I went light on the gear and had to try out my new-to-me cot.
It turned out to very comfortable!
Dinner was a foil dinner over the fire so all I needed was the 530 for coffee in the morning.
My new toy was an equatorial mount for my old 5" Celestron.
I wanted something that would track and keep objects in view without having to manually move the scope. The night wasn't the greatest seeing due to high clouds so after aligning the mount, I centered a bright start and let the scope track while I enjoyed the fire. After a couple of hours the star was still centered so the testing was complete and I was quite happy with the results.
Since we didn't need, or want, a lot of white light shining around the camp, I brought along the 427 with a red globe.
It was a beautiful evening.
Thanks for looking!
Thanks, Toby. Yes, we did have a good time. It was nice just to get out in the hills and enjoy the beautiful weather.
It’s pretty bad, Logan. Up in the Winter Park area the mountain sides are an almost solid brownish-red color. You have to look close to see any green pine trees.
Yep, the light bucket Dob scopes are a bit to handle and transport. The 5” was a gift from a dear old friend and I never had a proper mount in order to use the scope. I have either set it up on a tripod for viewing, which was a pain or sometimes used the 1250mm f10 scope for photography. Not sure whatever happen to the original mount since I was gifted just the tube. Although the new set up is on the lesser expensive side, the fact that it will keep an object in the field of view for a long time is a huge win for me.
Thanks, Bill. No, it’s an Orion plain-Jane GEM with an RA motor added. It was the smallest I could go and still have some decent beef to support the tube. One can never have too much mount supporting the optics! Not sure what the StarSense is capable of but I’ll have to rely on my limited knowledge of the night skies, star-hopping, and my old star atlas. The polar-alignment scope is crude but it will work good enough for my purposes.
Yes John, the pine beetle has killed millions of acres of pine trees in western North America. Its really sad to see this destruction over the past years. If the dead trees are harvested, the lumber has beautiful blue staining. We also have the ash borer here in Colorado and our tree in the front yard almost fell victim to the little critter but we caught it early 20 years ago and have it treated annually.gpaguy wrote: ↑Sun May 02, 2021 10:10 pm You have a beetle out there that's killing the pine trees ? We have a beetle here in Pennsylvania called the Emerald Ash boring beetle that is beautiful with it's colors but really destructive to Ash trees. Dead Ash trees all over the place. We lost are Chestnut and Elm trees to a blight already and now the Ash from an imported beetle.
Thank you, Scott. Last year, the largest wildfire in Colorado history fed on mostly beetle-killed trees. I have lived almost 50 years out west and all the places across Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado that I have hung out in have been affected. Yep, pretty sad.
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Thanks, I appreciate the comments. I have often thought about how the forest will look in another 75 years plus and I hope our grandkids will get the chance to see the forest returning to a healthy state.Sierra_Roadrunner wrote: ↑Mon May 03, 2021 1:42 am Nice scope and nice campsite Mark. To bad about the beetles and fire destruction. Eventually it will grow back to its former glory but it will take years and years, probably not in our lifetimes, before it even comes close to being what it used to be.
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Here in Colorado, the mountain pine beetle is taking out mainly lodge pole pines. To be honest, I don’t know how the lumber industry is faring in regards to this problem. I do know that the beetle kill lumber that is harvested is quite unique. There’s a definite blue coloring in the wood. My son and I finished his Sprinter van with tongue and groove beetle kill and it turned out nice.
Thanks, Ian. It ain’t the Alps but it will do in a pinch!