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#4576 Mike96

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Posted 14 April 2021 - 12:00 PM

I was in my window this morning about 2:00 and was enjoying some nice crisp and contrasty skies to the sw working toward Leo.  Lots of things to gawk at.  I had to go get the tablet and Safari to get oriented..  a lot of the same sky I had fun with a week or so ago but at first I was a bit lost because last week I was seeing it early in the evening...  not the same!   I was using my 19 Panoptic Dave. Pretty happy with that.  I’ve got the 2” 27 Pan that works good but the 19 fits me better.  I would like to try the 24 mm.   One galaxy was big and bright.  Pretty sure it was M88.


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Posted 14 April 2021 - 12:57 PM

No Panoptic today.,but I have been getting the mount together on the Celestron Omni tripod. It has 1.25" center post and tee.,then a 1"pipe on the scope side and 3/4" for the counterweight.,With a small vixen clamp and no counterweight it weights 11#.,

I was happy and surprised to find that this tripod goes down just as far as the  smaller wooden one does.,For daytime use it will be better short.,For startime it can be extended enough and it shouldn't be a problem seeing as the ota being so short and  petite.,cool.gif .,

 I ordered a vixen clamp for it that was $25.,Otherwise the mount parts and tripod were already here.,waytogo.gif Now the wait.,

  I may have to get some gold pin striping for the tripod and pipes.,

 

Edit.,It's looking good for tonight.,trans and seeing both above average.,

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Posted 14 April 2021 - 03:45 PM

Woke up during the 'wee' hours, and had to stay at the windows for a few minutes, so beautiful out! Looks like clear skies this evening, too. Heard some owls, down in the woods, for a bonus.



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Posted 14 April 2021 - 03:52 PM

I will be in Maine next week and am bringing my telescope to hopefully take advantage of the much darker skies than what I have at home in light polluted NJ.  I've been having a hard time getting enough info to confidently plan this, so I was hoping some here could give me some advice.  I see Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is an International Dark Sky Sanctuary, but I know the park is not yet open for vehicular traffic and my 16" dob is too heavy to carry for long distances.  I'm guessing the next best thing would be to set up just outside the park, but there are tons of trees around.  Does anyone here know of a spot that has a wide enough opening to the sky and is away from any light pollution?  Doesn't have to be around Katahdin, I'm just assuming anywhere in that area would be the best.

 

If any of you have a suggested observing location, I'd greatly appreciate you sharing it with me!  Additionally, if you know of a campsite close to a recommended observing location, that would be very helpful too.



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Posted 14 April 2021 - 05:45 PM

I will be in Maine next week and am bringing my telescope to hopefully take advantage of the much darker skies than what I have at home in light polluted NJ.  I've been having a hard time getting enough info to confidently plan this, so I was hoping some here could give me some advice.  I see Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is an International Dark Sky Sanctuary, but I know the park is not yet open for vehicular traffic and my 16" dob is too heavy to carry for long distances.  I'm guessing the next best thing would be to set up just outside the park, but there are tons of trees around.  Does anyone here know of a spot that has a wide enough opening to the sky and is away from any light pollution?  Doesn't have to be around Katahdin, I'm just assuming anywhere in that area would be the best.

 

If any of you have a suggested observing location, I'd greatly appreciate you sharing it with me!  Additionally, if you know of a campsite close to a recommended observing location, that would be very helpful too.

Hello.,I can't help you with info about the  Katahdin area.,never been there.,Also.,It isn't really camping season yet up here so you'll be hard pressed to find camp grounds open.,We have 4-8" of snow in the forecast for this weekend.,lol.,Are you quarantining yourself before you come here.,I hope so,.



