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TAC Visual / Re: out of area subscribers
« on: Yesterday at 02:32:02 PM »
Our answer has always been no. There are plenty of observing websites spread out all over the map. The advantage of TAC is that it's local. Please don't. And Matt, it's different right up front when a local goes traveling.

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Observing Reports / Re: Solo night at Dinosaur Point, yes fun
« on: November 12, 2017, 02:08:22 AM »
Oh and on the way home I also did something I hadn’t done in a while, hit Casa de Restaurant for some pie. There was this one night years ago when Elena and Craig and Crilly and I hit what was then Casa de Coffee on the way home from Dinosaur Point. 3 of us had pie according to plan. Jeff ordered a full breakfast at 3 am. The reason he did this was that nobody could tell him he couldn’t. He polished it off, too.

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Observing Reports / Solo night at Dinosaur Point, yes fun
« on: November 12, 2017, 02:08:01 AM »
Tonight, Saturday the 11th, I had Dinosaur Point to myself, not by design. Was fun though. This past year I’ve had several solo nights at the Pinnacles, but it’d been a stretch since I had a night alone at Dino. Conditions were fine for a winter night. There was some high cirrus coming and going, but at any time there were big swaths of clear sky, much bigger than suckerholes. For the better part of an hour, ca 9-10 pm, the whole sky was open.

For a change, I took along my 10x50 Orion Ultraview binocs with tripod and parallelogram mount. Had a big ole time picking up Messiers and bright NGC’s - galaxies and open clusters and globulars oh my.

253, the Sculptor Galaxy, took the cake. Stunning, went back and looked twice. It showed big and bright and long and detailed; could see the taper on one end and the stubby other end.

I’d looked at M31, yes the Andromeda Galaxy, a bunch of times in binocs and finderscopes, but had never till tonight picked up its close satellites. M110 jumped out. M32, which for me is the easier one in a scope, took some time to tease out of M31’s outer halo. That was fun.

M34 in Perseus and ngc 752 in Triangulum are spangly and pretty in binoculars.

Around 7:15 there was this one bright slow shooter below the Water Jar that went for over 30 degress. It’s still moving across the old retinas.

Paused at one point while looking at M33 and wondered who lives there. People on a planet around a star in that galaxy would have two big fancy naked-eye spirals in their sky, and 5 mondo emission nebulae, star factories, that we can easily see from here, 2.4 million lightyears away.

The air stayed dry, it was cold without being blistering. Did a starcount when Pegasus was overhead, got 10 stars for 6.2 limiting magnitude.
Fun night.

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Observing Intents / Re: Saturday night, Dinosaur Point, c'mon out
« on: November 11, 2017, 01:29:19 PM »
Can't resist for the nth+1 time paraphrasing James Turley - DDK is getting ready to rumble. Find out what Dino is like tonight.

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Observing Intents / Re: Saturday night, Dinosaur Point, c'mon out
« on: November 11, 2017, 12:58:52 AM »
What I'm getting right now from Wunderground and from NOAA is chance of clouds both nights, with slightly more chance of rain Sunday night. I'm sticking with Saturday now.

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Observing Intents / Re: Saturday night, Dinosaur Point, c'mon out
« on: November 08, 2017, 09:06:42 PM »
After the geology, do look up at night. It's supposed to be dark in Death Valley. Yes and be safe, Dan.

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Observing Intents / Re: Saturday night, Dinosaur Point, c'mon out
« on: November 08, 2017, 05:38:12 PM »
You'll only see an OI from a gatekeeper here if it's certain that we're gonna be there. So you can rest assured of leaving, once you're there.

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Observing Intents / Saturday night, Dinosaur Point, c'mon out
« on: November 08, 2017, 03:43:42 PM »
Weather looks good, moonrise isn't till 1 am. This is Saturday, 11 November.
One gatekeeper will definitely be there, me.

http://observers.org/index.php/topic,29.0.html
has everything you need to know. It's pretty simple, just show up before dark. Beautiful spot, seriously dark, cordial people go there.
See you in the dark,
Jamie

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Observing Reports / Re: Dinosaur Point Saturday night, 21 October
« 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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Observing Reports / Re: Dinosaur Point Saturday night, 21 October
« 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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Observing Reports / Re: Dinosaur Point Saturday night, 21 October
« 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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Observing Reports / Re: Dinosaur Point Saturday night, 21 October
« 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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Observing Reports / Re: Observing in Australia October 15-22
« on: October 27, 2017, 03:34:34 PM »
"Not sure if the entire catalog (covering +89 to -89 dec) has been attempted or previously completed by other obsessed amateurs."

You're being cautious, Steve. And of course we don't know what some nutso German observer might have been quietly doing on his own over decades. But - Terence Dickinson years ago named you as the one person who was in reach of finishing the New General Catalogue as an observing project. It's a credit to your family and friends that you haven't gotten a swelled head.

It was Jeff Blanchard, also years ago, who said, "Gottlieb! He's an astro animal." So here The Unwashed can see the secret origin of Steve being now and forever The Animal. Let it be said as well that your buddies love you for who you are, far more even than for what you do.

Still ... thanks heaps for posting that url for your Adventures NGC page - http://www.astronomy-mall.com/Adventures.In.Deep.Space/steve.ngc.htm
The NGC/IC project pages are still going thru their slow rebuild.

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Observing Reports / Re: Dinosaur Point Saturday night, 21 October
« 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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Observing Reports / Re: Lake Sonoma 10/21/17
« on: October 24, 2017, 04:37:04 PM »
Yeah, I have a hunch what achievement Dan is talking about. Might as well let The Astro Animal spill the beans his own bad seff.

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