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TAC Visual / Re: Advice needed for Pinnacles East
« Last post by John Pierce on Today at 05:01:02 AM »
its been quite a long time since I've been  to the Pinnacles East campground, but I'm remembering the bulk of the camping area is deep river sand, and it gets really dusty if its windy.
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TAC Visual / Re: Advice needed for Pinnacles East
« Last post by jeffweiss9 on Yesterday at 07:39:05 PM »
To follow up, the forecasts were very off for Saturday night.  The sky was clear and very dark with little or no wind at Bears Gulch parking area up the road from the East Entrance about 5 miles.  No campers but a couple of cars with headlights came through; not too much harm (for me anyway).  There were 3 of us astrophotographers plus a fourth who wondered in for a Milky Way landscape.  Great site!
CS/Jeff
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Observing Reports / Re: What the heck was that?
« Last post by DDK on June 25, 2017, 12:58:21 AM »
If only they'd moved, Mark. The staying-put part is the real head scratcher.
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Observing Reports / What the heck was that?
« Last post by mccarthymark on June 24, 2017, 09:02:40 AM »
At the risk of bringing ridicule and shame upon my head, I want to relate an observation I made last night while at Fremont Peak, because I can't figure out what it was.

I was using my 20-inch, around 2:30am, with Cygnus at zenith.  I was poking around the Cygnus Cloud observing a variety of objects, when I come to STF 2609.  Instead of the fairly close pairing I expected, I see two streaks of light, each maybe 10" long, each with bright small disks on the ends.  They looked like staples.  They were parallel to each other and N-S, one was a little dimmer and shorter than the other, and each had a dimming along the major axis between the points at the end.

I thought it was some kind of optical defect, but the streaks remained at all powers I tried (205x, 333x, 533x, 667x).  Other stars were points of light, even those of similar magnitudes.  I took a few minutes break and came back to it: the same.  Seeing was very good; just a few minutes before I made a clean split at 333x of B1289, which has a 0.7" separation.  Transparency was average; SQML was 21.2

STF 2609 is 6.69/7.64, 1.9", PA 21°.  I would say the streaks were of similar brightness, separation, and in the correct PA.  But why in the world would they be stretched out so?
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TAC Visual / Re: Advice needed for Pinnacles East
« Last post by jeffweiss9 on June 22, 2017, 01:09:39 PM »
Sounds good.  I've got my power arranged now but, unfortunately National Weather Service is now saying 17mph winds (23mph gusts) through 10pm both Friday and Saturday nights.   That hopefully will get better for me (I can image up to 10mph). It is predicted to be <~10mph after 11pm so still possible.
Cheers,
Jeff
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TAC Visual / Re: Advice needed for Pinnacles East
« Last post by swaroopshere on June 21, 2017, 03:56:05 PM »
I may also be heading to Pinnacles for imaging - either tomorrow or day after. might run into you.
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TAC Visual / Re: Advice needed for Pinnacles East
« Last post by jeffweiss9 on June 21, 2017, 01:15:45 PM »
Thanks, Jamie-
That location (grassy field at the SW end of the campground on the satellite) seems to be the lat/lon of the the Clear Sky Chart for East Pinnacles.  I could drive up to Bear Gulch but that spot in SW end of the campground looks pretty good.  Now to find enough juice to keep the camera going.
Clear skies,
Jeff
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Annual Star Parties / Re: GSSP 2017 Registration is open
« Last post by swaroopshere on June 21, 2017, 01:13:39 PM »
This might be a super late request but if there is anyone who bought a ticket to GSSP but is unable to go, I would be happy to take up your spot. Let me know!
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Hi, Is your spot still available for grabs? I would be happy to take it.
- Swaroop
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