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Posted 14 April 2021 - 06:58 PM

I've got the 127 mounted and ready.,Gonna be a busy night here in Industry.,lol.,It sure is taking a long time to get dark.,I'm starting with the ES68/20., 1.65°fov/41×.,I also will have the Baader zoom handy.,

   So do you think I can use my mower deck to blow this snow comin out of the door yard.,.Won't my neighbors get a chuckle.,

One more cup of coffee before I go.,.Enjoy your night.,

 

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Posted 14 April 2021 - 09:02 PM

Hello.,I can't help you with info about the  Katahdin area.,never been there.,Also.,It isn't really camping season yet up here so you'll be hard pressed to find camp grounds open.,We have 4-8" of snow in the forecast for this weekend.,lol.,Are you quarantining yourself before you come here.,I hope so,.

The Matagamon Wilderness campground mentions ice fishing and some other winter activities on their website, so I'm assuming at least they're open. I'll give them a call tomorrow.  According to Maine's website, I am exempt from quarantining due to being fully vaccinated.


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Posted 14 April 2021 - 11:56 PM

The Matagamon Wilderness campground mentions ice fishing and some other winter activities on their website, so I'm assuming at least they're open. I'll give them a call tomorrow.  According to the Maine's website, I am exempt from quarantining due to being fully vaccinated.

Well I wish you luck up there,.I bet it's about as dark as dark gets.,

 

I came in at midnight.,I played around with a few different ep and the 68/20 was the best of the night for my eyes.,I tried the 68/28. 82/24.,.70/25.,and the 82/14. 

  Not sure if I'll get out again or not.,it's pretty cozy in here,.


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Posted 15 April 2021 - 08:42 AM

I haven't been up to Matagamon for probably 10 years but I think around the campground and the road up toward the lake and gate you can find quite a few places to set up that you can get a 180 type view but more than that might be tough.  There is a hill to the east of it out toward Hay Lake that was a clear cut ( I think to force hardwood regrowth) that had a nice open area on the top.  Problem being it's only a couple of miles by snowmobile but about 10 miles of driving on woods roads that are likely pretty scruffy if even open this time of year.  I'd leave the fly rod home for now...  good news is the bugs won't be as bad as a June visit!   black flies up there have a bad attitude and the skeeters are as big as a robin!


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Posted 15 April 2021 - 01:41 PM

I haven't been up to Matagamon for probably 10 years but I think around the campground and the road up toward the lake and gate you can find quite a few places to set up that you can get a 180 type view but more than that might be tough.  There is a hill to the east of it out toward Hay Lake that was a clear cut ( I think to force hardwood regrowth) that had a nice open area on the top.  Problem being it's only a couple of miles by snowmobile but about 10 miles of driving on woods roads that are likely pretty scruffy if even open this time of year.  I'd leave the fly rod home for now...  good news is the bugs won't be as bad as a June visit!   black flies up there have a bad attitude and the skeeters are as big as a robin!

Thanks!  I put a gray marker on the area I'm guessing you're talking about.  Do you know if that is correct?
 

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Posted 15 April 2021 - 04:02 PM

That should be about it.  I hadn't really looked at a map of the area in quite a while.  It may be a little deceiving going by that pic because the foliage isn't on the trees.  I was thinking about it and it was 16 years ago we were up on that hill and I would guess most of the cutting was at least 8 or 10 years before that.  Time flies...  Most of that area isn't going to be passable for a month.  The paper companies etc. are pretty touchy on folks going on their roads when the frost is coming out. 

 

Dave, I bet your son has stories about that kind of thing!  Things are funny up there.  We used to make an annual late March trip to Nugents camps on Chamberlain every year and seen all extremes, from pushing snow with the front bumper coming out  to mud holes that would half swallow your truck.  Most of Millinocket goes somewhere south in mud season if they can.  I hate to discourage you but this time of year up there if it's not paved it can be a problem.  Quite a haul into Matagamon when conditions are good.

 

We just sold our camp on Spring Lake (Flagstaff area probably 80 miles more south) and one of our neighbors up there sent me a picture of the road going in...  barely passable in places and that road is "somewhat " maintained by the State because its through a public reserve area.    Mike     getting old I'm getting to be such a pessimist.. 20 years ago it would have been "hold my beer, we're going in!"


