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    Quote Originally Posted by KingNothing13 View Post
    I just spend the past weekend at Jack Newton's "Observatory B&B" in British Columbia, and he showed us one of the 2 carbon stars in Lyre. I have heard of them, but never seen one before. It was an incredible sight, and has spurred an interest in finding them.
    Whoa. Just hold on there. I just checked out "Observatory B&B". And I am simultaneously amazed and jealous. I didn't even know a place like this existed! Amazing!

    Do tell, do tell! What was it like there? What did he show you? How was the main scope? That looks to be about a six or eight inch refractor he's got mounted on top - what was that like?

    And I just want to get this straight, to satisfy my insatiable jealousy, you flew all the way from Massachusetts to BC to go to this place? Aren't there any on the East Coast somewhere? Man, now I've got an amazing idea for retirement!!!
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    Whoa. Just hold on there. I just checked out "Observatory B&B". And I am simultaneously amazed and jealous. I didn't even know a place like this existed! Amazing!

    Do tell, do tell! What was it like there? What did he show you? How was the main scope? That looks to be about a six or eight inch refractor he's got mounted on top - what was that like?

    And I just want to get this straight, to satisfy my insatiable jealousy, you flew all the way from Massachusetts to BC to go to this place? Aren't there any on the East Coast somewhere? Man, now I've got an amazing idea for retirement!!!
    Yeah, we flew from Mass (well, Hartford CT) to BC. My 40th was this past weekend, and my wife wanted to do something special for me, so she was looking for dark sky vacations, and it came up. No idea if any exist on the east coast, but I bet not, as the desert is the perfect environment! We were only there Friday - Monday.

    Since they are on top of a mountain, above the town, there is NO light pollution.

    The main scope is a 16" LX200. He showed all of the basics: Saturn, Mars, M13, M92, the Carbon Star previously mentioned, M57, M31 all of which were incredible. He also has a solar telescope for use in the mornings after breakfast, which was really, really cool too. Jack obviously loves what he does, and it shows. I would have liked to stay and do more after his regular evening sessions were done, but I was pretty tired in the evenings, from the time change and all of the day time activity (wine tour, desert tour, etc.). Definitely have to go for more than a weekend like we did this time. EDIT: Oh, and in the morning we also looked at Venus and Mercury. The next morning they also looked at Jupiter, but we were already up and out of the B&B as we had a 7am hiking tour.

    The last night there he had a pair of bino viewers in the smaller scope to look at the moon...it was like we were really there. Incredible.

    Jack, and his wife Alice, are very, VERY nice people, making everyone feel like they are at home. Their breakfasts were amazing, and their B&B is too, with Jack's astrophotos all over the place, which are available for purchase too. He also has quite the fossil collection, and all of the wash basins are made from fossilized marble.

    The area itself is great as well, although I think they may be reaching critical mass on vineyards, there are over 200 of them. We brought home 6 bottles of wine from the area.
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    Default Re: What are your top 5 (or 10!) non-Messier objects?

    Here's another vore for NGC 457, the Owl cluster.
    This little gem really does look like a bird of prey

    Another small scope favorite that was not mentioned yet: IC 4665 in Ophiuchus.

    And make sure to check out NGC 2301 later in the year; this open cluster has three very distinct strings of stars.


    Quote Originally Posted by KT4HX View Post
    I noticed NGC 7027 described as "proto-planetary, unique".
    Do you have any idea what makes this planetary nebula a "proto"-planetary?
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