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#201 Dave Mitsky

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Posted 02 June 2019 - 11:22 AM

The wildfire smoke has reached the Florida coast.

 

https://www.cleardar...Gc5jRTEvEscC21g

 

https://www.cleardar...ings State Park (CSSP)



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Posted 02 June 2019 - 11:51 AM

I was planning on arriving Sunday the 2nd, but the site and weather look like crap. Maybe next new moon will be better.

 

Next time.

 

Bruce

Yea that’s what I plan on doing. Weather was too iffy for me during the party plus the Milky Way will get higher in the sky at night the first week of July.



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Posted 02 June 2019 - 01:00 PM

A short NPR report on the star party can be heard at https://www.npr.org/...SZ3mNnwp3yFUcGw


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Posted 02 June 2019 - 02:00 PM

A short NPR report on the star party can be heard at https://www.npr.org/...SZ3mNnwp3yFUcGw

Awesome, thanks for sharing Dave!!



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Posted 02 June 2019 - 06:16 PM

Ok, how many people needed to be towed out?



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Posted 02 June 2019 - 06:25 PM

A short NPR report on the star party can be heard at https://www.npr.org/...SZ3mNnwp3yFUcGw

Thanks , Dave! Your presence was sincerely missed. I hope to see you next year! 



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Posted 02 June 2019 - 06:41 PM

My sister Ellen attended for her first time and brought the classic Celestron Orange tube C8 that she and her husband are learning to use. It proved to be a quite capable scope, but the additional light grasp of my 10" dob was noticeable in comparison. I'm nearly done with making a 12.5" dob that should be there next year!  That should make the dust lanes of the Whirlpool Galaxy pop! 

 

Ellen and I each drove about six hours from opposite directions to meet there. Despite two rainy nights, Friday made it all worthwhile for both of us. We each made it back to our respective homes a little while ago and she sent me the attached two pictures. The first is of me explaining how newts work to a young family and the second is of her observing our own earth... 

 

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 02:27 AM

There was one thing I found more annoying than either the wet ground or the short observing window: constantly being dazzled by really bright, forehead-mounted red lamps. There's nothing magic about red. Red light damages night vision because it's light, it's just not as bad as white light. The handbook we got at the front gate said "dim" red light on the cover. If your lamp casts a shadow, it's not dim. Seriously, why drive hours to a remote site just to light it up like a neon sign? So, red lights should be dim and not at eye level.
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Posted 03 June 2019 - 08:41 AM

There was one thing I found more annoying than either the wet ground or the short observing window: constantly being dazzled by really bright, forehead-mounted red lamps. There's nothing magic about red. Red light damages night vision because it's light, it's just not as bad as white light. The handbook we got at the front gate said "dim" red light on the cover. If your lamp casts a shadow, it's not dim. Seriously, why drive hours to a remote site just to light it up like a neon sign? So, red lights should be dim and not at eye level.

I've been going to star parties for over 30 years. Stupid never takes a day off.

 

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 12:35 PM

There was one thing I found more annoying than either the wet ground or the short observing window: constantly being dazzled by really bright, forehead-mounted red lamps. There's nothing magic about red. Red light damages night vision because it's light, it's just not as bad as white light. The handbook we got at the front gate said "dim" red light on the cover. If your lamp casts a shadow, it's not dim. Seriously, why drive hours to a remote site just to light it up like a neon sign? So, red lights should be dim and not at eye level.

My favorite red lights are these:

 

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They have 9V batteries for longevity and two red LED s each. Most importantly, however, they have a wheel for intensity right down to an almost invisible glow. When you turn the light on the intensity is at a minimum and it takes about a full turn to maximum. I like to barely illuminate my sky atlas, eyepieces, and setting circles. There's no way I'd see the Whirlpool Galaxy in my 10" after an intense red headlamp beam to the face. 


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Posted 03 June 2019 - 01:08 PM

I have 2 of those celestron red lights (1 as a backup) and extra 9V batteries with me at all times.  Hang them around your neck and turn them on/off and adjust brightness accordingly.  $13 IIRC at your local online retailer....


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Posted 03 June 2019 - 01:17 PM

Had a nice rainbow the one day

 

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 01:27 PM

I'm still not 100% satisfied with this image...  there are gradients and artifacts in there which I have yet to fully process out.  But, in the interest of posting something timely from CSSP I present to you the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex imaged this past Friday night at CSSP. 

Capture/Processing details as follows - Canon T3i, iOptron Skyguider Pro, Canon 85mm f/1.8 stepped down to f/2.5, 240 x 45s (almost 80 culled from 320 gross), ISO1600. Backyard EOS, PI. CSSP 5/31/19.

 

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 03:47 PM

Conditions appear to be improving.

https://www.cleardar...Gc5jRTEvEscC21g



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Posted 03 June 2019 - 09:50 PM

Had a nice rainbow the one day

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Awesome, Jim.

