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#1 JMW

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:18 PM

It has been clear and mild the last couple of nights. I just push away my roll away shed and I am observing right after dinner. Orion and Jupiter are high in the sky. It is 50 degrees out. Pretty balmy for Reno. What a great way to relax on a week night.

#2 GeneT

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:46 PM

I grew up in Ely. Nevada is a great place to practice astronomy.

#3 JMW

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:27 PM

I sure your Ely skies were/are much darker than Reno's skies. It is great to be in absolutely dark skies an hour out of town.

My balmy winter observing was cut short by clouds rolling in after 8PM. I at least got a couple of hours in tonight. Reality returns this weekend with a forecast of snow. Good bye highs in the 50's, hello snow.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:14 AM

Dark Sky weekend coming up.....hope the weather holds. It's been clear the last couple of nights but windy. I haven't gotten the scope out for about a month. Even when the stars have been out, with the unstable atmosphere they've been twinkling their little hearts out (even jupiter has a "shimmer" now and then.)

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:38 AM

Ok, being an Ohio native, you guys stink!!! :lol: I wish we had clear skies here in Ohio right now. Starting in November and last through late March, we live under a perpetual cloud deck.

One of my favorite times of year to observe when the sky is clear. Just love the winter sky!

(I envy you guys)

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:48 AM

Gosh Jason you beat me too it. :roflmao:

Kinda like my uncle when I was teenager, sending us photos from Arizona, when we were 10 feet under snow.
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#7 Mike4242

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 09:06 AM

This past Saturday night was the first night our club has actually held our monthly observing session since early November. Looks like February might finally bring some clear skies our way. February is definitely a good month with Orion, Taurus, Gemini, Perseus, and Auriga high in the sky right after sunset and Canis Major just above the horizon. We have our second observing session for the month scheduled for this Saturday -- hopefully the clear skies hold out.
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 09:17 AM

"Ok, being an Ohio native, you guys stink!!!"

You're just jealous that the rest of us escaped....Scope West, young man, Scope West...... :lol:

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 09:48 AM

February and October have always been my two favorite months -- starting long before I did telescopic astronomy.

I suspect it's partly because the nights are still longer than the days, but not too much longer. I'm now commuting home in the light.

I love backpacking, but December and January are a bit much for me. Spending 14 hours at a stretch in my sleeping bag gets old!

In a normal winter, February is also the nicest month for winter sports here in the U.S. Northeast. The snow pack in the mountains is usually deepest in late February or early March, the temperatures start to moderate, and (as I said before) the days return to a liveable length.

Sadly, there's been hardly any snow this winter. And what little there was was wiped out by torrential rains with temperatures in the 50s a week ago. Good for astronomy but bad for everything else. Cold without snow is pretty unrewarding.

February also tends to have pretty clear skies and very good transparency here in the Northeast -- except downwind of the lakes.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:41 AM

Yea, So far February has been great. Been really cold at night. You know...in the 30's. Leo's looking good also.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:11 PM

"Been really cold at night. You know...in the 30's."

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Oh, and tell Leo to get off the couch already......

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:16 PM

I plan on going out locally tonight and again on Thursday from central Kansas. I love the fact if you do an all nighter you get great views of spring galaxies, not to mention Saturn in Virgo.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:26 PM

I wish I could say february is great for astronomy.
It has been cloudy and overcast and below freezing for me here in RI for the last week and half.
The one decent night was last friday but after I had dinner I walked my dog and the wind picked up and it was to cold and then clouds rolled in, again.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:04 PM

I'm beginning to think that even thinking of astronomy causes clouds to form..

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:55 PM

I spent the first 22 years of my life in Michigan. Clouds from Thanksgiving to past Easter. Snowbanks under the trees until late May.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:21 PM

Yea, live on the UP (Sault St Marie), and it snowed EVERY month of the year up there.......

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 08:53 AM

February is not a bad month... get to enjoy the Orion region, Magellanic Clouds, the Milkyway from Monoceros down through Carina, Centaurus and Crux in the evening, following by some nice galaxy fields in Antlia, Centaurus, Hydra, Leo and Virgo in the morning.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 08:56 AM

So do I, It's cold, and the weather is cr@%%y. Ideal weather for staying indoors. (Hey, if it's bad weather, might as well be cold; and vice versa).

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:26 AM


Meanwhile, here in Michigan, I actually saw the sun today for the first time in weeks...

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 12:28 PM

Is THAT what the bright yellowish light was for an hour or so Monday afternoon?

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:28 PM

Well, the groundhog DID say Spring was here..........In Michigan, Spring usually only lasts and hour or two......Like they say in the UP, We have three seasons: June, July, and Winter..... :lol:

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:55 PM

This month, I've done at least a little viewing every night save one. And it's looking good again tonite!

The temps have been all over the place. High of 24F on Friday, in the 50s yesterday.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 05:58 PM

Meanwhile, here in Michigan, I actually saw the sun today for the first time in weeks...


Yep, I texted my wife at work, told her to look outside, we have a visitor! :lol:

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 06:01 PM

October through May is snow shoveling season.






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