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Posted 16 April 2021 - 03:20 PM

I'm happy to report that Panoptic arrived today well packaged and unscathed by the USPS.,I took a peek through my 70AZ at the birdies and it feels good and the views are good.,No big scratches in the glass.lol.,It is now packed in my ep case with my 2 other TV's.,,

  I have the setup ready for the WO and gave it a test drive with an 80st,.Very smooth and stable.,virtually no settle time or shakes at higher powers.,waytogo.gif I can use just a 5#cw if I use a longer pipe on that side.,

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 04:28 PM

Hope the spring mix of rain/snow was gentle on Industry and some clear skies are soon in your future. I've been blessed with a cold rain in-dispersed with snow flurries. Haven't even checked on when this pattern is due to change.  I did borrow my utility trailer back so I visited Tractor Supply to pick up some fertilizer and soil amendments to lighten up my native clay acreage. I'm going to try raising potatoes in a straw bed this year. I'm only putting down a small 5x20 foot section of spuds. I hope I have an easier time finding seed potatoes this year than I had last year. I also had my last post-op visit with the Vascular surgeon Thursday. He said my last sonograms showed no significant blockage and didn't need to see me for a year, the only negative was it looks like my weak raspy voice will most likely be my new permanent voice with improvement unlikely.hmm.gif  Better than assuming room temperature or any other stroke side effects. Best of luck with the new equipmentwaytogo.gif 

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Posted 17 April 2021 - 07:12 AM

Grey, your voice is just fine here. 

 

Have you tried www.mainepotatolady.com ?


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Posted 17 April 2021 - 08:26 AM

Also Gray.,look into Ruth Stout.,She is very well known for hay gardening.,I have a little free fertilizer if you like.,

Gotta hurry.,it's going fast.,

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Posted 17 April 2021 - 08:40 AM

Grey, your voice is just fine here. 

 

Have you tried www.mainepotatolady.com ?

Thanks just ordered a few pounds of seed potatoes from mainepotatolady. they were already sold out of a lot of varieties, Thanks for the info!FarmerRon.gif

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Posted 17 April 2021 - 08:46 AM

All of our free fertilizer has melted, hope it does some good! My wife and I have been dragging building materials into the house. We moved in before we finished it, now we are going room to room, trimming out windows and doors. This weekend's project is replacing the rough stair treads with a finished tread.

 

I'll only be here fore the demolition part, I'm going to visit my mother tomorrow. My brother in law is coming up tomorrow to help my wife install the treads.


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Posted 17 April 2021 - 01:54 PM

Just finished another scope viewing platform in the backyard..  actually just finished destructing our 8x12 greenhouse that the wind damaged a couple of weeks ago and the PT deck we put it on is all that's left.  It was one of those aluminum framed ones with the double layer lexan covering that only fits in the grooves the first time... :-(   I tried repairing it but after 10 years or so the sun had weakened the lexan enough the edges were brittle.  Now it's a deck with a walkway of pavers leading to it from the cellar door.  Unloading the remains at the transfer station and one of the guys working there came over and said "windy, huh?"   second one of those he had come in this spring...   fun while it lasted.


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Posted 17 April 2021 - 02:08 PM

It's still windy, but the rain has stopped. The clouds are lifting, and the sky is brighter. I know it won't last.

 

I stopped at the local garage, they rent out brush cutters. I was going to rent one for this weekend, but am all drove up. As I was about to tell the owner that I didn't need it, he confessed he hadn't got it tuned up and running from last Fall. We had a good laugh, and he promised to have it ready next weekend.


