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Old 11-10-2011, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska - USA
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They have far fewer cloudy nights in the interior than we have here in the valley, making it an ideal location. When I no long have to work in Anchorage, I will most likely move to Delta Junction. Fewer people, and better night skies.
That's what I've found around here, lots of cloud cover. I like the Delta idea, very dark skies around there.

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As far as a good "dark sky" location around Wasilla, I prefer Hatcher Pass. But I do not recommend it when the winds are kicking up. I do not live far from Settler's Bay, which is not too bad as far as light pollution goes, but there are times when sodium levels are too high for good photographs. Particularly when it is partly cloudy. I pick up the reflected light from Anchorage.
I'll have to take a look at Hatcher Pass when we have a clear, non windy night. I haven't taken a look at the sky from Settler's Bay area. Certainly sounds ok under the right conditions. I'm too close to central Wasilla, lot of light polution from the lights, though the south west view isn't bad.

 
Old 11-10-2011, 07:34 PM
 
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You can buy a pretty decent telescope for under $400. A Dobsonian telescope will give you the most light-gathering ability for the buck, but they can be difficult to move around. Refracting telescopes are the most expensive for the amount of light they gather. A Newtonian reflecting telescope uses mirrors, while refractors use lenses which will make refractors more expensive. With both reflecting and refracting telescopes you will also need a good mount.

Preferably one with a German Equatorial Mount (GEM). A GEM will allow you to track the star, moon, planet, etc. over long periods of time for photographs.

Orion makes some of the cheaper telescopes and mounts, and they are pretty good.

Here is a list of some manufacturers:



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Thank both of you for the info, I will look into them. It looks like a lot fun.
 
Old 11-10-2011, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Very nice. Do you do any imaging? That Takahashi 4" APO refractor would be perfect for some very nice images.

I decided to sink the bulk of my money into a good equatorial mount and a cheaper telescope. I figured I could upgrade the telescope at a later date. I am currently using an Orion Apex 102mm Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope, with an Orion SkyView Pro Equatorial GoTo GEM, and a cheap Celestron eyepiece and filter kit.
 
Old 11-13-2011, 06:14 AM
 
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I see your fresh bread, and raise you bacon, or fresh brewed coffee.

Of course the ideal is bacon sandwiches made with fresh baked bread, and a cup of fresh brewed coffee.
Hi,

My absolute favorite sandwich is "bacon and egg on toast that was seared in bacon grease!" called Bacong grease sandwich. The only thing better is to have some tomato on it too.

Yum.

Hey, that bread recipe must've made each rack in the oven full, no?

[edit to add wintertime hobbies, to keep in line with the thread] I have only had Chicago and NY state winters to be outside but, like to hike. My indoor hobby is Middle Eastern dance and also reading, [edit again to add] oh gosh, I almost forgot my other indoor hobby is swimming. I don't do it consistantly but, when I found out I was going to AK got two competitive training style two peice suits. My best friend said, "you are the only person I know who would get bikinis to go to AK!" . My outdoor is running and I really hope to try snowshoeing, (with a group to start.)
Jen
p.s. Yes, I can make a meal out of fat but, figure its genetic ;0)

Last edited by Gennaver; 11-13-2011 at 06:35 AM.. Reason: to add the hobbies
 
Old 11-14-2011, 12:33 AM
 
Location: interior Alaska
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I cross-country ski. I tried snowshoeing for the first time recently, though, and I like it better. I'm working on improving my photography skills, too.

For indoorsy stuff, I read a lot. I enjoy video games, too...anything with a good story. Every year I try to get into some kind of crafty thing, too, but I swear everything I build/make ends up looking like kindergartener macaroni noodle art. I do not have a gift for handicrafts.

My group of friends around here makes a point of getting together at least once a week to cook dinner, play board games, watch a DVD, etc. It's too easy to go into hibernation mode and get antisocial this time of year.
 
Old 11-14-2011, 12:42 AM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Well plowing snow of late seems to be my new favorite winter job. Did play with the snowmachine for a bit though!
 
Old 11-14-2011, 03:31 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Greetings from LA,

I've always admired people from Alaska for being able to resist those brutal cold winters.
Here in Los Angeles, we sometimes get lows of 40s and I'm dying :/ (yes I know embarrassing!!)

But I always wanting to go to Alaska for a real winter! Something about the night lights, and no sun for months interests me! Specifically, Barrow, AK!! I have found myself doing a lot of research on this northern city quite a lot. The fact that its so remote interests me!
 
Old 11-14-2011, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Fairbanks, AK
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The second winter I was here, I decided to choose a new winter project every year. I chose to learn about henna, the art, history, chemistry, mixing, applying, ect. I immersed myself in it and it has kept me busy for several years now. Here is some of my work.
Collection: Henna Body Art (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cloud9doula/collections/72157621211772306/ - broken link)

This year I am learning to play the fiddle.
 
Old 11-14-2011, 02:36 PM
 
Location: on top of a mountain
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The second winter I was here, I decided to choose a new winter project every year. I chose to learn about henna, the art, history, chemistry, mixing, applying, ect. I immersed myself in it and it has kept me busy for several years now. Here is some of my work.
Collection: Henna Body Art (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cloud9doula/collections/72157621211772306/ - broken link)

This year I am learning to play the fiddle.
well lady you found the artistic side of yourself because not many can create such beautiful henna work! can't wait to hear you "fiddle'n" some day! oh an go dog sledding with ya!~
 
Old 11-14-2011, 02:39 PM
 
Location: 112 Ocean Avenue
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Specifically, Barrow, AK!! I have found myself doing a lot of research on this northern city quite a lot. The fact that its so remote interests me!
I'm leaving this thread right now and never coming back.
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