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Observing Reports / Re: Dinosaur Point rides again
« Last post by DDK on October 17, 2017, 06:01:04 PM »
Now I oughta give out details about one of those little galaxies I started with on Saturday night. As stated, this was in Felix, my 11", now using a 9mm Nagler. NGC 6482 was in a close set of fairly bright stars (turned out to be 12th magnitude), where one wouldn’t come to focus. It had a very compact round halo. What I thought was a bright stellar core is in fact an accurately superimposed foreground star, per Sky Atlas Companion. It was in fact close to those neighbors in brightness, being mag 13, per Luginbuhl and Skiff's truly excellent Observing Guide.

a) I'm pretty sure I've never seen a galaxy in a field like that before, with a set of fairly equal fairly bright stars, it being the one that wouldn't focus. And b) here's one more instance where observing guides like SAC and L&S can be invaluable right on site.
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Observing Intents / Re: Dinosaur Point rides yet once again, Saturday night the 21st
« Last post by DDK on October 17, 2017, 05:29:20 PM »
Dino - I gotta mention every time, you need to get there by sunset in order to get in.

The Dinosaur Point regs were just posted last week in that OI. Right here - http://observers.org/index.php/topic,868.0.html

Forget all those excuses. Go to Pinnacles or Dinosaur Point or Coe or the Peak this coming weekend. As my Daddy used to say, "Go outside, get some of the stink blown off."
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Observing Intents / Re: Observing at Pinnacles West
« Last post by John Pierce on October 17, 2017, 04:53:25 PM »
yeah, its incredibly hazy and overcast here in santa cruz today, from the new Bear Fire that busted out last night above Boulder Creek.

looks like my rain forecast has both been downgraded and delayed some.   there likely WILL be some rain, but not as much as originally expected and a day or so later too.
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Observing Intents / Re: Observing at Pinnacles West
« Last post by jim molinari on October 17, 2017, 02:46:12 PM »
I appreciate your input. Intellicast and National Weather call for clear Wednesday night. But, now I'm concerned about all the smoke pouring in from our local mountains and Santa Rosa Area. The air quality has taken a significant "turn" for the worse this afternoon. I checked Soledad this morning and it was good ... now it's unhealthy with high particulate rating. I will check all in the morning and cancel my intentions if necessary.
Thanks!
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Observing Intents / Re: Observing at Pinnacles West
« Last post by John Pierce on October 17, 2017, 11:36:26 AM »
you know there's rain in the forecast for wednesday/thursday, tapering off friday ?
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Observing Intents / Observing at Pinnacles West
« Last post by jim molinari on October 17, 2017, 08:50:19 AM »
Arriving at 4:30 - 5pm.
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Hi folks,
This amazing scope was donated to the club a while back and it is now time to find it a new home.
You can check out some recent pics here:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4LOOmc9jwMbdXAwdWdhdjA5OTg&usp=gmail

This scope was last sold in 2014.  Here is the ad in Astromart:
www.astromart.com/classifieds/details.asp?classified_id=857678

Some differences from the ad to what is available now
- Argo Navis DSC included (not the sky commander)
- no Paracorr
- no Telrad Finder
- no Desert Storm Cover
The scope does come with vehicle ramps though.

This scope will be on view at the upcoming SJAA Swap Meet (unless it is sold prior to that)
feel free to email me if you have any questions
sjaamentor@gmail.com
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Observing Intents / Re: Dinosaur Point rides yet once again, Saturday night the 21st
« Last post by DDK on October 16, 2017, 04:45:30 PM »
Come to think of it, Charlie Wicks was asking about the Peak for this New Moon, and here a newish guy Kai and friends went to Coe last weekend. So TAC and SCAC are in fact working on inhabiting the hilltops.

And you can reliably go the Peak on a dark night and meet someone observing who never heard of any of our groups.
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Observing Intents / Dinosaur Point rides yet once again, Saturday night the 21st
« Last post by DDK on October 16, 2017, 01:57:34 PM »
Yep Dinosaur Point will be open Saturday night the 21st for stargazing and general frivolity. The forecast looks just fine.

People have all manner of good choices for that night. The highly genial Santa Cruz gang is heading to the west side of the Pinnacles Saturday night as well. At both sites, telescopes, cameras, all kinds of gear are welcome.
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Observing Reports / Re: Dinosaur Point rides again
« Last post by DDK on October 16, 2017, 01:52:33 PM »
Smiley, lemme say out loud if I were living in Mill Valley, I woiuld definitely opt for Lake Sonoma!
That said, those of us who live inside an hour from Dinosaur Point are headed there Saturday night. Yes the 21st.
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