Worth it to bring my telescope to Alaska in June?
Posted 02 May 2013 - 06:33 AM
I'm going on a trip to Alaska for the month of June and am wondering if it will be worth it to bring my telescope. Anyone live in Alaska? It's rather large about 6" x 3.5 feet, plus tripod so I don't want to take it if it's not worth it.
Alaska is known for clear skys which is good, but also 20 hour days which isn't. Will it be epic or useless? This would be mostly for viewing the planets/moon and not wildlife.
Posted 02 May 2013 - 06:44 AM
If you got a 20 hour day the remaining 4 hours will not be dark at all.
Bottom line: I would not bring a scope of that size, sry.
Posted 02 May 2013 - 07:26 AM
I'm going on a trip to Alaska for the month of June and am wondering if it will be worth it to bring my telescope.
I don't see much point, unless you're interested in wildlife. You'd be lucky to find any planets in the bright blue sky, and they certainly won't look very impressive. Especially since Jupiter will be gone and all the other planets will be too low.
You don't say where you will be; Alaska is a huge state and stretches farther north to south than the entire U.S. West Coast. It also has very varied climate and vegetation.
In the tundra, a telescope would indeed be very useful for viewing wildlife.
Posted 02 May 2013 - 09:29 AM
Regardless, you are in for a wonderful trip to a most beautiful place!
Posted 02 May 2013 - 10:57 AM
Spend a week traveling around on a ferry. Awesome way to see Alaska.
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Posted 03 May 2013 - 06:12 AM
Thanks for the thoughts I will be bringing binoculars as well as a camera with 21X zoom. The trip is Vancouver to Anchorage and back twice so it covers a range. Best to leave telescope at home I guess.
By land or by sea?
By the way, coastal Alaska is not known for its clear skies. Quite the contrary; it's one of the wettest and cloudiest places in the world. Less so in the summer, but the "dry" season in this part of the world is wetter than the wet season in most places.
Hop across the mountains into Canada and you're in a whole different universe.
Posted 03 May 2013 - 08:50 PM
Except when it snows. This was June 2013. Haines Junction, Yukon. We got rained on more in Canada than in Alaska. You just never know.
Do the ferry, man. You won't regret it. Unless they hit a rock and sink.