






Emery, I think you should run your theory by Cliff Mass. He could give it to one of his graduate students for a masters project.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Spaced]
      #5496530 - 10/30/12 05:15 PM

I completely agree with that theory. I can always convince myself by thinking,"it will make the most of my limited viewing time". Luckily i don't really need anything right now. My next glass purchase will probably be a canon 24-70 L lens. I want the older flourish one though, which is cheaper for some reason...

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5497068 - 10/30/12 11:21 PM

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Luckily i don't really need anything right now.



Now I've heard everything.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5497069 - 10/30/12 11:22 PM

Mike, Happy 34th. Here's wishing you many more.

Ajay


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5497274 - 10/31/12 04:05 AM

Hey, At this point I am hoping that we don't go in the opposite direction, Record 81 days without rain.
I hate to think what a new record would be for the most consecutive days of rain would be!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sky Captain]
      #5498419 - 10/31/12 08:34 PM

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Luckily i don't really need anything right now.



Now I've heard everything.




I too became confused as to why that phrase made no sense. I was just skimming. Later, when I least expected it, it hit me. Then all was in sync with the world once more...


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Stacy]
      #5498496 - 10/31/12 09:31 PM Attachment (9 downloads)

Okay, my new eyepieces showed up! I'm happy now, but broke. So this here is the new Version 1.5 of my eyepiece set. My beloved Panoptics, plus a bunch of new Deloi. Also a bunch of those cheap Opt 1.25" adapters.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: MadHungarian]
      #5498844 - 11/01/12 01:48 AM

First light for my TMB130ss! Got a gander at Jupiter and the Moon through some sucker holes. Could just make out some of the bands as there was quite a bit of thin high clouds over Hazy Hollow (big surprise, eh?) and five of the moons. The Moon was gorgeous! The passing clouds helped dim its brightness.

I am very happy with the color correction at this point. Looking at the moon, I couldn't detect color fringing at the edge or around craters near the edge with a 12 mm and a 6 mm eyepiece - in or out of focus. Didn't get a chance to do any meaningful star-test because the scope hadn't cooled adequately. With my SV85s Lomo doublet I do see a little fringing in and out of focus.

I think I am going to have a lot of fun with this scope.

Ajay

Edited by bluedandelion (11/01/12 01:51 AM)


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5499208 - 11/01/12 11:05 AM

Wow, Emery, that's a lot of glass! I'm really curious about the Delos line -- I haven't looked through one yet. And I see you have a 41 Pan . . . that's big view of the sky; I love mine.

Ajay, I'm happy for you!

Kerry, do you still have that, uh, "item" you acquired for me, or did it become history (which I could well understand)? If you still have it I'd like to meet up with you.


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