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    Howdy, Just looking to connect with other Am-Astronomers in Vancouver BC, Canada. New to astronomy, completely obsessed adult male just looking for other like minds who may want to meet up to observe or Just talk Space in general. I live in North Van, and have wheels so I can meet up anywhere. Thanks for reading...
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    Hi Toolhead,
    I'm in the same boat or 'Ark' given the current weather.
    Just bought a Sky Watcher ED80 & EQ3 Synscan mount but I'm in the middle of exchanging both to achieve more portability. Will still be a GoTo system though.
    Then I've got to learn to use it.
    I've joined RASC & intend to frequent their 'Starry Nights' on Friday nights at SFU in Burnaby ... 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
    It's free ... you don't have to be a RASC member ... & will provide exposure to experienced amateurs & their various scope set-ups.
    Their next Starry nights event is on Jan. 27th. I'd be happy to meet you there & discuss things. Hope to find out about some of the better available viewing sites as well.
    Here's the scoop: https://www.meetup.com/astronomy-131/
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    Default Re: Anyone in Vancouver BC

    Lots of members, some very bright people contributing here from Vancouver.
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    Hey nineplanetnewbie, thanks for the info. I went to the last "Starry Nights" @ SFU last friday. It was cloudy so we couldn't see much but it was awesome to get out and see the Trottier observatory and to talk to some like minded folks. Got some really great info and some questions answered by the volunteers. I'm hoping to go to the lecture this Saturday night up there on the Cassini spacecraft and Saturn. Looks like we are going to have rain for the rest of the month, boo! So I'm glad I layed in the yard last night with my 15x70's and star hopped in between clouds. I heard about a really dark spot just up the Sea to Sky just past Lions Bay, I'm planning to go there next clear night. Been to Cypress a couple of times, It was awesome up there!!! Sounds like you have a pretty wicked scope set up, I'd love to see it all set up. I might drool on it though. I'll be up at the next "Starry night" if it's clear or maybe if not too. If we get any clear days and you wanna meet up somewhere dark to observe, I'm in. And all are welcome if anyone else would want to comeout... Thanks Y'all, have a good evening.
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    Hi Toolhead,
    I'm in the same boat or 'Ark' given the current weather.
    Just bought a Sky Watcher ED80 & EQ3 Synscan mount but I'm in the middle of exchanging both to achieve more portability. Will still be a GoTo system though.
    Then I've got to learn to use it.
    I've joined RASC & intend to frequent their 'Starry Nights' on Friday nights at SFU in Burnaby ... 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
    It's free ... you don't have to be a RASC member ... & will provide exposure to experienced amateurs & their various scope set-ups.
    Their next Starry nights event is on Jan. 27th. I'd be happy to meet you there & discuss things. Hope to find out about some of the better available viewing sites as well.
    Here's the scoop: https://www.meetup.com/astronomy-131/
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    Signed up for the Cassini lecture. If you're going, let me know & we can meet there. Tried to PM you but neither one of us has enough posts yet to be permitted to use that resource.
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    Yes I did sign up for the Cassini lecture, so we can meet up there. Looks like we may get some clear skies by the end of the month, fingers crossed...
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    After failing to get together on the previous 2 Fridays, TOOLHEAD [Mike] was kind enough to invite me to join him this past Monday night for a couple of hours of viewing up on Cypress Mountain.

    Cypress is 20 minutes/21 km from downtown Vancouver for me & Mike lives probably about half that distance from the site ... a summer picnic area ... so convenience is the key.

    The mountain top was the site of some events for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

    Cypress Bowl 7.8 km from Cypress Lane.JPG

    The road up to the resort was pitch black & signs were non-existent. Of course I missed the turn into the picnic area [view site] on the way up ... called Mike & he kindly walked back to the

    entrance to attract my attention with red LED's on the way back down. I'd still be doing 'circuits' had he not done so.

    If you haven't been there, it's 7.8 km up the road, on the right, from Cypress Lane (the first street, easily seen on the right, as you begin your ascent).

    Mike greeted me enthusiastically & led me to the parking area where he had his equipment set up including an extra chair for me.

    He then generously shared his equipment, knowledge & pure enthusiasm for astronomy with me in the -5C heat !

    This was my first viewing experience ever. It was really quite intriguing & put some real meaning to various observations & comments that I had read here on the forum.

    The view site was limited by a mountain ridge behind & the light pollution of the city below & not far enough distant. Nevertheless it was a tremendously dark site compared to my 5th floor

    balcony in the city ... & the views overhead were vast & relatively clear.

    Learned the simple truth about acclimating your eyes to the darkness & losing that to the white light of the headlights of a couple of cars that wandered thru ... & the then obvious benefit of a red LED

    flashlight. Learned the benefit of a couple of App's that Mike had on his smartphone ... plus so much more.

