Seeing along the front range of Colorado - help!
Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:14 AM
Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:34 AM
I have lived in Pinecliffe, Colorado for 10 years. To date I can count the number of good seeing experiences I've had here on one hand. Can anyone give me a heads up on conditions in this area, conducive to good seeing? :bangbangbang:
I really can't help you much except to say that in my experience viewing on the leeward side of mountain ranges generally results in poor seeing because there is a lot of turbulence... Hopefully the skies are dark so that you can enjoy viewing DSOs and the like.
Around here, the seeing is usually very good in the city, not so good in the mountains but the skies are dark. I doubt very much that anyone travels from the dark skies to the city for the seeing...
Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:53 AM
Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:02 AM
Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:18 PM
Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:13 PM
Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:23 PM
Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:00 PM
Two words...Jet Stream.
No. The jet stream is a serious problem, but it's a petty annoyance compared to being downwind of a major mountain range. That's kinda like trying to observe through the exhaust of a jet engine.
The solutions are to drive to the other side of the mountains or way out into the grasslands. Or concentrate on faint fuzzies.
Posted 28 November 2012 - 05:55 AM
Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:48 AM
CS is close enough to a major fourteener to be in the front line of any weather system it creates.
Usually totally overhead is fairly clear. Can't say about seeing, but it is darker.
The wind also makes going outside unpleasant. The past couple of years it has been exceptionally windy.
Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:29 AM