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 09:51 PM

I'm still not 100% satisfied with this image... there are gradients and artifacts in there which I have yet to fully process out. But, in the interest of posting something timely from CSSP I present to you the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex imaged this past Friday night at CSSP.
Capture/Processing details as follows - Canon T3i, iOptron Skyguider Pro, Canon 85mm f/1.8 stepped down to f/2.5, 240 x 45s (almost 80 culled from 320 gross), ISO1600. Backyard EOS, PI. CSSP 5/31/19.


Holy (insert interjection)! That's awesome!
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Posted 04 June 2019 - 06:27 AM

<<  Conditions appear to be improving.  >>

 

Still 'nice' clear milky sky this morning in Columbus, Ohio.


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Posted 04 June 2019 - 08:17 AM

There was one thing I found more annoying than either the wet ground or the short observing window: constantly being dazzled by really bright, forehead-mounted red lamps. There's nothing magic about red. Red light damages night vision because it's light, it's just not as bad as white light. The handbook we got at the front gate said "dim" red light on the cover. If your lamp casts a shadow, it's not dim. Seriously, why drive hours to a remote site just to light it up like a neon sign? So, red lights should be dim and not at eye level.

I have to agree. When I set-up at our club observing nights I look for those people who have a headlamp and then move as far away from them as I can.   They forget the light is on and shine it right in your face and don't turn away upon doing it.

 

I just got one of those Celestron light mentioned by jtsenghas.   Hanging it around the neck should work well.


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Posted 04 June 2019 - 09:05 AM

Trevor Jones of AstroBackYard was a speaker. He made a video of his trip: https://www.youtube....ww2UF3ED-k&t=5s


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Posted 04 June 2019 - 09:54 AM

Yes, trevor made another awesome video! Don't miss the final 15 or 20 seconds (you'll think the video ends around 8:40 or so, but goes until the full 9:10). He and I are discussing our upcoming shoots of Rho Ophiuchi!!!

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 10:12 AM

Ha, that's funny, the back of my head and blue car made a cameo at the 2 minute mark but I never even noticed him walking by.

It was my first star party as well and it definitely exceeded my expectations. Was great to learn a bunch about widefield DSLR photography but also meet a bunch of folks and help out with things, whether it was lending some brake light tape to cover lights or show folks an extension cable wrapping trick. A great community and look forward to being back in the fall!
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Posted 05 June 2019 - 12:05 PM

Although getting there was rough (broke down on the way and got stuck in mud on observing field trying to find a spot). Friday turned out decent despite the wildfire smoke. I decided to stay and had rain all day Sat (movie night) but had absolutely spectacular night Sunday. It was extremely cold by 3am and had to call it a night. I ended up with pneumonia and am recovering but it was worth it seeing the Milky way like that. This was my first but not my last visit to Cherry Springs  



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Posted 05 June 2019 - 12:47 PM

Quick post -- more to follow!!

 

I survived the Cherry Springs Star Party 2019!!

 

The "post star party" period featured far better sky conditions! Sunday and Monday nights were truly specular!! Seeing was a little down from Friday night -- but it was as dark as I've ever seen! One friend (numerous observing sessions at TSP, Australian Out-Back, etc) said "As dark as I've ever seen"! was chasing his list of "billion light year galaxies" with his 22-inch SDM Dob. I saw two -- and, Yes they were dimwink.gif

 

I was - most of all 3 nights - in Leo, Virgo, Coma -- and down to 16th mag galaxies!

 

Photo shows me and my 20-inch Dob on a very muddy field on Sunday evening near sundown.

 

-- photo by my friend Rick Markunas (who owns a twin Obsession 20 set up nearby).

 

Note Rick's shadow.... proving it was not just me, the bears and the coyotes....

 

Others did come to the Park on Sunday/Monday to take advantage of the much better sky conditions. In the end there were maybe 200 people on the field post-CSSP.

 

Tuesday morning - 2 AM - featured wonderful views of the Milky Way all the way to the horizon -- and a coating of ice on my eyepiece case and tent!

 

Note to myself - when NWS says "frost in the northern mountains" -- bring a winter sleeping bag -- even if it is June!  At least I had my long-johns and winter parka -- which I needed!

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Posted 05 June 2019 - 12:53 PM

'nother photo of "me and my scope" - late Sunday afternoon - maybe an hour or so before sundown ( I was soon in winter parka -- and needed it )

Fabulous sky that night -- and the next. Sorry to all those who left on Saturday -- but then I was thinking "I should have left!" when the rain and wind was pounding my tent Saturday night.

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Posted 05 June 2019 - 01:03 PM

'nother photo of "me and my scope" - late Sunday afternoon - maybe an hour or so before sundown ( I was soon in winter parka -- and needed it )

Fabulous sky that night -- and the next. Sorry to all those who left on Saturday -- but then I was thinking "I should have left!" when the rain and wind was pounding my tent Saturday night.

Yes, the field is a bit empty in your photo. I see Conrad's, Tony's and Jerry's campers are still there in the background.


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