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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:23 pm 
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Cool shot and story from the USINTERIOR Instagram feed:

"Check out this amazing story behind this photo of #Yosemite from photographer Dax McMilliam and remember to always be alert when in America's great outdoors. "Stranded 100 ft. up on a granite ledge with a bear down below in the area, nightfall came. I found myself alone 100 ft. up without anything except a foil emergency blanket & my camera. I hunkered down on the ledge to suffer through 41 deg. temps & all I had on was some pants and a t-shirt. I stayed up all night just watching the stars pass by over the next several hours at Cathedral Peak . Alone, cold, & shivering uncontrollably...I got this shot."

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And to see why I say I need some new equipment (and/or better skills!) check out these amazing shots of the Perseids. I particularly like the first shot.

http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013 ... hower?lite


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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:38 pm 
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^^Nice picture! Must of been using a remote shutter release since he was shivering,understandable..

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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:47 pm 
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I'm glad you guys got to see them. Sounded like a great time OGT! Isn't it amazing whats up there!!
Went out early AM and saw a few more. The last one was a cool fireball going across with an illuminating contrail tail.
Then it happened... the marine layer.
Hope your next feels better Snowave, time to order that outdoor jacuzzi. UPS delivers pretty much every where. :D



Ha... I actually have a hot tub outside.. I sat In it earlier in the evening, so I wasn't as interested in getting back in.


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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:54 pm 
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This might be my favorite shot from the other night. I just wish it was sharper but the longer exposure resulted in some minor star trails.

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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:29 pm 
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I went up to the top of Mt Laguna to do some more stargazing and shoot more pics. It's obvious that if I want really dark skies I'll have to head farther out of town.

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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:26 pm 
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FYI - Noticed very bright star-planet in the east prior sunrise. Venus; pretty cool.
"Venus is always bright … but it’s particularly noticeable now because it shines at its greatest brightness as the “morning star” around mid-February. It is near what astronomers call its greatest illuminated extent or greatest brilliancy, which peaks on February 15, 2014."
http://earthsky.org/human-world/venus-b ... ted-extent

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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:49 pm 
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I don't know about this guy named Dax. He said he was stranded and alone on a ledge with a space blanket. 41 degrees is warm for the backcountry at night. One wonders how this guy got back down or if he needed the Navy Seals to come in from Hawthorne, NV.

At least he got a good shot out of the deal despite his "live and learn" drama.

Some of these explorers are pretty hilarious, if they survive.

Did I ever tell you the one about...

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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:10 pm 
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Good luck if your up...
It’s time for the peak of the Lyrid meteor shower! The annual Lyrid meteor shower is active each year from about April 16 to 25. The peak of this shower – which tends to come in a burst and usually lasts for less than a day – will fall on the morning of Earth Day, April 22, 2014. The greatest number of meteors should fall during the few hours before dawn. But you might want to watch in late evening, too, because a last quarter moon, rising in the middle of the night, intrudes on the Lyrid shower in 2014. These meteors tend to be bright. Some may overcome the moonlight

http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essential ... eor-shower

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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
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This could be interesting - a new meteor shower this weekend that has the potential to be spectacular. Or a bust. But hey a night out staring up at the sky is good either way.

http://www.livescience.com/45753-new-me ... izzle.html


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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
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If you're up...
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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 4:31 am 
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Driving back late from Las Vegas and had a great view so I pulled over on Zzyzx Rd and shot a few pics.

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Best I could do with my 70-200.


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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:08 pm 
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^ Fantastic, SnS!

I woke up at 3:45 and watched the total eclipse from our bedroom for an hour through my mini binoculars. Went back to sleep for 45 minutes and got back up at 5:30 to watch the bright moon showing with just a sliver of shadow left on the bottom. So cool!

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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:19 pm 
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Once the eclipse ended the moon seemed to be even brighter than normal. Definitely a beautiful sight!


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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
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It seemed brighter than normal before the eclipse too.

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 Post subject: Re: Heads Up - Night Sky
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SurfnSnowboard wrote:
Driving back late from Las Vegas and had a great view so I pulled over on Zzyzx Rd and shot a few pics.

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Best I could do with my 70-200.


SurfnSnowboard wrote:
Once the eclipse ended the moon seemed to be even brighter than normal. Definitely a beautiful sight!


Thanks for the photo SNS. That is what I saw...

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