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SteveG
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5862154 - 05/15/13 01:05 PM

Hey all - I'm asking if anyone local has a Televue 3x barlow (1.25") that I could borrow? I'm doing a 3x barlow shootout, and I'm questioning if I have a bad sample of the TV. Let me know if you have one that could be loaned for a week or so. Thanks!

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Sean Puett
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Spaced]
      #5863408 - 05/15/13 10:49 PM

Wow. That is a nice shot Ajay.

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bluedandelion
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5863441 - 05/15/13 11:04 PM

Thank you Mike and Sean.

Ajay


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Sean Puett
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: SteveG]
      #5864951 - 05/16/13 04:04 PM

Sorry Steve. I really don't like barlows very much, probably why I have a giant eyepiece case...

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Stacy
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5868057 - 05/17/13 08:02 PM

Great shots guys. Like those galaxies Ajay!

False alarm last night. Looked like it might be good, but then it went away. The moon looked good, so it must have been just this side of the clouds.

Just binos, but I also noticed my small scopes are multiplying. I think they are up to about 4 now with two gotos. Funny how those things happen. Must be time to separate them.


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sleepy
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Greetings from Sleepy new [Re: Stacy]
      #5868264 - 05/17/13 10:05 PM

Hey folks, greetings from the Columbia Gorge.
I hope everyone is doing well and look forward to this summers observing.
If anyone knows where Lost Lake in Oregon is; I created a sky chart for its location:
http://cleardarksky.com/c/LstLkORkey.html?1

I hope to throw a few star parties there this season, and will let you guys know via the outreach thread


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Spaced
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Re: Greetings from Sleepy new [Re: sleepy]
      #5869655 - 05/18/13 04:12 PM

Hi, Joe, it's nice to hear from you!

Lost Lake looks reachable from Tacoma. What's the camping situation there? How are the horizons?


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zerro1
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Re: Greetings from Sleepy new [Re: Spaced]
      #5869899 - 05/18/13 06:22 PM

Quote:

How are the horizons?




Mt Hood would certainly be prominent in the south-east got to be a beautiful view of it!


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bluedandelion
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Re: Greetings from Sleepy new [Re: zerro1]
      #5870545 - 05/19/13 12:06 AM

Finally getting the hang of processing galaxies. Here is the final version of M31 taken from Table Mountain.



Large version here.

Ajay


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Dragonwatcher
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Re: Greetings from Sleepy new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5871244 - 05/19/13 12:09 PM

Ajay,

That looks ALMOST as good as I visually saw it in my Borg 5" refractor.

[Really beautiful shot. Pictures like this remind me how vast, grand, inexplicable, fantastic, and simply mind-boggling the universe really is. ]


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zerro1
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Re: Greetings period new [Re: Dragonwatcher]
      #5872539 - 05/19/13 09:31 PM

So, what the heck is going on? I looked outside and there was this blue colored background to the tops of the trees, a glowing ball of fire in the western sky. There seems to be less of those white puffy things...

EDIT: Oh was I dreaming? Must have been cause the sky's not looking so blue and the puffy white things seem to be rolling in again

Edited by zerro1 (05/19/13 11:59 PM)


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sleepy
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Re: Greetings from Sleepy new [Re: Spaced]
      #5873716 - 05/20/13 01:05 PM

Quote:

Hi, Joe, it's nice to hear from you!

Lost Lake looks reachable from Tacoma. What's the camping situation there? How are the horizons?




Camping is first come first served. I'll be put up for the night out there, and I'm sure I'll have room for a couple more tents.
Its all tree lined, but there is a great Southern sky view.
Here's a link to some photos.
http://www.flickriver.com/places/United+States/Oregon/Lost+Lake+Resort/


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: sleepy]
      #5875502 - 05/21/13 10:46 AM

Quote:

If anyone knows where Lost Lake in Oregon is; I created a sky chart for its location:
http://cleardarksky.com/c/LstLkORkey.html?1

I hope to throw a few star parties there this season, and will let you guys know via the outreach thread





Looks like a really beautiful place. Is there a clearing large enough for astro?


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: square_peg]
      #5875733 - 05/21/13 12:18 PM

Hmmmm, Joe, I click on your photo link and the "Lost River" page reads, "No photos here."

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Stacy
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Spaced]
      #5884492 - 05/25/13 06:29 PM

This weather sucks. Might have to start looking at bugs and birds with my binos so they get some use.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Stacy]
      #5884558 - 05/25/13 07:18 PM

I thought of setting up my Quantix tonight and go for some extended exposures to see if "it" can see stars through the clouds. It's sensitive enough, just might do it ...Oh wait a minute, the moon will wash it out

bugs and birds I guess


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: zerro1]
      #5884772 - 05/25/13 10:31 PM

Maybe I'll go get my fishing license... gorge lake is calling to me...

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5884929 - 05/26/13 12:19 AM Attachment (4 downloads)

I really miss this sky! Three weeks ago, I saw it for the first time this season...Come On Goldendale!

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Myles
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: zerro1]
      #5885490 - 05/26/13 12:13 PM

Looking for some advice on pier building/plate fabrication in Seattle area. Here goes:

Hi,
the last of our major home remodel projects is a deck off side/front yard. Feels foolish to not pour a concrete telescope pier as part of the project. Wife doesn't want anything permanently blocking the center of the deck so I am planing to bring the pier up to the joists just below the decking, keeping complete isolation from the deck. Then I'll build an above deck pier to mate with the concrete pier thru a removable hatch. The upper pier is going to be removable with the aim of a quick 5 minute setup by placing it and ratcheting it down. I am going to try first with wood 6x6, maybe 4x4. My load is a 115mm refractor & DM-4 mount - maybe 15lbs fully outfitted for visual use only. Will switch to steel if this proves inadequate. Height will be somewhere around 46" inches (below deck concrete pier will be 8" diameter with 32" above grade and probably 24" or more below grade.

So I need to have metal plates made and drill/tapped appropriately, one for the top of the concrete, one for the bottom of the upper pier, and a pair for the top of upper pier to attach the mount head and allow for leveling.

I am thinking the lower two will be 8" or 10" square and need a thru bolt holes. Not sure on the upper two, smaller probably, maybe 7" or 6" as they need to not interfere with the OTA movement Again thru bolt holes and a center 3/8-16 post on the top plate to screw the DM-4 down on to.

Can anyone recommend a machine shop or individual that make these plates?
Thinking ahead if the wood doesn't work for the column, how about a somewhere to get a steel or aluminum column and welding/attaching of the plates top/bottom?

Also, if you have any advice to throw in - thanks,
Myles


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Dragonwatcher
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: Myles]
      #5885536 - 05/26/13 12:43 PM

Myles,

This person advertises regularly on AMart. He is a Seattle machinist who likes astro projects. I have never used him personally but he advertises reasonable rates and a willingness to do any custom work you want, big or small.

http://www.savelleprecision.net/index.php


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