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The Mt. Wilson Trip: Holy Cow!

The following email and photos were received from OCA member Keith Benicek following the October 9 OCA night on the 60" telescope on Mt. Wilson. All I can say about these digitial camera photos is "Holy Cow". Looks like you better sign up early for our spring Mt. Wilson trip, and bring your digital cameras! -- Russell Sipe

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Russell,

Hey, just wanted to tell you that the first Mt. Wilson viewing trip was incredible with prefect (not kidding) seeing, Jay and Christine Gill will eat their hearts out for not going on this one!


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I got there very early (3:30 PM) and spent some time with Don Nicholson who gave me the "cooks tour/history" of the 60" and 100". He is a great guy and treated us like royalty.

Brought with my Mx-5C and had very disappointing results, however I also brought along my new Kodak 265 Digital Camera which I intended to use for pictures for an article I'm writing about this and other "amateur astronomers in wonderland" opportunities like Mt. Wilson. So hold on to your hat, but the attached astro images were taken hand-held, auto exposure, off the eyepiece with the Kodak 265! Who needs a $3000 SBIG ST-8!

Obviously, my next call is to Rochester and Kodak marketing!

I also "hooked up" with the Adaptive Optics operator on the 100" and early in the morning after leaving the 60", had the chance to use the 16" TIE telescope and shoot some pics on it's ST-7.

Sincerely,

Keith Benicek OCA Member

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