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Crap, It happened again...

charles jagow
 

Kent,

 

I know I swore to NOT get too involved so I could concentrate on building our observatory and getting some cool deep sky images.  But damned if it didn’t happen anyway.

 

They made me a board member of their Dark Skies Inc. group here about two months ago and then late yesterday at the board meeting, they nominated me and voted me in as President.  The previous President had to resign as his supposedly full remission cancer came back with a vengeance and he is going into Hospice care tomorrow.  Bad things, he is a swell guy.  Kind of a cross between you, Roy, Ted, Charles A. and a rabid lawyer, he was also the county’s lawyer.  And he was rumored to be older than the moon and ate hot dogs and was very thin..

 

And then today, I get a call from the Governor of Colorado, he wants to sign a bill that was just passed establishing a Dark Skies Tourism office at our Smokey Jack Observatory here in Westcliffe MONDAY afternoon.  He figured what better way to sign it than at the first Dark Sky Certified entity in Colorado with a big observatory.  He just needed a list of VIPs and folks who made the Dark Skies Possible,  what a pain, been calling and visiting folks all day…

 

Sure wish I was down in Coinjock at an ECSP about now…

 

 


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v/r

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Member – Dark Skies of The Wet Mountain Valley

Member - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Member – San Diego Astronomy Association

Member – Colorado Springs Astronomy Association

Future         Verde Mont Observatory

Gone...        Rott'n Paws Observatory

 

 


Re: The Sun Today

Ian Stewart
 

Nice!

On 5/17/2022 10:00 AM, Kent Blackwell wrote:

There are some nice surface details on the sun this morning (May 17, 2022). Here's a quick B&W and color picture I took early morning when the seeing was good. 


Re: Follow on solar report

jimcoble2000
 

I enjoyed Kent's story about his early Herschel Wedge, the kind that incinerated anyone passing in back of the scope. I can't believe they made that version in the 60's to 70's. Safety was low priority back then.

On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 09:56:58 AM EDT, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


Yes, the seeing is very good. Mark O just dropped by with his Herschel Wedge for a wonderful view of the sunspots. 


The Sun Today

Kent Blackwell
 

There are some nice surface details on the sun this morning (May 17, 2022). Here's a quick B&W and color picture I took early morning when the seeing was good. 


Re: Follow on solar report

Kent Blackwell
 

Yes, the seeing is very good. Mark O just dropped by with his Herschel Wedge for a wonderful view of the sunspots. 


Follow on solar report

jimcoble2000
 

Seeing here is excellent with very good solar surface detail. The two large sunspot groups are very active with extensive hot regions surround the groups.


solar report

jimcoble2000
 

as of 0745 local there is a solar flare of the M class in progress. Some limb prominence. Lots of sunspots for the white light view.


Re: Lunar Eclipse

Paul
 

That’s awesome, George! Love the stars and the faint wisp of the clouds. Nice shot!

On Mon, May 16, 2022 at 3:58 PM George Astronomer <tolkiengeorge@...> wrote:
Hi everyone. Let me share my picture of the Lunar Eclipse from the last night. I’m so happy I could get this shot through as small “window” in clouds.


George K.


Re: Lunar Eclipse

jimcoble2000
 

what are we going to do with you?

On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 05:46:47 AM EDT, Jim Tallman <jctallman@...> wrote:


Sleeping 😎. Long drive back from PA. Sunday 

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Re: Lunar Eclipse

Jim Tallman <jctallman@...>
 

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Re: Lunar Eclipse

cme2scrap
 

Great picture, George. It was too cloudy in Northern Virginia.


On Mon, May 16, 2022 at 3:58 PM, George Astronomer
<tolkiengeorge@...> wrote:
Hi everyone. Let me share my picture of the Lunar Eclipse from the last night. I’m so happy I could get this shot through as small “window” in clouds.


George K.


Re: Lunar Eclipse

jimcoble2000
 

Where was Jim Tallman?

On Monday, May 16, 2022, 04:50:01 PM EDT, Jim Tallman <jctallman@...> wrote:


Nice shot George! 

