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#1 archer1960

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Posted 13 March 2023 - 10:05 AM

I'm starting this thread to get the Rhode Island discussion out of the topic(s) where it doesn't fit. The idea is just to see how many of us there are, and maybe connect offline, if interested.

 

As an introduction, I live in Wakefield and image (mostly; very little visual) from my back balcony. I was a volunteer at Frosty Drew Observatory in Ninigret park for a few years a while back, and still go down there occasionally. I've been to Scituate a couple of times, the first time was to buy my first goto mount from a member there, probably 15 - 20 yrs ago.

 


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Posted 17 March 2023 - 04:10 PM

Warwick, RI chiming in!


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Posted 08 April 2023 - 10:25 PM

Shout out from Coventry! I image primarily as well from my driveway. I've been to Frosty a number of times but haven't had the chance to visit Seagrave yet unfortunately. Looking forward to checking out the new Planewave RC at Ninigret soon though. 


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Posted 16 April 2023 - 07:20 AM

Shout out from Coventry! I image primarily as well from my driveway. I've been to Frosty a number of times but haven't had the chance to visit Seagrave yet unfortunately. Looking forward to checking out the new Planewave RC at Ninigret soon though. 

I haven't looked through it yet, but I got a good look at it in the daylight once. Very impressive setup!


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Posted 27 April 2023 - 05:06 AM

West Warwick here, backyard imager and frequent visitor to Ninigret park but not a FDO member. 

 

The planewave is a beast and have seen it in action at night a few times when Scott was working it on his messier catalog. 


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Posted 12 May 2023 - 05:14 AM

West Greenwich here. I am a new member of Skyscrapers but haven't met anyone there yet.


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Posted 12 May 2023 - 11:30 PM

Cumberland here, mostly observe from my front or backyard, sometimes in Narragansett where I also have a place. Have been to Ninigret (first time just last summer which was awesome) and Seagrave once and have thought about joining Skyscrapers now for many years but haven’t yet done so. Maybe I should join.


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Posted 22 May 2023 - 01:22 PM

Not in RI, but close. Groton, CT. Always wanting to visit Frosty Drew, but never making the time. Imaging from my backyard because I haven't bought a power pack yet.


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Posted 25 May 2023 - 08:51 AM

Not in RI, but close. Groton, CT. Always wanting to visit Frosty Drew, but never making the time. Imaging from my backyard because I haven't bought a power pack yet.

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Posted 25 May 2023 - 10:01 AM

Active duty, or ex?

Ex. Retired about a year and a half ago.


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Posted 26 May 2023 - 07:43 AM

Soon to be an ex-Rhode Islander. Sold the house and will be moving to Florida by end of June. Tomorrow night 5/27 is a star party at Ninigret Park in Charlestown from 8pm-10:30pm in support of keeping Ninigret a dark sky. Expecting a good turnout. Member/s of Frosty Drew will be in attendance.  


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Posted 29 May 2023 - 05:22 PM

Thanks for mentioning that star party at Frosty Drew; I would have missed it otherwise. I took the opportunity to dig up my visual stuff for the first time in a long time and had a great time. I took my AT72EDII on my AZ-GTI, which was the first real use for that mount, it it was terrific. It handled that scope with no issues at all, even at 100x, which is where I kept it most of the night for the public to get a pretty close-up view of the moon. I also took my 4" acromat at low power on the moon as well, and people seemed to like the contrast between the two magnification level.

 

The conditions were pretty much perfect for an event like this. The seeing was great, the best I've seen in a long time, the sky was crystal clear, and the temperatures were very comfortable. A LOT of people turned out, both with their scopes, and the general public just looking through them and through the big FDO scope. I would guess at least 150 people showed up and there were probably a dozen scopes of various sizes and styles set up in the yard.



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Posted 29 May 2023 - 05:26 PM

I am glad the event went well. I couldn't attend, I am in New Hampshire right now.  


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Posted 14 September 2023 - 07:36 PM

Providence here! Just got a new telescope. Excited to get out of the city a lot more often. Good spots to set up? Ninigret does look like a great place to go.


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Posted 14 September 2023 - 08:41 PM

Providence here! Just got a new telescope. Excited to get out of the city a lot more often. Good spots to set up? Ninigret does look like a great place to go.

