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    Nice report Mark. Sorry about the clouds you've had to deal with. I've got about a week to really wrap up galaxy season here before we enter into the June July pattern of foggy nights. Man, I should have been watching those classifieds for a better deal when I was itching for a bigger scope!
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    Quote Originally Posted by helicon64 View Post
    Man, I should have been watching those classifieds for a better deal when I was itching for a bigger scope!
    Look at it this way, Michael... we are supporting the economy by buying new American-made scopes
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    Quote Originally Posted by helicon64 View Post
    Nice report Mark. Sorry about the clouds you've had to deal with. I've got about a week to really wrap up galaxy season here before we enter into the June July pattern of foggy nights. Man, I should have been watching those classifieds for a better deal when I was itching for a bigger scope!
    There are definite advantages to buying new. You're not really sure what you're getting into with used equipment, and to get a really good deal on something like a large DOB, you might have to keep watching for a really long time before finding something. So you should certainly enjoy your scope!
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    I like that new car smell.; -)
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    Mark, thanks for the report - and for making mention of Tabby's Star on this Reports Forum. Some of us only follow the threads on this sub-forum and very little, if any, from the other sub-forums!

    I first heard about Tabby's star from a co-worker about 2-3 months ago (who is not even a night sky observer), which prompted me to look into it. Will try to check it out sometime soon when Cygnus is placed higher in the sky.
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    Great report Mark. Thank you. I'm glad you got out. Clouded and raining In my neck of the woods.
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    Great report, Mark! Congrats on seeing the SN!
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    Nice perseverance there Mark! Sometimes one has to put in the time twiddling thumbs waiting for a good break in the clouds. Nice work on SN 2017eaw in NGC 6946. I so wish I were at home to see this one as I really enjoy pursuing SNs in other galaxies. I find the ability to see an individual star within another galaxy, even if for only a few days, a very intriguing thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terrynak View Post
    Mark, thanks for the report - and for making mention of Tabby's Star on this Reports Forum. Some of us only follow the threads on this sub-forum and very little, if any, from the other sub-forums!

    I first heard about Tabby's star from a co-worker about 2-3 months ago (who is not even a night sky observer), which prompted me to look into it. Will try to check it out sometime soon when Cygnus is placed higher in the sky.
    New news for Tabby's Star! I remember reading some while back that among its dips in magnitude there seemed to be a 750-day period of some sort. And apparently some of the speculation on what is causing the dips can be settled by looking at what happens on the next 750-day dip. Well it turns out that that next dip is right now, and it's dipping like crazy! So here's a chance to catch it at a 'dipped' magnitude (the small dips it undergoes are on the order of 1%, so not noticeable to us visual people, and the big dips are still not enough to cause it to dim much visually, so you won't have trouble seeing it because of its dips).

    I just checked the news again. It underwent a (relatively) big dip and has returned to normal magnitude, so now they're waiting to see if over the next few days it dips again in some big way. Hey, you could catch it doing something strange! So if you get the chance, now's a good time to give it a gander.

    Here's one recent post by S&T: Finally! The Galaxy
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