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NGC/IC Project / Re: Corrected NGC v0 online
« Last post by hgcjr on Yesterday at 05:49:13 PM »
Steve is right.  Bob only built images for the first 99 IC objects, though we do have good identifications, notes, and preliminary data for all 5386.  I hope we can get this back on line soon.
Observing Intents / Re: New Moon weekend
« Last post by pnatscher on Yesterday at 08:21:17 AM »
I've observed with a 'biggish' 4 day old Moon before.  Luna will be only 24 degrees up in the west.  Transparency will be very good.  Just look at objects overhead and to the east.  Wagner and I did just that from Coulter Row one night a 'few' years ago.  Was a good night spotting mag 14 galaxies.
Observing Intents / Re: New Moon weekend
« Last post by DDK on April 28, 2017, 09:13:31 PM »
Crilly! As you will have seen, I was at the Pinnacles Wednesday. I dunno what our buddy Peter is up to, figuring on waiting till midnight for a biggish Moon to set. But that's just me.
Observing Intents / Re: New Moon weekend
« Last post by Jeffcrilly on April 28, 2017, 08:45:50 PM »
How about pinnacles on the 29th?

Contemplating getting out...
Observing Intents / OI - Fremont Peak -- FPOA Area 4-29-2017
« Last post by pnatscher on April 28, 2017, 07:59:05 PM »
OI - Fremont Peak FPOA area. Last chance April observing ;)  Wx forecast looks great!  4 day old Moon sets by 11:45pm but there's still darkness after that.
NGC/IC Project / Re: Corrected NGC v0 online
« Last post by John Pierce on April 28, 2017, 11:59:04 AM »
I think trying to implement Astrometry on the web server is a bit ambitious for now.   The current graphics are all static JPG files, and I think our initial goal should be to get back to the level of content that the old site had, all the background material and such.

NGC/IC Project / Re: Corrected NGC v0 online
« Last post by akarsh on April 28, 2017, 11:46:24 AM »
Hello :)

I'm now here. I'll try and keep up with the discussion whenever I have time.

I want to emphasize that Steve and I were unable to recover images of Messier objects and certain bright planetary nebulae.

It would be nice (also for future use) to develop a software to automatically label objects in images. Most planetarium software do this, and at least in KStars, the code tries to avoid congestion of labels by using some sort of a repulsion between the labels.

Clear Skies
TAC Imaging / Using Astro Cameras on the Eclipse?
« Last post by smigol on April 28, 2017, 10:01:34 AM »
I'm covered with DSLRs for the eclipse, but I have these QSI cameras with their KAF 8300 chips sitting idle.

Is it worth considering putting a 200mm medium format lens on the QSI to shoot RGB/Narrowband during the eclipse?

Any thoughts about how to practice exposures?  Is the corona as bright as the full moon?

NGC/IC Project / Re: NGC/IC Project
« Last post by davidem27 on April 28, 2017, 12:56:55 AM »
so who's good with web scripting?      we need someone to take point on building a simple framework for the ngcicproject website

Hello everybody,
my name is Davide Pistritto, astrofellow from Italy.
Surfing the web for some of my queries about DSOs, I saw that the epic ngcicproject was sadly down.

I am a web developer skilled in PHP, MySQL and frontend stuffs.
I would really like to get the epic website back to astrosurfers with my help.

Please let me know how can I do this.

Have a nice day and greeting to @sgottlieb
Observing Reports / New Moon April, Peak and Pinnacles
« Last post by DDK on April 27, 2017, 06:08:03 PM »
Saturday night the 22nd I hit the SW lot at the Peak for observing. Between the Pinnacles and Dinosaur Point, I’d gotten distracted and away from the Peak; last time I was up there was June. This past weekend it was amazingly green everywhere, with lupines blooming across the park.

Got to visit with Derek the cool ranger, with his wife Hali and their two kids, Logan and Penelope. Lovely happy family. Also while hanging out around the Observatory, got to see Ron Dammann and Rob Hawley who are both flourishing to all appearances.

There were campers and astro visitors all over the park, but back at the SW lot it stayed quiet. High clouds played tag with the low fog that comes out of the little valley there around Carmen’s Trail. Did get more than a couple hours of decent skies though, with 5.8 limiting magnitude for a stretch.

Did an eye candy tour, featuring Jupiter with some fancy equatorial bands. The seeing was good enough to let the 4 Galilean moons show little disks. Saw M5 for the first time this year. Stared and gawked at M51, the Leo Trio, caught Cor Caroli and 24 Com for color.

Some time around 11, I had two excellent visitors, this little 6-year old Jack and his mom. Jack got to see Jupiter and M3, and showed off to his mama where the North Star is. Sharp kid.

Then last night, Wednesday, I headed to the Pinnacles for precisely New Moon. There were dense low dark curdly clouds over the whole sky at sunset, stayed that way till 8:50. Looked very skunking-like. A couple stars peeped thru after 9, then the whole sky opened up. For about an hour. Swear it was fun watching those stars come out in the quiet, with crickets and peepers and a low bass wind. Far as I could tell, I had the western half of that entire national park to myself.

Had serious detail on Jupiter, best in a long while. Great Red Spot, all kinds of festoons and curlicues along the main bands.
Still have all kinds of spring galaxies to hunt down. More of this.
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