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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6179791 - 11/06/13 06:33 PM

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Happy Samhain everyone!




Uh, same to you.

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Help




There. Is that better?


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6179907 - 11/06/13 08:00 PM

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Spaced said: There. Is that better?




I dunno. Did you make it clear?


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6179951 - 11/06/13 08:24 PM

Learn Samhain new everyday:

Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. [From the Wikipedia]

Interestingly, the Festival of Lights (Divali) was celebrated in India this past week near the new moon. Various legends associated with the festival are about the victory of good over evil. I always thought it was interesting that you celebrate the good over evil thing in the winter rather than in the spring.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #6179969 - 11/06/13 08:39 PM

Darker half? But wait! You mean Cloudy Half?

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6180246 - 11/07/13 12:30 AM

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I dunno. Did you make it clear?




Samhain more clear than it was.

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I always thought it was interesting that you celebrate the good over evil thing in the winter rather than in the spring.




Maybe the festival originated with a now-legendary caste of skiers?


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6181593 - 11/07/13 06:05 PM

Aside from that excellent description of Samhain, it marks the half-way point between the Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice. My Yes watch shows the 4 seasons and 4 cross quarters.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: SteveG]
      #6181619 - 11/07/13 06:28 PM

I am having a particularly difficult time transitioning to the "dark & wet PNW" season this year. I don't know why, but cool summer nights under dark, starry skies seem so far away...

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6181737 - 11/07/13 07:57 PM

I would gladly take cold clear winter nights if we had them! This is arguably the beginning of the best time of year for AP given how much darkness we get. Also the cold weather makes DSLR shooting a possibility.
Let's hope for clear weather in EWA at least.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6181775 - 11/07/13 08:23 PM

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I would gladly take cold clear winter nights if we had them! This is arguably the beginning of the best time of year for AP given how much darkness we get. Also the cold weather makes DSLR shooting a possibility.
Let's hope for clear weather in EWA at least.




All is not lost! We just need to loose these clouds! For you astro-photo guys who don't have to freeze your ears off with your "set it and forget it" technology! I'll take "clear and cold". When does that start?


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6181844 - 11/07/13 09:11 PM

Haha yes true my imaging sessions are the usually nights I get the most sleep:)

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6198640 - 11/16/13 06:14 PM

I will probably plan a June 24-25-26-27 Star Party (roads and weather permitting) for Table Mountain proper. Or maybe call it "Lion Rock" to avoid confusion?

That would put the Northwest New Moon schedule:

Spring Delany: April
Pixieland: May
Table Mountain Proper: June
Eden Valley: July
Oregon Star Party: August

I am going to try to do all of these, except maybe OSP and opt for Goldendale instead.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6202277 - 11/18/13 06:39 PM

Thanks for posting the summary, Stacy. I hope I'm free to attend *all* of these. Time will tell.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6204799 - 11/19/13 10:33 PM

Is anyone going to make an attempt at comet ISON?

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: BradleyB]
      #6204816 - 11/19/13 10:45 PM

I may try to get it this weekend. I am heading to the Yakima Canyon on Thursday night for imaging and probably also Friday and Saturday.
I'm going to bring my DSLR.... it seems very low tho.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6205536 - 11/20/13 11:38 AM

Jupiter was high & bright this morning! I think I'll get up earlier tomorrow and, if it's clear, take a look at it.

I'm going to hold off on ISON viewing until its reappearance in early December. I know the odds are against clear weather but I think it's too low in the sky right now for a quick, casual look to be successful. I need to figure out a good site for views all the way to the eastern horizon. I'll check out a certain VFW parking lot this morning and, if it's a suitable site, go back in the afternoon and talk to them about permission to go there in the mornings. It would mean looking across the lights of Tacoma but I gotta work with what I have.

Good luck to all!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6205631 - 11/20/13 12:28 PM

Yes it seems to be way too low now. It would be nice to photograph it and also get some landscape in the foreground. Perhaps if it gets brighter and bigger

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6205794 - 11/20/13 01:59 PM

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Yes it seems to be way too low now. It would be nice to photograph it and also get some landscape in the foreground. Perhaps if it gets brighter and bigger




I vote for that!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6206003 - 11/20/13 04:09 PM

I did stop at the VFW this morning. I think it will be a decent viewing site. I sweet-talked the GM into giving me her business card, with "permission" written on the back, in case I have an early-morning chat with the attentive boys in black and blue. I also met the morning janitors, so they'd recognize me. I even got into a conversation with one of the vets, Rusty, and invited him to meet me in the lot tomorrow morning.

I'm about to look up and maybe print viewing charts. I believe that even if ISON is too low now, others may be visible: C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) is in southern Ursa Major, at Mag 8.0; 2P/Encke will be low on the eastern horizon, just below Mercury*, in Libra at Mag 4.6; and ISON 7 deg. west of Encke in Virgo, at Mag 6.7.

Also, S & T's viewing charts, at least those accessed through the website, don't go quite to this late date.

*The comet is at the corner of a right triangle with Mercury above and Saturn to the left, looking east.


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6206650 - 11/20/13 10:39 PM



I'm running a session tonight with my DSLR. M33 for now, will switch to M45... we'll see what happens after that.


Edit: ohhh the moons still pretty big and just rising . Well I'll still try M45 but after that

Edited by zerro1 (11/20/13 10:47 PM)


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 [Re: zerro1]
      #6206841 - 11/21/13 01:36 AM

Yeah the moon is bright. I was able to get about 1.5 hours of luminance on NGC89 before it was too bright....planning to continue imaging it for as long as it stays clear.

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