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Observing Intents / Observing Intent Lake Sonoma December 9
« Last post by dnsmiley on December 08, 2017, 12:43:52 PM »
I am planning to observe at Lake Sonoma Lone Rock parking lot Saturday December 9. With early sunset at around 4:50 pm there will be about 5 hours of dark sky before moonrise at around midnight.

Currently there are lots of high clouds so I plan to confirm on Saturday morning.
Observing Sites / Re: Lake Sonoma
« Last post by dnsmiley on December 05, 2017, 05:39:43 AM »
Hi, I am planning to go this Saturday Dec 9 as well, so far weather prospects are good. I will contact some friends and post an observing intent later this week. Although last quarter moon comes up around midnight, with the early sunset there's still five hours of dark sky.
Observing Sites / Re: Lake Sonoma
« Last post by shneor on December 04, 2017, 11:29:27 PM »
Thanks! The sky at Lone Rock often seems to wash out later (sometime after 11 or midnight). Nice report.
I'm thinking of observing there this Saturday night depending on weather.
Observing Sites / Re: Lake Sonoma
« Last post by dnsmiley on December 04, 2017, 05:24:21 AM »
Yes, see my observing report 10/21/17.
Observing Reports / Re: Observing in Australia (Part II)
« Last post by Marko on December 03, 2017, 11:12:38 PM »
Dragon's head and Bean Nebula stand out in my mind too with Bean Nebula really a wonder even in the 12" I had used.  Of course Tarantula is the king in the LMC but there are just a whole lot of other very interesting and large objects in that beast of a dwarf (Can a dwarf be a beast???  Yes I think so in this case).

Check out a picture of just the nebula I took on remote scope and note the area is solid light nebula around all the objects.

Wonderful report Steve.  Yes a 30" in the LMC would be one definition of true astro bliss.    Nice.
Equipment Discussions / Re: Fits In A Fit
« Last post by shneor on December 03, 2017, 10:57:41 PM »
Took my 22" plus tent I can stand up in, equatorial platform, two tables, two chairs (one zero gravity) 12 gallons of water, solar panels, astro accessories, charts, twin air mattress,  carpeting, hatchet, hammers, etc. in my Fit to OSP for the eclipse; camped out for 6 days.
Observing Sites / Re: Lake Sonoma
« Last post by shneor on December 03, 2017, 10:49:03 PM »
Has anyone observed here since the fires?
TAC Visual / Re: Visual notes on the entire NGC
« Last post by DDK on December 03, 2017, 02:07:56 PM »
Your timing's good in putting this whole set out, with still flapping in the breeze.

An unbelievable resource, a historically corrected, visual-based NGC. Question is, Steve, is this really going to hang on you? I've seen different threads different places - what's ahead next for the NGC/IC project site?
TAC Imaging / IC342 The Hidden Galaxy
« Last post by jeffweiss9 on December 03, 2017, 08:52:46 AM »
Here's an 8 hour LRGB of IC342 which is relatively obscured by lying in the plane of the Milky Way.

TAC Imaging / Re: Asteroid Hannibal
« Last post by jeffweiss9 on December 02, 2017, 11:34:38 PM »
Very cool.
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