Jump to content


Photo

Beautiful British Columbia

  • Please log in to reply
17 replies to this topic

#1 RandallK

RandallK

    Surveyor 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 1764
  • Joined: 10 Nov 2006
  • Loc: Nanaimo, B. C. Canada

Posted 05 January 2013 - 03:50 PM

You might see this on licence plates but right now, for astrophotographers, it's far from the truth. Since Oct 01 to today, Jan 05, 2013 we have been overcast. Pretty soon the warranties on the stuff I bought last year will expire and I haven't had any clear skies to try it out! Bummer!
I'm getting tired of trying out my brand new Orion Nautilus filter wheel with my ATIK CCD camera, in the basement a dozen or so times! Southern Vancouver Island is supposed to be the banana belt of Canada. I think Inuvik has had better weather than down here. There.....I feel better already. (Not really)

#2 zerro1

zerro1

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 5871
  • Joined: 02 Aug 2009
  • Loc: Smokey Point , 48.12°N 122.25°W Elevation:512 ft

Posted 05 January 2013 - 04:05 PM

You might see this on licence plates but right now, for astrophotographers, it's far from the truth. Since Oct 01 to today, Jan 05, 2013 we have been overcast. Pretty soon the warranties on the stuff I bought last year will expire and I haven't had any clear skies to try it out! Bummer!
I'm getting tired of trying out my brand new Orion Nautilus filter wheel with my ATIK CCD camera, in the basement a dozen or so times! Southern Vancouver Island is supposed to be the banana belt of Canada. I think Inuvik has had better weather than down here. There.....I feel better already. (Not really)


Hi Randall, I feel your pain a couple degrees south of you. I was fortunate to get one night since mid October. In the past I've made trips to Eastern Washington to take advantage of the rain shadow that the Cascades provides, but this year it just hasn't materialized.

I work outside much of the time wich just adds insult to injury when it's clear all day and clouds over by dark...

#3 Adacas

Adacas

    Explorer 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 71
  • Joined: 02 Jun 2011
  • Loc: Abbotsford BC

Posted 05 January 2013 - 04:13 PM

I'm with you RandallK. Our west coast is not the ideal location for one who wishes to spend coin on this hobby. I WAS able to get this one the other night tho...from Abbotsford

Posted Image

#4 snowcrow

snowcrow

    Mariner 2

  • -----
  • Posts: 246
  • Joined: 21 Oct 2012
  • Loc: Vermont

Posted 05 January 2013 - 04:39 PM

Did you buy a lot of stuff, if so, that would explain it! It the "Curse" :bawling:

#5 groz

groz

    Surveyor 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 1954
  • Joined: 14 Mar 2007
  • Loc: Campbell River, BC

Posted 05 January 2013 - 04:55 PM

We had a nice evening last week, tried out the new (to us) toa-130 for the first time. I think Randall is forgetting the 3 nice evenings since oct 1. We have tested new (to us) equipment all 3 times it's been clear the last 3 months.

Not to worry though, we get 2 months of brilliant clear mid summer. Ofc, it doesn't get fully dark for 6 weeks of that stretch.

#6 RandallK

RandallK

    Surveyor 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 1764
  • Joined: 10 Nov 2006
  • Loc: Nanaimo, B. C. Canada

Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:19 PM

I just heard it might be nice on Thursday...which Thursday?

#7 zerro1

zerro1

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 5871
  • Joined: 02 Aug 2009
  • Loc: Smokey Point , 48.12°N 122.25°W Elevation:512 ft

Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:47 PM

probably the second Thursday of Next Week... wich is never

#8 Dwight J

Dwight J

    Apollo

  • *****
  • Posts: 1069
  • Joined: 14 May 2009
  • Loc: Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:42 PM

The price you pay to live in Lotus Land. It may get cold here in Alberta but all those mountains give me a nice rain shadow. ;)

#9 Al8236

Al8236

    Apollo

  • *****
  • Posts: 1129
  • Joined: 18 Aug 2010
  • Loc: 48.9173N 122.1390W

Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:06 AM

Adacas,
You must have caught that the same night I got out! The only clear night in months!
I'm just across the line about 12 miles south of McDonald Park.

#10 Adacas

Adacas

    Explorer 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 71
  • Joined: 02 Jun 2011
  • Loc: Abbotsford BC

Posted 07 January 2013 - 02:27 PM

You must be in Peaceful Valley. The only clear night in months, and it was a chilly one!

#11 Al8236

Al8236

    Apollo

  • *****
  • Posts: 1129
  • Joined: 18 Aug 2010
  • Loc: 48.9173N 122.1390W

Posted 08 January 2013 - 04:11 AM

Adacas,
Yes you have the area right, However Peaceful Valley and Paradise Valley are developments in Columbia Valley, all part of Kendall township.
Do you have property in one of the recreational clubs in the area?

#12 Bill-in-BC

Bill-in-BC

    Sputnik

  • -----
  • Posts: 30
  • Joined: 28 Sep 2011
  • Loc: British Columbia

Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:50 AM

Last night was the first good night in weeks here in SE BC. Snow tonight of course.. Bill

#13 Adacas

Adacas

    Explorer 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 71
  • Joined: 02 Jun 2011
  • Loc: Abbotsford BC

Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:26 PM

Adacas,

Do you have property in one of the recreational clubs in the area?


no, but that would be nice :grin:

#14 microstar

microstar

    Apollo

  • -----
  • Posts: 1232
  • Joined: 05 Jan 2008
  • Loc: Canada

Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:54 AM

I'm a little north of you in the Central Interior and it hasn't been much better here. Precious few clear nights and when they happen the seeing is marginal or we're hit by ice fog after a few hours.
...Keith

#15 JohnH

JohnH

    Vanguard

  • ****-
  • Posts: 2175
  • Joined: 04 Oct 2005
  • Loc: Squamish BC Moved!!!!!

Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:15 PM

I have been waiting for some clearing to take place as well.

The last really great night were on the evenings of Oct 8th, when some out of town friends came through for some cycling in Squamish and Pemberton. After a day of cycling, some food and beer to relax. The scope was a big hit among friends who'd never looked before.

There have been some sucker holes for a brief time some evenings and mornings but just enough to make me realize how out of practice I am with my equipment

Some nights were clear enough for a Meetup at Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver but the cold winds chased us off after just two hours.

#16 gdd

gdd

    Surveyor 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 1624
  • Joined: 23 Nov 2005
  • Loc: Lynnwood, WA (N/O Seattle)

Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:50 PM

Since Oct 01 to today, Jan 05, 2013 we have been overcast. Pretty soon the warranties on the stuff I bought last year will expire and I haven't had any clear skies to try it out! Bummer!




Don't astro equipment warranties only count days with clear skies?

Gale

#17 fishonkevin

fishonkevin

    Surveyor 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 1767
  • Joined: 29 Apr 2007
  • Loc: Michigan

Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:50 PM

:funny:

#18 CounterWeight

CounterWeight

    Cosmos

  • *****
  • Posts: 8202
  • Joined: 05 Oct 2008
  • Loc: Palo alto, CA.

Posted 27 February 2013 - 07:46 AM

Your weather sounds much like ours here in Portland. My last actual image was made in October.






Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics