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#1 EJN

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 01:20 AM

This list contains a variety of object types.


What follows is a list of the most common winter objects and their telescopic appearance.


Stratocumulus clouds: gray & featureless.

Altostratus clouds: gray & featureless.

Altocumulus clouds: gray & featureless.

Nimbostratus clouds: gray & featureless.

Cumulonimbus clouds: gray & featureless.

Cumulus clouds: gray & featureless.

Cirrostratus clouds: gray & featureless.

Cirrus clouds: gray & featureless.



So, as you can see there is a great variety of objects which all look the same.



Happy observing! Clear skies! (WTH is that?)

#2 droid

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:50 AM

I like the cirrus clouds, if one can call them clouds, on crisp winter evenings, as the sun is setting, they can do some remarkable things to the light.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:59 PM

I've been getting a lot of work in on the Nimbostratus lately. I concur with your observation. Gray and featureless, with a hint of wetness.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:36 PM

Our clouds have sky dandruff....lots of sky dandruff....

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:37 PM

Around these parts we call it the Michigan Nebula. It's very large, visible most of the year, and it is gray and featureless. :grin:

#6 wky46

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:11 PM

That's pretty funny EJN :lol: ! I finally had a beautifuly clear and steady night here last night but I had to put together bunkbeds. Tonight? Clouds, of course :crazy:!....Phil

#7 hbanich

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:25 PM

Around these parts we call it the Michigan Nebula. It's very large, visible most of the year, and it is gray and featureless. :grin:


I think the Michigan Nebula is related to the nearly permanent Oregon Nebula which can only be dissipated - temporarily - by the full Moon. I lived in Grand Rapids for 3 years and the resemblance between these two nebulae is striking.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:38 AM

We frequently get to observe the amazing phenomenon of the Total Eclipse of Everything.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:39 PM

This list contains a variety of object types.

What follows is a list of the most common winter objects and their telescopic appearance.

Stratocumulus clouds: gray & featureless.
Altostratus clouds: gray & featureless.
Altocumulus clouds: gray & featureless.
Nimbostratus clouds: gray & featureless.
Cumulonimbus clouds: gray & featureless.
Cumulus clouds: gray & featureless.
Cirrostratus clouds: gray & featureless.
Cirrus clouds: gray & featureless.

So, as you can see there is a great variety of objects which all look the same.

Happy observing! Clear skies! (WTH is that?)


It seems that we are observing the same sky. I have seen all of these and little else this winter. :help:
We are thinking of changing our club's name to the Amateur Cloud Observing Society.

#10 CollinofAlabama

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:31 PM

This week not so much, but last week we had SPECTACULAR nights on a Tuesday and another one, good but not quite as great, on Thursday. I work full time and have two sub-4 yr old daughters to help out with. Observing on a "school night" just doesn't work for me. Of course this weekend we had clouds on Friday and clear skies but bitter strong, cold north winds on Saturday. No doubt things will be great for this First Quarter and next Full Moon weekends. The weekend after that I'm out of town to Houston for a wedding. Sure hope the New Moon weekend of March is nice.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:01 AM

It's also the only known nebula viewable from anywhere in both the Northern AND Southern hemispheres........

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:24 PM

Sure hope the New Moon weekend of March is nice.

I would settle for any nights from about three days after full moon on till about a four day old moon. That's about a two week window for a good clear sky. I wish, oh how I wish. :help: :snowedin:






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