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More shots from the Airport

These last 2 weekends have been very productive for me and I thought I would share.

I was lucky enough to have great seeing conditions on 4-18 and while I was between targets I decided to try for Omega Cetauri which just comes into view for about 15 minutes between some trees.

My tracking or balance was off a bit and the stars are a bit wobbly but I thought it was cool just to catch a glimmer.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31986095@N05/3473230131/

New photo page

I have recently updated my photo page to Flickr and added a bunch of low quality JPGs for now till I get it set up better.

I am lucky enough to have this great club and the dark sky site at the airport to take my pics from , all are taken from there.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31986095@N05/

New site

Hello all.  Here is the link to my new pic host.  Most of these were taken from BDA.  What a fantastic night it was 6-7-08.  Warm and dry. Stayed up until 2:30..Awesome Milky Way.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/25857427@N02/?saved=1

Paul Duncan

Sidewalk Astronomy - March 21

Jerry Miller and I did Sidewalk Astronomy in Santa Cruz. We setup across from the rest rooms near the lighthouse on West Cliff Drive. It was a beautiful evening. A full moon came up about 7:30PM bright orange. Showed a great view of Saturn as soon as it appeared. Jerry did art photos of the full moon with new camera software. Lots of public interest. I need to generate a Santa Cruz Astronomy Club News Letter to handout. Stayed until 10:00PM. Spring is here, more sidewalk astronomy in the future.

Messier Marathon at Lake San Antonio on March 8-9, 2008

Well Craig and I got together for lunch at the Black Bear diner in Salanus. As we ate the fog rolled in. It didn't look good for a Messier Marathon than night. We chanced it and drove the 2 hours down to Lake San Antonio. Must be off season at the Lake. Not even a ranger at the gate. We self registered and setup in the overflow camp ground. The sky had some faint high wispy clouds. No fog, no bugs, and fairly dry. I setup my 10" DOB. Crag setup his Questar and Astroscan. As the sun set is got cold sharply. So we put on the long underwear and oversuits.

Poor Man's Binocular Mount

Being a cheapskate, and having a decent 20 year old Bogen/Manfrotto camera tripod, I decided to jury-rig my own tripod mount for the inexpensive chinese 8x40 binoculars I picked up at a SJAA swapmeet...

bill of materials:

  • 1 3" angle bracket
  • 1 1/4-20 x 1" stainless allen bolt
  • 2 1/4-20 stainless wing nuts
  • 1 camera tripod

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