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Greg Quevedo

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What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« on: December 23, 2017, 10:20:20 PM »
An additional new moon phase this past season, what do you've left in your observing strategies which you still hope to complete before 2017 comes to a close?  I have had a fantastic year, but I'm not done yet. . .unless the weatherdictates differently.

I still have a couple projects I expect to revisit (some could slide a month or 2 without missing the window)  I want to create another sweep of heavily obscured (reddened) galaxies with yellow filters to get a better feeling of the effectiveness of raising the contrast this way.  I'd love to squeeze two SN's for your entire year to make it an even two dozen (a few of those were pretty marginal however.)  I'd love to knock out another 50 to 100's DSO's,a number ofthemopen clusters I have skipped previously, butat least half of them galaxies.  I hope to grab a few decent Geminids.  Ihave planstovisually detectone much more "surprise" galaxy that is not on any one's radar, but it appears challenging.



Jeff Ramirez

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2017, 12:24:59 AM »
Finding Neptune.

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2017, 01:40:25 AM »
Observe the Geminids andPhaethon.

Damon Brigham

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2018, 10:46:19 AM »
I'm having a total blast doing the Astronomical League's Carbon Star program. I've seen a number of carbon stars over the years, but I have never before tracked them down systematically. It's really fun to have something completely new -- albeit limited. And of course I don't need to wait for new Moon, nor do I need a big scope, and even getting out of the city matters only insofar as it makes star-hopping easier.

Then of course there's the Geminids and the close approach of asteroid 3200 Phaethon on and around Dec. 16th.

And I plan to chip away at the Herschel 2500. And possibly do some observing for a forthcoming Sky & Telescope article.

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2018, 03:40:54 AM »
looking for dark sky to test new 3D SpaceWalker binoculars

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2018, 12:22:53 AM »
Plan? What plan???

I just wanna see stuff, not fluff... dang clouds...

Patrick Zhu

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2018, 07:31:49 AM »
You don't make plans in the UK.

David Washington

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2018, 01:46:24 PM »
Nothing. That's what happens if you don't live in CA. Clouds and cold have taken up residence now so until May...

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2018, 04:00:35 AM »
Say goodbye to the summer triangle, along with M27, M57, the coathanger, M13 and a few other favorites falling below the horizon and out of the season.

And that's ok because we have M42 now and I spent an hour looking at it last night.
My plan is to get up early enough to catch a glimpse of Jupiter, catch Phaethon, some Geminids, and test my new heated observing chair seat.

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2018, 07:39:23 AM »
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I'm having a total blast doing the Astronomical League's Carbon Star program. I've seen a number of carbon stars over the years, but I have never before tracked them down systematically. It's really fun to have something completely new -- albeit limited. And of course I don't need to wait for new Moon, nor do I need a big scope, and even getting out of the city matters only insofar as it makes star-hopping easier.

Then of course there's the Geminids and the close approach of asteroid 3200 Phaethon on and around Dec. 16th.

And I plan to chip away at the Herschel 2500. And possibly do some observing for a forthcoming Sky & Telescope article.

So Tony, what are your plans for your spare time?

Your post will give many of us new plans for observing, thanks!

Larry Hopkins

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2018, 11:51:01 AM »
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One more new moon phase this year, what do you have left in your observing plans that you still hope to complete before 2017 comes to a close? I have had a good year, but I'm not done yet...unless the weatherdictates otherwise.

I still have a few projects I hope to revisit (some could slip a month or two without missing the window.) I want to make another sweep of heavily obscured (reddened) galaxies with yellow filters to get a better impression of the efficacy of increasing the contrast this way. I would like to squeeze in two more SN's for the year to make it an even two dozen (a couple of those were pretty marginal though.) I would like to knock out another 50 to 100's DSO's,a number ofthemopen clusters I have skipped in the past, butat least half of them galaxies. I hope to catch some decent Geminids. Ihave planstovisually detectone more "surprise" galaxy that is not on any one's radar, but it looks challenging.

In these parts, sadly, we've shifted from planned observing to opportunistic observing due to unpredictable and intermittent clouds and rain. My hope is to get out a handful more times, here at home, before New Year. Moon cycle and transparency as well as date and time will more or less dictate what I deploy gearwise and attempt to observe.

For this kind of observing I normally see my spot, open a star atlas to that constellation/region, and try and spot anything that looks interesting on the atlas.

Clear skies and good luck with your 50.

Jim

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2018, 07:33:33 AM »
Looking at Star..Wars.

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2018, 06:31:08 PM »
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looking for dark sky to test new 3D SpaceWalker binoculars

edj

Oh yeah, forgot about them. Please post when you do. Thanks!

BTW, are there any reports out there on them. I really like the LOA's when they came out.

Jeremy Butler

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2018, 09:25:59 PM »
Well, I still haven't seen the Veil nebula yet. I better hurry up before it get's behind my house.

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Re: What is left of your 2017 observing plans?
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2018, 12:29:06 AM »
The enemy gets a vote so no plan survives first contact with the enemy. I am (hopefully) coming out of a 30 month state with zero observation time beyond quick looks at a a small handful of things or doing outreach. So at this point it is observe when I can where I can. I did get one item on the list. I saw the lunar X a few days ago. That was nice.Ultimate strategic plan* is to redo the Messier 110, go after the Herschel 2,500, Caldwell 109, AL Carbon Stars, AL Double Stars, AL Lunar, AL Asterisms, ANL Open Cluster, AL PN, and AL Bright Nebulae. Also to image many of the items listed.* I realize the crossover and duplication.EDIT: This is my strategic plan. Not my 2017 or 2018-2019 plan. By that I mean over a great deal of time well into retirement I am planning to do these lists.