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Observing Intents / Re: Pinnacles Sunday the 18th
« Last post by DDK on June 18, 2017, 03:58:35 PM »
Well thanks John for the reminder to post a correction here. Phooey, last time I'd checked the Pinnacles NP site, there was nothing about a road closure, so I was feeling all sanguine. Just did check back (unprompted I swear), and yep according to
https://www.nps.gov/pinn/index.htm
right on their front webpage, 146 will be closed 2100-0600 thru June. So stargazing is fine if you want to stay till 6 am.

You said 22 July. That's supposed to be just fine.

I'll head to the Peak this evening! Will be in the SW lot.
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Observing Intents / Re: Pinnacles Sunday the 18th
« Last post by John Pierce on June 17, 2017, 07:02:11 PM »
do let us know how the road and sign situation has worked out, because SCAC wants to visit Pinnacles West on July 22nd...
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We've had a couple dark nights with good stars and a visible Milky Way here in Salinas. Time to head for the dark hills. Will be there well before sunset.
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TAC Visual / Triple double with Cor Caroli
« Last post by mccarthymark on June 14, 2017, 12:56:46 PM »
While hunting faint and close pairs with my 12.5-inch last night, I realized there is a "triple double" which includes Cor Caroli!  They're not all physically bound to each other, but it was a nice scene all the same.

Cor Caroli = STF 1692 is the well beloved Alpha Canum Venaticorum and was the start of my star hop for the list of pairs I prepared for the session.  About half a degree to the west was STF 1688, a faint pair (9.24/11.06, 14.4", 343°), yellow A and orangish B, which I identified using 340x.  Next on the list was STF 1702, which was about half a degree to the east of Cor Caroli.  It was a wide orange-yellow pair, 8.72/9.41, 36.1", 82°.

It struck me it might be possible to see all three in the same FOV, so I went down to 71x and 1.1° and yes, I could just squeeze all three in the view, the two fainter Struves just within the field stop on either side of the showpiece in the center.  It helped to have already seen STF 1688, since it was the faintest pair to pick out.

It's these little scenes which give me great satisfaction while observing.  Hope you have something new to look for when observing this old favorite.
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TAC Imaging / Re: M101 Pinwheel Galaxy
« Last post by jeffweiss9 on June 14, 2017, 07:05:35 AM »
Thanks, John.
The LZOS objective on the 130mm isn't too bad.
Clear skies,
Jeff
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TAC Visual / Re: Yosemite club weekends this year...
« Last post by John Pierce on June 13, 2017, 11:06:37 AM »
and in fact, after spending 2 days trying to find a group site or any campsite  within 2 hours drive of Glacier Point, the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club is canceling our appearance there.  I suspect we won't be the only ones this summer.
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TAC Imaging / Re: M101 Pinwheel Galaxy
« Last post by John Pierce on June 13, 2017, 11:05:00 AM »
nice!
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TAC Imaging / M101 Pinwheel Galaxy
« Last post by jeffweiss9 on June 12, 2017, 09:47:18 PM »
Here's a 12.3 hr HaLRGB of M101 just finished:
http://www.astrobin.com/299304/
Imaged at D.A.R.C. Obs.
Cheers,
Jeff
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TAC Visual / Yosemite club weekends this year...
« Last post by John Pierce on June 12, 2017, 05:52:45 PM »
heads up, all you folks who join various astronomy clubs Glacier Point weekends.   The Bridalveil Creek Campground where they normally bunk 'us' won't open until August ....  and they aren't doing what they did in 2005, which was to put us at Badger Pass in an overflow parking lot, so my club, who has next weekend, is scrambling to find alternatives... EVERYTHING is booked solid except some $$$$ B&B kinda places in Oakhurst or Coarsegold (2 hours+ from Glacier Pt, ugh!)
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I did early reservation but unfortunately can't go this year. If you haven't booked your spot and would like to take mine for $50, pls message me.
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