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    Default LUNAR IMPACT: This Friday morning, Oct 9th



    Space Weather News for Oct. 6, 2009
    http://spaceweather.com

    LUNAR IMPACT: This Friday morning, Oct 9th, at approximately 4:30 am PDT, NASA's LCROSS
    spacecraft and its Centaur booster rocket will plunge one after another into a shadowed
    crater near the Moon's south pole. The spectacular double-impact will be shown live on
    NASA TV from the point of view of the LCROSS spacecraft. Meanwhile, impact debris plumes
    emerging from the crater may be visible through backyard telescopes. North American sky
    watchers west of the Mississippi river are favored with darkness and good views of the
    Moon at the time of impact. Visit http://spaceweather.com for observing tips and full
    coverage.

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    Default LUNAR IMPACT: This Friday morning, Oct 9th

    On Oct 6, 1:31 pm, Sam Wormley <sworml...@mchsi.com> wrote:

    We have available a 4" 800mm refractor, for a shot at LCROSS,
    thinking 20mm eyepeice for contrast and mag, (x80), what are
    you guys planning?
    Ken


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    On Oct 6, 2:20 pm, "Ken S. Tucker" <dynam...@vianet.on.ca> wrote:



    Rinky-Dinky little telescope in the backyard.

    I'm working on doing my 1st Collimation prior to. I don't expect to
    actually see it with my setup, but keeping expectations low on this is
    geared towards avoiding disappointment.

    I plan to actually 'see' in via the online resources.


    berk
    what if the Moon strikes back?

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    Default LUNAR IMPACT: This Friday morning, Oct 9th

    On Tue, 06 Oct 2009 19:21:24 -0400, Davoud <star@sky.net> wrote:


    Why not use one of your larger scopes? This is likely to be a
    photon-limited event- aperture is going to be important. IIRC, you have
    scopes that could give you a lot more light. Also, you're going to be
    approaching daylight, right? So a long focal length will give you better
    contrast, which may be the difference in detecting something or not.

    (I'm planning on using my 12" SCT with a video camera. Luckily, we'll
    still be under dark skies.)
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    Cloudbait Observatory
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    Default LUNAR IMPACT: This Friday morning, Oct 9th

    LOSER !


    "Ken S. Tucker" <dynamics@vianet.on.ca> wrote in message
    news:5ecd5dbf-88ed-4958-a663-ff78fd0b6dd4@a39g2000pre.googlegroups.com...



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    Default LUNAR IMPACT: This Friday morning, Oct 9th

    On Wed, 07 Oct 2009 00:44:47 -0400, Davoud <star@sky.net> wrote:


    No wonder science is on the decline in the U.S. ...


    Well, good luck. Hope you get something nice. My biggest concern is
    getting out of bed in time to fire things up <g>.
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    Default LUNAR IMPACT: This Friday morning, Oct 9th

    "Ken S. Tucker" <dynamics@vianet.on.ca> wrote:


    8.3m R-C with IRCS in L-band... Nah, just kidding, I'm not working that
    night. I'll be at the Visitor Information Station on Mauna Kea; I hear
    they've moved one of their C-14 tubes onto an astrophysics mount, and stuck
    an SBIG of some sort on it. I'll be bringing up a couple Digital Rebels and
    my collection of lenses (300mm being the longest) to try to do some
    wider-field stuff and maybe get lucky.

    I just hope the weather improves - this is night 5/5 at Subaru summit for me
    and it's been almost all clouds.

    -Dan

    --
    Dan Birchall, Night Operation Assistant, Subaru Telescope, NAOJ
    Views I express are my own and may not reflect those of my employer.


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    Default LUNAR IMPACT: This Friday morning, Oct 9th

    On Oct 6, 5:02 pm, berk <bayareab...@yahoo.com> wrote:

    Maybe a 1 in 100 chance, for our set-up, but seeing mankinds
    evidence visually on the moon is worth the long shot.
    Ken

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    Default LUNAR IMPACT: This Friday morning, Oct 9th

    On Oct 7, 1:56 am, Dan Birchall <6934...@student.swin.edu.au> wrote:

    Yeah, Meanu Kea is a serious asset.


    It's near 3am here PDT, partially cloudy, it might clear in awhile.
    Ken

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    Default LUNAR IMPACT: This Friday morning, Oct 9th


    "Davoud" <star@sky.net> wrote in message
    news:071020090044473963%star@sky.net...
    In that case I'd say it's time to replace your wife. Probably can't do that
    before Friday, though.



 

 
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