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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6270521 - 12/24/13 12:04 PM Attachment (7 downloads)

More pudding.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6271093 - 12/24/13 05:21 PM

Wow - that looks nice!

I just had my Guild re-fretted, twas expensive!!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: SteveG]
      #6271428 - 12/24/13 09:58 PM Attachment (6 downloads)

truely a work of art Mike!

Merry Christmas everyone. A shot of the night sky(tonight) with Andromeda peaking through


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6272223 - 12/25/13 01:29 PM

Merry Christmas to all!

I was ready for bed at 11:30 last night and took Pixie out for her last walk, only to see stars galore, Orion nebula visible and Jupiter dazzling. I was so friggin' tired though, that I couldn't bring myself to do it. To bed I went.

I'm deeply ashamed.

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She's made nuts but bought these; she says she'll start making them again when she gets her "nut file."




And Santa was good. Anne's father gave her three nut files (two different widths on each) and three nut saws (.01" - .15").



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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6272582 - 12/25/13 06:07 PM

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I'm deeply ashamed.





I know, My sister asked me why I didn't setup and image last night. It wasn't supposed to be that good and I wasn't in the mood for a sucker punch with clouds moving in upon completion of the setup Coulda shoulda


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6272791 - 12/25/13 09:39 PM

Robert, truly, I understand why you were weak.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6273034 - 12/26/13 02:07 AM

Happy Holidays everyone.

Mike, Congratulations to Anne on constructing a very picturesque ukulele!

Well I was a bit productive on Christmas Eve. Went out a couple of times, first between 6-7 pm. My goal was to evaluate a widefield scope I had recently purchased off AM. Its an APM 80/500 triplet APO. An early Christmas present from the family

The seeing was so-so and Capella and a few other stars showed that the optics were good, but I couldn't really nail it. Color correction is excellent, but the diffraction rings wouldn't stay put long enough. I sighed a long one and went back in.

At 9:30 pm I happened to let the dog out and glancing up saw that a giant hole had opened up. Seeing was pretty good and Jupiter was blazing overhead. So I let the scope cool for about 40 mins and went back out. Jupiter was great at both 40 and 80x. Saw four bands. One each in the north and south flickered in and out while the two closest to the equator more or less stayed on the whole while.

OK now Jupiter's satellites are excellent objects to test optics. In focus, the airy disc of these were superb. I haven't investigated evaluating optics beyond this using diffraction patterns a la Suiter. The Pice de rsistance was Castor. At first I was dismayed to see a misshapen star pattern, but upon focusing finely,the Airy discs of Castor A and B stood apart nicely and each set was circular and concentric. Now I can officially call this acquisition a score.

Decided to go noire on this one.

Larger version on Flickr

More on Castor is here.

Ajay

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #6275329 - 12/27/13 12:47 PM

Verrrrry nice, Ajay!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6277338 - 12/28/13 02:22 PM

Thank you, Mike.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #6279793 - 12/29/13 07:20 PM

Nice scope Ajay. How do you like the fit and finish? Does it have a flattener? Can't wait till we get some warm dark nights again.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6280159 - 12/29/13 10:44 PM

I haven't seen anything from Tom (Square Peg) in a while. Anyone know what he's up to?

Brad


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: BradleyB]
      #6280447 - 12/30/13 04:22 AM Attachment (5 downloads)

Heres one from my trip to Winthrop...early December.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6280956 - 12/30/13 11:56 AM

Robert, Wow, that is excellent!

Stacy, Thanks. The fit and finish are excellent. The rack-and-pinion focuser is a close copy of the Feathertouch that APM and Stellarvue have been offering for some time with their scopes. Accesories for the Feathertouch are interchangeable with this focuser. See this thread for more on the focuser.

A scope like this without a built in flattener allows me to use it at a different focal length if at a later date I choose to buy a reducer. Currently I do have the SV flattener which is modular and can be adapted to an f/7 scope or an f/6 scope by placing the flattener at known distances from the CCD plane. I can do this by simply removing a spacer ring from current setup for my f/7 TMB 130. The APM is f/6.25.

I had considered the AT65EDQ and the William Optics GTF81, but gave up on those for the reason mentioned above. Plus, the 65EDQ is always in short supply, new or used.

Ajay


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #6281083 - 12/30/13 01:07 PM

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I haven't seen anything from Tom (Square Peg) in a while. Anyone know what he's up to?




Hi, Brad and Happy New Year to you and to All.

I haven't talked to Tom in a couple of months, since Jacat's memorial reception, but I know he's been very involved in a couple of positive, time-consuming activities. He's spent a lot of time during the summer and fall doing volunteer trail maintenance and construction. As a hiker myself I say and and . He's also involved in the Friends of Cedar River group (I hope that's the correct name). It may be that the former is the offshoot of the latter. I'm sure we'll see him again, probably at least at Pixieland in May.

Robert, that's a beautiful vista!


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #6281127 - 12/30/13 01:21 PM

Thanks Ajay!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6281664 - 12/30/13 05:13 PM

Robert that's an excellent image. Thanks for sharing!
I can't wait to do some imaging soon, hopefully this weekend in eastern WA. We've been traveling since Christmas and I feel like I missed out on some imaging time at home.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6281944 - 12/30/13 07:41 PM

Thank You Andy... I don't think you missed much sky. I've been watching the east side weather pretty closely and there have been very few decent nights(if any)

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: zerro1]
      #6284379 - 12/31/13 08:41 PM

It looks like the weekend might be good for imaging. I am thinking to head out to the Yakima canyon or perhaps Vantage. Does anyone know of a better location with dark southern views? Also anyone up for meeting up somewhere?

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      #6286452 - 01/01/14 09:10 PM

Greetings from the gorge guys. Lots of outreach happening, looks like we may have a new club starting soon.
Been working with the local HS and getting good results with interested people.
Hellos to everyone.


Cheers
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Re: Just checking in. [Re: sleepy]
      #6286540 - 01/01/14 10:00 PM

Happy New Year, Joe, and I hope it's a good one for you!

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