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Equipment Discussions / Re: Cell Phone Supplier Choices
« on: September 13, 2017, 01:22:42 PM »
Whisper canyon had good cell coverage for ATT in 2016.  I didn't test data speed available, but I do remember posting messages and photos on Facebook via my phone. 

Annual Star Parties / Re: CalStar is 6 weeks away!
« on: September 11, 2017, 01:32:02 PM »
I remember the showers and kitchen area, couldn't remember if the water was safe.

Not having to pack water is a real weight-saver!

TAC Astro Classifieds / Re: Free 10x10 quikshade frame
« on: September 11, 2017, 01:12:11 PM »
Hey Jeff

I can use that thing to hold up my aluminet over my new to me small tent.

Are you going to Calstar? 

Annual Star Parties / Re: CalStar is 6 weeks away!
« on: September 11, 2017, 12:49:22 PM »
What's the potable water situation at Whisper Canyon? 

TAC Imaging / Re: Using Astro Cameras on the Eclipse?
« on: June 01, 2017, 11:53:07 AM »
Thanks Rob!

I've decided to not even use my full-spectrum DSLR because the shutter on that one is broken and requires exposures of no less than .7 seconds to operate properly.

TAC Imaging / Using Astro Cameras on the Eclipse?
« 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?

TAC Visual / Re: Moon and Aldebaran
« on: March 14, 2017, 09:28:39 AM »
Nice report.  Reminded me of the time I saw the moon occult the Pleiades back in 1992.

TAC Visual / Re: Solar Eclipse
« 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.

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.

Annual Star Parties / Re: GSSP 2017 Registration is open
« 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.

TAC Imaging / Re: Big meteor at Calstar on the last night
« on: October 11, 2016, 10:15:21 AM »
I remember as I was walking towards the pole barn and saw it form and break up.  Pretty spectacular!

Annual Star Parties / Water at Calstar?
« on: September 26, 2016, 04:06:24 PM »
Is the water potable at Calstar?

Does it need to be boiled before drinking?

Observing Intents / Re: CalStar XVII
« on: September 22, 2016, 04:06:25 PM »
Who else is going?

I'll be there with my prius powered imaging setup doing this kind of stuff:

Loading Film at GSSP 2016 by Stephen Migol, on Flickr

Annual Star Parties / Re: green laser pointers
« on: September 22, 2016, 03:54:31 PM »

One method I found to solve the whole problem with finding the way around the sky was to use plate solves and re-slew to the target.  Once the stars are in focus, you can have software analyze the RAW file, show where the camera is really pointed, then re-slew to the proper target.  Sometimes this can be the only way to point to some really faint stuff.  Saves a lot of frustration!

Software I've used for this task:
The Sky X (their all-sky platesolve is pretty fast)

I know that tools like Astrotortilla can be configured to use a local database rather than the internet.

Since you're probably autoguiding, you may also be using tools like Backyard EOS (correction: the Nikon version), which might integrate into other solving tools.


TAC Visual / M33 possible nova
« on: December 01, 2015, 10:09:00 PM »
Time to get some big scopes out to see if you can spot this one.

Pretty faint at mag 16

Observing Reports / Re: OR, GSSP 2015
« on: July 20, 2015, 10:55:39 PM »
Great write up!  Glad that you had a good time at GSSP. 


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