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bluedandelion
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: sleepy]
      #5554989 - 12/05/12 01:54 AM

Joe,

Happy retirement.

One idea I have toyed with more than once is offering continuing education classes in basic astronomy, telescopes and observing at our college, but that is a difficult thing to pull off in addition to my full time teaching load.

I would highly encourage you to do it. Your location is also a huge plus over what we have around the Puget Sound.

Ajay


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Sean Puett
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5555797 - 12/05/12 02:52 PM

I am going to have to try some IS binos. Everyone says the IS makes up for smaller aperture and I don't want mounted binos.
Thought I would stop in and say hi. Clouds have got me in a funk. I have been reading and playing video games to keep my mind off the clouds.

Also I start midlife crisis this month so that is helping moral as well. :-)


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Stacy
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5556196 - 12/05/12 06:55 PM

Just buy more gear. You will cheer up.

My new Vanguard Endeavor ED 8X42's are on their way! So I guess I'll be selling a couple pair... Gotta keep the herd under control lol.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Stacy]
      #5557521 - 12/06/12 01:10 PM

Clouds/rain my fault. Sorry. Bought a new (to me) LZOS 105/650 refractor. Couldn't help myself... hadn't had an impulse purchase for a week or two

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Dragonwatcher]
      #5557840 - 12/06/12 04:32 PM

Yep - I just bought another XW and I'm working on a Pan 35 to get me through the doldrums of winter.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: SteveG]
      #5558368 - 12/06/12 10:06 PM

I'm considering the Meopta zoom (7.9 to 15.8mm and 66 AFOV throughout), but would have to sell the Denk14 and the Earthwin power filter slide to do it. I'm waiting for the first observing report on it before I make the move. I have only had my new C6 out for a few minutes of hazy moon viewing so far. I'd sure like to try it out someday.

Brad


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5559110 - 12/07/12 11:25 AM

Thanks Ajay!

Yeah it looks like the college classes will be in March for 4 wks. I like the fact that within 10 mins I'm in a grey zone....but I sure miss the puget sound everyday.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: SteveG]
      #5559244 - 12/07/12 12:44 PM

Quote:

Yep - I just bought another XW and I'm working on a Pan 35 to get me through the doldrums of winter.




Thanks to Mike, my EP collection is complete (Mike's advice is simple, just "buy what you really want, get quality and you only need to buy them once"). It's kinda weird, not needing or wanting any EP's after years of trial and error, but also nice as well. Sounds like you are heading that direction with the XW's and Pan's. I had an XW 10 once that came to me free with a Craigslist scope. Like a fool I sold it before I really knew what it was! Truly sweet glass. Of course the Panoptics are a treasure as well. Love my 41 . Sounds like you are completing your collection. Might have to swap Nagler's for XW's some night for fun

Now I am addicted to binoculars. I think I finally have the quality and variety I was looking for so hopefully I can settle down a bit.


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bluedandelion
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Stacy]
      #5560977 - 12/08/12 02:32 PM

ES 11mm 82 deg at Woodland Hills for $89 + tax and shipping.

Ajay


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bluedandelion
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5562637 - 12/09/12 03:24 PM

The Pleiades. One of my first images acquired January 2009 from my light polluted backyard. No filters were used.
Reprocessed with Pixinsight. The old version in my avatar is too blue.



Large version on Flickr.

Ajay

Edited by bluedandelion (12/09/12 03:26 PM)


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Dragonwatcher
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5562823 - 12/09/12 05:26 PM

Ajay,

Two the the bright stars in particular seem to have extensive cloudy halos or fields. Is this an atmospheric artifact or are there real gas clouds in their vicinity? Or is something else happening here?


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bluedandelion
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Dragonwatcher]
      #5562915 - 12/09/12 06:28 PM

Jackie,

These are artifacts but these are instrument related not from the atmosphere. So are the spikes. The Orion Nebula, the Pleiades, the Horsehead etc. have very bright stars against faint nebulosity. The stars predictably get over exposed. Some of the processing steps and multiple reflections produce the halos. Spikes arise from multiple reflections in the imaging train. In some cases you can even get multiple reflections between the DSLR chip and the IR filter that is directly on it.

Ajay


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: bluedandelion]
      #5566689 - 12/11/12 10:32 PM

But very pretty. I really love that wispy cloud nebula action.

Bleah, doesn't look like there's going to be much star watching this month. It's not my fault this time though -- i haven't bought any more stuff lately. Though i may swing for a Delos 4.5 to complete my collection. (Yeah right, is any collection EVER complete?)


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: MadHungarian]
      #5566733 - 12/11/12 11:00 PM

Quote:

Bleah, doesn't look like there's going to be much star watching this month.




It's winter in the Great Northwet. Just stow the scopes until March.


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bluedandelion
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: square_peg]
      #5566863 - 12/12/12 12:41 AM

Well if it clears up on the east side of the Cascades, the Geminids look promising as per this article:

http://www.space.com/18836-geminid-meteor-shower-origins.html

Ajay


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: MadHungarian]
      #5567208 - 12/12/12 09:28 AM

I think my Ethos collection is complete and I am very happy with it ..... unless Televue comes up with another Ethos to buy

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MadHungarian
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: cliff mygatt]
      #5567451 - 12/12/12 12:12 PM

Couldn't resist the temptation of trying to post a message on 12/12/12 12:12.

Won't have another such opportunity for 89 years or so...


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Dragonwatcher
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: MadHungarian]
      #5567553 - 12/12/12 01:05 PM

Actually you could do it 24 times if you posted a message on a bulletin board in each of the various time zones at the appropriate time.

Or keep changing your time zone preference here. For example, if you use Eastern time zone, your post works. I am on Pacific so your message posts as 9:12am.


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MadHungarian
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: Dragonwatcher]
      #5567562 - 12/12/12 01:12 PM

Oh well. At least i got it correct on the server's timezone.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens EternaThread Pt 6 [Re: MadHungarian]
      #5567631 - 12/12/12 01:49 PM

Yep! You did!

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