Post by Paul Greenhalgh President on Aug 22, 2015 14:11:09 GMT -8
Not looking all that healthy out there at the moment. But I'm still going to head out to the park tonight and give it a go. Hopefully if it cools off that smoke I'm looking at will drop off. (ya ya I know good luck with that...but!) We'll give it a look anyway!
Picked up the 20 inch scope from Mark today with the new club trailer and it's a dream! Much Much better than the old one. Lots of room, easy to load the scope..and put all the other bits inside.
Anyway if you're as nutz as I am hopefully we see a few of you there. If the viewing is bad at least we can chat about it. LOL
Paul Greenhalgh DSW (President)
Fraser Valley Astronomers Society
Post by deepskydarrell on Aug 22, 2015 15:18:44 GMT -8
It came from the south east. The Chilliwack Evans Road east Cam is pretty socked in: images.drivebc.ca/bchighwaycam/pub/html/www/128.html The Chilliwack Lake Cam is still good as well as the Coq's. I thought I could even smell the smoke at times here in Clarbrook. Too bad the moon sets so late. The sky's been so nice and dark blue this last couple of days. It cools a bit faster these evenings --hopefully that with suppress the smoke. Hope you have fun.
16.5 inch F 5.3 Zambuto Optics homebuilt Dobsonian
Post by Paul Greenhalgh President on Aug 22, 2015 16:42:47 GMT -8
yah I'll have to keep an eye on it. I won't unload the scope at the park unless there's a bit of decent sky. Need to test this trailer anyway for a run on the highway to see how it tows out there in the big leagues. Disappointing as the sky looks...I'm still gonna take my chances I think. As you say things cool down pretty nicely lately, so that MIGHT (slim chance) drop the smoke or the winds could change and send it south again. Who knows??? If anything I might run into some interesting folks that just want to talk about the night sky. Here again WHO KNOWS right?
Besides I haven't given a good healthy blood donation to the mosquito's in quite some time. They must be hungry!!! LOL
Ah well I'll get a thermos of timmies...and have a cup or two out there.
Hmmm on the re=think here...Moon might not be a bad target for a change. The light of the moon will be subdued anyway. I just need to get out and do something...bored out of my tree! Plus at the moment I only get 2 days off work. Which really doesn't leave me much time to enjoy some Astronomy.
Post by Paul Greenhalgh President on Aug 22, 2015 21:51:05 GMT -8
Well that was fun to a point. The Moon looked amazing on it's own like a big hanging chunk of a pumpkin. Barely got the Ring nebula but that was about it. The new trailer pulled great at 110 kms per hour straight as a die very pleased with how it tracks.
The twenty inch snapped together very very nicely, thanks to Derek and Mark for making several improvements to it. It was a breeze!
When I first said to a point, here's where the fun ended. As i was sitting in my chair putting the wheel barrel handles back on I got up did something else, came back and tripped over one of the handles with my good leg. As gravity took over I did everything I could to prevent hurting my bad knee on my left leg. So it was hop hop hop hop on the right as I progressively leaned forward due to gravity taking over, flipped over a concrete block, all the while protecting my left knee, landed on both hands, then tucked and rolled onto my shoulders and then finally bounced off the left side or my head which is hard as concrete anyway! As I laid there looking straight up a Vega, a mole popped up beside my left ear and squeaked HEY YOU WANNA KEEP THE RACKET DOWN??? I'M TRYING TO SLEEP DOWN HERE...and then tossed a small paw full of dirt at me. *sputter spit spit*
Well as you can tell my tumble was about as graceful as a duck landing on ice and I must say I did leave a pretty nice dent in the dirt! So here again KIDS ... Astronomy has it's dangers! Especially if you're a clumsy old goat like me!
My shoulder feels not to bad either I may have re-adjusted that sucker as well for the better.
You know that's twice the park has pounded me into the ground. The first time my old trucked dropped into reverse and dang near ran me over when I was locking the gate at the park years ago,...as I went under the drivers door. Dennis Deming thought I was run over for sure. Now this...this just means I'm no good on my own!!!
Well I hope you all had a good chuckle...I know you would have had you been there!! LOL But you weren't sooooooooooo this never happened. *Ahem*