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Astronomers!

Postby dragonpilot » Wed Aug 25, 2010 6:05 pm

Are there going to be any amateur astronomers at Burning Man this year? I see a Stars By The Ton camp...but no placement info.

I'm just bringing a star chart. Thought it would be fun to search for constellations, galaxies, etc.

There's no moon during the week, so the sky should be brilliant with stars!
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Postby shroom » Wed Aug 25, 2010 6:39 pm

Great idea! I'll have to find a chart too!
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Postby teardropper » Thu Aug 26, 2010 6:05 am

Friends of Black Rock Desert/High Rock Canyon offer a fine star finder. It's on their website. I'll be bringing mine.

There's a guy that comes to Rendezvous at the Black Rock who has a huge telescope. You can see the rings of Saturn and moons. Don't know if he burns, but that is and would be great out there.

In the mean time, there's a star chart...
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Postby Sham » Thu Aug 26, 2010 6:15 am

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Postby maxf » Thu Aug 26, 2010 6:19 am

I'm pretty fluid with my week and only have a couple of things planned, but one of them is to take myself off somewhere on the playa in the pitch black and just look up for a while (of course I will be lit).

Living in a big city, we never get to see stars.
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:40 am

This is fun.
1. Go to this site:
http://www.heavens-above.com/
2. Log in with these coordinates:
40.6520° N, 119.3540° W
3. Find out when the really bright visibles such as ISS, Iridium flares and other satellites will be visible.
4. Point to the sky and yell "LOOK! A UFO!"

People will figure it out pretty quick, but not soon enough to prevent a rush of wonderment.
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Postby mthyer » Thu Aug 26, 2010 2:17 pm

I'm bringing my smaller planetary telescope. Never burned before, but high desert is usually a great place for viewing. I’m only a little concerned about light pollution from the festivities.
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu Aug 26, 2010 2:53 pm

Dust, mostly. For city dwellers, however, you'll see millions more stars than you normally see.
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Postby dragonpilot » Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:10 pm

It's too much to ask, but wouldn't it be fun to organize one night of group stargazing...*fingers point at me*...

OK...Tuesday night, 9 PM, right hand end of the espresso bar at Center Camp. That way, if no one shows you've got instant entertainment!

If someone's got a telescope too difficult to move, we could meet there...wherever there is.
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Postby Tengerguy » Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:30 am

I'll be there!

>>OK...Tuesday night, 9 PM, right hand end of the espresso bar at Center Camp. That way, if no one shows you've got instant entertainment!

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Postby Bob Bitchen » Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:51 pm

I am a first time Burner.

I was considering bringing my telescope.

I will try looking you guys up when I get there. :roll: Look up :shock:

A UFO.

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Postby Thecatman » Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:09 pm

I have a pair of Parks 11x80 binoculars...kinda reluctant to bring them though....the dust etc.
I did see some, and I repeat some, Percede meteors a few weeks ago from my backyard, and found the Andromeda galaxy with said binoculars.
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Postby chiefdanfox » Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:14 am

I brought my 8" sct two years (2007-2008) and the dust makes it very much a "middle of a big city" experience, or worse. You can see better stars with the naked eye than a big city, but scopes just get the dust. If you could get it up on a 20'-30' platform, maybe better. All in all though, the sidewalk astronomy is a hit with lots of folks. Jupiter, Uranus are close to each other. Saturn is hanging out by the sun, so bummer.
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Postby so.me » Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:14 pm

Tues. 9pm. Awesome, I will bring my iPad with the star walk app to pass around. Thankfully it just uses gps so it will work great. I also hope to do some astro photography!! Does anyone have a Dslr adapter for a telescope they are bringing?

Good to see there are other people with their eyes on the sky :)

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Postby Elderberry » Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:19 pm

so.me wrote:Tues. 9pm. Awesome, I will bring my iPad with the star walk app to pass around. Thankfully it just uses gps so it will work great. I also hope to do some astro photography!! Does anyone have a Dslr adapter for a telescope they are bringing?

Good to see there are other people with their eyes on the sky :)

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That's Tues. 9pm last year. How you getting there?

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Postby teardropper » Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:22 pm

With my WayBack machine, what else...?
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Postby dragonpilot » Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:42 pm

OK...where was everyone? See how Burning Man plans just go to hell!

Myself, you ask? I was on my way but got sidetracked by an awesome theme camp and their bar!

But for sure let's do it this year! Time/place TBD...
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Postby LLQchasm » Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:52 pm

dragonpilot wrote:OK...where was everyone? See how Burning Man plans just go to hell!

Myself, you ask? I was on my way but got sidetracked by an awesome theme camp and their bar!

But for sure let's do it this year! Time/place TBD...


I know someone who has a 20" Dobsonian... it was so tall he needed a ladder to get to the eyepiece. He looks for the darkest skies possible (BM probably has too much light pollution) and is very concerned about corrosives on his mirror (would playa dust be a problem?).
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Postby Thecatman » Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:02 pm

dragonpilot wrote:But for sure let's do it this year! Time/place TBD...


I'll check the thread throughout the spring/summer.
Last year? I forgot about it getting distracted and crashing at 8pm.
and, didn't know where there was
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Postby Bob Bitchen » Fri Feb 04, 2011 5:14 am

8) Hey what up.

I just bought my ticket for BM 2011 woo hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am going to bring my small telescope this year.
Hope to see you there.

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Bringing 12" Dobsonian Telescope

Postby bkubli » Wed Feb 09, 2011 4:19 pm

I'll be bringing my large scope for planet and nebula viewing. Being virgins this year, I was planning on gifting some Stargazing to anyone interested. We aren't yet a member of any camp, and would be interested in working with anyone of a similar mind. I'll be coming from the Medford Oregon area.
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Re: Bringing 12" Dobsonian Telescope

Postby davem » Thu Feb 10, 2011 9:31 am

bkubli wrote:Being virgins this year, I was planning on gifting some Stargazing to anyone interested.



That would be awesome. I've always been interested in astronomy, but don't own a telescope. My 4 year old is getting me back in touch with my inner-space nerd self.

I'll keep an eye on this thread in case there is a meet up.

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Postby Bob Bitchen » Sat Feb 26, 2011 3:07 am

I think I found all the pieces for my Teleoscope. :lol:

If so I'm brining it. :D

I'll keep in touch. 8)

Not sure where I'll be on the Playa yet.

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