Had a great time with clear skies at Vekol Rd last night. The usual spot for observing was occupied by 3-4 large RV's and trailers with quads and 4X4's with a large illuminated snowman and a US, AZ and a Beer flag elevated high in the air. We quickly located our spot a hundred yards or so up the road. By 8:30p, the illuminated snowman and flags were dark and the lights from their camp did not really bother us. The country & western music was nice also (?). Saw the Horsehead Nebula (IC434) visually for the first time thanks to Joe Larkin and Mike Mello and their superior scopes. Had the opportunity to reshoot M42, IC434 and M33 with my Canon 20D with better results but with lots of opportunities for improvement. Take a look: http://www.pbase.com/geokolb/image/42115951 http://www.pbase.com/geokolb/image/51990314 http://www.pbase.com/geokolb/image/51963368 I also had the opportunity to test out the William Optics binoviewer I just purchased. For a low end binoviewer, I was happy. Yes - they are not of Denkmier standards, but for $199 including 2 - 20mm WO eyepieces, compression eyepiece holders, 1.6X barlow and WO spec prisms, I was satisfied. M42, M45, M33 and M31 all looked "3D like". Using the binoviewers was easy and comfortable to view. After using them, I realize the frequency of use will be limited to certain objects throught the year. Knowing this, I'm glad I didn't spend a fortune on them. Any questions can be directed offline to my email. Happy New Year! George ----- Original Message ----- From: "Joe Larkin" <joeclarkin@xxxxxxxxx> To: <az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Thursday, December 29, 2005 9:34 AM Subject: [AZ-Observing] Re: Vekol Tonight? >I am planning on going tonight with a couple of other observers. > > I will probably leave at 4-4:30 and it takes me an hour to get out > there. > > Joe Larkin > > --- George Kolb <gkolb@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: > >> Anyone interested in some observing at Vekol tonight? Clear sky >> clock shows favorable starting around 8-9 PM. Moon set is at >> 3:57p. Sunset at 5:29p. Planning on getting there around 4:30pm >> if predictions hold. >> Happy New Year, >> >> George >> -- >> See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and >> please >> send personal replies to the author, not the list. >> >> > > > > > > __________________________________ > Yahoo! for Good - Make a difference this year. > http://brand.yahoo.com/cybergivingweek2005/ > -- > See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please > send personal replies to the author, not the list. > > -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.