Posted 22 December 2013 - 07:22 AM
David, I cringe at the idea you have such a nice telescope and are limited by the atmosphere as winter sets in. We all are limited to some degree. But, I just cringe because I know what your scope can do, as are you surely, and I can only wish for better skies for you to allow it to perform as advertised.
That being said, you're noticing some things. Yes, the GRS is notable in it's strong hue and a transit is always nice. You noticed some darker clouds in the north and really see the southern region pretty well. And you got out in the cold and did the observation. As Ken said in another thread, that's what this is all about. And at least you can do so, here it's senseless to even consider setting up under warm overcast skies from May to December.
You know, we are just coming out of 6 months of perpetual cloudiness during the tropical rainy season and are fortunate to have the observing season ahead of us, which includes Jupiter and Mars this time of year. Again, a stroke of good fortune and timing.
Surely the winter in the north temperate latitudes seems to be ending the good seeing and bringing with it chilly temperatures. Effectively, it's thwarting the north's good observing weather. The situations will reverse in Spring when your conditions improve and our's deteriorates. We hardly ever get to view the Sagittarius region and the summer Milky Way.
So, take it from one who lives vicariously for 6 months, I understand the frustration. Got it, again tonight, as some unseasonable cloud cover lingers. Jupiter is in full bloom and it's very likely we just can't see it. Maybe in a few days.