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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. 


I'd love to attend this class, but will have to wait for the next one due to schedule conflicts. 

Observing Intents / Re: CalStar XVI
« on: July 19, 2015, 09:44:16 PM »
That's awesome.  Lots of people were talking about the situation at GSSP.  Good to know that all is going to work out.


Observing Intents / Re: CalStar XVI
« on: July 14, 2015, 01:16:53 AM »

There was a thread over on the Annual Star Parties section that talked about how Charlie Wicks is investigating an alternate site.,386.0.html

Not sure what the outcome of the research that has been done.  There will be a need to arrange insurance and services for some sites.  Hopefully it will be sorted soon.


Annual Star Parties / Re: GSSP coming up!
« on: July 07, 2015, 10:14:47 AM »
As noted on the GSSP facebook page, the site is on the edge of the zone for an asteroid occultation to happen on the evening of the 16th.

Might see a blip or more at the appropriate time.

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