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Posted 18 April 2021 - 08:44 AM

UPS tells me the WO should arrive tomorrow.,I spent a few hours yesterday trying different setups and decided to go with the Meade wooden tripod,.The aluminum ones have too much vibration when the diagonal gets thunked.,where as the exact same mount on the wooden tripod has no vibration showing.,The thing is the aluminum one appears to be the bigger of the two but it acts like a tuning fork.,I've got lots of lumber to play with so maybe a homemade tripod is in the cards.,I kinda like the Meade 80mm setup.,hate to part it out.,

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Posted 18 April 2021 - 07:28 PM

Wooohooooo!  Major streaker/fireball to the south east of us.  Multi colored with sparkles.  My second this year, by far most impressive.  I just happened to look up out the window at the right moment...  owe it all to clean living. 


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Posted 18 April 2021 - 09:11 PM

Cool beans for you!!.,.I love seeing meteors and when it's extra long or bright I always let out a whoop.,

  I've seen 4 bolies.,2 in my first week of observing.,I was thinking "" how have I ever seen one of these things"" I didn't see another one for 6 years.,and that was when I was looking for them.,lol.,


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Posted 19 April 2021 - 08:28 AM

Mike, bolides do have a way of burning their way indelibly into a person’ s memory. Fifty-five years ago as I was walking passed the Nunnery at Ste. Dom’s on one of my weekly sojourns home from a Friday night PAL Hop when a sound not unlike a wooden kitchen match being dragged across its box grabbed  my attention. Looking almost directly overhead a fiery object  was crossing from SW to NE flames visible trailing and the sound continuing. A few months ago there was discussion on C N about if a person could hear a bolide with pros and cons listed. My memory of that night is so clear and detailed I find little doubt of it being accurate. But then again it was the 60’s and there were strange things in the air, from time to time.

 

Dave, Good luck on today's delivery! In 3 of the last 4 days FedEx has dropped off packages on my porch each addressed to a neighboring street. The 1st package was quite large, I loaded it into my High Performance flamed JD wagon and re-delivered it. The next two were delivered on 2 different days in smaller boxes had to be re-delivered to the same house. If nothing else FedEx is consistent. Looks like a great day to checkout a new scope.

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Posted 19 April 2021 - 09:28 AM

The scope is coming today via UPS.,The diagonal is from Astronomic's via FedEx.,arriving tomorrow they say.,

  I got some startime with the Panoptic last night and this morning in the AT102.,It was very easy to look through.,,and the stars were sharp.,the sky had lots of moisture in it but I was able to see this ep will be good.,waytogo.gif waytogo.gif .,

  If a single star shows itself tonight I'll be ready.,maybe get to do a little moonin!! Best2all 



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Posted 19 April 2021 - 10:42 AM

You are right about them burning in Grey.  My first was when I was around 10 or 11 and my sister and I were staying alone while our parents were out.  We were watching Saturday Night at the Movies and we had a big picture window facing to the east.  A big one blazed right across our view and we thought the Russians were coming to bomb us.  Scared the crap out of us.   The one I saw last fall there were no colors, just white and that stopped just short of the horizon with a big flash.  Never heard anything.  This one I was inside and it just died in mid flight with no flash.

 

Hey Grey...  you're giving your age away with the Pal Hop mention!  I only half made one of those and they ended.  I think I was a freshman..  that wasn't exactly friendly territory for us Turner folks  :-)   boy...  LA was a hot place back then..  Poorboy Club,  Innkeepers, Terry and the Telstars, Royal Knights..   I was never much of a musician but had some friends that were wound into that circle.  I was the amp and guitar cord repair guy for some of our locals.  Funny thing, my grandson is a good friend with Nick Knowltons grandson and he's at the house quite frequently.  Was at Eddies studio a few times.   I was a tech geek...  Got to know some of the guys from Augusta band Brass Tacks and followed them some and from Turner we had our local band Landslide.  Most of the folks I got to know in LA were through the car scene..  that was quite a circle down there.  Mcrackens, Hendricks, Dingley, Cook...  I was just a punk kid from Turner with my 63 Impala.   Life was fun back then..  lil crazy at times.  You didn't happen to catch any of the concerts at the Armory back then?  I was there for Shanana and I think J Geils was there or maybe that was at the Civic Center..     back to my chores.  It's lawn repairs season.


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