People in Florida speak up
Posted 03 November 2012 - 08:22 PM
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Posted 03 November 2012 - 11:12 PM
We have had pretty clear skies since hurricaine Sandy skirted past the east coast. Are you having trouble with rain or dew?
I view in my backyard and have been out tonight with my CPC8. The dew became heavy after dark, and I keep a hair dryer ready to dry off the eyepieces and OTA. I plan to go out again in the middle of the night after the moon and Orion rise. Jupiter's Great Red spot rotated in to perfect view at around 10pm.
Winter is much better for viewing and improves dramatically about this time of year so your opportunites for viewing will become more favorable.
Posted 03 November 2012 - 11:31 PM
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Posted 04 November 2012 - 10:34 AM
P.S. A Skyshed Pod is great in Florida, when the weather closes in, just close the dome and leave everything setup until seeing improves.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:04 AM
at the summer milky way at our club's darksite this year. I think
it was harder to get out this summer compared to last couple of
Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:45 AM
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Posted 05 November 2012 - 09:21 AM
Yes it will but then remember the advice stated by other posters regarding a dew heater (or at least a dew shield for the scope and a warm place to keep the eyepeices).
Another wonderful night, two hours so far this month. It will get better, I hope....
P.S. This last twelve months were the worst for viewing I can remember in thirty years!
Posted 05 November 2012 - 07:22 PM
Because I work a regular day job, that's all I've been able to do up until now.
I keep a log of the scheduled nights, rated roughly 1 thru 5,
1 being a rain out, and 5 being a night you can see M31 naked eye.
So far this year, there have been 6 1's (rained or clouded out), 2 2's and 2 4's.
That's not great. The average score for the year is 1.8. That's the lowest average for any year since I've been keeping my log.
Hopefully, this coming Saturday it will improve the average.
Oh, by the way, I retire in two weeks, then I can go out whenever the skies permit, and the wife lets me.
Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:42 PM
To answer your question, I observe just about every evening that it's not solid cloud cover or pouring, which is better than half the days in the year. The 6" Dob doesn't get used much at all during the rainy season, but the binoculars and small refractor pick up the slack for short spur of the moment sessions. Lately I have been leaving my small refractor set up in the house and take it out in the morning to observe Jupiter while having my coffee before getting ready for work.
Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:13 AM
Wow, St Pete and your out viewing? Like said, I'm having troubles seeing the street lights. Went out a few minutes ago and could barely see Jup and the moon. I guess I'm gonna start a log. Don't see myself moving anytime soon unless I win the lotto.
and you can see Dennis' streetlight sketch collection in the light pollution forum....
"Cursing at clouds today, so you don't have to tonight."
Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:47 AM
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