HAS Texas 45 observing program

Re: HAS Texas 45 observing program

Postby sfast » Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:57 pm

Rene, I'm glad you're getting this one started. Count me in - I'm looking forward to doing it since it's got a nice combination of different objects. Steve
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Re: HAS Texas 45 observing program

Postby edward-fraini » Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:52 pm

I love a challenge! Hmmm I wonder who will be the first to conquer the list!!

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Re: HAS Texas 45 observing program

Postby sfast » Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:17 am

Is there an extra prize for the first one to finish?
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Re: HAS Texas 45 observing program

Postby rene-gedaly » Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:05 pm

Don't you dare! :mrgreen: You'll have bragging rights as I present you the first award for a program I authored :lol:
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Re: HAS Texas 45 observing program

Postby michael-rapp » Sun Jan 06, 2013 1:00 am

I'm ready to go....got the lists ready, logging form ready, items imported into SkyTools....now I just need clear skies and a weekend at Columbus to coincide so I can get started!

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Re: HAS Texas 45 observing program

Postby rene-gedaly » Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:54 am

Maybe this weekend. Actually, tonight and the next couple of days are looking good. I need to organize an astro grab and go system.
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Re: HAS Texas 45 observing program

Postby rene-gedaly » Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:32 pm

Looks like Ray & I are making it out Saturday night. :D

1/20/2013
Nope, we didn't get out. 100% humidity and dew point = temperature forecast for most of night. Did you guys wake up to fog?
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Re: HAS Texas 45 observing program

Postby robert-torrey » Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:06 pm

I started the HAS 45 last Thursday nite (1/17). First time to observe from the site, and first time with my new scope (CPC 925 HD). Much effort was spent learning the alignment procedures, eyepieces, and discovering that a bad power cable can cause very annoying consequences. Eventually, I viewed all 15 of the winter objects. Great clusters, nebulae, and a crimson star! The moon was up while observing so I plan to redo (star hop) the objects in darker circumstances (and also learn how to pack up and exit without moonlight assist). I can't wait to get back out there with my scope, dew shield, sky chart, and lots of warm clothes!
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Re: HAS Texas 45 observing program

Postby rene-gedaly » Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:06 am

Whoa, terrific progress, Robert. As you found, the list is forgiving of moon light. Great set up, by the way. I'm trying to figure out how to handle the dew myself and was recently surprised to find the secondary on my Dobsonian fogged up. Guess anything can and will dew here. Again, CONGRATS. Here's hoping 3rd quarter moon coincides with decent weather.
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Re: HAS Texas 45 observing program

Postby rene-gedaly » Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:11 pm

It appears that the Texas 45 is also forgiving of clouds. Most of the items are bright enough that if you know where to look, you can find what you need. I'm waiting now for the clouds to move away from Puppis so I can see the variable star RS Puppis at its maximum, and if I'm lucky, I'll see Collinder 165, also in Puppis. That'll complete the Winter list for me. I've been using 10x50 and 12x60 binoculars tonight. If you don't know the constellations, I highly recommend The Stars: A New Way to See Them, 2nd edtion, H.A. Rey. This, or Find the Constellations, also by H.A. Rey, is the book Deborah Moran has been recommending in her HAS Novice meetings.
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