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Observing Intents / Re: TAC members in my area
« Last post by DDK on July 10, 2017, 10:44:52 PM »
Here's a welcome to the gang, Stardust. Looks like there aren't any lurkers on around Clearlake. There are several people here who go to Lake Sonoma.
Observing Intents / CalStar continues to ride again
« Last post by DDK on July 10, 2017, 10:41:58 PM »
DDK will be there with bells on, Thursday to Sunday. All praise to our glorious and diplomatic Potentate.
Annual Star Parties / CalStar 2017 Registration is open
« Last post by CharlieWicks on July 10, 2017, 09:29:28 PM »
Greetings TACos, Registration for CalStar 2017 is officially open. You can register by going to:

Please read all of the info before registering, as there are no refunds.

TAC Imaging / Some lunar and a Saturn shot, 5 July
« Last post by oldfrankland on July 07, 2017, 09:18:12 AM »
Took the spectroscope off the telescope to cruise the moon with scope and camera.  Seeing was better than average for Livermore, and was treated to moments of relatively steady air.  Along with a few standard lunar show pieces, was able to image some pretty decent, though, somewhat soft views of Saturn, red channel mono.  All the images were shot with a C9 and ZWO ASI120MM with >6000A red filter.  Lunar stuff was shot at f/10, Saturn at f/20.  I'm really getting to like the utility of the 120MM camera.  With the extremely small pixels, relatively high resolution imaging can be done at both prime focus and with 2x Barlow.  Using FireCapture imaging software provides a variety of options for both frame rate and image format.  Particularly amazing considering the low cost of the camera and FireCapture free to download on the internet.  Lunar/planetary imaging rocks!

Observing Reports / Re: Old Time Fun At Montebello.
« Last post by Mark on July 05, 2017, 01:43:24 PM »
True, about the doubles.  Mine is the ubiquitous south end of some northbound animal, apparently.

Shade used to come up to Montebello, but it was John Hales with the spud gun.  Used to aim it at the exhaust pipe on top of the outhouse from across the lot.  Hales is still the same.  Has an actual working canon at his place outside Phoenix.

The guy who I thought looked like you, Peter, is Philip Manela.
Observing Reports / Re: Old Time Fun At Montebello.
« Last post by Peter Natscher on July 05, 2017, 07:26:03 AM »
Hard to believe anyone looks like me.  We all have doubles, though.

Flash back to the 90's at Montebello: Where was Mike Shade and his fabulous potato gun?
Observing Reports / Re: Old Time Fun At Montebello.
« Last post by DDK on July 04, 2017, 04:59:08 PM »
Oh those Montebellistas. And Dan's 16", I know that scope, it's Uncle Albert!
Annual Star Parties / Re: CalStar 2017
« Last post by DDK on July 04, 2017, 04:55:19 PM »
The kitchen at Whiisssper Canyon is big. No need to bring a stove, there are burners galore. Big fridge. Anyone can cook anytime they like.
Annual Star Parties / Re: CalStar 2017
« Last post by dnsmiley on July 04, 2017, 02:52:06 PM »

How does the dining/cooking work at CalStar? I see there is a kitchen in the pole barn, is that communal or anyone can use it? Do people bring their own propane stoves? Any fridge or bring your own cooler only?

TAC Imaging / Re: M101 Pinwheel Galaxy
« Last post by joelin02 on July 04, 2017, 07:57:21 AM »

Here's mine from GSSP. It was L only (the RGB were out of focus) on an Edge 8" and Tak EM-200.

Integration time wasn't too long. Maybe 20 x 3 min subs.
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