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Old 08-15-2005, 06:51 PM   #1
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Cool pic of the moon

I took this picture of the moon last night through my 10" telescope, just by holding the digital camera up to the eyepiece. I took a bunch of shots to get this one really nice one!

This is my favorite time of year, the skies are clear almost every night, the temps are mild so you can stay up late without bundling up like an eskimo, and there's lots to look at hidden in the summer stars.

Just wanted to share
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Old 08-15-2005, 06:54 PM   #2
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... the temps are mild so you can stay up late without bundling up like an eskimo ...
Bundling up in AL this time of year is a new concept.

Thanks for sharing; That is a cool pic.

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Old 08-15-2005, 07:23 PM   #3
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That's a big Moon........ Looks like you may have been in orbit to get that picture. Imagine circling the moon in your Airstream.
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Old 08-15-2005, 07:52 PM   #5
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Thanks, all!

Leo, yes there is a bit more twinkling than in the winter. While watching the moon last night, it was like looking through water sometimes. Othertimes it would be perfectly still. It's still not terrible viewing though, I've seen worse. Winter is often great, but getting a peek between the clouds is tough up here. Seems like we can go six months without a break sometimes, and my valley tends to get foggy right after sunset all winter!

I have a sun filter on my ETX 90 mm telescope. I love watching the sunspots, and once even saw an airplane pass between me and the sun, leaving a contrail behind - very cool!
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Very nice shot! One of my favorite things to do on a summers night is to hunt for sattelites....
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Moon picture with Lolita

Here is a picture of the moon I took eyepiece projection with a piece of junk eyepiece. The other picture is of "Lolita" our 20" scope.
The scope is named Lolita because the guy we bought it from would come home from work at 3:00 in the morning and would do some observing before going to bed. His wife started calling the scope Lolita, the other woman because he would rather be observing than being in bed. Cute story and we kept the name.
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Thumbs down Turn off the yardlight, Steph

I squinted at your picture while shading my eyes from the left -- and I believe you could benefit from a pointer here... Don't you think it would be darker if we all just left the bugs in our trailers' porch lights? Oh, how I long for dark skies!!

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That's cute. I had to bump up the gamma on that picture to see the dark side. Cute!

The picture of me setting up our scope is adjusted to see the scope. It was taken in near darkness with the flash adjusted way down so that it didn't blind everybody.
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OMG Stephanie,

That's the same moon we have outside our house here in New Hampshire....



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Great shot! Thanks for sharing!
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Very cool pic - I also gaze. Isn't WA in a current state of moisture though? Bad skies (twinkling stars)? In NY the best time of year is drop dead cold winter. No-to-low moisture lends to great viewing and that usually drops me right into Dec/Jan/Feb. I get disappointed looking other times of the year, but then again, the moon is usually good anytime of year. Have you ever used Sun filters?
Why do easterners either think Washington is the nations capitol or they think we are submersed year round in constant downpours. Yes Washington is green in places but I happen to live in high desert. We have the same amount of rainfall as Phoenix. I also feel dead winter is the best time of year for star gazing especially when the moon lights up the snow.

Awesome picture Stef

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Canoe Stream, that was excellent

Buttercup, awesome scope! I whine and complain about how long it takes to drag out my 10" scope, yours looks like a real handful - but I'll bet you get some fantastic views of deep sky objects.

Kathleen, I lived in Yakima when I built my scope, and I still miss those clear desert nights. Seems like all year around was great viewing. I remember shoveling the snow off the deck to make a spot for the scope, but the view was worth it!
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I think you should bring the scope to the Beach rally! A little Merlot, a little stargazing, a little axel work....what more could you ask for at a rally?

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