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#26 galexand



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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:57 AM

Yup! !@#$$$#$&^^$ happens to me all the time. That's why I bought a dinky little refractor. I set that thing up, and maybe stare at the bottom of the clouds praying for a sucker hole, and I still don't say "gee I put up a lot of work and waiting for nothing."

#27 drbyyz


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Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:01 PM

This is the story of my life lately. The clear sky forecast failed me yet again tonight. On the other hand, the next 10 days say cloudy...so maybe a pleasant surprise for once?

#28 Raginar


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:05 AM

Couple things I use as an aviator to predict what the weather is going to be for flying (and observing): METARs, TAFs, and the region radar/satellite picture: http://aviationweather.gov/

METAR: Type in your local airfield and you should find what you're looking for. this is essentially the 'now' weather. There is an option to 'translate' it so it looks like something a normal person can read :). Great to use before you roll out to observe since it's present conditions.

TAF: These are the predictions over a period of time. The times are in Zulu and should give you a fairly accurate prediction of what you can expect. Again, use the translate feature :) as it's written in a silly short hand.

Radar/Satellite: The radar is good for finding convection activity in your region. I usually open to this screen: http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/ and they have regional screens that provide you with cloud cover/convective activity so you can verify your MOA (or house) isn't going to see activity. In addition, you can get trends from the movement of storms/cloud cover as well.

All of these tools, plus CSC can be useful in determining the WX before you setup. Of course, all your preparations can still go to waste which is why I ended up with a ROR in my backyard... There is nothing more awesome than taking a chance on imaging, getting a few images and then running out to close the 'observatory' before the storm comes in.

Good luck!


#29 MessiToM


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 02:40 AM

rooked again. Everything said tonight was going to be a "go". yes technically there were stars visible. Id give transparency a 1 of 5 where it was saposed to be 4/5

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#30 cadfour


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:12 PM

Wanna beat the system? Do what I do.
I always think to myself the entire day...’I will not go out tonight...I have too much to do.....just can’t do it...wont do it’....then....at sunset, using averted vision I look outside to see it’s completely clear. I run and grab my scope set it up out back and observer for 10 minutes till the clouds roll in. Works every time!

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