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Spring Star Party 2018 at Boon Hill

Posted by dbock1 on May 14, 2018 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)
May 4 - 8, 2018 We had our first star party of the year at Boon Hill. The weather was clear to mostly clear for 4 nights, which gave us an opportunity to do a lot of viewing through the 18" Dob. In addition, I was able to get 3 nights of time lapse images recorded. The first night the dew was heavy, so that nights data acquisition didn't work out, but the next 3 nights did. We also took a short field trip to Paul Murphey's observatory, where he has a new C11 setup in his 8x8 rolloff roof. He asked us to check out the setup to verify all data was entered correctly, since pointing accuracy was giving him a problem. We did our best in the time alloted, and hoped he would be successful that night in getting it pointing well. Back at the club house, Bob Halsall had his 10" SCT setup, and we had to collimate it Saturday night since there were issues on Friday night. It performed very well the rest of the weekend. The weather for the weekend was outstanding with temps in the 60's to lower 70's each day, and at night in the 40's. Very nice observing weather with no bugs. See you next time. ;)

TheSky X

Posted by dbock1 on April 12, 2018 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)
I decided to update from TheSky 6, to TheSky X today. Very different user interface. A couple of nice features right off the bat are the importing of comets and asteroids is a direct link. In 6 I had to go get a file from MPC, and import it into the application. From 10, you just push a button and it gets it for you. Another feature which I won't use yet, but could, if I want the plug ins, is managing the camera and autoguider and plate solving. These are plugins for more money. Since I have SGPro doing all of that I don't need those plugins. However, that is not to say that I wouldn't go that route in the future. The other reason I upgraded is that TheSky 6 hasn't been supported for quite some time. Plus I had to find a 3rd party plugin to get it to run the losmandy mount. I did that over a year ago, and I can still run that version if so desired. I had purchased version 6 about 14 years ago, and have gotten good use out of it. However, 10 is supported at the moment, with updates every few months. I have to hook it up to the mount yet, and will give a report on how that goes and what features I might find, etc. Cheers Doug Bock

2014 Summer Solstice Star party

Posted by dbock1 on July 5, 2014 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

A couple of us travelled up to Boon Hill to do some observing and time lapse photography. It so happens that we broke ground on the bunkhouse on Friday the 27th.


Arizona OSP X star party

Posted by dbock1 on July 4, 2014 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

I attended the OSP X star party in AZ in late May.

Pictures from that event:

Upcoming star parties

Posted by dbock1 on January 16, 2014 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (2)

The last weekend in March, I'm hosting a star party at Boon Hill, which is west of Cadillac Michigan.

The last weekend in April, I'll be attending another northern michigan star party.

The last weekend in May, I'll be attending a star party in Arizona.

Although I've thought about going to the Winter Star Party, I've never been convinced it was worth it, since it isn't a dark sky location... Good seeing, but not any darker than my backyard.

The summer will bring a couple of club picnics, and then it's on to the Fall events, of which there are at least 3. I may add one more back up at Boon Hill in late fall.

Installing the new pier @ NCO

Posted by dbock1 on October 8, 2013 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)
We installed a new sub pier for the dob in the observatory.

2013 Astronomy at the Beach Photos

Posted by dbock1 on September 29, 2013 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The 2013 Astronomy at the Beach is now over, and it was a great event, with possibly 4000 people showing up for the weekend event.

Photos are at our Facebook group site.