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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: MadHungarian]
      #5752740 - 03/23/13 09:17 PM

I went down to stanwood last night but the haze on the horizon was just too much. Higher altitude a definate benefit!

On a more sour note, My friend invited me for a "Christal Clear night in Winthrop" tomorrow night... I have to work too long tomorrow for a 200 mile drive after-word


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5753094 - 03/24/13 01:11 AM Attachment (10 downloads)

Okay i'm happy now -- finally managed to see the comet from my hill in Bothell. It was actually brighter and larger than i was expecting (my expectations weren't very high...). Like you guys were saying, it did look like in those photos. Nice view in my 10x50 binocs. But i think it's dimmed down a fair bit since the last photos a week ago.

I snapped a few photos with my Canon 400mm f5.6 lens, but i think a shorter & faster lens would've been better -- i wasn't really able to get the shutter speed fast enough for the magnification (well actually i was being stupid - out of terrestial photo habit I had the lens stopped down a couple stops). Also too much light pollution here. I include the least worst of the photos here, cropped & mangled a bit.

Edited by MadHungarian (03/24/13 11:48 AM)


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: MadHungarian]
      #5753145 - 03/24/13 01:54 AM

Incredible!!!!!!!
We set up at 7:30 and started scanning the skies at 8:00. By 8:10 we saw the comet, and continued to see it until 8:55 when it got to low in to the horizon.
40mm binocs showed it surprisingly well but a bit on the dim side.
63mm binocs showed the comet much better with a stronger central core and a real nice tail.
80mm spotting scope was a little better than the 63mm binocs.
100mm x 25 binocs was breath taking! Solid bright core, well defined and round. The comets tail was spectacular, long and pretty wide at the end.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #5753162 - 03/24/13 02:10 AM

OK this Panstarr has been a flash in the pan so far.

However this evening our family headed over to Brown's Point one more time. This time we bagged it about 8:15 pm with 8x40 binoculars. Caught a few smudges with a DSLR and another digicam for the sake of records, but I don't I'll be be posting any of that here.

I learned recently that "a flash in the pan" has nothng to do with pans but refers to guns misfiring when the charge goes off outside the chamber (in old time guns).

Ajay


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5755005 - 03/24/13 09:25 PM

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There is a good spot east of gold bar to jump from cliffs into the skykomish river. Very cold water though. There are about 3 different levels to jump from with a stump being the highest.




I know that spot. Just below a waterfall. Milepost 38. The place is a Mountain Dew commercial waiting to happen. It's probably been 20 years, though.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: MadHungarian]
      #5755013 - 03/24/13 09:31 PM

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Hmm, the water in the Sammamish Slough in Bothell isn't generally real deep. Sometimes it seems the ducks are walking across rather than swimming. I don't think i'd want to jump off that bridge myself...




When I used to live in the U-District I would frequently go rowing down by the arboretum under the 'bridge to nowhere'. Lots of folks used to like to jump from that. One day a guy dove head first into an unseen canoe that was coming under the bridge. First responders took him away but I think he was dead.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #5755022 - 03/24/13 09:35 PM

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Incredible!!!!!!!
...........
100mm x 25 binocs was breath taking! Solid bright core, well defined and round. The comets tail was spectacular, long and pretty wide at the end.




Glad you got to see it, Kerry. I wish I'd been up there with you.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: square_peg]
      #5756832 - 03/25/13 07:01 PM

I hope to see it before it is gone.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: square_peg]
      #5757059 - 03/25/13 09:33 PM

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Glad you got to see it, Kerry. I wish I'd been up there with you.





Wish you were too...

We may be heading back up there in a few weeks, I'll give you a call and let you know.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #5757313 - 03/26/13 12:44 AM



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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: square_peg]
      #5758061 - 03/26/13 12:06 PM Attachment (10 downloads)

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We used these babies, the giant 25x100 binocs! The comet was amazing in these, but with the moon blazing in the sky I pointed them to the Orion Nebula and couldn't believe the view. (can't wait to use them without the moon!)
The moon had very small thin hints of yellow fringing that was not objectional at all. Amazing detail on the moons surface.
The Pleiadeas was spectacular and the binocs framed the whole thing.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #5758320 - 03/26/13 02:10 PM

Those look really great Kerry. Are you bringing them to Goldendale?

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: SteveG]
      #5758597 - 03/26/13 04:26 PM

My video tripod that I use for the PST looks similar to that one. Mine is a knock off that I got from CL. How high in the sky can you comfortably look with those awesome looking binos?

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: SteveG]
      #5758999 - 03/26/13 07:57 PM

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Those look really great Kerry. Are you bringing them to Goldendale?




Yep!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5759011 - 03/26/13 08:02 PM

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How high in the sky can you comfortably look with those awesome looking binos?





They are on there just for the photo...I had a temporary ext. and counter weight set up last weekend. I'm in the process of building a custom parallelagram mount to use these more effectively.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #5760176 - 03/27/13 12:41 PM

Are those the Zhumell giant binos?

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5760949 - 03/27/13 06:06 PM

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Are those the Zhumell giant binos?




Yep, the 25x100mm's...gotta be one of the best deals money wise in astronomy.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #5761491 - 03/27/13 10:57 PM

Can you get 45 oculars for those?

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: square_peg]
      #5761582 - 03/28/13 12:06 AM

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Can you get 45 oculars for those?




Nope. That's one of the things I tried this week. I tried a 45 and a 90...it worked kind of, but the view was small!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sky Captain]
      #5761614 - 03/28/13 12:48 AM

I recall using Joad's big binos up on Mt. Pinos and the angled oculars were a big help. They were comfortable all the way to zenith.

With a parallelogram mount the need for angled oculars is reduced.


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