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Sean Puett
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Spaced]
      #5658925 - 02/02/13 09:01 PM

I see what may have caused the confusion with the reviews of the 12x36 canon IS. The new version has a field flattener to improve off axis performance and it is "dramatically lighter". My tax return is supposed to be here Wednesday so I may get them earlier than planned.

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Dragonwatcher
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5659048 - 02/02/13 10:39 PM

Sean, that's what I have been emphasizing - get the newer version that says II. It is lighter.

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zerro1
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: zerro1]
      #5659090 - 02/02/13 11:06 PM

Quote:

Tonight's looking like it "might" have potential




Never.....mind


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MadHungarian
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: zerro1]
      #5659335 - 02/03/13 03:37 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Tonight's looking like it "might" have potential



Never.....mind




Yeah, i was hoping to make a Rattlesnake Lake run Friday or Saturday night (someone mentioned that the way to beat this night fog is to head out there), but the weather didn't quite cooperate.

I just have one more Messier to go (M93), and it's going to disappear again in a few weeks...


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: zerro1]
      #5659659 - 02/03/13 10:17 AM Attachment (9 downloads)

Quote:

Quote:

Tonight's looking like it "might" have potential




Never.....mind




Should I rub it in? Had completely clear skies until around 1am with clouds started coming in (from the PNW!) Had a fun night observing.


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zerro1
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: csa/montana]
      #5659816 - 02/03/13 11:44 AM

that's what the sky was looking like yesterday at my first post...then

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: zerro1]
      #5659831 - 02/03/13 11:52 AM

Thanks for sending the clear sky my way; however, no thanks for your clouds today.

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zerro1
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: csa/montana]
      #5659881 - 02/03/13 12:17 PM

Only so many clouds can fill this space before they start spilling out in all directions..

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: zerro1]
      #5659899 - 02/03/13 12:31 PM

I'm so hoping for great skies this Spring!

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Stacy
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: csa/montana]
      #5660137 - 02/03/13 02:50 PM

Quote:

Should I rub it in? Had completely clear skies until around 1am with clouds started coming in (from the PNW!) Had a fun night observing.




Why ask if you're just going to do it anyway? We RARELY get skies like that around here. I'm happy for you.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Stacy]
      #5660272 - 02/03/13 04:13 PM

Couldn't resist; however, I will not post a picture of today's sky; it would remind you too much of your area.

Seriously, this was one of the rare nights that was good for viewing, lately.


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Sean Puett
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: csa/montana]
      #5660672 - 02/03/13 08:24 PM

Yeah even when it is "clear", there are thin clouds or the jet stream/ seeing and whatever conditions that make you question your scope's collimation. Western Washington should be where they send criminal astronomers for punishment.

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Sean Puett
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5660737 - 02/03/13 09:04 PM

Oh I almost forgot, then when it is finally clear (about 2-3 months a year) it doesn't get dark until 10:30pm.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5660783 - 02/03/13 09:40 PM

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Oh I almost forgot, then when it is finally clear (about 2-3 months a year) it doesn't get dark until 10:30pm.




And starts getting light about 4 hours later


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Stacy
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: zerro1]
      #5660965 - 02/04/13 12:09 AM

Sean, Robert and I also have the benifit of living almost directly under what's known around here as the "Convergence Zone". An area that's prone to turbulent, unpredictable weather.

The only worthwhile observing I do requires travel. Usuallly, the further the better

I thought the skies in Montana were generally clear and stable? I know Eastern Washington is far better then this side of the Cascades.

Stacy


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Stacy]
      #5660977 - 02/04/13 12:18 AM

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I thought the skies in Montana were generally clear and stable?




Generally they are; but the past 6 weeks or so, more clouds than usual.


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Sean Puett
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: csa/montana]
      #5661251 - 02/04/13 08:02 AM

I hardly observe at home anymore. When I first bought my beloved refractor, the first session or two were amazing. Then I started to think the scope was out of collimation because all my stars looked like stars at the edge of a cheap eyepiece. Before overreacting and trying to adjust it, I decided to take it to goldendale and evaluate it there. That proved the wise decision because stars were beautiful pinpoint there. I have had the same results numerous times.

That was when I thought of making western Washington a penal colony for astronomers. The problem is that there aren't any astronomer criminals.....

I am going to sacrifice a goat to the weather god soon to help with our conditions.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5661356 - 02/04/13 09:31 AM

Are you in Seattle? How far do you have to travel for good skies?

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MadHungarian
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5661855 - 02/04/13 02:03 PM

Quote:


...Western Washington should be where they send criminal astronomers for punishment.




You mean those people who shine white lights at star parties?


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Sean Puett
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: csa/montana]
      #5662399 - 02/04/13 08:02 PM

Quote:

Are you in Seattle? How far do you have to travel for good skies?




I live about 40minutes north of Seattle. I was just extra whiny last couple of days. I can get to much better skies in 1.5-2 hours. Goldendale is my favorite so far. Sunrise point had slightly darker skies but, it had similar muck for seeing/transparency when I went. That was just an opinion, no scientific measurements were taken.


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