High solar power output on better visiblity days
Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:57 PM
Is our seeing at night similar to the solar panels seeing in the day?
Posted 11 February 2013 - 07:41 PM
Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:12 PM
I am beginning to think or it might be my imagination running amuck that the days my 6.5kw system puts out more power my little scope seems to have better views. Is it correct to believe what we can see with our eyes also affects the solar panels output.
Of course it does! The issue at hand is extinction, the amount of light that's absorbed or scattered during its passage through the atmosphere. It's substantial at best, and heavy haze or smog could easily cut out an extra 25%. That's enough to make a major difference both to your solar panel and at the eyepiece.
The term you're looking for is "transparency," by the way. "Seeing" means the steadiness of the air -- the ability to use high magnifications.
Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:30 PM
Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:16 PM