Welcome to OSP VII - 2011.

Welcome to OSP VII - May 25th to June 1st, 2011. The road trip this year will be to see the Discovery Channel Telescope and get a tour!

Discovery Channel Telescope roadtrip....



The new addition this year is a new, larger, 4-burner portable stove with a stainless steel griddle!



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The new addition this year is a new, larger, camper! Twenty-seven footer....



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Twenty-seven footer..., with a slideout.



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This year there are guest quarters for Ron and John....



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Other new additions to OSP VII are; a new eyepiece holder!



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Additional fans for the 1.5" thick, 6"minor axis, secondary mirror. These will blow across the face of the glass to remove the boundary layer of heat.



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New Mirror box cover clamps to better seal in the cold.



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Labeled Clocks! They run off the same battery, in series, and stay in sync.



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The Mirror box received a new back cover to reflect the Sun's rays if I open the doors and it keeps the cold in.



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Cool Breeze, the mirror box air conditioner is progressing! Here's a view of the control board with a temp controller, dual TC meter with TC's on a thick and thin portion of glass to show temperature uniformity, and, a dew point meter.



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Here's a view of the mirror box cover with 4" ducting and the custom AC unit.



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Here's a view of the backside of the custom AC unit. The compressor will reside under the truss poles and the Cool Breeze box will be in front of the mirror box along side the truss poles.



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Next to the scope these parts don't look so big anymore....



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What I won't do for good images..., but it's a work in progress.



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Another view of the AC unit. For now I'll have to still use my box-fan mirror box cover but eventually it'll be air conditioned.



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There's still an aisle way when it's all packed up....



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There was a Horned Lizard down by the Poderosa Pine this year!



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Arrival to the property with about an hour of daylight....



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The scope's out and cooling! Do you see any stars in the blue background?



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Maybe this image will help.... What an awesome first night, up until 3am



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John set up the 13".



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Ron took many awesome 30 second images....



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Ron studying the morning coffee.



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I'm organizing the satellite pass info.



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Lori had asked that we set up her screened-in area for cooking. It worked quite well.



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The Mess tent actually was a welcome addition to the star party providing a bug-free environment.



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We had chicken that first night after Lori arrived.



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Scope's cooling down and chicken's nearly done....



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Another one of Ron's images illuminating us and the scope with red light....



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The next morning it was coffee, donuts, and other snackies.



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Ron's first cup of coffee since 6am..., milk?



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Kuiper and Sagan (Thunder and Lightning, or, Port and Starboard)....



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We had many more Desert Paintbrush blooming this year than all the other years combined!



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One of the bush species is also in bloom this time of year....



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The 6"f3.5 needed a little work.... Collimating an f3.5 can be challenging.



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Especially when the 2.6" secondary is in an 8" tube, note the concentration....



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Now this is more like it! A scope I can actually work on! I needed to see the laser re-enter the unit after having reflected off all the mirrors.



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Cool Breeze II in the making.... A standard air conditioner will be modified to accept the 4" unsulated hoses to cool the primary.



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Here's the cover with hoses attached.



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Using materials from the original Cool Breeze the foam was re-purposed, though the AC unit was placed upon the 1" thick Baltic Birch castor plate.



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The first time it powered up the air exiting the AC unit into the hose had an air temp of 6F. Eventually it reached -7F. It cooled the mirror to the expected night time temp with ease... :).



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Cool Breeze II.... It too fits under the truss poles leaving an aisle in the observatory.



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The obligatory Photo-Op; Ron.



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The obligatory Photo-Op; John.



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Another of John....



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And another of Ron.



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This one has me on the scope as Ron took a 30" image. He also bathed the area in red light to give it a fore-ground.



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Taken from the back of the scope, can you tell what we were looking at...?



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Another sunny day followed that star-filled night.



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Plenty of solar power to charge the batteries.



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On Saturday we had Ribeye's and whiskey....



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There's only two shot glasses that match, and, no, no one got to use the red cup....



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Once again another line is drawn across the level of remaining whiskey. A few more years and we'll have to get another!



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Ron, Don, John, Lori enjoying the steak dinner.



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Don chisseled the table before he had to leave.



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And so, we once again started in on the Canadian Mist bottle....



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Three Amigo's.



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Three Amigo's.



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Well, we were not misty-eyed when we finished that bottle. We'll have to stop in Payson on the way up next time. Today was high winds so we did not observe. Sunday had 40 mph winds and 65mph gusts!



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What a good time....



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Relaxing with the wind howling....



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Ron's just chillin'.



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Ron and John both chisseled their new dates into the table!



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The table once again is updated through 2011.



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Setting up for the next night!



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The next morning with Lori gone we headed into town for breakfast. No June's this year, we tried , and enjoyed, the new place in town....



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Besides the first night with dwindling contrails, this was the first cloud seen in days....



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For the last night we got out the 11x80's on the parallelogram.



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Ron and John stepped out of the Prowler and saw a monster above the trees. Ron caught the beast in time....



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Me checking out the motion of the binocular mount to make sure it was good to go....



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The sun setting on the last night of OSP.... There was no wind, no clouds, very little humudity (22%) and a good time was had by all!



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One of Ron's good shots on the last night of OSP....



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Polaris Trails....



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A very nice shot by Ron....



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Ron getting the gate as we left the property.... Lots of memories.



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That's one packed truck, that needed unpacking!



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On our way to dinner at the Goldfield Saloon! The Superstition Mountains are beautiful....



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Goldfield Ghost Town! Step back in time....



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Dinner at the Goldfield Saloon! The old west comes alive when you pass through these swinging bar doors....



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Ron and the Superstitions.... What a nice vacation....



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Thr Group....



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Leaving the Saloon....



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