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Posted 08 January 2010 - 03:09 PM

Our Part IV thread was getting pretty long so it's time to start a fresh thread.

Just think, Spring is now right around the corner. Soon we can actually start talking about observing! :lol:
 

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 07:25 PM

Ooooooooooh nice! Wow, a fresh new thread is just like 18" of virgin powder snow and I'm getting first tracks! :jump:

Spring observing Tom? Which PNW do you live in?
 

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 07:43 PM

Spring observing Tom? Which PNW do you live in?


I think he was dreaming? :looney:
 

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 07:45 PM

Hey Rob, I couldn't come up with any pipe at my second stop (12" was the smallest), but will try a few other places next week...I'll call and let you know. :)
 

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 07:48 PM

I think he was dreaming? :looney:



Delirium. Cabin fever. :p
 

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 09:35 PM

Got to help christen the new thread.

Pegs, Cabin fever is strongest this time of year! :whistle:
 

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 01:19 PM

No time for observing this weekend . . . entertaining bachelor weekend in progress while Anne visits daughter & family in Cleveland.

Tonight friends & I are driving up to Whidbey Island to catch a Firesign Theater performance. Tomorrow it'll be Avatar at the Kent Imax at 11:00, then dim sum after.
 

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 01:56 PM

Sounds like a great weekend Mike. :waytogo: if you get a chance while you're on Whidbey, stop in at Toby's Tavern in Coupeville for some Penn Cove steamers and your choice of beverage from their many on-tap options.

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 07:54 PM

Good food at Toby's, ate there during the Whidbey Is. kite festival at Ft Casey last sept.
 

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 03:57 AM

We had dinner at a place in Langley, after a simply stunning sunset seen from Ft. Casey. I had chorizo macaroni and cheese. Excellent. Man, we really hit the jackpot on the weather today.

The message when I got home, though, was that my buds couldn't get tickets for the movie tomorrow.
 

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 02:53 PM

Yesterday was indeed a beautiful day. I went for a day hike in 55 degree sunny weather wearing only a T-shirt on top.

And it was clear last night though the seeing was atrocious. I set up the dob and had a look at Mars at around 8:30. Large and bright but total mush. I came in and watched a movie and back out around 11:00. Mars was much higher but still a featureless dancing blob of light.

We're only a couple weeks from opposition. I hope we get a few good nights while it's close. If the chance arises maybe a few of us could get together for a Mars viewing session.
 

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 11:27 PM

If the chance arises maybe a few of us could get together for a Mars viewing session.


That sounds like a good possibility! Haven't seen Mars yet, other than my zero power eyeballs. :bigshock:


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I went for a day hike in 55 degree sunny weather wearing only a T-shirt on top.


Hope pants and hiking shoes were involved as well... :poke:
 

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 11:52 PM

CHECK IT OUT

Hey guys, I just joined Night Sky Network . My channel is "Sky Captain" of course, many other CN members are there as well. I'll have to gather the equipment needed to get my live video feeds streamed to the site and on the air.

I'll let everyone know when I'll be online and you can view what I'm videoing. Should be fun!
 

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 01:32 AM

Kool! :cool:
 

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 01:48 PM

We're only a couple weeks from opposition. I hope we get a few good nights while it's close. If the chance arises maybe a few of us could get together for a Mars viewing session.


I might be down for that, work night shifts at Harborview so it would have to be when I'm not working.
 

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 05:52 PM

Hey Rob, I couldn't come up with any pipe at my second stop (12" was the smallest), but will try a few other places next week...I'll call and let you know. :)


I stopped by the junkyard on the Maple Valley Hwy. today and they didn't have any steel pipe larger than about 4"-5".
 

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 02:08 PM

Hey Rob, I couldn't come up with any pipe at my second stop (12" was the smallest), but will try a few other places next week...I'll call and let you know. :)


I stopped by the junkyard on the Maple Valley Hwy. today and they didn't have any steel pipe larger than about 4"-5".


Thanks bro.......I still have to check the metal yard down the road myself.

I did go to a yard in Redmond oOregon and found what I was seeking. I might have to get my Dad to get it for me.......

Still lots of options left locally.

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 10:50 PM

I did see some nice aluminum tubes & pipes at that place. There were a number of sizes that would be nice for medium sized refractors. Plus they had a ton of ~1" aluminum pipe with about a 3/32 wall. Fairly rigid stuff. Might make decent truss tubes for a smaller scope.
 

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 07:56 PM

I did see some nice aluminum tubes & pipes at that place. There were a number of sizes that would be nice for medium sized refractors. Plus they had a ton of ~1" aluminum pipe with about a 3/32 wall. Fairly rigid stuff. Might make decent truss tubes for a smaller scope.


What place was that Tom?
Were they selling it by the pound?
 

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 10:16 PM

It's along the Maple Valley Hwy just south of Cedar Grove Road (just north of the biker bar). I didn't inquire about pricing but they do sell some stuff by the pound. Give me a call and we can talk about it.
 

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 10:57 PM

I did see some nice aluminum tubes & pipes at that place. There were a number of sizes that would be nice for medium sized refractors. Plus they had a ton of ~1" aluminum pipe with about a 3/32 wall. Fairly rigid stuff. Might make decent truss tubes for a smaller scope.


What place was that Tom?
Were they selling it by the pound?


Yo scooter......Most junk yard type metal sellers sell their scrap(no matter what it looks like) by weight..

That's why I luv my metal yard. I find something and I simply pay what the going weight value is. Steal...80cents a pound....you get a bent thing you plan on cutting and such...it's still 80cents a pount as bar stock or square pipe. (Prices are used for example only) :smirk:

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 11:30 PM

Yeah, I thought it might be the same place. I've seen it but never stopped in.
 

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 11:44 PM

80cents a pount



:bigshock:

WOW, 80 cents? I'm there!
 

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 01:08 PM

Gotta love this. :(

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 02:07 PM

What's to love??? :question:


Same situation here in Wenatchee - loads of clouds. Speaking of recycling pipe, my dad had quad-bypass surgery yesterday. He's looking great and we're all relieved as you might imagine. Incredible what they can do these days.
 


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