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NGC/IC Project / Re: NGC/IC Project
« Last post by randygmuller on Today at 04:17:48 PM »
I'm available to help with this project.
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NGC/IC Project / Re: NGC/IC Project
« Last post by John Pierce on Today at 04:13:15 PM »
version zero.zero.one: http://new.freescruz.com/~ngc-ic/

I got these from Arkash aka kstars, but he only had the NGC not the IC files.
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NGC/IC Project / Re: NGC/IC Project
« Last post by DDK on Today at 03:04:53 PM »
John, I've been wondering what happened to ngcicproject.org. Irreplaceable resource. Had written Gottlieb to ask about it, but he's been off in the Big Bend climbing ladders. What was weird, even the main google links dropped away.

Thanks for the update. Phew.
I'd certainly be able to pitch in with any scut work to put it back and keep the project online.
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NGC/IC Project / NGC/IC Project
« Last post by John Pierce on Today at 02:48:22 PM »
The long running ngcicproject.org website almost was lost forever when the original website owner passed away.  We are in the process of pulling together the pieces and recreating it.

This forum section is for discussions related to the process of resurrecting and restoring this valuable astronomy resource, and ongoing maintenance once its back in place.

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Observing Intents / Re: New Moon weekend
« Last post by mccarthymark on April 21, 2017, 12:12:44 PM »
If I didn't catch this cold I have I'd be going out tonight. It does look to be more certain good conditions tonight
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Observing Intents / Re: New Moon weekend
« Last post by MattT on April 21, 2017, 10:05:43 AM »
The weekend is here. My casual read of the weather reports is that tonight - Friday - might be the best. What do those of you with more developed weather-reading skills make of the prospects for tonight, tomorrow, and perhaps Sunday?
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TAC Visual / Re: Asteroid 2014 JO25
« Last post by mccarthymark on April 20, 2017, 12:37:42 PM »
I was able to see the asteroid last night, but only briefly.  I could not use my 12.5-inch with tracking platform since from that location in my yard it was behind a tree, so I used my non tracking 8-inch f/7.25, which I set up in a different corner of the yard.  The light pollution & haze were so bad I could not see Coma Berenices & had to start my star hop from Cor Caroli (a magnificent place to start, so no real complaint).  Using the S&T finders I easily picked up the field using 67x at 9:00pm, but I did not see the asteroid for about 10 minutes -- it was a little further along than I was looking and considerably fainter than I expected -- likely due to the haze.  Its movement was noticeable at 113x and it seemed to dim and brighten -- but I think this was the seeing rather than brightness change.  I watched it move for about five minutes before a marine layer swept over the sky.

I looked for five minutes more at Jupiter, showing wonderful detail, before it too was lost.  I stayed out for a while longer, watching the broken chunks of marine layer slide overhead -- but it was soon a solid mass and there was no hope of me seeing the asteroid again.
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TAC Visual / Re: Asteroid 2014 JO25
« Last post by Marko on April 19, 2017, 01:34:11 PM »
Astroids are kind of nice (when they don't hit Earth  ;D )   

Not as  'photogenic' as comets but fun to view to solidify the reality that large chunks of matter fly about in space and get near us from time to time.

Thanks for the reminder Mark
Mark
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TAC Visual / Asteroid 2014 JO25
« Last post by mccarthymark on April 19, 2017, 12:23:21 PM »
Hoping the weather will hold out long enough to catch this tonight.  At 11pm it makes a close approach to M64 -- maybe same FOV?

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/see-a-potentially-hazardous-asteroid-from-your-backyard/
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Equipment Discussions / new toys
« Last post by John Pierce on April 19, 2017, 11:50:40 AM »


(new ones being the 18 and 24)

now I guess we get bad weather inspite of the forecast?
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