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jturie
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Re: My Visit to the Palomar Observatory new [Re: wirebender]
      #5555869 - 12/05/12 03:33 PM

Thanks for taking the time to post these three trip reports. I enjoyed looking at the pictures. Got to get there someday.

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Re: My Visit to the Palomar Observatory new [Re: jturie]
      #5555919 - 12/05/12 04:15 PM

Thanks Dave for another great trip report!
My first exposure to the mighty 200 inch Hale telescope was in the mid 1950's, first grade and the 'Weekly Reader' and it's as awe inspiring today as it was then.

Mike


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Re: My Visit to the Palomar Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5556018 - 12/05/12 05:08 PM

Great report! Have you visited before? If not, I would bet that this was a 'bucket list' item, right?

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Re: My Visit to the Palomar Observatory new [Re: GeneT]
      #5556144 - 12/05/12 06:30 PM

Wonderful post Dave! Thanks a bunch for sharing your trip and photos of Mt. Palomar Observatory with the rest of us.

Gary


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Re: My Visit to the Palomar Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5556523 - 12/05/12 10:03 PM

Good stuff, Dave! Thanks for posting all the pictures.

David


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Dave Mitsky
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Re: My Visit to the Palomar Observatory new [Re: GeneT]
      #5556552 - 12/05/12 10:18 PM

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Great report! Have you visited before? If not, I would bet that this was a 'bucket list' item, right?




Thanks. It was my first visit to the observatory. I hadn't been to California for many years. My brother and I were thinking about stopping at Palomar on the way back from Ensenada, Mexico, back in the 1980s but we ran out of time.


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Re: My Visit to the Palomar Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5556786 - 12/06/12 01:48 AM

Yes Yes! I used to go up here frequently during my 3 year stay at Camp Pendleton. I miss the old South West....even got caught in a snow storm up there once. Had to follow the plow truck down

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Re: My Visit to the Palomar Observatory new [Re: Dave Mitsky]
      #5557227 - 12/06/12 10:27 AM

Wonderful report. Thanks!

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George N
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Re: My Visit to the Palomar Observatory new [Re: rdandrea]
      #5557973 - 12/06/12 05:46 PM

Great pictures Dave! ….and I’m glad to see that you had a Stellafane shirt on!

When I visited, about 8 years ago, they were painting over the rust on the 200-inch. A week or so later at Stellafane I sat “under the tent” in the rain for the main talk which was about the connection between the two places (mostly Porter).

After the scope was completed, but before fully commissioned, RW Porter and a small group of astronomers and engineers actually used the scope visually for a night, and that was back when they had dark skies. They describe M-13 as looking like the contents of a spilled sugar bowl.


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Re: My Visit to the Palomar Observatory new [Re: George N]
      #5560482 - 12/08/12 07:43 AM

Great report, really enjoyed it, Thanks

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NeilMac
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Re: My Visit to the Palomar Observatory new [Re: ducatirob]
      #5562337 - 12/09/12 12:15 PM

Great pictures !! Thanks!

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SteveNH
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Re: My Visit to the Palomar Observatory [Re: NeilMac]
      #5562634 - 12/09/12 03:21 PM

Again, thanks Dave, great report, enjoyed the photos like I was actually there.

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Dave Mitsky
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Re: My Visit to the Palomar Observatory new [Re: ensign]
      #5589718 - 12/26/12 01:05 PM

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Thanks, Dave. I made the same trek in 2010. Your excellent trip report brought back memories of that trip. Wouldn't it be cool if you got to go "behind the glass?"




Mike,

I missed out on an opportunity to have private tours of Mt. Wilson and Palomar and an observing session with the 60" telescope at Mt. Wilson back in 1997 when the Antique Telescope Society held its yearly convention in Pasadena. Had I learned of the trip a bit earlier I would have been able to attend.

Dave Mitsky


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