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Re: Taking up astronomy
« Reply #90 on: April 06, 2016, 11:52:03 PM »
Beautiful Al.  Where was it taken?

Hi Gary,

Photo was taken north west of Tucson (Picture Rocks). I had a bit of sky glow but Tucson has such good lighting (lighting ordinance to protect Kitt Peak) that it is a great place to do astronomy, including astrophotography. Orion was just due south in the sky at about dusk time.

Here is a photo of my set up.
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Re: Taking up astronomy
« Reply #91 on: April 06, 2016, 11:57:53 PM »
One of my professors in college was confused.  He said I was an Astronomy major.  No, I insisted, my major is Forestry.  He smiled and said I was just taking up space here.

Why did he think I was studying Astronomy?

Well I know a lot of professors and a lot of them are confused. One could say that the study of Earth features are a study of astronomy as it would be planetary science. We're all entitled to take up space. Sounds like the professor in this case had a bit extra in between his ears.  ;D
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Re: Taking up astronomy
« Reply #92 on: January 02, 2017, 09:11:37 AM »
Grand Canyon Star Party dates for '17 are June 17-24. 
Last year we hosted at DeMotte Campground outside the entrance to the North Rim.  There was a group of star gazers that set up in the meadow in front of our campground for the week in addition to the programs held at the lodge in the park.  They were out every night and had talks next door at the lodge in addition to letting interested campers check out the views. 
We'll be back again at DeMotte this year and looking forward to getting more glimpses of the heavens.  Forum members stop by the host site and say howdy.
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Re: Taking up astronomy
« Reply #93 on: January 02, 2017, 09:57:38 AM »
Grand Canyon Star Party dates for '17 are June 17-24. 
Last year we hosted at DeMotte Campground outside the entrance to the North Rim.  There was a group of star gazers that set up in the meadow in front of our campground for the week in addition to the programs held at the lodge in the park.  They were out every night and had talks next door at the lodge in addition to letting interested campers check out the views. 
We'll be back again at DeMotte this year and looking forward to getting more glimpses of the heavens.  Forum members stop by the host site and say howdy.
I have been to the star party on the south rim many times. Fantastic event. Usually around 60 telescopes set up of all different sizes from binoculars to refrigerator sized. Great slide programs every night.
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Re: Taking up astronomy
« Reply #94 on: January 03, 2017, 05:02:06 AM »
Not to change the subject but is anyone else planning on being in the path of the total eclipse on August 21st this year? 
We are making plans for Nashville which is right in it's path.  The path is only about 70 miles wide but crosses the entire US from Oregon to South Carolina that day.

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https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2017Aug21Tgoogle.html
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Re: Taking up astronomy
« Reply #95 on: January 03, 2017, 05:14:25 AM »
Not to change the subject but is anyone else planning on being in the path of the total eclipse on August 21st this year? 
We are making plans for Nashville which is right in it's path.  The path is only about 70 miles wide but crosses the entire US from Oregon to South Carolina that day.

My wife mentioned something about that the other day.  Too bad, we'll be "stuck" at the North Rim again in Aug.

I guess all the star people from Tucson go to the South Rim.
The people at the North Rim come from the Phoenix area.
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Re: Taking up astronomy
« Reply #96 on: January 03, 2017, 04:25:38 PM »
After spending nearly all of our 40-some years in the Northeast, my wife and I had never experienced a truly dark sky. The best we'd been able to see, on the clearest, coldest winter nights, was still almost-black with a smattering of stars. We  could sometimes discern the Milky Way, but it was mostly a case of "Oh, that must be it, maybe?" Not nearly as clear and distinct as the photos we'd seen.
On our first trip to Grand Canyon (pre-RV days) we checked into our hotel in Tusayan, had a nice dinner, then drove to the South Rim after dark. Approached the rim I could tell that this was going to be a unique experience for both of us. As we entered the parking lot of an overlook I had her close her eyes until told she could open them. I parked the car, then helped her out (eyes still closed), walked her to the rail at the rim, positioned her face looking almost straight up and out over the canyon, then told her to open her eyes.
The canyon was pure, empty blackness, the cosmos a carpet of tiny lights above us, the silence was deafening. The sudden, strange juxaposition of empty blackness BELOW and soft white light ABOVE literally took her breath and her balance away. We're both glad I was holding on to her.
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Re: Taking up astronomy
« Reply #97 on: January 03, 2017, 06:20:57 PM »
It is really cool to down into the canyon at night. If you look where the trails are you can see the flashlights of people hiking at night. And if you get out to the rim just before sunset or just after sunrise you can see bats flying up out of the canyon.
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Re: Taking up astronomy
« Reply #98 on: January 30, 2017, 10:46:12 AM »
My wife mentioned something about that the other day.  Too bad, we'll be "stuck" at the North Rim again in Aug.

I guess all the star people from Tucson go to the South Rim.
The people at the North Rim come from the Phoenix area.


You will see about 73% of the Sun covered at maximum if you are at the North Rim on 21 August 2017.

Here is a link to a good map of the eclipse. If you click anywhere on the map, it will let you see how much of the Sun will be covered by the Moon at the maximum extent of the eclipse. If you are in the area where the Moon will completely cover the Sun, it will tell you how long the period of total eclipse will last. This guy also calculated the effect lunar mountains and valleys along the rim would have on where you are viewing totality from.

http://xjubier.free.fr/en/site_pages/solar_eclipses/TSE_2017_GoogleMapFull.html

There will be another Total Eclipse crossing the U.S. on April 8 2024. If you are near Cape Girardeau, Missouri, you will be in the path of totality for both the 2017 & the 2024 eclipses.

http://xjubier.free.fr/en/site_pages/solar_eclipses/TSE_2024_GoogleMapFull.html
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