Yes, Ninigret is the place to go if you are shooting to the South or Southeast, since there are NO lights in that direction. Southwest and West, you get into the Westerly light dome, which is stronger than you might think for a town of its size. I have never tried it, but I suspect that Arcadia Beach Pond off Rt 165 in Exeter (or is it West Greenwich?) might be a good place if you want to shoot to the North in dark skies.

 

I just shoot from my back deck in Wakefield with narrow band filters, and get some pretty decent results.


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Posted 15 September 2023 - 08:28 AM

Yes, Ninigret is the place to go if you are shooting to the South or Southeast, since there are NO lights in that direction. Southwest and West, you get into the Westerly light dome, which is stronger than you might think for a town of its size. I have never tried it, but I suspect that Arcadia Beach Pond off Rt 165 in Exeter (or is it West Greenwich?) might be a good place if you want to shoot to the North in dark skies.

 

I just shoot from my back deck in Wakefield with narrow band filters, and get some pretty decent results.

That's pretty cool! I'll definitely go to Ninigret, I also looked at Arcadia on the map as well. Funny thing is that I used to live in South Kingstown, I'm from there. I figured that looking south from Ninigret (or most places on the south coast between the lights of Wakefield/Narragansett and Westerly) would have excellent views of the south skies over the ocean. I've done a lot of naked eye stargazing on the beach. Great advice, thank you.

 

My folks' house is down by the coast near Matunuck and I'm definitely going to set up on their back deck as well.


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Posted 15 September 2023 - 09:06 AM

As long as the streetlights aren't in the way, you should have great views from there!


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Posted 16 September 2023 - 02:24 PM

Yes, Ninigret is the place to go if you are shooting to the South or Southeast, since there are NO lights in that direction. Southwest and West, you get into the Westerly light dome, which is stronger than you might think for a town of its size. I have never tried it, but I suspect that Arcadia Beach Pond off Rt 165 in Exeter (or is it West Greenwich?) might be a good place if you want to shoot to the North in dark skies.

 

I just shoot from my back deck in Wakefield with narrow band filters, and get some pretty decent results.

Beach Pond is on the border of Exeter and Connecticut. I have never been there with a telescope. I spent a lot of time there when I was younger. I bet the sky is a bit dark.


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Posted 23 September 2023 - 03:59 PM

Coventry here, I mainly view from my backyard which is kind of on the edge of bright lights from town, but the tree line blocks a lot of direct shine and on clear air nights it's better without the glow.


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Posted 23 September 2023 - 04:10 PM

Coventry here, I mainly view from my backyard which is kind of on the edge of bright lights from town, but the tree line blocks a lot of direct shine and on clear air nights it's better without the glow.

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Posted 24 September 2023 - 10:16 AM

I live in Foster. I also manage the public outreach programs at Brown's Ladd Observatory, and I am a member of Skyscrapers. 

 

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Posted 24 September 2023 - 12:32 PM

I live in Foster. I also manage the public outreach programs at Brown's Ladd Observatory, and I am a member of Skyscrapers. 

 

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Posted 25 September 2023 - 07:00 AM

This coming Friday night and all day Saturday( Sept 29 and 30) is the annual AstroAssembly, which has been hosted by Skyscrapers, at Seagrave Observatory, since 1952. I encourage all RI and nearby amateurs to consider checking it out - lots of great talks, swap tables, solar viewing, and viewing at night with an 1878, 8" Alvan Clark telescope. It's a great opportunity to meet fellow amateur astronomers.  More information at theskyscrapers.org 

 

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Posted 25 September 2023 - 08:56 AM

This coming Friday night and all day Saturday( Sept 29 and 30) is the annual AstroAssembly, which has been hosted by Skyscrapers, at Seagrave Observatory, since 1952. I encourage all RI and nearby amateurs to consider checking it out - lots of great talks, swap tables, solar viewing, and viewing at night with an 1878, 8" Alvan Clark telescope. It's a great opportunity to meet fellow amateur astronomers.  More information at theskyscrapers.org 

 

Bob 

Yes, I get the emails. I hope to go to this. I have been very busy this past year, partly due to working on getting an observatory started.




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