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#76 NeilMac

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:39 AM

LOL

It has been a terrible year :(

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:01 PM

LOL

It has been a terrible year :(


So, are you saying I should not be jealous when I see this--concentric rings of ever-darkening skies and ~10-12 mile drive from city center to the blue Zone and maybe 15-18 miles to grey zone skies?

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#78 Steve Drapak

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:16 PM

True, it is dark if you can drink enough antifreeze to keep the blood from congealing in the cold. And of course there are the many documented cases of moose attacks on telescopes :-)

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:59 PM

True, it is dark if you can drink enough antifreeze to keep the blood from congealing in the cold. And of course there are the many documented cases of moose attacks on telescopes :-)


Alas, reality rarely matches fantasy! It couldn't be that bad could it? I did just sit in the cold last night for 2.5 hours (22* F).

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:02 PM

I think the Chicago area may be the worst for light pollution. The light pollution from Chicago, Rockford, Milwaukee and even up to Madison all merge into one bright sky. Dark skies are nowhere close. But I know it could be worse as far as cloud cover.


I second this. I live 20 miles NW of Milwaukee, and I have a NELM of 4.5 (though not lately with continually partly cloudy conditions). I've had high hopes for relatives' homes 20 and 80-minute drives west or north, but, even though these aren't very densely populated areas, I'm not getting the dark skies I was hoping for. It looks like I need to drive west (or north) of Madison...until I get to northwestern Nebraska.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:44 PM

I vote DC Metro/No. Virginia area.
Can only see the very brightest of stars and the planets. Forget about deep sky. That and the high humidity killed my astronomy interest during grad school here (well the lack of time is the #1 culprit).

#82 Bill Whitehead

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:04 AM

I got you all beat...

This observatory is located within ten miles of the Manhattan light dome, within one mile of MetLife stadium complex (football, basketball and horse racing), and on the flight path of one of the runways for Newark Airport = planes passing over every ten minutes at approx. 1,000 feet.

This must be the worst location for an observatory in the world.

http://www.rst2.edu/...servatory2.html

Peace, Bill

#83 JimMo

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 07:31 AM

Ding, ding, ding, ding. We have a winner! :grin:

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:18 PM

I guess any complaint I may have would pale in comparison.

I would find my dedication wavering under such circumstances.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 06:07 PM

I got you all beat...

This observatory is located within ten miles of the Manhattan light dome, within one mile of MetLife stadium complex (football, basketball and horse racing), and on the flight path of one of the runways for Newark Airport = planes passing over every ten minutes at approx. 1,000 feet.

This must be the worst location for an observatory in the world.

http://www.rst2.edu/...servatory2.html

Peace, Bill


I heard the full Moon is a difficult averted vision object from there! :lol:

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:27 AM

Not far away, in Philly, they shined searhlights into the sky to point out all those stars drowned out by light pollution......go figure......

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:41 AM

I got you all beat...

This observatory is located within ten miles of the Manhattan light dome, within one mile of MetLife stadium complex (football, basketball and horse racing), and on the flight path of one of the runways for Newark Airport = planes passing over every ten minutes at approx. 1,000 feet.

This must be the worst location for an observatory in the world.

http://www.rst2.edu/...servatory2.html

Peace, Bill



Mondays and Weds. I'll have to stop by to see what they got. should get a good view of jupiter... :grin:

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 12:14 PM

All I know is CLEAR DARK SKIES IN COLORADO TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:02 PM

As far as cloud cover goes, here are the top 20 cloudiest cities in the US:

http://www.aeb-e-pre...0110cities.html

I live in Portland and can attest to the incessant cloud cover, but we’re ranked only number 5…

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:19 PM

Someone explain to me why "The 10 Cloudiest US Cities" is on an Egg website (yep, eggs, the chicken kind). First time I saw it, how is it they got a copy of the study and we didn't?????

Now on Cloudy Nights: Which came first--the chicken or the egg???????

#91 JIMZ7

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:36 PM

Now--is the cloudiest U.S. cites ranked for both daylight and nightime hours? :scratchhead:

Jim :dob:

#92 Brett Carlson

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:57 AM

Rochester NY is no better! I blame a newly refigured 16" mirror for the month and a half of cloudyness! I was able to see Jupiter and M42 for a brief few minutes but that has been it!

It can't last forever right? It has to clear up sometime!

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:26 AM

Got to be Ohio. We had zero clear nights all this month and February looks to be the same.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:30 AM

Supposed to be clear in Denver tonight, must be why I pulled a muscle in my back last night!!






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