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Venus at mag -4.29 0.7 AU away, and Uranus at mag 5.88 20.6 AU away, in one wide field of view.  10 magnitude difference!  Interesting, Starry Night Pro shows Venus maximum magnitude from Earth as -7.08.  Really?  Maybe it means something else.

Venus will have 50% illumination, 24 arc-second size.  Uranus will be 3.4 arc-seconds.

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NGC/IC Project / Re: NGC/IC Project
« on: April 25, 2017, 05:13:59 PM »

If we can get the help here, it would be much preferred for sure....

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NGC/IC Project / Re: NGC/IC Project
« on: April 25, 2017, 03:13:16 PM »
I suggest we cast a wider net for talent than exist here.  How about finding the thread on Cloudy Nights where NGC/IC has been being discussed, and ask there saying we have a home and a start on it already?

Mark

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NGC/IC Project / Re: NGC/IC Project
« on: April 25, 2017, 12:17:43 PM »
DNS is now updated, so we should have a publicly visible site, soon.

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Listed on Cloudy Nights today.

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Observing Intents / New Moon weekend
« on: April 17, 2017, 06:17:24 PM »
Anyone notice the weather forecast?  Shhhh....  :P

Thinking Pinnacles, Saturday night....

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TAC Visual / Re: Question about observing at Pinnacles
« on: April 14, 2017, 08:01:15 AM »
Thanks McMark... that's a sensible approach.  Observing till 2 am or so and getting 3-4 hours sleep (and using my phone alarm) will make it feasible.  Wow - astronomical dark is getting late, almost 9:30 on the 22nd.

Busy Saturday for me, aikido kyu test in SF mid-morning, visiting friends in South Bay afternoon and Sunday, Pinnacles (hopefully) overnight.  Maybe see some other observers there.

Mark

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TAC Visual / Re: Question about observing at Pinnacles
« on: April 13, 2017, 04:49:35 PM »

Thanks Jamie.  That helps.

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TAC Visual / Question about observing at Pinnacles
« on: April 12, 2017, 10:55:52 PM »
Is it possible to catch some sleep in a car after observing at Pinnacles west?

Thanks for any help.

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TAC Visual / Comets....
« on: April 12, 2017, 11:20:20 AM »
Anyone been checking out the comets?  At least three I know of currently, all are reasonable mags.  Here's where Comet Johnson (mag 8.2 and brightening in Hercules) is going to be on the 27th, close to Phi Herculis.  The nice sketch is from Cloudy Nights in a 12.5" telescope.

Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is also an easy find, this chart showing it on the 21st just off beta Draconis, mag 8.7 but forecast to dim (this comet is famous for outburst though).

Nice comet site, with excellent graphics and current info: https://theskylive.com/c2015v2-tracker

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Annual Star Parties / Re: Lake San Antonio reopens!
« on: April 11, 2017, 10:25:09 AM »
While looking for the CalStar web-page, I happened across this.  Who's bringing the wine (is it allowed?)?

http://www.calstarcellars.com/

Mark

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Annual Star Parties / Re: Lake San Antonio reopens!
« on: April 04, 2017, 06:13:54 PM »
seance with the Potentate

Say who?

Maybe such person will just jump in here....

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Annual Star Parties / Re: Lake San Antonio reopens!
« on: April 04, 2017, 10:12:14 AM »
4 nights is great.  I am curious, why not 9/16 start, depart 9/20 - putting the event starting between 3rdQ and NM, with more dark each night?  As is, every night the young moon is up later through the event.

The only real risk is, earlier in Sept means potential for hotter days.  I'm going to do my best to make it this year.  Lots of people I haven't seen in ages.

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Annual Star Parties / Re: Lake San Antonio reopens!
« on: March 30, 2017, 02:39:57 PM »
Are there people here who miss the outhouse rides?

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TAC Visual / Re: Nice binocular double star
« on: March 29, 2017, 11:10:01 AM »
Check out Stelle Doppie; 18 stars visible in the system!?  Is it a double or a cluster?  http://stelledoppie.goaction.it/index2.php?iddoppia=93063

Holy moley!  That's impressive!  And a good question....

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