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General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: March 05, 2021, 08:24:13 PM »
I hope to be there!

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: October 08, 2020, 09:58:38 PM »
I came across this at one point too. I saw Mars tonight, and it was definitely the best I've ever seen it. It wasn't disappointing for a change.

General Discussion / 2.5 gigapixel, 500+ hours of Orion
« on: September 27, 2020, 12:45:42 AM »
This is the largest, highest resolution image of Orion that I've ever seen.

Perhaps this will grace the side of Randy's motorhome one day.

General Discussion / Re: Armchair Observations
« on: August 11, 2020, 09:18:51 AM »
Now that I'm working from home more, I'll have to make time to observe these. Maybe even sketch or image some.

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: April 07, 2020, 01:34:38 PM »
Bummer. I was hoping it would clear up too. Glad it's not a once-in-120 years event.

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: December 21, 2019, 04:37:24 PM »
I was out for a while. It was plowed, and didn't seem too slippery to me. No ice cleats necessary.  I observed some old favorites, and enjoyed some binocular views.
I would love to go out tonight(Saturday) to either Root River, Keller, or even Eagle Bluff, but it seems too cloudy still.

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: December 20, 2019, 07:59:08 PM »
I hope to go observing tomorrow(Sat), but I will be going to Root River TONIGHT, FRIDAY park for an hour or two, leaving at 8ish.

Outreach Programs / Re: Public Sky Observing at Oxbow Park
« on: December 17, 2019, 08:08:11 AM »
Despite only being there for the second half, I too enjoyed it. I'm interested in hearing Jeff's tale!

General Discussion / Re: Time to Buy
« on: December 05, 2019, 02:38:53 PM »
If someone is looking for a Christmas present scope: there is  an AWB Onesky for $100 in Caledonia, on the Facebook marketplace. The AWB Onesky is a nice 5" table-top dob. Supposedly the best for the money, and an even better deal for 1/2 off. If you don't have facebook, I can help you contact the seller. It's the same as the Sky Watcher Heritage 130p.

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: November 25, 2019, 09:27:30 AM »
Friday night was a great night for astronomy overall! There was no wind when I got there at 6:30. I set up my 16" scope. This time I brought my RACI finder which was great, until it partly frosted over. I did manage to find some good targets. I found NGC 253(Silver Dollar galaxy) again. It lost quite a bit of detail between Eagle bluff and Root River Park. I looked nearby for a few more objects, but couldn't see them, despite being in the area. NGC 246 and NGC 247. It shows that aperture is no match for light pollution or skyglow.  I did observe some open clusters. NGC 663 in Cassiopeia was new to me. It has 8 pairs of stars that are prominently equal in magnitude and stick out. M35 and M37 were great. NGC 457 is always interesting. I definitely saw "Number 5 Johnny"  this time, as the "arms" matched it best.  I saw about a half dozen meteors, with one being a fast 1/2 second and first magnitude, a good 25? long and white.  Once it got up into the sky, I had to look at M42, and it was fantastic! I brought some binoculars and did see the Pleiades and NGC 253 in them as well as M31 and M33. Despite the light pollution, M31 showed more extension in binoculars than my big scope. There was frost to contend with, and the high humidity made the skyglow for Rochester a noticeable problem. I think some dew heaters will have to make the Christmas list.

Overall another glorious night for astronomy.

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: November 22, 2019, 02:34:09 PM »
I hope to be there when it gets dark, but it might be a bit later. I want to hit up some Caldwell objects.

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: November 21, 2019, 11:57:23 PM »
I'm interested in this as well.  Given how cold it is, I'd pick Root River first.

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: October 25, 2019, 04:16:47 PM »
I'd like to be there. But I might not make it till later in the evening.

General Discussion / Re: Observing tonight?
« on: October 19, 2019, 02:37:08 PM »
Here is an invite  from Ken at Sola Fide in Austin:

"Our observing season at Sola Fide is nearing its end.  We'll be there tomorrow night 8-10.  You guys are welcome to come over and look around, take pictures / video, etc.  I'd meet you earlier if you wanted to come over in the daylight."

I can call/text Ken if anyone is up for it, I just don't want to post his phone number in a public forum.

I might not be able to make either, as I have trans-Atlantic family in town.


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