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That's thoughtful, Marko. I'll be looking!

Observing Reports / Re: Speaking of subtle...
« on: July 27, 2017, 01:41:06 PM »
Phoo, McCarthy et al, I didn't pass along the link for that list. It's still archived at

One of the most fun observing lists around, on purpose! Made with the same philosophy as Steve's DeepMap - these better look good.

Observing Reports / Re: Speaking of subtle...
« on: July 26, 2017, 11:00:16 PM »
McCarthy, have you gone thru the TAC Eye Candy List? Compilation of the RASC, Saguaro and Caron lists, plus some extra goodies thrown in. The whole selection is eyepiece-based.

Might just be time for an intervention, buddy.

TAC Visual / Re: An observation about observation.
« on: July 26, 2017, 03:19:37 PM »
Yup, look at the OI's and esp the OR's here, I've been shamelessly proselytizing the Pinnacles thru this last calendar year. You can see why. Still do hit the Peak frequently, and sure Dino in the winter, but the Pinnacles are one more excellent option we have. At this point I've lost count of how many times I've been observing at Pinnacles over the years. The site doesn't have the Peak's laminar flow magic that makes for 5/5 seeing time after time, but as you can see it's highly dark there. Even darker on the east side, for when you're feeling greedy.

Observing Reports / Re: Pinnacles West with SCAC
« on: July 24, 2017, 01:38:29 PM »
At 10 pm you were ten minutes before astronomical twilight, and aiming to the west. That's hardly fair.

Navarrete talked about seeing a train of satellites, maybe the very same ones you're mentioning. Just those two on Saturday night made my jaw drop.

I was privileged to see and overhear that confirmation. "You saw it and I caught a hint, you can log it."
McCarthy you have become a maven of subtle pleasures.

Observing Reports / Re: Pinnacles West with SCAC
« on: July 23, 2017, 05:46:23 PM »
a) Pierce, that one guy who had counted the 16 telescopes in the lot was me, and there was still daylight when I told you.

b) same Pierce - you got spoiled quick over the sky, buddy. Hardly fair to say the NW quadrant sucked. There was a 5 degree light dome that was maybe 15 degrees long. That's always there from the prison. The other 345 degrees had stars to the horizon. To the south the False Comet in Scorpius was well up and bright. South of Sagittarius there were stars well into Corona Australis.

c) Peter Natscher, tsk. Going on about a modest 16" telescope. You'll have to deal with me in person. Yes good news that people had fun on both sides of our new national park.

Limiting magnitude for Jardine and me was 6.0. Seeing was good 4/5 thru the night. The Milky Way got all the way to impressive by midnight. There were easily 2 dozen people in the lot, cool given that many of them had about a 2-hour one-way drive. Two of the TAC Marks were there, Wagner and McCarthy. Navarrete the Beastmaster is as pretty as ever. A bunch of the SCAC astroids were there having fun, appropriately. Heard Seiler and Gose doing all kinds of useful outreach.

We saw a pass of the ISS that crossed half the sky. And at one point there was a brightly flashing satellite, which turned out to have a paired partner. They traveled together from Ursa Minor thru Cassiopeia all the way into Andromeda. I had never seen such a thing, but it brought out stories of such phenomena as a satellite trio that Richard N had seen.

I just took 10x50 binocs this time, had fun scanning all over the sky. Mooching was also highly successful. Ended with a fun comparison of M33 in binocs and in Bob Kohlenberger's 20 (20?) inch scope.

After very clear dark skies, less than 40 miles to the north, we had marine layer all the way to the ground in Salinas. I am personally all for hilltops.

No such light. There's a light in the bathroom that's motion-sensitive but goes out after a few minutes. Better to stay away from the bathroom anyway.

Observing Reports / Re: Peak 18 June, outreach night, good and dark
« on: July 19, 2017, 05:37:55 PM »
Rumors of the demise of Fremont Peak as a quality observing site continue to be greatly exaggerated. Yes I'm stealing Twain's line. Seeing is often startingly good. A middling night like this one last June new moon shows up a 6.0 limiting magnitude, heaps of stars, excellent detail on all kinds of objects. It's from the Peak that I've caught 4 of the highly valued little dim dwarfs in our Local Group - the Fornax Dwarf, Leo I, IC 10 and the famously elusive WLM.

Too fine a local resource to miss. As Joe Bob would say, DDK sez check it out.

Annual Star Parties / Re: CalStar 2017 Registration is open
« on: July 12, 2017, 12:18:45 PM »
Here we can officially thank Charlie Wicks for all he's done to keep CalStar flourishing. And Beth Winters once again for finding Whiisssper Canyon for us.

Rants and Off Topic / Re: Welcome Back Brad Franzella!
« on: July 12, 2017, 12:14:09 PM »
I remember Brad from Lassen. He has several claims to fame.

Observing Intents / Re: TAC members in my area
« on: July 12, 2017, 12:13:16 PM »
Hey Dust. The TAC-SAC used to be really active, and a fun bunch. Most recently they were going to Blue Canyon, wherever that is.

Rants and Off Topic / Re: Welcome Back Brad Franzella!
« on: July 12, 2017, 11:54:47 AM »
Brad was a fun kid, betcha he's the same good guy now.

Observing Intents / Re: CalStar continues to ride again
« on: July 11, 2017, 07:31:07 PM »
Mark side sezzee, he who dabbles in imaging.
Bracewell is the 6th TACoMark I know of, the guitar maker and rocker who has gone by the moniker Spike.

Observing Intents / Re: CalStar continues to ride again
« on: July 11, 2017, 06:00:16 PM »
There are at least 6 TACoMarks now. Johnston and Wagner as above, with McCarthy, Brada, Buxbaum, and Spike the Guitar Maker What's His Last Name.

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