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Observing Reports / Re: CalStar XVIII, last week
« Last post by DDK on October 06, 2017, 04:52:22 PM »
Here's the bona fide followup on our very own orbital launch. This is from Jonathan McDowell's Space Report #741. He's the astrophysicist who keeps thorough track of space launches.

"A ULA Atlas 5 placed an NRO satellite in highly elliptical orbit on Sep 24. The satellite is thought to host a signals intelligence payload (possibly codenamed RAVEN) and the HEO-4 missile early warning package. The Centaur stage was deorbited after one revolution."

Reports of the launch failing were exaggerated.
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TAC Visual / Re: Dinosaur Point is on again for the fall and winter
« Last post by Jeffcrilly on October 05, 2017, 11:07:08 PM »
Can’t do the 14th, but would like to venture out on the 21st.

-jeff
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TAC Visual / Re: Dinosaur Point is on again for the fall and winter
« Last post by DDK on October 05, 2017, 05:21:20 PM »
Sure thing, Marko. Serious thanks to Albert for turning us onto Dinosaur Point in the first place, and for the mondo work he put in over years and changes to keep our access there. It's a fine observing spot, as you know.
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TAC Visual / Re: Dinosaur Point is on again for the fall and winter
« Last post by Marko on October 05, 2017, 05:13:46 PM »
Thank you so much for your and the other gatekeepers for Dino for your efforts.
Marko
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TAC Visual / Dinosaur Point is on again for the fall and winter
« Last post by DDK on October 05, 2017, 03:28:05 PM »
Just, I mean just, got a prompt email reply from Ranger Nathan at Five Rivers. Our lock is intact on the gate, yes.

New Moon in October is nicely cooperative, being on Thursday the 19th. The weekend before and after both have friendly moontimes. So weather permitting, we'll be opening up the lot for stargazing. I'm figuring on being there both Saturdays, or Sundays if that works better.

Watch the OI page for announcements, well ahead of the nights we'll be there. Also, if you want to observe at Dinosaur Point on a night that isn't mentioned, send an email to <DinoGatekeepers@yahoogroups.com> and we'll see if a Gatekeeper can make it that night.

Check out the Observing Sites page for Dino for details. It's current. <http://observers.org/index.php/topic,29.0.html>
And do remember you have to get there well before sundown to get in.

Your devoted site liaison,
Jamie
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TAC Imaging / Re: Bubble Nebula + M52 @ CalStar 2017
« Last post by dnsmiley on October 04, 2017, 07:08:12 AM »
Great image!
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TAC Imaging / Bubble Nebula + M52 @ CalStar 2017
« Last post by Kai on October 04, 2017, 12:51:23 AM »
2 nights at 2017 CalStar
16 x 30min Ha + 12 x 10min RGB

Detail: http://www.astrobin.com/315327/

 -Kai
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Observing Reports / Re: CalStar XVIII, last week
« Last post by DDK on October 02, 2017, 04:29:04 PM »
S'that was our buddy Tall Paul. Now we know who was circling that drone around and why. Cool shots.
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TAC Visual / Re: Is Montabello still in use for observing?
« Last post by DDK on October 02, 2017, 02:20:30 PM »
rtfm, Cap'n. We keep the Observing Sites page current on purpose. And yes to Coe.
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TAC Visual / Re: Is Montabello still in use for observing?
« Last post by Rick on October 02, 2017, 08:53:55 AM »
They sky's were okay up there but the people and local were fantastic imo.  I see Mark Wagner is still around, Hi Mark :)
Oh yea so is Henry Coe SP still in use by us?  I really liked that site as well.

Clear Sky's

Rick
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