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Observing Intents / Observing at Pinnacles West
« Last post by jim molinari on October 17, 2017, 08:50:19 AM »
Arriving at 4:30 - 5pm.
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Hi folks,
This amazing scope was donated to the club a while back and it is now time to find it a new home.
You can check out some recent pics here:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4LOOmc9jwMbdXAwdWdhdjA5OTg&usp=gmail

This scope was last sold in 2014.  Here is the ad in Astromart:
www.astromart.com/classifieds/details.asp?classified_id=857678

Some differences from the ad to what is available now
- Argo Navis DSC included (not the sky commander)
- no Paracorr
- no Telrad Finder
- no Desert Storm Cover
The scope does come with vehicle ramps though.

This scope will be on view at the upcoming SJAA Swap Meet (unless it is sold prior to that)
feel free to email me if you have any questions
sjaamentor@gmail.com
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Observing Intents / Re: Dinosaur Point rides yet once again, Saturday night the 21st
« Last post by DDK on October 16, 2017, 04:45:30 PM »
Come to think of it, Charlie Wicks was asking about the Peak for this New Moon, and here a newish guy Kai and friends went to Coe last weekend. So TAC and SCAC are in fact working on inhabiting the hilltops.

And you can reliably go the Peak on a dark night and meet someone observing who never heard of any of our groups.
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Observing Intents / Dinosaur Point rides yet once again, Saturday night the 21st
« Last post by DDK on October 16, 2017, 01:57:34 PM »
Yep Dinosaur Point will be open Saturday night the 21st for stargazing and general frivolity. The forecast looks just fine.

People have all manner of good choices for that night. The highly genial Santa Cruz gang is heading to the west side of the Pinnacles Saturday night as well. At both sites, telescopes, cameras, all kinds of gear are welcome.
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Observing Reports / Re: Dinosaur Point rides again
« Last post by DDK on October 16, 2017, 01:52:33 PM »
Smiley, lemme say out loud if I were living in Mill Valley, I woiuld definitely opt for Lake Sonoma!
That said, those of us who live inside an hour from Dinosaur Point are headed there Saturday night. Yes the 21st.
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Observing Intents / Re: Santa Cruz Astronomy Club at Pinnacles West
« Last post by John Pierce on October 16, 2017, 08:53:53 AM »
with sunset at 6:20 or so, I don't *WANT* people showing up at 8pm, too many lights.
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Observing Reports / Re: Dinosaur Point rides again
« Last post by dnsmiley on October 16, 2017, 05:33:13 AM »
Nice to read your report, with rain forecast for Thursday I am wondering if it's somehow possible Lake Sonoma might be ok by Saturday, but if not Dinosaur Point is definitely on my list. Thanks for your help.
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Observing Reports / Dinosaur Point rides again
« Last post by DDK on October 16, 2017, 12:46:28 AM »
Saturday night, the 14th, we started another observing season at Dinosaur Point. Dino is good from October to March, when the winds let up whistling thru Pacheco Pass.

4 of us where there. Joe Bob Jardine brought his Albert Highe-made 20”, Peter Natscher had his 16”, Dave Cooper brought his trusty refractor, and I brought Felix, my 11” f/4.5 Dobs made by Discovery Telescopes.

It was a beautiful night, with 6.2 limiting magnitude for both Bob and me. Seeing was good, 4/5. Smoke really wasn’t much of a factor at all. We could see more of a low light dome over to ENE, toward Santa Nella, than we’re used to there. And stars weren’t as bright along the southern horizon as they can be at Dinosaur Point. Still a respectable night full of stars.

I looked at a range of objects, from two little galaxies for starters, and the always fascinating Ring Nebula and a sparkly M13, to ngc 253 in Sculptor for dessert at midnight. That big galaxy is as complex and awesome as ever. It’s held up its looks since CalStar, in fact.

Next Saturday, the 21st, weather permitting, we’ll be opening up Dinosaur Point again for observing. So get off your butt, leave this glowing screen behind, and come out to a quality darksky site. Precisely what TAC is all about.
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Observing Intents / Re: Santa Cruz Astronomy Club at Pinnacles West
« Last post by DDK on October 16, 2017, 12:42:58 AM »
That gate at the Pinnacles swings shut at 8 pm, rather than sunset.

It's at Dinosaur Point that you have to be there by sunset.
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Observing Intents / Santa Cruz Astronomy Club at Pinnacles West
« Last post by John Pierce on October 15, 2017, 11:03:53 PM »
Some SCAC members will be going to Pinnacles West, in the parking lot by the visitors center, on Saturday the 21st.     

day use fees (or national park pass) apply, and you must arrive before sunset as the gate auto locks, although it allows exiting all night long.

If anyone wants to join us, feel free, there's lots of room.    it might rain wed/thur but by saturday should be dry.

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