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Saturday, September 27th, 2008
Spent the weekend at a star party at Camp Hancock OMSI field station near Clarno in central Oregon.   My imaging scope electronics malfunctioned preventing me from getting any useable photos.   As a result, most of my time was spent at the eyepiece of my 12" Dob.
 
Frday night 9/26 was partly spoiled by high clouds that drifted over, obscuring the view of various objects.  They would be in view one minute and then disappear the next.....then re-emerge.  Seeing was fuzzy for most of the evening.   Still, the binocular views were often spectacular, as were the naked eye views of the Milky Way.
 
Saturday night was virtually cloud free.  The seeing improved only slightly, but transparency was greatly improved.   M31 clearly showed it's dust lanes at 55X.  M32 and M110 were well defined and bright.   M33 was quite bright, but indistinct.   The highlight of the night may have been the Lagoon Nebula........showing detail as well as blue and reddish tints.
 
Although I didn't get any useable astro images, the gallery below shows a few shots of the camp and surrounding area.
 
 
 
 
 


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CH 9 26 08 X CH 9 26 08 b X
CH 9 26 08 c X
   

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