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TAC Visual / Mark Loves The Moon
« Last post by Mark on July 13, 2017, 03:21:30 PM »
There... I've said it.

After many years of confirmed, nearly exclusive focus on deep sky, I've fallen.  Its the images of our own local Jim Ferreira, along with a Texan named Robert Reeves, that got me looking.  Now I can't wait to get out and observe even in my bright Los Gatos skies.  Here's a photo of Reeves as an example of some of the detail I'd like to try picking up - although this shot with Reeve's new a 20"....  just to think of it... buying a 20" scope to shoot the moon!

Anyone else here spend their time looking at what my buds and I used to call "The Great Obliterator" and the "Plaster Ball"?  Think its a superb target for sketching!


Rants and Off Topic / Re: Welcome Back Brad Franzella!
« Last post by sgottlieb on July 13, 2017, 08:56:45 AM »
Yep, rain and clouds but we did have one night of viewing -- the first night, which on July 30th (Wednesday).  My notes say I looked at a number of Barnard dark nebulae.  In any case, a lot of fun.
Observing Intents / Re: CalStar continues to ride again
« Last post by Marko on July 13, 2017, 12:43:59 AM »
Don't JUDGE me yee of the pure faith!    LOL
I enjoy astronomy from it's many sides including taking a look at our nearest star Aug 21.

I recall a certain leg pulling dude who posted once on or near April 1 that he had reconstructed a radio telescope from parts a friend had given him.   Now because this post came from a 'certain person' I felt was 100% visual it was a real shock to me and I asked him about it.  Well in short, I fell hook line and sinker for that one.   LOL. 

Cheers and clear skies always to ya Jamie

Rants and Off Topic / Re: Welcome Back Brad Franzella!
« Last post by pnatscher on July 12, 2017, 07:02:24 PM »
I found a photo of Brad (at center with green shirt) and the TAC group attending the 2003 Alan Nelms Star Party in the Summit Lakes South camping grounds at Lassen Volcanic National Park.  Didn't we get rained out that trip?
Double click on photo to enlarge.
Rants and Off Topic / Re: Welcome Back Brad Franzella!
« Last post by Mark on July 12, 2017, 03:00:16 PM »
Wow, Copernicus Dinner Club.  I'd forgotten that one.

John Hales (there are endless stories about him) drive his pickup to Lassen Peak parking lot, filled the bed with snow, hauled it back and built a snow mountain with it at the group  campground.  Stuffed 2 liter bottles of home brew in it.  Rangers we're not all that pleased about his absconding with the snow!

We sure had fun....
Rants and Off Topic / Re: Welcome Back Brad Franzella!
« Last post by Brad on July 12, 2017, 02:46:33 PM »
Thanks Mark! Just turned 40 last month.... and have the grey hairs to prove it!

Was the first Lassen expedition of the Copernicus Dinner Club in '93 or '94? I remember being there from '94 onwards. So many great people, so many good memories! When my dad dropped me off for a week with tent, ice chest and 10" Dob, the large pile of beer bottles protruding from a snow drift gave him some measure of pause. But everything turned out OK (mostly). The chupacabra jokes never got old. The nuclear chili bean cook off was legendary, as were the consequences.

This year will be my very first CalStar! I've had the great fortune to hang out with the SVAS, various incarnations of observing groups in Chico, SCAC, San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers and SJAA. But the most fun was always had with Mark's group up at Lassen. Darkest skies too.
Observing Intents / Re: TAC members in my area
« Last post by Mark on July 12, 2017, 12:37:37 PM »
Blue Canyon, wherever that is.

Highway 80 near Auburn.
Annual Star Parties / Re: CalStar 2017 Registration is open
« Last post by DDK on July 12, 2017, 12:18:45 PM »
Here we can officially thank Charlie Wicks for all he's done to keep CalStar flourishing. And Beth Winters once again for finding Whiisssper Canyon for us.
Rants and Off Topic / Re: Welcome Back Brad Franzella!
« Last post by DDK on July 12, 2017, 12:14:09 PM »
I remember Brad from Lassen. He has several claims to fame.
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