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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5722924 - 03/09/13 08:11 PM

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Went over to Brown's Point light house to see if we could spot the comet. Horizon was clear of clouds, but too hazy to pick out the comet. Saw a beautiful sunset, though.

Ajay




I missed the sunset, but I did get first light with that little Roper Scientific KAF1401E camera
20 X 200 seconds through a 7nm H-a filter on my AT65EDQ.
this frame was resized, no crop.



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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5723055 - 03/09/13 09:58 PM

I went out to my low horizon site tonight at sunset in hopes of seeing the comet but I got hazed out.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: square_peg]
      #5723069 - 03/09/13 10:08 PM

I tried finding the comet, but clouds bested me this time.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: SteveG]
      #5723219 - 03/10/13 12:05 AM

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Well, Rattlesnake was a total wash last night. I was there by myself at 8 pm, and there was a big hole in the clouds near Jupiter. I set up and waited for improvement, but after an hour it only got worse. While waiting, 5 guys showed up with scopes, but didn't set up due to the weather. We all stood around and had a nice talk. I gave up after about an hour and went home.




In the end, i ended up showing up Friday night at the Everett club's Snohomish site (my old standby), just in case ClearDarkSky's latest and more favorable prediction might be correct. Just a little bit of haze, and a touch of light fog from time to time, but still adequate (but not nearly as good as Umtanum Creek would've been). Knocked off 26 Herschel faint fuzzies, and ended with a nice treat of my first Saturn viewing of the season at 2am. Saturn sure is pretty this year, being a little more face-on than last year. Saw the Cassini division for the first time, at 233x. I'm sure looking forward to more Saturn viewing later this year, and trying out my 4x Powermate + DSLR on it.

Then woke up at the crack of noon and couldn't muster up the energy to drive all the way out to Umtanum Creek tonight. Plus i hadn't recharged my battery packs yet either -- i pretty much discharged them running six dew heater straps at full power all night long (the Snohomish site gets some serious dew on those cold semi-foggy winter nights). Quite a good turnout from the Everett club also, though most of them packed up earlier after their secondary mirrors frosted up.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: MadHungarian]
      #5723255 - 03/10/13 12:26 AM

So no one spotted the comet on the west side of the Cascades. It may have been news if any of us had gotten lucky. Oh, well!

Waitng for ISON ...


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5724288 - 03/10/13 04:57 PM

no one in the binocular forum has seen it so far. At least it hasn't been reported in the thread yet.

I missed getting out with my scopes because I told my family we would go to lobster fest when I got my bonus and they wouldn't let me postpone and we ended up waiting quite a long time. we got out of there at 10pm. anyway by the time I got home clouds were moving in so I went out with the trusty binos. I think I may be hooked. I could see all 4 Galilean moons in a row below Jupiter last night with 36mm objectives. I thought it was cool anyway.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5724289 - 03/10/13 04:57 PM

no one in the binocular forum has seen it so far. At least it hasn't been reported in the thread yet.

I missed getting out with my scopes because I told my family we would go to lobster fest when I got my bonus and they wouldn't let me postpone and we ended up waiting quite a long time. we got out of there at 10pm. anyway by the time I got home clouds were moving in so I went out with the trusty binos. I think I may be hooked. I could see all 4 Galilean moons in a row below Jupiter last night with 36mm objectives. I thought it was cool anyway.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5724300 - 03/10/13 05:03 PM

I need to retract my statement. Some one in the general observing forum reported seeing the comet at 6:45 (in NC?)on 3/8/2013.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5724721 - 03/10/13 08:39 PM

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I wish I could get there Mike but, I need a nap before I can drive any distance today and I just don't think I could make it in time. I would just ruin your night vision and then have to set up in the dark.




That's exactly what I did to Ram & Andy last month. They took it in good humor. I would have too.

I can recommend a good viewing site in the unlikely event that skies will be clear for Panstarrs. In University Place there's a long (.75 mi?) paved walkway along Grandview Drive, overlooking the Chambers Creek golf course. The walk is on a bluff, maybe 250' above Puget Sound, with an unrestricted view toward the Olympics and south. It's the best western horizon I know.

I had really good skies last night. It was a worthwhile trip. I *still* haven't fixed the Alt encoder issue with my ArgoNav, although I thought I had done the job right. Then my Telrad went whacko and I was done using the scope for the night around 12:30 this morning. That still left the most delightful recliner/binocs. All in all a good night, but a headache with the equipment.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Spaced]
      #5725240 - 03/11/13 05:15 AM

Whoooo.I picked up a Zero Gravity chair.

And it's completely cloudy tonight. Not supriseing. ;D

Edited by DarkSkys (03/11/13 05:17 AM)


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: DarkSkys]
      #5725349 - 03/11/13 08:23 AM

Isn't that the way of it? I thought it was either UPS, Fedex, or the USPS that arranged for the clouds to show up with new gear. I am disappointed to find out that even local stores are in on the conspiracy.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5725702 - 03/11/13 12:07 PM

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I can recommend a good viewing site in the unlikely event that skies will be clear for Panstarrs. In University Place there's a long (.75 mi?) paved walkway along Grandview Drive, overlooking the Chambers Creek golf course. The walk is on a bluff, maybe 250' above Puget Sound, with an unrestricted view toward the Olympics and south. It's the best western horizon I know.




That's quite a bit closer than Rock Candy Mtn for me. Rock Candy is fairly dark to the west and you can see right down to the ocean.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: square_peg]
      #5726723 - 03/11/13 07:56 PM

big rock candy mountain: where they hung the jerk who invented work?

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5727086 - 03/11/13 11:08 PM

Just Rock Candy Mtn. in Capitol Forest - west of Olympia. Nice place.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: square_peg]
      #5728270 - 03/12/13 02:21 PM

For those interested in the OAS spring Camp Delany star party, we are full for RV spaces but have plenty of room in the bunk houses.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: cliff mygatt]
      #5728559 - 03/12/13 04:41 PM

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Whoooo.I picked up a Zero Gravity chair.

And it's completely cloudy tonight. Not supriseing.




No disrespect, Kyle, but don't you think it's a bit over the top to think you can control the weather with a chair?

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The big rock candy mountain: where they hung the jerk who invented work?




No, Sean, I believe you're thinking about the place where there's a lake of stew and lemonade too and you can paddle all around it in a big canoe.

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For those interested in the OAS spring Camp Delany star party, we are full for RV spaces but have plenty of room in the bunk houses.




This may be the year! I just sent around an email to some people to schedule an event and, with Camp Delaney in mind I said, "I want to exclude the week of April 8, through Monday the 15th".


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Spaced]
      #5728668 - 03/12/13 05:37 PM



Anyone notice a new thread, possibly concerning the G/dale S.P., June 7 - 9?


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Spaced]
      #5728993 - 03/12/13 09:04 PM

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Anyone notice a new thread, possibly concerning the G/dale S.P., June 7 - 9?




I did! I did!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: zerro1]
      #5729109 - 03/12/13 09:52 PM Attachment (7 downloads)

On the way up Rock Candy Mountain. I wish it looked like this today.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: BradleyB]
      #5729286 - 03/12/13 11:00 PM

Are you going to emerge from the shadows this time, Robert?

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