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Observing Reports / Solo night at Dinosaur Point, yes fun
« Last post by DDK on November 12, 2017, 02:08:01 AM »
Tonight, Saturday the 11th, I had Dinosaur Point to myself, not by design. Was fun though. This past year I’ve had several solo nights at the Pinnacles, but it’d been a stretch since I had a night alone at Dino. Conditions were fine for a winter night. There was some high cirrus coming and going, but at any time there were big swaths of clear sky, much bigger than suckerholes. For the better part of an hour, ca 9-10 pm, the whole sky was open.

For a change, I took along my 10x50 Orion Ultraview binocs with tripod and parallelogram mount. Had a big ole time picking up Messiers and bright NGC’s - galaxies and open clusters and globulars oh my.

253, the Sculptor Galaxy, took the cake. Stunning, went back and looked twice. It showed big and bright and long and detailed; could see the taper on one end and the stubby other end.

I’d looked at M31, yes the Andromeda Galaxy, a bunch of times in binocs and finderscopes, but had never till tonight picked up its close satellites. M110 jumped out. M32, which for me is the easier one in a scope, took some time to tease out of M31’s outer halo. That was fun.

M34 in Perseus and ngc 752 in Triangulum are spangly and pretty in binoculars.

Around 7:15 there was this one bright slow shooter below the Water Jar that went for over 30 degress. It’s still moving across the old retinas.

Paused at one point while looking at M33 and wondered who lives there. People on a planet around a star in that galaxy would have two big fancy naked-eye spirals in their sky, and 5 mondo emission nebulae, star factories, that we can easily see from here, 2.4 million lightyears away.

The air stayed dry, it was cold without being blistering. Did a starcount when Pegasus was overhead, got 10 stars for 6.2 limiting magnitude.
Fun night.
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Observing Intents / Re: Saturday night, Dinosaur Point, c'mon out
« Last post by DDK on November 11, 2017, 01:29:19 PM »
Can't resist for the nth+1 time paraphrasing James Turley - DDK is getting ready to rumble. Find out what Dino is like tonight.
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Observing Intents / Re: Saturday night, Dinosaur Point, c'mon out
« Last post by DDK on November 11, 2017, 12:58:52 AM »
What I'm getting right now from Wunderground and from NOAA is chance of clouds both nights, with slightly more chance of rain Sunday night. I'm sticking with Saturday now.
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Observing Intents / Re: Saturday night, Dinosaur Point, c'mon out
« Last post by Peter Natscher on November 10, 2017, 07:07:35 AM »
Right now Friday am, the NOAA forecasts Sunday to be better for clear skies than Saturday with Saturday being partly cloudy all day and into the night.  By Sunday it is forecast to be totally clear, the only clear day for the week.  I might decide to get out on Sunday night up at the Peak for a few hours.  I'll decide on Dino by Saturday noon.
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yup, gonna be camping in Mojave Friday and Saturday, and star gazing, weather allowing, at the Black Canyon Group Camp near Hole in the Wall.
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Observing Intents / Re: Saturday night, Dinosaur Point, c'mon out
« Last post by DDK on November 08, 2017, 09:06:42 PM »
After the geology, do look up at night. It's supposed to be dark in Death Valley. Yes and be safe, Dan.
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TAC Imaging / LDN 1235 Shark Nebula
« Last post by jeffweiss9 on November 08, 2017, 08:07:14 PM »
Here's a 5.7 hour LRGB of the Shark Nebula LDN1235, a molecular cloud with interestingly-shaped dust in Cepheus that includes two reflection nebula, VdB 149 and 150.

http://astrob.in/320393/

Pretty scary.
CS/Jeff

P.S. If you want to download the sound track that goes with it, it's at

http://www.orangefreesounds.com/jaws-theme-song/
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Observing Intents / Re: Saturday night, Dinosaur Point, c'mon out
« Last post by Dan Wright on November 08, 2017, 07:12:37 PM »
Sounds good.  I'd come, except that I'm going to Death Valley this weekend -- not really to observe, but to tool around in my 4wd and see the geology.  Have a good one at Dino. 
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Observing Intents / Re: Saturday night, Dinosaur Point, c'mon out
« Last post by DDK on November 08, 2017, 05:38:12 PM »
You'll only see an OI from a gatekeeper here if it's certain that we're gonna be there. So you can rest assured of leaving, once you're there.
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Observing Intents / Saturday night, Dinosaur Point, c'mon out
« Last post by DDK on November 08, 2017, 03:43:42 PM »
Weather looks good, moonrise isn't till 1 am. This is Saturday, 11 November.
One gatekeeper will definitely be there, me.

http://observers.org/index.php/topic,29.0.html
has everything you need to know. It's pretty simple, just show up before dark. Beautiful spot, seriously dark, cordial people go there.
See you in the dark,
Jamie
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