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Friday, August 6th, 2010
Just back from four days at Odell Lake in central Oregon.   I didn't take any of my telescopes or imaging gear but I am kicking myself for not doing so.   The sky was awesome!!  My viewing was limited to naked eye and a pair of rather weather-beaten 7x35 binoculars.  The lake sits at just over 5,000 feet.
 
M31 was a naked eye object......and you could see much of the outer nebulosity with the binoculars.  M13 showed up well too.   I could even see M33 in the binoculars, but it was extremely faint, and if you didn't know where to look, you could easily have missed it.  The Double cluster was a great sight.
 
Due to some pesky lights here and there, the wide field view of the Milky Way was a little diminished, but still head and shoulders better than the view from home.
 
The picture is the view from the deck of our rented condo at approximately 6:45am this morning.  Notice the star burst sunlight coming through the trees.   Very relaxing stay.......no phone, no TV, no computer......just some fishing and relaxing by the lake.
 


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Odell Lake sunrise 8 6 10 sm
   

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