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Astro QSL Cards

from Paul Signorelli, W0RW on March 16, 2019
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Astro QSL Cards

My Ham Radio hobby has been combined with my Optical Astronomy hobby by contacting others from my Observatory in Colorado and sending out Astro QSL cards. The cards I send are of famous comets or other astronomical pictures all taken from the Las Brisas Observatory (LBO). LBO is located in the Rocky Mountains, 10 miles west of Pikes Peak, at 8,555 feet. It is higher than the Observatories at Palomar and Kitt Peak.
My second ham shack is also located there in the ‘Administration Building.’
When it is cloudy I can operate my radio and the signals go right up through the clouds.
When it is clear I can take pictures of comets and stars.

The photographs used for the QSL cards were taken with a Celestron 8" Schmidt Camera which rides piggyback on top of a Celestron 14" Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope. The 14" Telescope is used to guide the Schmidt Camera to track the stars or the comet.
I measure my DX in Light Years.
The latest comet QSL card I made is of Comet 46P/Wirtanen taken on 10 December 2018.
Everyone who worked me on my BC-221 that night got a card. The high altitude and cold temperatures at the observatory has caused it to be called ‘'Ice Station Zebra'’. Sometimes it is 10 degrees (F) colder there than at the top of Pikes Peak because it sits in a high valley. I don’t keep any computer or radio equipment there because the buildings are unheated and the daily temperature cycling tears the printed circuit board solder joints apart.

The Halley’s Comet QSL picture was taken on a cold night on 2 January 1986.
The Comet Wirtamen picture was taken when the temperature was Zero Fahrenheit. I was keeping warm by wearing a heated pilots (Bunny) suit that came from a B17 in WW2.
More Ice Station Zebra pictures are at W6JM on QRZ.com and a Video Youtube visit of LBO can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8vdLKsBB3s or search for “youtube las brisas observatory”.
Thanks to Steve, WG0AT, for the land photos and the video.

You can make your own picture QSL cards of your QRP portable operating location, SOTA Peaks, or other hobby activities and it will be enjoyed by all your contacts. I take pictures of my Pedestrian Mobile operating sites too. Then I take my digital QSL photograph to my local Store’s Photo Department and make as many 4” x 6” cards as I need for the operation. That may be only 10 or 20. You don’t need to make 1,000 cards. The technical information about the picture and the QSO is printed on a self adhesive label and attached on the rear.

Paul W0RW
at the Las Brisas Observatory,
Colorado

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Astro QSL Cards  
by W0WCA on March 16, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
OUTSTANDING!
 
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by K8OZ on March 16, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
Thanks for bringing the brilliance of space to those of us without the capabilities or equipment to capture these spectacular events. 73.
 
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by WX4O on March 16, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
Great photos and work.
 
RE: Astro QSL Cards  
by K6AER on March 16, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
Very very cool.
 
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by VE3KKQ on March 16, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
What a great way to blend two great hobbies, well done.
 
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by KI3R on March 16, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
Beautiful ..... fantastic DX !! Tom KI3R Belle Vernon PA
 
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by HA7WX on March 16, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
Nice to see some of us share the same hobbies.
A very nice and powerful scope btw.
Gorgeous pictures indeed ; Thanks for sharing OM!
 
RE: Astro QSL Cards  
by KF4HR on March 16, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
... or there's LoTW.

I like paper QSL's.
 
RE: Astro QSL Cards  
by KA4KOE on March 16, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
An old orange C14 Celestron. Excellent, sir! I use a Vixen R200SS when I have the urge to play with stuff above my head.

Fleep
 
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by N0YXB on March 16, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
Awesome photos!
 
RE: Astro QSL Cards  
by NI0C on March 16, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
Nice job with the QSL's, Paul. I'm proud to have a couple of cards from your past /pm operations, and look forward to working you again soon.
 
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by BURGERLOVER65 on March 17, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
I was into astronomy as a child but is was very disappointing with a 6 inch reflector. Nothing like the Hubble pictures.
 
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by KF0QS on March 17, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
Paul:

I'll bet you and I have shared a few observing fields, as I have made it to Rocky Mountain Star Stare multiple times. I don't believe we've worked, but I'll look for you on the bands, and will look for you at your nearest star party (I am going to Texas Star Party at the end of April).

By the way, I've got a 16" Dob, and just love the views I get with it.

Clear skies, and 73 de Bernie, KF0QS
 
RE: Astro QSL Cards  
by KJ4DGE on March 17, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
Great photos and a great way to look at the world(s) above. Amazing the things you can see once you leave the big cities. Thanks for the views!
 
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by BURGERLOVER65 on March 17, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
All hobbies, entertainments, and distractions are escapes from reality and truth. Truth is too painful so people lose themselves in everything. Escaping gives people instant relief but leads to more guilt. That's why affluence has led to moral decay. It takes more and more pleasure to escape truth.
 
RE: Astro QSL Cards  
by SWMAN on March 17, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
I can remember a long time ago when I was a teenager I had a 6 inch Tasco. I thought that was the greatest thing in the world. It even had an inverter with it.
I would really like to get a good 12 or 16 inch scope, maybe later.
 
RE: Astro QSL Cards  
by K0YQ on March 19, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
Very nice. That back-to-back Hyakutake Hale-Bopp show remains a lifetime highlight.
 
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by KB2FCV on March 20, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
Those are some beautiful and amazing photos! WOW!
 
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by KA7FTP on March 22, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
Tell us more about your camra setup and observatory

Nice job on the pics!
 
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by G8ADD on March 23, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
Super photos!

BTW the spelling is Pleiades! (Oops!)
 
RE: Astro QSL Cards  
by W0RW on March 25, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
Did you notice the 2 separate tails on Comet Machholz?
That picture was taken on 7 Jan. 2005. The temperature was -15C.
The picture shows the Ion Tail going to the right. These gas ions are blown by the solar wind pressure and
point away from the sun. Sometimes gusts of the wind can cause it to swing around.
The Dust Tail, which points to the upper left, is weightier than the gas tail and always lingers behind tracing the comets orbit.
When the sun strikes the comets nucleus it vaporizes ice and spews gas and dust into space.
You can see a few more pictures at the LBO web site:
http://lbo.teuton.org/
Paul w0rw
 
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by KB2SMS on March 25, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
Bravo! I too am an astronomy buff! Love the photos!
I currently have a Celestron Nexstar 5 and am waiting for a Unisteller eVscope which is due now in September.

Tom
 
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by WA9PWP on March 29, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
Always a treat to work you /pm.
 
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by KE7WAV on April 1, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
What fantastic QSL Cards, thanks for sharing!
 
RE: Astro QSL Cards  
by W0RW on April 17, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
For more information about the history of LBO, check out the Sky and Telescope article at:
https://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/stargazers-corner/las-brisas-observatory-37-years-and-counting/
Paul w0rw
 
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