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#126 Napp

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Posted 17 February 2020 - 02:39 AM

I joined the lineup a little while ago at #14. Had a couple issues during the trip - nothing big but consumed time. Walked down to the entrance to use the portable potty and to see if I could see eta carina with binoculars through the gap in the vegetation. No luck but the sky is gorgeous! I spotted your teardrop, JimMo.
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Posted 17 February 2020 - 03:23 AM

I'm one of the lucky ones that got in early and set up my 18.  The seeing was spectacular with some passing clouds.  There are John Pratte's and Joe Wombo's 32 inchers already going right next to each other.  Al Nagler was passing around a new NV device that showed AMAZING 1X views.  Barnard's loop was easy along with so many other faint nebulae.   When used with Joe's 32 the horsehead was simply jaw dropping.    M42 was simply unbelievable .  All the nights are predicticted to be clear.  


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#128 DaveHume

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Posted 17 February 2020 - 07:55 AM

Got in line about 6:30am. Suprisingly few people came in behind me so far .c8037f8030923164a6ee9cd0e3511e11.jpg

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Posted 17 February 2020 - 10:18 AM

I'm one of the lucky ones that got in early and set up my 18.  The seeing was spectacular with some passing clouds.  There are John Pratte's and Joe Wombo's 32 inchers already going right next to each other.  Al Nagler was passing around a new NV device that showed AMAZING 1X views.  Barnard's loop was easy along with so many other faint nebulae.   When used with Joe's 32 the horsehead was simply jaw dropping.    M42 was simply unbelievable .  All the nights are predicticted to be clear.  

It might be mostly cloudy Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. But that far out in time forecast models aren’t too reliable.

 

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Posted 17 February 2020 - 04:18 PM

Greetings from WSP 2020!!!

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 02:19 PM

A few pics.  The Aplollo 11 is Al Nglers serial number 3

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#132 crazyqban

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 06:01 PM

One more for now...

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 06:23 PM

Really enjoying the pics. Please keep ‘em coming!

 

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#134 Napp

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 06:47 PM

Sunrise this morning shortly before the Mars occultation.

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Posted 19 February 2020 - 10:10 AM

A few pics of a couple  notable scopes..

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Posted 19 February 2020 - 10:30 AM

Nice pictures. Is the high humidity and dew points above 70 bothering anyone?  I do not go out with my scopes if the dew point is higher than 65, too humid for me.

 

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Posted 19 February 2020 - 10:53 AM

The main trouble has been the wind.   Tonight the winds should subside some.  Daytime is pretty warm but nights are quite comfortable..



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Posted 19 February 2020 - 11:48 AM

SQM reading the other night was 21.47.  Skies not really dark but steadiness has been fantastic...



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Posted 19 February 2020 - 12:02 PM

Love the photos and comments.  Please keep them coming.

Looks like everyone is having a good time !



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Posted 19 February 2020 - 09:33 PM

Nice pictures. Is the high humidity and dew points above 70 bothering anyone?  I do not go out with my scopes if the dew point is higher than 65, too humid for me.

 

Bill

If that was my case, I'd almost never go out in the summer.


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Posted 19 February 2020 - 11:16 PM

Greetings from WSP 2020!!!

I missed the CN photo. Maybe you can photoshop me in? LOL. I’m having a great time. Got to observe a little with Al Nagler last night. Had a great dinner tonight, the Scouts put on a seafood boil with stone crab, shrimp, scallops, and a bunch of sides to go with. Taking a little break right now for a brownie as there are a few clouds coming through.


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#142 Napp

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Posted 19 February 2020 - 11:46 PM

I’d like to meet some more Cloudy Nights folks and join the photo, too. 😉

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Posted 20 February 2020 - 05:34 AM

Big payoff tonight for patience and perseverance. Bagged Eta Carina, Omega Centauri, Centaurus A, Crux (Southern Cross), the Jewel Box, Rigil Kentaurus (Alpha Centauri) and Hadar. Off to bed now.
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Posted 20 February 2020 - 12:02 PM

If that was my case, I'd almost never go out in the summer.

It gets pretty humid here in KC during the summer with dew points usually around 70.  So I don’t observe too much during the summer, but sometimes the dew points drop below 65 if low level southwest winds bring in drier air from western Kansas.

 

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Posted 20 February 2020 - 01:37 PM

Solar observing and a decent prominence..

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Posted 20 February 2020 - 03:01 PM

Yes, last night was great. Around midnight when the clouds came in I covered up my scope and sure enough they went back out. I saw Eta Carina, Omega Centauri, and Centaurus A in the big dobs on the east end around 1:30 or 2:00. I didn’t stay awake long enough for it to clear up for the whole southern cross, but did see three of the stars. In Joe’s 32” Eta Carina was just outstanding and was definitely a highlight of the week for me. Here’s hoping for a another good one tonight. Not sure if I have ever observed four nights in a row before. 


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Posted 22 February 2020 - 08:04 PM

What an absolutely fantastic star party. I left friday morning due to the high wind forecast and clouds forecasted for friday (I had to leave Saturday morning anyway for my flight home). What a tremendous location to enjoy this hobby - if you've never been, I cant recommend it enough. Its truly a unique experience to be in the Florida keys during the long winter nights with the water so close to you and so many daytime options to enjoy!

Monday to Thursday nights as a whole were wonderful nights to image. Over those 4 nights I collected at least 52 hrs of data using my 3 cameras/scopes (monday night I also did a time lapse with my DSLR in addition to the cooled cameras/scopes). I've got roughly 100GB of data to sift thru and process.
Given the windy conditions Monday and Tuesday, I was relieved to only be imaging at 336mm (on two scopes) 250mm on the redcat and 16mm on the DSLR. The wind didn't give me issues like many others with longer focal lengths.
I've imaged the following targets anywhere from 2 to 9 hrs:
Omega centauri
Thors helmet
Witchhead nebula
The orion constellation with Bernard's loop
ETA carina
Centaurus A
Dragons of Ara
The southern pinwheel galaxy
Vela supernova remnant
Horsehead & flame nebula
Flaming star nebula

Observed the southern cross naked eye

Using my neighbors televue night vision monocle on their various OTAs we observed things that were obscene to view visually. Galaxies and nebula appeared as if they were processed pictures that took hours to image.

Observed an obscure double star thru a 10" TEC refractor.

Met people from near and far, ate lobster reubens, conch sushi, wahoo tartar, visited duval street in key west, slept 30ft from the water on the beach at the boy scout camp, unknowingly swam with bonnethead sharks while they were being reeled in by a fisherman right next to where I was swimming, saw starlink satellites, ran into friendly faces such as Al Nagler and Jeffrey from CCTS and imaged for 4 nights straight at a star party which is a personal record
I've got a solid month to process the data I've acquired, and I'm already making plans to return in 2021.

What a trip!!!!! Clear skies :-)
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#148 JimMo

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Posted 22 February 2020 - 09:37 PM

We’re currently in Cocoa Beach and leaving for home Monday and I want to wish my fellow WSPartiers safe travels wherever you are heading. I hope to be back next year if possible. 


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Posted 22 February 2020 - 10:47 PM

It was good to see old and new friends. Can’t wait to return. If you haven’t been to the Winter Star Party you don’t know what you’re missing.
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Posted 23 February 2020 - 11:23 AM

It was a superb event, with clear skies all week until Friday night.  As with an tropical site, clouds often move through and then leave.

 

I'll be writing an article about it as usual, complete with some very cool nightvision images that I was able to capture.....


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