Scope getting no use
Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:13 PM
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Posted 12 January 2013 - 07:17 AM
Life in the Pacific Northwest has been rainy this year - much worse than normal so I feel your pain. Still I have had a couple of good nights where I dragged my Ultima 8 out! I have no one to blame except myself- I bought a new wide field scope a couple months ago. It still hasn't seen first light!
Posted 12 January 2013 - 07:27 AM
With my ST 80 and binos, my wife and I checked out Jupiter, Pleiades, M31, M42, M36-38, Melotte 20 and Stock 2. The seeing wasn't great, but I was surprised by the transparency. With my 8.8 mm ES, The trapezium glittered prettily, and a lot of nebular structure was discernible.
I also barely managed to make out M33. But for me the highlight of the evening was Stumbling across NGC 1528 with binos while trying to find Melotte 20.
If it makes you feel better, We are expecting days of rain.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 02:43 PM
Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:35 PM
just think how much easier that pedistal base for your tripod will be to dig now!!!! No more bending over laying on the ground to reach the eyepiece!!!!!!
Posted 14 January 2013 - 02:55 PM
Looks like it might be clearing up later in the week though, hopefully I can at least get some planetary work in from the back yard.
Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:53 PM
I hope an Alligator bites your tripod leg!
It was 67* at 9:00 tonight in Fl. where I'm at. From my back yard I could see 4.7 mag stars, But everything seemed dull. I did see 4 stars in the trap in M42. At 10:00 the weather channel said 63* and clear skies. I went to look and it was 100% cloud cover. At 10:50 it had cleared, I went to M81 and 82 and it was there but it was "washed out" , called it a night. Have to get up early tomorrow.
sent from below zero Iowa.
Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:19 PM
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:42 AM
Of course, as I type this, the sky is clear. But the weather, clearly controlled by some imp with an evil bent, will cloud up by this evening.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:28 AM
Usually when this time happens some heated discussion gets going on the merits of one type of telescope over another.
I have to admit, my refractor is useless when there are clouds or when it's foggy.
Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:48 AM
Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:57 AM
I haven' been out since November 5th due to clouds and weather.
This all reminds me of that November that Halleys Comet was on its way in and now visible telescopicaly. I swear, EVERY night of that month was clouded over. I had a new scope that month too so between the comet and the scope the cloud Gods were having their fun.
Every stinking night lol.
(Wasn't laughing then)
Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:17 AM
Sunday night, it had been cloudy since early afternoon, with at least three or four days cloudy/rainy weather upcoming in the forecast. But when I got up at 3am to let the dog out, looking out the back door I saw nothing but stars overhead. I knew this was near-certainly just an inviting sucker-hole...but well, why not take a look at the weather satellite view to see how big it was? Answer: probably just over an hour before a solid thick overcast covering the entire southeastern quarter of the U.S. moved in.
WELL, WHY NOT? It was a ridiculously warm night for January (64 degrees F at 3am) and the NP-101 was already set up in the garage on mount & tripod, ready for grab n'go. Why waste good observing time with frivolous diversions like getting dressed, when my flannel pajama bottoms and light sweatshirt I was wearing for sleeping would be perfectly acceptable out in the dark in my driveway at 3am, with no one else out and about (my driveway has substantial, though hardly complete, screening by dense shrubbery).
Seeing was good up through about 150x and transparency was, though hardly perfect, nevertheless good enough that I could observe some brighter galaxies such as M104 and three or four random members of the Virgo group in the area behind Denobla in Leo. I also got my first seasonal glimpse of M13, even though it was still not high enough for optimal resolution at 3am. Orion had already gone too much behind a set of tall pine trees at the top end of my driveway to have much of a go there...but Gemini was still up where I could peruse its open clusters, and I'd chosen a spot to set up where I'd have a half-hour to see Jupiter before it went behind the pines. Not the sort of session to get too ambitious, but rather the kind of opportunity to simply be happy being out on such an atypically mild night in January. Finally, the clouds began returning with decisive swiftness, and I realized it was time to pack up and go in. Within 5 minutes, just as I moved the last of the equipment back into the garage, the sky was overcast.
The chances for a pajama observing session at 3am in January, in my driveway, will not come very often. But when the chance presents itself...why not?
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