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#51 zerro1

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 03:09 PM

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 03:55 PM

Carol, Thank you. Right click on the image on Flickr and select original. Right click again and save it to your computer. Feel free to use it as a wallpaper.



Thanks so much for your permission! That is really a beauty that I will enjoy daily as wallpaper!

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 05:39 PM

Wow, this really is picture day!

I've just gone through the photos on Ajay's link. My favorite is the shrouded, almost ghostly late evening Luna/Venus shot. That's incredible. I'm also just knocked out by the vibrancy of the colors in your wildflower shots.

Robert, lovely sunset shot. I bet that was a 360* sight, for sure. "The forest service blended that damage in a bit" Great line! :lol: Where was the Harts Pass road damage?

Well, money and equipment haven't yet exchanged places but I've bought a scope: a used TV NP101! I think I'm getting another "lifetime scope" for a very good price. The 80 mm was just didn't gather enough light for my preferences, although its small size made for easy handling. The new one, although larger, will retain airline portability. The new one is f/5.4 so I'll have the richest of rich-field views; my Pan 41 will give a true field of 4.9*! I love big views.

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 06:59 PM

Robert, lovely sunset shot. I bet that was a 360* sight, for sure. "The forest service blended that damage in a bit" Great line! :lol: Where was the Harts Pass road damage?

Thank You Mike. It was a sunset to remember for certain. I kept wishing I had a truly wide angle lens!

The damage was in at least 6 locations. That little "dry" creek bed below dead horse point, moved a lot of material(about two feet of gravel) onto, accross, and down hill from the road. They cut a path through it. Dead Horse point looks like it got a lot of rework. About 3/4 of a mile above Dead Horse, there is a creek flowing accross the road now. the road path changed a little there but it's passable(a lot of fist size rocks and wook scattered around too) farther up they replaced a few culverts that either got plugged or washed away.


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Posted 15 September 2013 - 10:15 PM

Great pics Robert!!

Mike- You are going to love the TV 101!! :cool:

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 12:05 AM

Thank You Mike. It was a sunset to remember for certain. I kept wishing I had a truly wide angle lens!

Robert, The early fall moisture is giving us some lovely cloud formations during sunset. Last weekend at sunset was similar at Goldendale. Good shot with the moon.

Mike, Thank you. Congratulations on the TV101.

Well tomorrow is the first day of school for me. Observing is in all likelihood done for a while for me.

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 08:27 AM

You liked his picture of a sunset...how do you like mine of a sunrise I saw on September 7th at Mt. St. Helens?

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 10:37 AM

Yes, a fine sunrise indeed. Looks as if you had an excellent night.

Are any lights at the Paradise parking lot left on during the night?

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 01:30 PM

Yes, the snack bar building shaped like an A frame had lights on for no reason on the bottom floor. Unfortunately for me, I chose a spot to set up directly opposite that building but on the far side of the lot. :(
Then of course, there was the occasional person with their high beams on that drove around the parking lot like fools. :smirk:

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 05:04 PM

You might try Sunrise Pt. as an alternative, although it's a longer drive from SW Washington than Paradise. The dual advantages are (1) no lights, other than pesky drivers, and (2) the mountain is between you and the light polluted Puget Sound basin. It really is darker and you might like it a lot. Fortunately for me, it's about the same drive from Tacoma as Paradise.

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 06:06 PM

You liked his picture of a sunset...how do you like mine of a sunrise I saw on September 7th at Mt. St. Helens?


Wonderful gradation of hues. Must have been gorgeous in person.

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 08:16 PM

Really beautiful, the colors are awesome!!

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 04:45 AM

Yes, Sunrise Point is where the Tacoma Astronomical Society uses. However, it has NO "facilities" which my wife who accompanied me insisted on. :smirk: Besides, when we arrived at Sunrise Point in the afternoon, it was infested with bug swarms, another minus point for my wife on the site.

Hence Sunrise Park parking lot. Other than the lights from the building, it wasn't a bad spot really. Next time I'll either use Sunrise Point, or if Sunrise Park, then choose my site away from the buildings. ;)

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 10:29 AM

:foreheadslap: OK, I'm with you now. I thought you had been at Paradise.

I wouldn't expect that mosquitoes are still a problem at Sunrise Pt. this time of year. What kind of bugs plagued you? Were they fewer at Sunrise?

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 11:33 AM

:foreheadslap: OK, I'm with you now. I thought you had been at Paradise.

I wouldn't expect that mosquitoes are still a problem at Sunrise Pt. this time of year. What kind of bugs plagued you? Were they fewer at Sunrise?


No, not mosquitoes, some kind of fly or gnat but they flew in spherical swarms all around Sunrise Point when we stopped there. They were not at Sunrise Park.

Of course they'd "gone to bug bed" by the time we went back to Sunrise Point at 2:30 AM. :grin:

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 10:18 PM

The snow is supposed to start falling at Slate Peak tomorrow and contiue through Wednesday... This could shut it down for the season :bawling:

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 12:35 PM

Your tears may be for a good reason, Robt. OTOH, there's still time for another spate of warm weather, if the planet cooperates.

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 01:54 PM

Yea Mike... I considered that thought. We often get a warning shot of cool temps and a dusting on the peaks then it moderates a little till the end of October but; if they get too much moisture the "tentative repairs" to the road will fade quickly. The larch trees were juuuust starting to shift in color tone, so they'll be full on gold pretty quick.

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 02:24 PM

Yeah, larch!

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 04:39 PM

Could not pass this up.

And Now...No.1 THE LARCH

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 05:54 PM

:funny:
LOL!! Those guys were the best! :roflmao:

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 11:26 AM

Larch :grin:

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 10:52 PM

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 10:58 PM

Well, money and equipment haven't yet exchanged places but I've bought a scope: a used TV NP101!


. . . and it arrived today. I'm a happy guy.

You may recall that I mentioned I want to sell my 80 mm Megrez with the broken focuser. All fixed, only required the tightening of a concealed set screw. The only thing remaining to do before sale is verify that the scope's fall didn't knock the collimation out of whack. Tonight makes twice that I've gone to my driveway, seen mostly clear with a wee bit of clouds, assembled scope to do a star test, and by the time I've gotten out there it's clouded up. One of these nights . . .

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 12:04 AM

Thursday Night..Sky = Clear! set everything up; mount + camera + computer. all items powered up, look at the sky :cloudy:


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