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#1 dpippel

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 11:42 AM

After many weeks of cloudy and turbulent monsoon weather here in Arizona, the forecast for tonight is absolutely AWESOME! Clear Dark Sky is predicting perfect transparency and almost perfect seeing for my planned observing location in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge about 100 miles west of Phoenix. How can this possibly be?!? It's NEW MOON!!!! Sacrilege! ;)

 

If predictions are accurate this could well be the best night we've seen in this part of the country for quite a while. I've got a relatively new to me C9.25 Edge to drive around and a number of new eyepieces to try out. There are two comets in the sky, one morning and one evening, and Saturn is still a treat before sunset. This will be the first time I've been able to take my new rig out to a dark site and experience such favorable conditions, and I feel really blessed to be able to get out to the desert and under the stars tonight! Woo-hoo!!


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Posted 23 August 2014 - 11:56 AM

Sounds awesome. Wish I could join you.



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Posted 23 August 2014 - 12:48 PM

Soon the alarm clock will go off returning you to sanity.....



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Posted 23 August 2014 - 02:49 PM

Wishing you all the luck I can. Clear skies to you. Give us a report. 



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Posted 23 August 2014 - 02:59 PM

YAY! Good skies here tonight too. I'll be thinking of you while I'm out tonight. Have fun!



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Posted 23 August 2014 - 04:38 PM

Go to it dpippel .... go to it :grin:



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Posted 23 August 2014 - 10:31 PM

I wonder how things are going 100 miles from Phoenix?



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 01:19 PM

It was great night! More later...

 

 

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 02:32 PM

Okay... I'm already stoked just from the picture!  Nice scope and I love the desert :)  Look forward to the rest of the story ....



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 03:25 PM

I will live vicariously through your pictures. Post away!



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 10:38 AM

How'd it go?



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 10:41 AM

Yes, this weekend was great here in the Phoenix area!   I had good viewing Saturday night!  A welcome break after all the rain and flooding last week!



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Posted 26 August 2014 - 10:42 AM

Indeed it was Kevin. The seeing at my location in Kofa on Saturday evening was a little rough at first, but it finally settled down and the atmosphere became practically rock-steady by 10:00PM. As a result Saturn didn't look its best, being a little low in the sky to begin with. I was, however, treated to observing not only the ISS but a VERY bright dusk bolide. It was in Virgo and travelled from about 45 degrees above the horizon almost straight down before flaring out and disappearing just above the mountains to my southwest. The Sun had only been down for about 15 minutes. Beautiful!!! One can only imagine how bright it would have been in total darkness! I was also able to observe Comet Jacques, which appeared quite bright in both my 40mm Pentax XL and 30mm ES 82*. Since it was almost New Moon I spent a lot of time just sweeping through Sagittarius, Cygnus, Ophiuchus, and Cassiopeia, stopping at most of the DSOs therein.

 

It was a LOVELY night and I was the only soul out there. Many of the washes I crossed in my 4X4 hadn't been touched by anyone since the last rain - probably a week or so. I felt blessedly isolated and the last thing I did before turning in at 2:00AM was sit in my camp chair and listen to two owls quietly hooting to each other across the saguaros. It was a very peaceful end to a practically perfect night at the telescope.


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 11:13 AM

That sounds like a perfect night!



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Posted 26 August 2014 - 07:10 PM

It was perfect enough for me. Had some very tasty beverages on-hand as well!   :grin:


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