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#1651 BradleyB

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 10:12 PM

Utility power was out for about 1 1/2 days, but we got by with battery and then generator. No solar power when they are covered with snow. We still have to trudge the 1/2 mile to where the county road ends where we keep the car. I broke out the old frame pack to lug the groceries. Looks like that will continue until sometime this weekend if we're lucky. Will an ATV get through 2ft of snow on a steep road?


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Posted 15 February 2019 - 12:55 PM

Hey all, the OAS is hosting our annual Spring Camp Delany star party 3 to 7 May.  Details at https://olympicastronomicalsociety.org.  We have plenty of bunkhouse space and tenting area space available.  RV spots are full.


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Posted 15 February 2019 - 05:08 PM

Steve, your simulation is really cool! (But yes, it's uncomfortable without the outhouse.)

 

Thanks for the invitation, Cliff.

 

Brad, you would find a handheld (or waist strap-held) toboggan just the thing for hauling groceries. Next time you're snowed in you can build one during the dim hours while the snow blows.


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 03:23 PM

Hey Mike, I took the liberty of memorializing Pixieland in perpetuity in my Flight Simulator X install. I used to be a well-known scenery developer in the FS community years ago and I decided to break out the development kit, and put together a small little scenery packge memoralizing a star party happenin'.

Only thing I'm missing, is the porta-potty! smile.gif

https://www.youtube....h?v=hx4AWokaTQU

And the 2 neighboring structures.

 

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Posted 23 February 2019 - 02:06 AM

Utility power was out for about 1 1/2 days, but we got by with battery and then generator. No solar power when they are covered with snow. We still have to trudge the 1/2 mile to where the county road ends where we keep the car. I broke out the old frame pack to lug the groceries. Looks like that will continue until sometime this weekend if we're lucky. Will an ATV get through 2ft of snow on a steep road?

Yes, an ATV should have no problem driving thru 2' of wet heavy 'Cascade concrete' snow. And it will happily pull the toboggan that Mike suggested.


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Posted 26 February 2019 - 03:08 PM

And the 2 neighboring structures.

 

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I would love to add those however getting close to them for photorealism would be, erm, a bit of a risk I'd rather not take. I suppose I could write a generic building BGL library for them but it wouldn't be the same. LOL


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Posted 11 March 2019 - 01:37 PM

OK, all you sun-starved PNWers, it's party time!

 

Pixieland SP thread is up!  dalek12.gif   (What is that thing to my left, anyway?)


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Posted 16 July 2019 - 08:48 PM

Some of us are still around. Not too much observing lately, but at least it has not been overly hot and smoky.

 

Is anyone here going to be at Oregon Star Party this year?  I'll have the same get up, brown van with white wing tarp.

 

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 09:13 PM

I'd love to go but I already have plans for that weekend. I need a star party. I guess I better start planning for next year. tongue2.gif



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Posted 16 July 2019 - 09:57 PM

I'm not a regular contributor this this thread, but I've met a few of people here.

 

I'll be at OSP in the same spot as always.  I'm really easy to find.  I have the observatory tent off the east side of the short road to the loop.  There may be another observatory tent in the area.  If there are two, mine is the one further south, towards the vendors.



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Posted 14 August 2019 - 10:01 AM

Anne and I live just a couple of blocks from the South Puget Sound Wildlife Area, which is a former State game farm and which sports a large (45 - 60 acres?) open, grassy (and Scotch Broom, dang it) basin, with walking trails throughout and around part of the circumference. Seemed like a great place to go watch Perseids early yesterday morning!

 

So I ate a light breakfast, grabbed a camp chair, banana and coffee and my binoculars and headed out around 3:00. It was a particularly still morning, not a breath of breeze, warm enough, with a couple of patches of thin stratocirrus which soon disappeared. The yellowing full moon was setting in the SW.

 

When I returned Anne asked me if it was a success, to which I replied, "Yes, technically, since I saw one meteor."  Turned out I could have picked a better spot to sit. I chose my place because some tree limbs blocked a couple of distant yard lights and the field of view swept around toward the north. But I was facing too far south and the one meteor I saw was when I turned around and saw one bright one tumbling to the ground behind me.

 

I can make the game farm work for Perseids!  When I repeat the experience I'll go down into the basin and view from there. It should block more lights and allow me to see a better piece of sky. If I pick my direction a bit more competently (that part is embarrassing) I should be able to have a good view. And next year should be a new moon!


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Posted 19 August 2019 - 07:23 PM

Thanks for the report, Mike.

I usually just watch at zenith where the stars are brightest.



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Posted 21 August 2019 - 06:20 PM

I was at the TAS Star Party Aug 1-4 at Goldendale. This was not at Pixieland but at a property owned by a TAS member.  I woke up Monday Aug 5 at 3 am to check on my telescope which was gathering image data when I saw some sort of light on the northern ridge (also visible from Mike's place). Well there was chatter among those who do solar observing about a coronal hole and the possibility of an Auroral display. Could it be? I took a 2 minute exposure with my DSLR and ensured that this was my first view ever of the Northern Lights.

 

- Ajay

 

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 06:24 PM

Milky Way from the same TAS Star Party 2019. This was on the night of Wed, July 31, when there was not a lot of observing. People were tired from setting up and called it a night early. Hence the white light inside the tent. Thu on, lights were restricted to red lights only.

 

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 10:57 PM

Thanks for sharing, Ajay. I really like the colors in the aurora pic.


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Posted 23 August 2019 - 08:44 AM

We have space available for our Fall Camp Delany star party at Sunlakes state park!  The dates are 25 Sep to 29 Sep.  Meals included as well as bunk house space or tent camping.  


