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Annual Star Parties / Re: CalStar is 6 weeks away!
« Last post by SonomaCyclist on Yesterday at 06:36:57 PM »

Thanks for putting this together! I was able to attend 3 of the 4 nights, and this was my first star party. I'm already looking forward to next year's CalStar!

And many thanks to Randy for the registration, hospitality, and bike ride.

Clear skys (and no dew),

- Larry
This is a very lightly used mount and very well taken care of. I have used it less than ten times. Other than the usual slight wear on the mounting plate everything looks like new. Both hand controller & motor firmware were updated to the latest versions which required borrowing a special cable. The mount also includes a second 11 pound counterweight (not pictured).

The package includes:
AS-GT mount, motor controller firmware version 5.20 (latest).
Nexstar* hand controller, firmware version 4.21 (latest).
Original tripod, 2" diameter legs, original spreader tray.
2 counterweights (one not pictured).
1 12 volt power cord, long, not pictured.

I live in San Francisco but can drive and meet halfway within a reasonable distance.

Observing Reports / Lake Sonoma 9/23/17
« Last post by dnsmiley on Yesterday at 05:40:53 AM »
I observed at Lake Sonoma Lone Rock parking lot on Saturday 9/23. Conditions were much better than the previous week, with good transparency and a well defined Milky Way. A three day old crescent moon was not too obtrusive. There were about 5 or 6 observers including one imager. I set up my C8 next to my friends Ray's 18". I went through a list of globulars and galaxies, including NGC 6723 and attending nebulosity on the Sag/Corona Australis border which made a nice field. I also think I managed Barnard's Galaxy, as I found the Little Gem planetary, then eased south and a bit east to a milky patch elongated north/south. It was faint, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Ray had Jones 1, an interesting planetary in Pegasus which showed nicely in an Orion UHC filter. I enjoyed edge-on galaxy NGC 6207 near M13 tonight, which I couldn't see in the haze last week. Through the 18", the "propeller" in M13 was clear but we couldn't see IC 4617, the other galaxy between M13 and NGC 6207, although I have seen it in a 25".

NGC 6939 and 6946, the open cluster and Fireworks galaxy pair in Cepheus, had me literally on my knees trying to look through the finder on my C8. I need a RACI finder for these northern objects! Finally got it, the galaxy big but amorphous, no sign of arms, the cluster very rich and reminding me of M11. In the 18" we did see indications of the spiral arms.

M55, M2, NGC 7814 and then M71 with its interesting shape reminding me of a tropical fish swimming through a sea of stars. Continuing the aquatic theme I went up to the nose of the dolphin, Gamma Delphini, ending the night on that beautiful double. A good night!
SJAA is pleased to announce they will be hosting their Annual Fall Swap Meet
Sunday October 29th at Houge Park, Bldg #1, from Noon to 3 pm.
Details will be updated and available here:
Meetup also has an event posted:
The current details are not completely accurate ... I am just trying to get the word out so folks (and clubs can put it on their calendars)
SJAA will only have 1 table worth of items and maybe a few scopes, so will be taking up very little room.

Equipment Discussions / Re: interesting albeit expensive tent for GSSP etc?
« Last post by John Pierce on September 23, 2017, 11:47:44 PM »
you can put a queen airbed and a couple chairs inside a shiftpod, with room to spare.

Observing Intents / OI: Lake Sonoma 9-23-17
« Last post by dnsmiley on September 23, 2017, 12:45:01 PM »
I'm planning to go Lake Sonoma Lone Rock parking tonight, looks like nice weather. So far looks like a 18" and a C8 coming.
Annual Star Parties / Re: calstar ticket up for sale
« Last post by batusername on September 22, 2017, 10:45:50 AM »
I'm interested. If you still have the ticket please DM and we can co-ordinate.
Annual Star Parties / calstar ticket up for sale
« Last post by nav on September 21, 2017, 12:49:50 PM »

a list minute personal issue came up, and i could not make it. please reach out in case anyone is interested.
sent a PM
TAC Imaging / Re: IC5146 (Cocoon Nebula) and B168
« Last post by jeffweiss9 on September 21, 2017, 09:27:20 AM »
Thanks, Stephen-
I was surprised by the extent of the reflection component in this one.
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