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andysea
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: svtdoug]
      #6299140 - 01/07/14 11:54 PM

Thanks guys! We need an imaging star party soon!

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: svtdoug]
      #6299208 - 01/08/14 12:49 AM

I've spent some time enjoying both; they're both fascinating. But I think my preference leans with Ajay on this one. i guess I'm just partial toi seemingly infinite shades of gray.

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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6304657 - 01/10/14 05:21 PM

Lots of stargazing going on the last few days, huh?

Go 'Hawks!


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MadHungarian
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Loc: Rainy WA
Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6305378 - 01/11/14 01:44 AM

Quote:

Haha probably not! I didn't realize that the eyepiece was fogging up. I thought you were talking about the scope itself. I had no idea that eyepieces fogged up too....but I don't own eyepieces




I have some tiny dew-heater straps i use on eyepieces to prevent fogging. Works pretty well.

My full-strength anti-dew deployment is:
* Real big strap for the CPC1100.
* Medium strap for the ST80 finderscope/widefield.
* Insert for the Telrad.
* Small strap for 24mm Panoptic on the ST80.
* Not-quite-so-small strap for the big 41mm Panoptic.
* Small strap for 27mm Panoptic.
The higher-power EP's i keep in my pockets, because i don't use them as often.

Everything's plugged into one Astrozap dew-heater with four outlets (and a couple splitters when needed).

When the full outfit is deployed, my CPC1100 looks like a mass of cables...

I also just bought a cheap 12V hair-dryer, because the big strap + dew-shield on the CPC1100 doesn't always keep up with real damp winter nights.

Edited by MadHungarian (01/11/14 01:57 AM)


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zerro1
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: MadHungarian]
      #6306364 - 01/11/14 02:53 PM

wow! what a beautiful day in the PNW! (Sarcasm) possible funnel clouds in Oregon and Columbia Gorge

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MadHungarian
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6310629 - 01/13/14 04:37 PM

Quote:

I've spent some time enjoying both; they're both fascinating. But I think my preference leans with Ajay on this one. i guess I'm just partial to seemingly infinite shades of gray.




Spoken like a true visual observer. We never see colors. Except perhaps on rare occasions with M42?


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John Harold
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: MadHungarian]
      #6310948 - 01/13/14 07:39 PM

I've always thought the Cat's Eye nebula looks greenish, even in my little refractor.

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bluedandelion
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Loc: Hazy Hollow, Western WA
Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: John Harold]
      #6311142 - 01/13/14 09:08 PM

We purchased AT111EDT for our astronomy program at our school. First light was on a not very clear night in November from our campus close to the Green River. You could not pick a worse observing location.

First of all Vega showed no color. Zero, nada. This is an excellent scope. Double stars lake Alberio, Eta Cassiopeiae and Almach (Gamma Andromedae) Showed excellent color. The difference between the members of each pair was startling. Finally the double cluster knocked my socks off with clearly colored stars. I think its just the deep sky objects that all look like fuzzy grey blobs as my wife used to call them. She's come around lately.

Ajay


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andysea
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #6311248 - 01/13/14 10:07 PM

I owned the AT111EDT and it was an excellent scope, especially considering the price.
On a different note anyone interested in an Ioptron ZEQ25? I just bought it for travel but I don't think i'm going to keep it as it's too heavy.

Edited by andysea (01/13/14 10:09 PM)


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MadHungarian
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6311430 - 01/13/14 11:42 PM

Okay, I WAS exaggerating a little bit. I recently finished the Binary Star Certificate, where i was staring at all sorts of colors. Some of which i probably imagined myself, but most of them were real.

Speaking of which, driving home after an hour or two viewing binaries was always interesting. All those car headlights coming towards me -- "Ah such a beautiful binary there; clear separation, 1/2 mag difference, Star A is brilliant white, Star B is a little more yellowish..."


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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: MadHungarian]
      #6312013 - 01/14/14 10:43 AM

I've never noticed color in a nebula. This might be influenced by the fact that when I've looked at the most likely suspects -- Orion neb, for instance -- I don't *think* about it and just expect to see shades of gray. On further thought, perhaps another factor is that when looking at emission nebulae I'm probably using an OIII or UHC filter, which makes everything look greenish, so I assume it's gray in "real life".

John, I'm jealous!


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Stacy
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Spaced]
      #6312435 - 01/14/14 02:29 PM

Well, the Ring always looks like a blue doughnut to me. Blue is a color last I checked.

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andysea
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6312847 - 01/14/14 05:36 PM

....one of these days I will have to look through my scopes

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bluedandelion
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6313489 - 01/15/14 12:21 AM

After many days of struggling, I've finished the final version of the Cocoon Nebula adding 2 hours of H-alpha data. This process is new to me, but I was glad to get good star colors while enhancing the emission nebula.


IC5146 LHaRGB

Large version on Flickr (1600 px)

If you have the bandwidth, take a peek at the central emission nebula with this one: Largest version on Flickr (3200 px).

I think I made a hash of the LRGB version posted earlier. Stars were unnaturally saturated in that one.

Ajay


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svtdoug
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #6313580 - 01/15/14 01:52 AM

Excellent work Ajay! I looked at the largest version - wow! Great resolution and star color. Very impressive.

Doug


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zerro1
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: svtdoug]
      #6313642 - 01/15/14 03:22 AM Attachment (3 downloads)

dreaming of dark skies with no cloud pollution . . .

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John Harold
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: andysea]
      #6314760 - 01/15/14 03:46 PM

Andy,

Start down that visual road and the next thing you know you'll have Pelican case full of Televues!


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bluedandelion
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: svtdoug]
      #6315289 - 01/15/14 08:06 PM

Thank you Doug.

Ajay


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bluedandelion
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Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #6315301 - 01/15/14 08:13 PM

Just received an email from a TAS member.

John Dobson passed away today.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dobson_%28astronomer%29

Ajay


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cliff mygatt
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Reged: 01/27/09

Loc: Kitsap County, WA
Re: Pacific NW Mt St Helens Eterna Thread Pt 7 new [Re: bluedandelion]
      #6316091 - 01/16/14 09:48 AM

Hey PAC NW folks, the Olympic Astronomical Society of Bremerton is hosting our 11th annual Spring Camp Delany star party at Sunlakes state park 24 to 27 April. The information is on a separate link. We are limiting sign ups to allow for more parking spaces so sign up early to assure a spot. You are all welcome and I hope to see you there.

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