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Posted 11 February 2020 - 10:22 PM

Hello, anyone still around? I actually got out last night to observe. It wasn't a long session as my fingers got cold and moon was coming up, but it was nice to get out for a little bit after our soaking wet January. 

 

I bought one of the close out Access 102 from Stellarvue, and this was it's second outing. It's a lot more scope than an 80mm, I'm liking it.

 

Eyepieces in order of quality view:

Denkmeier 14mm really clean to the edge.

Morpheus 9mm and 12.5mm both really nice wide views, clean to the edge.

Kowa Prominar zoom, SO much wider than the Baader zoom especially at lower power. But, lots of edge brightness, slight astigmatism, and I think it's AMD distortion, rolling ball effect. I can handle the AMD ok, but the edge brightness is not good. It might be ok if I did not compare it to any of the previous.

Baader Hyperion 31. This has always seemed ok to me in my 12.5" but it was pretty bad in this scope with lots of astigmatism. I have a Dioptrx on it but I could not clear up the outer third of the view. I may have to do something about this one.

 

Brad


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Posted 12 February 2020 - 11:01 PM

Hi Brad, I was wondering the same thing.

Nice to be able to get out after the looong rainy spell.


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Posted 14 February 2020 - 06:03 AM

My scope has dust on it and I've tried to keep the cobwebs off.  grin.gif

 

I got a glimpse of the "Snow Moon" before having to go back to work. tongue2.gif

 

Not much else happening except digging a 7 foot wide by 5 foot deep hole in the ground for my new 7 foot tall Colorado Blue Spruce that will act as a light shield to some of my neighbor's lights.  The hard part is getting more rocks per ratio of soil and having to sort the soil from the rocks.  Rock sizes are marble to 2 foot long x 7 inches tall (some have weighed in as much as 50 pounds) being excavated by hand, shovel and pick axe and then moved by wheel barrow away.  The left over soil will be mixed with compost.  I just hope that there's enough left over (minus the rocks) to fill the hole back in.  lol.gif

 

With all of the rain, it has taken me almost a month to get the hole to the near 4 foot deep level and I have another foot to go.  frown.gif


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Posted 14 February 2020 - 04:19 PM

Hello, anyone still around? I actually got out last night to observe. It wasn't a long session as my fingers got cold and moon was coming up, but it was nice to get out for a little bit after our soaking wet January. 

 

I bought one of the close out Access 102 from Stellarvue, and this was it's second outing. It's a lot more scope than an 80mm, I'm liking it.

 

Eyepieces in order of quality view:

Denkmeier 14mm really clean to the edge.

Morpheus 9mm and 12.5mm both really nice wide views, clean to the edge.

Kowa Prominar zoom, SO much wider than the Baader zoom especially at lower power. But, lots of edge brightness, slight astigmatism, and I think it's AMD distortion, rolling ball effect. I can handle the AMD ok, but the edge brightness is not good. It might be ok if I did not compare it to any of the previous.

Baader Hyperion 31. This has always seemed ok to me in my 12.5" but it was pretty bad in this scope with lots of astigmatism. I have a Dioptrx on it but I could not clear up the outer third of the view. I may have to do something about this one.

 

Brad

Yes - I finally looked through a scope just last week, enjoying Venus up fairly high at dusk. Those 4" FPL53 Access scopes were the bargain of the decade! I already have a 4" ED APO, or I would have grabbed one of those.

 

For the low power eyepiece, consider the ES28/68 if on a budget. I've read Dioptrx fits it. I had the Pan 27 for years and loved it, but now I use a N22T4 w/Dioptrx as my main, low-power viewer. Also, you might be seeing field curvature. Can you focus it out?


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Posted 18 February 2020 - 11:04 PM

Nice to see some of the old gang still around. I've been looking at that clear sky and wishing I had the time and energy to set up a scope.

One of these days.........at least a look at Betelgeuse.


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Posted 19 February 2020 - 10:25 AM

Well, YESTERDAY....I got to see Mars really close to the "dark side" of the crescent Moon.  waytogo.gif


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Posted 19 February 2020 - 11:59 AM

Now that we have clear weather, I encourage everyone to take a look at the constellation of Orion tonight.  In particular look at the red star Alpha Orionis – Betelgeuse – visually.  You may never see it this dim in your lifetime again.  Many of you may have heard about the fading of this 1st magnitude star.  It is (was) in the top 10 in brightness and is now in the bottom 20.  The fading began in October/November and it is now at about magnitude +1.6 (instead of +0.3).  It is a red supergiant variable star but is now at its faintest ever.  It will no doubt recover to its former glory.  S&T website covers it and a prediction of when it will brighten.  The AAVSO website will allow you to plot the brightness for the dates that you pick.

 

I saw it the last two nights and it was strange seeing it so much fainter than before.  In the past Rigel (beta Orionis) and Betelgeuse dominated the constellation but as of last night’s view only Rigel dominates.

 

Give it a look and see what you think.

 

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Posted 19 February 2020 - 08:23 PM

I'm glad some of you got out for the most recent break.

I'm breaking out the binoculars tonight after band practice. I should be able to spot the Bee Hive cluster, M46, and M47 from my house. 

Unfortunately, I dropped my mount last year while setting up to test some new equipment. I sent it to Orion to fix it. I got it back three months later. By then the clouds moved in and I haven't been able to test it. The only thing that Orion could say is that the gears no longer grind. I'm not sure what kind of condition that it's in. I think that it's time to upgrade anyway. 

 

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Posted 19 February 2020 - 10:01 PM

Well, YESTERDAY....I got to see Mars really close to the "dark side" of the crescent Moon.  waytogo.gif

I saw something very close to the dark side of a crescent moon early this morning. Thanks for identifying it.




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