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Dinosaur Point Saturday night, 21 October
« on: October 23, 2017, 09:19:32 PM »
This New Moon, people in our loosely bound community have been observing all over the map - Lake Sonoma, Henry Coe, San Lorenzo High to boost a new high school club, Pinnacles both weekends, and yes Dinosaur Point both weekends.

We are the astroids, resistance is futile.

Saturday night the 21st there was 7 of us enjoying a very pretty night with lots of stars at Dinosaur Point. Peter Natscher, Dave Cooper and I were all back from the 14th. George Feliz and Dan Wright (yes that Dan Wright) were on familiar turf. Dave Ittner and Rob Botzlaff (sp?) both came there for the first time.

Limiting magnitude was 6.2 for me. Seeing was close to excellent, 4+/5. There were more clear stars along the horizons, particularly to the South, than on the 14th. Smoke was no longer an issue. The Milky Way was pretty.

And we did see a bunch of Orionids after midnight, quick sharp bright shooters.

Albert Highe’s ears were burning. In 2 successive nights at Dino, there were 3 Albert-made scopes and one Albert-design one. Joe Bob had brought his 20” Albertscope out last Saturday. I had Johannes, my 13” grab-and-go that Albert made to go to Oz. Dan brought Uncle Albert, formerly my 16”, Albert’s Mark V proof-of-concept go-to Dobs. George came with his 13” that he made as a twin to Johannes. All high-functioning telescopes.

So all the ATM folks who read this can drool themselves silly.

Hickson 16 in Cetus was the Big Thing this New Moon. Mark McCarthy, in his “OR from Pinnacles 10/14” (q.v.) described going there, and I added a note about the comic part of me going there the first time. So here on Saturday night, at one point I come around the front of my Pilot, and there’s George at the focuser of Johannes, yes at my telescope, lining up Hickson 16 so as to make me take a look. It’s a pretty set of 4 compact bright galaxies, fairly equal size and brightness, each with bright stellar cores. 3 in a close row and one right there on a diagonal.

I’ve seen it in 11” and 13” scopes, so it’s not one of the arcane Hicksons. NGC 835 is the nominally brightest member, with 833 it can look like a single peanut-shape. DDK sez go check it out.

While looking at that Hickson group, I heard someone say, “I don’t hunt galaxies.” It was Ittner. Like someone saying they don’t like chocolate, or shrimp. George and I worked thru the evening casually disabusing Dave of his issues. At one point I showed him ngc 253 the Sculptor Galaxy in his own scope. One of the fanciest objects in the sky. He grumbled words to the effect that we were going to get him into a whole new addiction.

I started the night by scooping up objects in Hercules and Lyra on page 8 of SkyAtlas. The very long project of seeing everything charted in SkyAtlas 2000 is actually coming along. Here’s the ear-burning again - only other person I know who’s done up this atlas is Albert.

Thru a minor clerical error, 4 of the night’s new galaxies I’d seen from Chew’s Ridge and Bonny Doon in September ‘07. Caught the slip, and it was in fact fun to compare the notes. 6500 and 6501 are a close pair of galaxies in southern Hercules, interesting pair. And 6500 is next to a very close equal pretty double star.

Along with various galaxies in that region, I did catch a snazzy open cluster, 6834, with a wide variety of member brightnesses. And a fairly large, uniform nondescript planetary nebula, 6842.

Fun night, excellent company, fun variety of objects to look at, no dew, comfortable down by the reservoir. With Orion all hoisted up after midnight, caught 6 stars in the Trapezium immediately, without breathing hard, at 165x.

Dinosaur Point is looking good.
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Re: Dinosaur Point Saturday night, 21 October
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2017, 04:40:06 PM »
Whoa, missed a place where locally based astroids got to this past New Moon. There's Lake Sonoma, Henry Coe, San Lorenzo High, Pinnacles, Dinosaur Point and the Antipodes - Oz - Austeearalia. The Animal is back in town now.
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Re: Dinosaur Point Saturday night, 21 October
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2017, 08:04:07 PM »
I'll give a downunder report soon -- always fun seeing Orion rising with standing on its head

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Re: Dinosaur Point Saturday night, 21 October
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2017, 12:06:29 PM »
Jaime, looking forward at our SCAC calendar, I see we've not picked a location for Saturday December 16th, which yeah, I know is a ways off in the future, and the weather is extremely unpredictable at this point.

Any chance y'all will be doing another Dino Pt trip on that new moon night?   If so, I might just invite the SCAC members so inclined to show up, following all the rules etc etc.  Me and the 20" are going to miss both our two prior dates (non-astro committments including a play and a peter rowan concert), so I'll be jonesing for ancient photons by then.

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Re: Dinosaur Point Saturday night, 21 October
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2017, 01:47:51 PM »
Sure thing John, go ahead and book it. Unless it's raining we'll be there. Juicy moontime, the night before New Moon. Moonrise that Saturday night is at 0544. So yes!
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Re: Dinosaur Point Saturday night, 21 October
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2017, 02:16:19 PM »
Jamie, FYI, I updated the Dino Pt  'site' page with the rules you posted a week or so back.   Please review it, and either edit or get back to me with any changes...


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Re: Dinosaur Point Saturday night, 21 October
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2017, 02:51:06 PM »
Hey Pierce, sezzee in public, thanks for updating the Sites page. Good to have that in one place. Looks clear and accurate. Thanks again, sincerely.
http://observers.org/index.php/topic,29.0.html  for anyone who wants to give those directions a quick look.
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Re: Dinosaur Point Saturday night, 21 October
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2017, 03:05:24 PM »
Q: re dino.      you or another gatekeeper have to escort out people leaving...      if we had people who want to bail around midnight, would that be an issue?   I'm sure they'd be fine with knowing there's 1-2 scheduled 'exit parades' at preset times, but less happy if they thought they /had/ to stay til dawn or moonrise or whatever.

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Re: Dinosaur Point Saturday night, 21 October
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2017, 03:14:18 PM »
Yes of course we work on accomodating people. Yes we do exit parades. And no we do not hold stargazers hostage behind a locked gate till dawn.
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Re: Dinosaur Point Saturday night, 21 October
« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2017, 10:48:37 PM »
awesome, ok.     i'm asking the club if they wanna do this.     I'm suggesting 2-3 scheduled exit windows, maybe 11pm for the wimps, 1am and I dunno, 3am ?   give folks a 30 minute reminder that if they wanna go its now or hours later...   its only 1:15 drive from central s'cruz.

if you post a dec 16 OI, I'll move this discussion over there...

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Re: Dinosaur Point Saturday night, 21 October
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2017, 02:20:06 AM »
We negotiate those exit times on site. I'm not promising anyone will be opening the gate at 11 pm. And 2-3 parades could quickly get to be too many. As said, we can figure it out in the lot there that night. It's not an SCAC event up front.
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