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#1 b1gred

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 10:22 AM

Let me be the first (Moderator) to welcome you to the "General Observing Forum! You asked for it (so did we) and here it is!

As it says in the forum description:

General Observing: A forum for observing experiences involving satellites, meteor showers, aurora, atmospheric phenomena and other observations that do not neatly fit into existing observing fora. Also encouraged are: discussions of meteorology, home weather stations, and the effect of weather on amateur astronomy.


If you observe something that just doesn't fit elsewhere, or like observing things that aren't covered elsewhere (say, you're one of those people who just loves 'noctilucent clouds' this is the place.

I like to say this is the forum for things <300 miles above the surface that you can see with the UNAIDED EYE, no instruments, just the old MkI Eyeball.

If you post in this forum and the moderators think it fits better in one of the more specific forums, we'll relocate the post (and leave a pointer). Please don't be offended if we do this, it's our jobs.

So keep it fun, keep it nice, and post what you see (or don't see if it's more appropriate).

And once again, WELCOME!

#2 Chopin

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 10:26 AM

Awesome! A new section! And Randy, too!

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#3 Tom T

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 10:35 AM

I like to say this is the forum for things <300 miles above the surface...


And anything above 300 miles that isn't covered by the other observing forums.

#4 eric_zeiner

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 10:42 AM

Good Job!!!!

#5 Glassthrower

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 11:13 AM

Hi Folks!

I'm excited about this new forum. Although the focus is not entirely on weather and atmospheric phenomena, I'll likely contribute in those areas.

Randy and Tom, should we sticky a thread with some links relevant to the subjects at hand? I have a heap of weather and atmosphere links that are quite handy when it comes to predicting observing conditions.

And we have an undercover weather expert here on CN. I won't call him out by name, to avoid embarassing him. But he is largely responsible for lighting the meteorology fire in me. I hope we see him in here soon. ;)

Clear dark skies,

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#6 b1gred

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 11:25 AM

Randy and Tom, should we sticky a thread with some links relevant to the subjects at hand? I have a heap of weather and atmosphere links that are quite handy when it comes to predicting observing conditions.



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#7 Strgazr27

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 01:54 PM

Woooooooo Hooooooooooo !!

Thanks to CN, Weather Freaks like myself now have a place to hang right here on CN's

I think this is the first idea I have ever had that somebody actually listened to Lol

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#8 Tonk

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 05:17 PM

I moved house 2 years ago to get a perfect view of the northern sky to observe and photograph noctilucent clouds. As a bonus I discoved I was also perfectly placed to observe green flashes from May to August. I'm a complete fan of sun pillars, parhelia, CZAs etc so I'm thrilled that this forum has been started up!

:yay: :yay:

#9 csa/montana

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 08:18 PM

Congratulations to everyone on CN for this great new forum!

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#10 Phillip Creed

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 11:47 PM

Wow. I leave town for a few days, and a new forum pops up on Cloudy Nights :)

Thanks to Randy, Glassthrower, et. al., for creating a General Observing forum. You don't really appreciate the Deep-Sky Objects without an understanding of the Near-Sky Objects. Growing up in NE Ohio, it's a frustrating experience at times, but a quest to understand atmospheric phenomena really pays off over time. I'll be checking in (and chiming in) here often, to be sure.

Clear Skies,
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#11 b1gred

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 12:35 AM

Don't thank us, we just offered to moderate (ok and begged just a little bit :roflmao:)

The Admins in their wisdom saw that there was demand and opportunity and wisely chose to allow a new forum.

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 09:36 AM

I like to say this is the forum for things <300 miles above the surface that you can see with the UNAIDED EYE, no instruments, just the old MkI Eyeball.

Great new forum RandyR - but I hope that doesn't preclude photos of sky phenomena like rainbows, solar halos and noctilucent cloud etc where a picture is worth a 1000 words :bow:

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 09:55 AM

Photos are indeed worth thousand words. It's an observation forum just like the others, and photos of the observations are most certainly allowed. That was one of the basis for creating this forum to begin with. ;) It was a great suggestion, Maurice (and Stargazer) for the Atmospheric Phenomena/weather forum. :bow:

#14 b1gred

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 10:19 AM

Photos are MOST welcome. Post away!

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 01:26 PM

Just a thought--would a better forum title be "Near Sky Observing"?

Clear Skies,
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Posted 24 July 2007 - 01:32 PM

:funny:

Might be, but we kicked the title and description around for a while. Probably going to stick with GenObs.

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 02:35 PM

Thanks for making this forum! Looking forward to complaining about the weather and hopefully learning why its so horrible all the time ;)

#18 Vesper818

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 12:45 AM

When I was in school, they used to call me a day-dreamer for staring out into space during algebra.
And I still watch the dawn out my big window every morning at work, and keep close watch on clouds and weather.
Now we have a forum for it!

#19 Spaced

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 09:45 AM

I'm sure this will become one of my "regular stops," especially the weather-related threads. Super idea. Thanks for starting it up! :)

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Posted 26 July 2007 - 06:40 PM

Thought I saw a new forum here...

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#21 Glassthrower

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Posted 10 August 2007 - 04:24 PM

For those of you who made it down to the towards the end of this thread, here are some helpful links to move on to :

General Observing Forum Guidelines -

http://www.cloudynig.../Number/1746075

Weather and Observing : Related Links -

http://www.cloudynig.../Number/1734258

Clear dark skies!

MikeG

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Posted 05 April 2009 - 04:13 PM

Thank you for this forum. :bow: :waytogo:
I have used it a little bit since autumn of 2008. Until reading this thread though I was under the impression that this forum had been here from day one.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 05:35 PM

Just found a new internet address that has coordinate links for all messier, ngc, etc. The site is http://www.messier45.com/index.html#

Messier 45 rocks for me a boneheaded wannabe newbie.

#24 Qwickdraw

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 06:27 AM

Just found a new internet address that has coordinate links for all messier, ngc, etc. The site is http://www.messier45.com/index.html#

Messier 45 rocks for me a boneheaded wannabe newbie.


Dont know, right now the whole site seems to be disfunctional.

#25 ahopp

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:31 AM

Thanks for the link, great resource.






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