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Stargazers

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Spacedude, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. Sep 7, 2007 at 7:51 PM
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    Spacedude

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    Just wondering if there are any stargazers (amateur astronomers) out there. Where are you located, and what dark sky areas do you go to. And what equipment do you have? One of my favorite sites is Fremont Peak state park near San Juan Bautista, CA. It's a place where many amateurs gather to get away from city lights and observe the heavens. I often setup my 10" reflecting telescope there and look at galaxies, star clusters, etc.
     
  2. Sep 12, 2007 at 7:37 PM
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    About the only thing I can observe from home besides the moon or sun, is planets. Deep space stuff has very low contrast due to the severe light pollution here. My favorite place has been Mt Pinos, but haven't been up there in a while. I'm mostly using a Celestron 8" Catadioptric.
     
  3. Sep 12, 2007 at 8:10 PM
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    There is so much light pollution around here I have to cheat and check out the Hubble pics. :D
     
  4. Sep 12, 2007 at 8:12 PM
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    i like to look at the stars when im at the beach. its romantic man.
    take the lady out there every now and then.
     
  5. Sep 12, 2007 at 11:11 PM
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    I've been at Mt. Pinos several times back when I used to live in LA. Brings back lots of memories. This was some 22 years ago. I bet the place has changed quite a bit. I had a Meade 10" CAT with horrible optics back then. Now I have an Orion XT10i and a Takahashi FS102 refractor. Also a 20X100 binocular with a parallelogram mount so I can kick back in a lawn chair and cruise the milky way!
     
  6. Sep 13, 2007 at 10:36 AM
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    nd Radical Town. It's a hell of a place!

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    I'm not a stargazer but i can definately appreciate a sky full of stars. I grew up in the south away from big cities, and i thought i knew what a full sky looked like until i went up to maine one year. We stayed in a bed and breakfast outside Bangor Maine. The house we stayed in was dozens of miles from anything. you could go out at night and see less space than stars. It was amazing. you could see multiple shooting stars every minute. I'd like to live way out in the middle of nowhere sometime in my life and see that every night
     
  7. Sep 13, 2007 at 11:10 AM
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    Yeah, I plan on retiring somewhere where it's like that and I don't have to drive hundreds of miles just to see a sky like it's supposed to be. A sad fact of life I guess. And it's getting worse all the time as technology progresses. What got me interested in astronomy in the first place was seeing a star studded sky when I went camping as a kid.
     
  8. Sep 17, 2007 at 6:13 PM
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    Pinos has changed surprislingly little since I first went there back in the mid 70's. Same Potholes in the parking lot, and a little sky glow to the south. Still a great place to be at new moon. Friendly people vying to get you to look through their scope. Still get real cold winter night too.
     
  9. Sep 17, 2007 at 6:26 PM
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    Man, sounds like Cali sucks......no offense.

    When I want to see the stars, I go out my front door. If I'm feeling adventurous, I'll go to the back yard.
     
  10. Sep 17, 2007 at 6:47 PM
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    Actually it would be great if we were to suddenly lose about 98% of our population. Without committing genocide of course. Personally I blame the Rose Bowl telecast..........:rolleyes:
     
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    I have to admit. I went out my front door Sunday night and saw Orion right over my house very clearly. The best stargazing I have ever had was actually between New Orleans, LA and Mobile, AL - 20 miles offshore on a sailboat. That was awesome! :D
     
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    I believe the answer to population control (w/o genocide) is less warning labels. What ever happened to survival of the fittest? In the wild, the sick and the stupid are left to die and the strong and the smart reproduce to strengthen the species as a whole.

    Urban sprawl BLOWS!!!
     
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  14. Sep 18, 2007 at 7:39 PM
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  15. Sep 19, 2007 at 11:25 AM
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    yeah, thats pretty much the biggest problem with Cali... or America for that matter.

    I've seen some amazing starry nights camping in the mountains, but it still never compared to the country side in Maine. I dont know if it was cause i was farther north or what but it was definately the most amazing stary night i had ever seen
     
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