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Re: Lunar Eclipse

Jim Tallman <jctallman@...>
 

Nice shot George! 

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Re: Thanks to Bob Hitt from the Chesapeake Planetarium

Bird Taylor
 

Hey Moongazers,

Marzen used his amazing monochromatic night vision along with watering / fertilizing rest breaks that I’m sure a few plants and trees appreciated. Mosquitoes weren’t even biting, and the weather was cool and comfy. The wispy clouds floating in and out added to the drama as always. We really lucked out on the winds and rain. Thanks everyone for sharing the images and stories. Gazing at the night sky always seems to put everything back into perspective especially when shared with AstroBuddies both in person and remote.

Clear Dark Skies,
Bird

On May 16, 2022, at 15:14 57, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:

what did the dog use??

On Monday, May 16, 2022, 01:14:15 PM EDT, Bird Taylor <birdtaylor@...> wrote:


Hey Moongazers,


Marzen, our AstroDog, and I loved watching the eclipse from our home in Hampton. What a beautiful event! I was just using naked eye and 7x50 binoculars.


Clear Dark Skies,

Bird

On May 16, 2022 at 8:10 AM Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:

It was absolutely wonderful. Wow, I'm still psyched!

Kent

On Mon, 16 May 2022 11:50:53 +0000 (UTC), Mark Ost <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:
 
Great event Bob. Thank you for hosting.


 



Re: Lunar Eclipse

George Astronomer
 

Hi everyone. Let me share my picture of the Lunar Eclipse from the last night. I’m so happy I could get this shot through as small “window” in clouds.


George K.


Re: Lunar Eclipse

Tony Mascolo
 

Hey Kent,

Do you have the RAW file of your shot?  I would love to run it through PhotoLab and see what can be eeked out of the image.

Send it to tsmascolo@... if you are OK with me running it through PhotoLab, will post result here.

Later,

Tony


Re: Lunar Eclipse

Tony Mascolo
 

Hello Kent,

Hope you are well.

Wonderful shot. 

Only shots I have are with a cell phone over the eyepiece.  ISO uptemillion, image only good at postage stamp size.  Would not focus to save its life.

Barely focused Example: (and no, you don't want to see it bigger, it is NOISY!!



Later,

Tony


Re: Thanks to Bob Hitt from the Chesapeake Planetarium

jimcoble2000
 

what did the dog use??

On Monday, May 16, 2022, 01:14:15 PM EDT, Bird Taylor <birdtaylor@...> wrote:


Hey Moongazers,


Marzen, our AstroDog, and I loved watching the eclipse from our home in Hampton. What a beautiful event! I was just using naked eye and 7x50 binoculars.


Clear Dark Skies,

Bird

On May 16, 2022 at 8:10 AM Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:

It was absolutely wonderful. Wow, I'm still psyched!

Kent

On Mon, 16 May 2022 11:50:53 +0000 (UTC), Mark Ost <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:
 
Great event Bob. Thank you for hosting.


 


Re: Lunar Eclipse

jimcoble2000
 

i agree. nice

On Monday, May 16, 2022, 01:31:24 PM EDT, Kent Blackwell <kent@...> wrote:


Although not my best eclipse exposure I like this one best because it shows the double star HR 5756 just before being occulted. The primary is 6.3 magnitude, and the secondary is 8.9. 
Of course, with the moon I didn't need any guidance on the mount. However, being a 4-second exposure at 800mm polar alignment was necessary. The problem being it was mostly cloudy to the north, so I just "guessed" at polar alignment.

Dr. Rober Hitt, director of the Chesapeake Planetarium thanks you all for attending. It was a thrill to watch such an event with so many whom have never seen a total lunar eclipse. 

TMB 100 f/8
Vixen SP-D2 mount with a very old in the tooth (but dependable and easy to use) SkySensor 2000 controller.
Canon 60Da DSLR
4-seconds exposure
ISO 400
12:05 am May 16


Re: Lunar Eclipse

Shawn Loescher
 

That's a great shot Kent! Can you email me the full resolution copy so I can use it on the event report for the NSN and social media? Thank Robert for me. I always enjoy events that the Chesapeake Planetarium holds.

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