    The highlite of the evening, beyond acquiring Mike's acquaintance, was the view thru the scope of the Pleiades and Orion. They were magnificent !

    That was my 'start' & I now wait for my gear to come in so I can get totally involved.

    We're plagued with the same cloudy sky forecast that so many in North America seem to be sharing, so it might be a week or two ... but it'll happen ... hopefully with TOOLHEAD again !

    We've got a couple of other darker sites to investigate that aren't that much further away.

    I've got to catch up with some reading [Turn Left At Orion] & figure it'll be my job to scout some other sites during the day to make night time access a little easier when we do get there !

    Looking forward to it all !

    In closing, A HUGE THANK YOU to Mike for his generosity & patience.

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    Very cool for the two of you; that's awesome! Nice to hear you both had a great time!

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    Morning astro-forum. Thanks for the generous review @nineplanetnewbie, it was absolutely my pleasure to share my gear and small amount of info, although I should say most of my knowledge comes from the interwebs over the last few months since I started this amateur journey through the stars. So I only hope that I passed on information that was relative and not just reclaimed internet dribble. I am very green to this hobby but am quite adept at learning from the web and seem to retain info quite well, at least the info that I like. Also can't wait to get out again and all are welcome to come out anytime...

    I have also had the pleasure and luck to hook up with some experienced regulars and have felt the hand of generosity within this little community. And I have been all eyes and ears when ever the opportunity is there to learn from folks more experienced then me. So thanks again to you all...

    Anyways I feel like this astronomy adventure that I think is going to last for life because well I'm addicted, is going to lead me to meet all kinds of amazing, kind and generous people all as eager and more than myself. So I'm just so happy and excited to have found this wonderful way to spend time connecting with people and the universe. I can't wait to get out again to another dark site and start it all again.

    Got a little viewing last night with the binocs, found a new cluster that I hadn't seen before. In the southeast at about 1030pm, about 30-40 degrees up. Haven't had a chance to look it up yet. I love that I can just walk outside now and spot the pleades and the orion nebula without struggle, 3 or 4 months ago I was clueless. OOOOhh I'm just giddy with excitement everyday. Alright I've rambled enough, have a great day y'all and clear skies.
    Quote Originally Posted by nineplanetNewbie View Post
    After failing to get together on the previous 2 Fridays, TOOLHEAD [Mike] was kind enough to invite me to join him this past Monday night for a couple of hours of viewing up on Cypress Mountain.

    Cypress is 20 minutes/21 km from downtown Vancouver for me & Mike lives probably about half that distance from the site ... a summer picnic area ... so convenience is the key.

    The mountain top was the site of some events for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

    Cypress Bowl 7.8 km from Cypress Lane.JPG

    The road up to the resort was pitch black & signs were non-existent. Of course I missed the turn into the picnic area [view site] on the way up ... called Mike & he kindly walked back to the

    entrance to attract my attention with red LED's on the way back down. I'd still be doing 'circuits' had he not done so.

    If you haven't been there, it's 7.8 km up the road, on the right, from Cypress Lane (the first street, easily seen on the right, as you begin your ascent).

    Mike greeted me enthusiastically & led me to the parking area where he had his equipment set up including an extra chair for me.

    He then generously shared his equipment, knowledge & pure enthusiasm for astronomy with me in the -5C heat !

    This was my first viewing experience ever. It was really quite intriguing & put some real meaning to various observations & comments that I had read here on the forum.

    The view site was limited by a mountain ridge behind & the light pollution of the city below & not far enough distant. Nevertheless it was a tremendously dark site compared to my 5th floor

    balcony in the city ... & the views overhead were vast & relatively clear.

    Learned the simple truth about acclimating your eyes to the darkness & losing that to the white light of the headlights of a couple of cars that wandered thru ... & the then obvious benefit of a red LED

    flashlight. Learned the benefit of a couple of App's that Mike had on his smartphone ... plus so much more.

    The highlite of the evening, beyond acquiring Mike's acquaintance, was the view thru the scope of the Pleiades and Orion. They were magnificent !

    That was my 'start' & I now wait for my gear to come in so I can get totally involved.

    We're plagued with the same cloudy sky forecast that so many in North America seem to be sharing, so it might be a week or two ... but it'll happen ... hopefully with TOOLHEAD again !

    We've got a couple of other darker sites to investigate that aren't that much further away.

    I've got to catch up with some reading [Turn Left At Orion] & figure it'll be my job to scout some other sites during the day to make night time access a little easier when we do get there !

    Looking forward to it all !

    In closing, A HUGE THANK YOU to Mike for his generosity & patience.
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    So cool that you guys were able to meet up. I live on Vancouver Island, and am just getting started in stargazing myself. There isn't much in the way of Astronomy Groups in my community, but I'm sure something, or someone, will come up eventually.

 

 
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