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#51 Jim Curry

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Posted 26 March 2015 - 06:25 AM

I've been keeping an eye out, too.  Hope you can make it Tony.

 

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Posted 26 March 2015 - 09:12 AM

I'm still hoping to make it... still about 50/50 right now.  We had significant WX at home this afternoon/evening which didn't help.  Keeping fingers crossed.

Hope you can make it down.  Wes and I will be there.

 

 

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Posted 27 March 2015 - 09:41 AM

Hey Barry,

 

I know the feeling.  The FWAS is holding a star party the same night but I had already committed to putting this together.  I hope you can make it.

 

Jim

It looks like the weather will be good here in the New Orleans area so our planned outreach event with the Girl Scouts and the general public at Bogue Chitto State Park (near Franklinton, LA) is still on.  I will have to make that event as I am heading it up.

 

I will still be leaving for Dallas on Sunday morning.  I have the previously mentioned work commitment in Frisco on Monday morning, but my schedule otherwise is flexible.  I will be headed back to New Orleans on either Tuesday morning or Wednesday morning if anyone is around and wants to throw rocks with me at moving train cars. :shocked:

 

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Posted 27 March 2015 - 06:50 PM

Sorry to hear that, Barry. One of the largest rail yards in this part of the country is in FW, believe it or not. Reminds me of a tune, "I'm the train they call the City of New Orleans", or something like that.

 

Barring last-minute developments, I'm still planning to go, and am looking forward to it.

 

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Posted 27 March 2015 - 08:13 PM

Too bad you can't make it Barry.  I was looking forward to visiting with you since I don't think I have seen you since we hung out with you and Steve Goldberg at the SWRAL convention in Shreveport back in the 70s.

 

See everyone at Pedro's tomorrow.

 

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Posted 27 March 2015 - 08:20 PM

Departing Okemah, OK tomorrow arriving Denton about 2 p.m. In addition to my Brandon 94 picked up a Unitron Model 152 that we can use for the Star Party if there is an interest.

 

Barry, I too was hoping to meet you.

 

Dave

 



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Posted 28 March 2015 - 01:48 AM

Sorry to hear you can't make the party, Barry.

Weather and clear sky clock is looking fine.  Daytime high around 80, overnight 60's so should be pleasant weather.

 

I'll see everyone at Pedro's around 5!

 

If you're not making dinner directions to the Rafes Astronomy Center:

 

Note: Due to construction, this is the ONLY route to the Rafes Urban Astronomy Center. This change may not be reflected in all GPS devices.

 

The Rafes Urban Astronomy Center is located at 2350 Tom Cole Road, in Denton, TX.

From I35W exit FM 2449 and turn northwest and continue 2.9 miles. Turn right on to C.Wolfe Rd and travel 1.6 miles. Turn right on to Tom Cole Rd and continue 1.2 miles. The Rafes Urban Astronomy Center will be on the left.


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Posted 28 March 2015 - 10:53 AM

Loading the scope as we "e-speak".  

 

 

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Posted 28 March 2015 - 03:45 PM

Sadly, guys, I'm not going to make it.  We just got home from our previously scheduled engagement, and there's no way I can get loaded and get there before 9pm.

 

Enjoy.  Take lots of pictures.  Maybe we can do this again in the future...



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Posted 28 March 2015 - 04:09 PM

Sorry you won't be able to make it Tony.  Should be a great night.  I'm reminded of the May 1958 S&T advertisement enticing one to get behind the controls of one of these behemoth 6" refractors!  I'm going to cherish having that picture taken tonight!!! See: http://www.unitronhi...-of-the-6-inch/

 

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Posted 28 March 2015 - 04:22 PM

I'm sorry too; I was really looking forward to it.  However, since the university my daughter is going to attend is paying for her to come there, we kind of had to do what we had to do today.  We really didn't think it was going to take as long as it did.  We had to be there at 8AM and expected to be done by noon; it was 3PM before we were done and we got home at 3:30... just no way I can get loaded and down there in time.

 

Maybe we can arrange another time in the future for some of us that are closer, though I know it's a long trip for you.  I'm in the DFW area frequently enough, and usually drive down.  Oddly enough, I want to school at UNT and didn't even know this was there!

 

Enjoy.  Eat at Babe's in Sanger while you're in the area.



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Posted 29 March 2015 - 01:25 AM

Well a good time was had by all.  We met at Pedro's Tex Mex for a leisurely dinner then drove to the observatory. We couldn't have asked for better skies.  Steady as the sun set and shortly after, a little bumpy for an hour or two then settled back down for high power viewing of Jupiter, Luna and various doubles.  I didn't take any photo but John and Dave did.  I 'spect they'll be posting here and on the 6" Denton scope thread on classics.

 

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 06:23 AM

Will provide additional photos later, but here's a teaser.  Also want to pass on a very special thanks to Jim for coordinating this event.  It was also great meeting John, Wes, and Fred.  Hopefully there will be other opportunities to meet and take advantage of this very rare and unique vintage scope...one of only two 6 inch Unitrons open for public viewing.  I can truly say it took my breathe away...and the photos don't do justice to the enormous size of the six inch.  I was also thoroughly impressed with the quality of the images of the lunar features even up to 357X...and viewing the very distinct pale pink GRS was a joy to behold!

 

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 02:40 PM

I had a great time last night.  When I was young the Unitron 6 is what I always pictured as the ultimate telescope.  We were treated to clear skies and pretty good seeing so we were able to really get a glimpse of what the U6 could do. 

 

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 02:41 PM

Here is another....

 

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 02:46 PM

This picture shows just how huge the U6 really is and at f16 the images were huge.  The moon and Jupiter were spectacular and splitting Rigel was a snap.

 

We need to do this again!!!

 

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 07:17 PM

Developing our observing plan...

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 07:20 PM

The domes at Rafes and our Star Party setup...

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 07:22 PM

Jim taking his turn modeling for the NexGen Unitron advertisements...

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 07:24 PM

John and Jim aligning the 60/500mm viewfinder...

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 09:49 PM

Here is another.    Tony and Barry....Yall really missed it !!!

 

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 09:57 PM

We had a great night with clear skies and good seeing.

 

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 09:58 PM

The moonlight on the dome was a nice touch. (o:

 

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 10:23 PM

Thanks for the pictures, Dave and John. It was a lot of fun for me also, and I enjoyed meeting you all. Who knows, maybe it can become a regular event. I'd like to get back sometime with that big Mak in operating condition, too. 

 

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Posted 31 March 2015 - 09:35 AM

We hope this can become a regular event.  Dave said this scope is a "National Treasure"  I hope this interest will make the university see that this instrument is rare and needs to be cared for and preserved so it can be enjoyed for many years to come.  Making the U6 the focus of a classic telescope star party could well make the difference in it's future.

 

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