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TAC Visual / Outstanding 1440p vid of Solar Cycle
« Last post by mpacker on February 18, 2017, 08:23:41 AM »
OMG for Heliophiles:  And for those who watched this last solar max - Venus transit all - check out below 1440p HD - Full screen of course

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJPz-oRnRDE

I know a lot of folks who saw these sun spot and flares (H-alpha lower right) with me and SJAA.

Notables if you slow vid to 1/4th : Which "Jupiter" SN's made it through an entire solar revolution, watch face-on SN's form & dissipate. Especially nice to have the H-alpa to see which ones were active when butted up at the solar rim - especially if you recorded your obs. - which I did :)

Mag -26.74
Packer
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TAC Visual / Re: Solar Eclipse
« Last post by smigol on February 17, 2017, 01:15:01 PM »
I'm going to the Oregon Solar Fest in Madras, along with several other Santa Cruz Astronomy Club members.   We made our campsite reservations nearly a year ago, several of us have full RV hookups, several more are tenting it.    2 minutes 2 seconds of totality at our campsite.

the Oregon Solar Fest still has lots of camping, both RV and tent, at 'Solar Town' which is a huge field just north of town, near the airport (which happens to house an awesome air museum with a large collection of flying WW-II warbirds).   They are going to offer 'glamping' too, which will be fancy large tents already setup with queen airbeds inside, everything you need, just show up, camp a couple nights, enjoy the eclipse, and leave, they'll break camp.   

https://www.oregonsolarfest.com/


I also am going to the Madras event.  Ordered my tickets a few weeks ago. 

I contacted the organizers and they say that the "Solar Town" location will have no nighttime lighting so it's good for stargazing, quiet hours from 11 pm to 7 am, and generators are OK.

I'll be doing my prius-powered setup like at GSSP/Calstar with some flexibility to dump imaging for visual as the conditions and crowds permit.

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Annual Star Parties / Re: GSSP 2017 Registration is open
« Last post by smigol on February 16, 2017, 01:23:17 PM »
I'll be there, out in the oort cloud again.  Waiting to hear from my nieces on whether they'll make the trip.

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TAC Visual / Re: Solar Eclipse
« Last post by zlanguy on February 13, 2017, 01:31:25 PM »
I'm going with family and solar telescopes.  We will be there for the full 4 day solarfest in Madras and then do some sightseeing around Oregon, maybe Washington, and then head back south.. gonna be gone for 7 to 10 days I think.



Please say hello if you see me there.

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TAC Visual / Re: Solar Eclipse
« Last post by John Pierce on February 11, 2017, 10:58:58 AM »
my friends who are veteran eclipse chasers all say, expect massive traffic jams on the morning of, and even the night before, as the unprepared urban masses jockey for position.
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TAC Visual / Re: Solar Eclipse
« Last post by Marko on February 11, 2017, 12:39:53 AM »
I'll be visiting my brother inlaw in Tigard OR to then head down south a tad or south east depending on forcasts.
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TAC Imaging / Re: Leo Triple with Tidal Tail and Dwarf Galaxy
« Last post by jeffweiss9 on February 10, 2017, 11:34:18 PM »
...Actually this image was published in the March 2016 Sky and Telescope magazine.
See the article entitled "The Spiral Arms of Spring".   But they actually clipped out the most interesting part (to me anyway) which is the long tidal tail which contains the 2014 discovered Leo Tidal Dwarf Galaxy (TDG) located near the tip of the tail.
Cheers,
Jeff
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TAC Visual / Re: Solar Eclipse
« Last post by John Pierce on February 10, 2017, 10:02:09 PM »
I'm going to the Oregon Solar Fest in Madras, along with several other Santa Cruz Astronomy Club members.   We made our campsite reservations nearly a year ago, several of us have full RV hookups, several more are tenting it.    2 minutes 2 seconds of totality at our campsite.

the Oregon Solar Fest still has lots of camping, both RV and tent, at 'Solar Town' which is a huge field just north of town, near the airport (which happens to house an awesome air museum with a large collection of flying WW-II warbirds).   They are going to offer 'glamping' too, which will be fancy large tents already setup with queen airbeds inside, everything you need, just show up, camp a couple nights, enjoy the eclipse, and leave, they'll break camp.   

https://www.oregonsolarfest.com/
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TAC Visual / Solar Eclipse
« Last post by SeanMcCauliff on February 10, 2017, 09:35:32 PM »
Seems like all the hotels and campgrounds are booked up in Oregon.  What are people doing for the eclipse?  Oregon Star Party?
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I thought I read the DNA Lounge was closing for good?!?  always sounded like a way cool venue, albeit most of their music isn't my thing anymore.
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