Quote:The best source in my opinion is the clear sky charts sponsored sites. They have the forecasts for night by month.
I think it is clearing up!
Retired owner of Tectron Telescopes and retired editor of "Amateur Astronomy Magazine." Author of "The Modern Dobsonian" and "Starry Starry Nights"
Quote:I was tired of light pollution and clouds and humidity. I started a search for a dark sky with good seeing, and settled right in-between McDonald and the Discovery Telescope near Happy Jack.
Quote:Perhaps I should have mentioned that I am looking for a place to set up and park my mobile robotic observatory for the long haul.
Quote:Is there a database somewhere of the number of clear nights per year for North America? I have always heard that places like New Mexico and Arizona have higher probabilities for clear skies but have never seen a distribution map of the continent. One has to exist I would assume?
Ex Oriente, astrum ---------------------- From the day you are born 'til you ride in a hearse, There's nothing so bad that it couldn't be worse!
8" Criterion Dynamax 6" Homebuilt F/10 Newt 6" F/8 Jaegers 127mm F/5.5 SS Assembly Various 60 mm scopes in many states of repair 8' Dome Observitory
Quote:Clark, are you in Ontario, Canada or Ontario, California?
Quote: What do you need beside a place to park? 110v power?
Quote: Internet access?
Quote: someone to check or trouble shoot your rig if it fails?
Quote: Does your insurance cover your rig if you park it somewhere and something happens to it? Wind, rain, lightening strike, earthquake or heaven forbid vandals?
Quote: Do you intend to pay someone something to allow you to use their property, rent or lease on a monthly or annual basis?
Quote:A power failure during rain or snow could be a disaster if the dome/roof failed to close. I suppose if you got a fault notice from the rig you could ask the property owner to toss/tie a tarp over it until you could get to the site.
Quote: It would be ideal if some astro geek with a home in the middle of dark skies was feeling altruistic and volunteered to let you setup there and could take care of it for you.
Quote:Perhaps this is what you are looking for!http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/online/ccd/cldy.htmlOr this!http://www.currentresults.com/Weather/US/average-annual-state-sunshine.php
Check out Rancho Hidalgo. It might just be what you are looking for. Sorry I didn't think of it earlier.
Quote: My trailer is so small someone could easily walk right up to it while in operation and touch or take whatever they pleased.
DreamCatcher Dobservatory/AstroTech 16" dob.
Quote: Quote: My trailer is so small someone could easily walk right up to it while in operation and touch or take whatever they pleased. This would be my major concern leaving something like this completely unattended, in a public place. You will be at the mercy of anyone goingby it. Your best bet would be on someone's private land, that isoccupied, so at least it could be watched somewhat.
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AP 130EDF-GT & AP Mach1
C14-XLT & AP 900GTO
Quote:Can you post a pic/sketchof your rig so we can have some idea of what you'retalking about?
Quote:Your best bet would be on someone's private land, that is occupied, so at least it could be watched somewhat.
Quote:Suggest you Google Extech VB300...
Quote:One of the challenges here in Hawaii is that the weather is very localized because of the influence of the Easterly trade winds combined with the height and size of the volcanoes.
Quote:Now that December is almost over I thought it a good idea to show where the best seeing was for the month. It turns out to live on either north coast was rather dismal. The best places for owning an observatory this past month have been in mid to southern Arizona or southern Florida. I would say the Canadian arctic or Alaska as that has been by far the best place on this continent to observe but the conditions for the waking hours of the day have been rather nippy and you don't get to see very far south. Although the nights have been very long
Quote:* COLD...* Anchorage has about 30 or so clear, starry nights a year.* Fairbanks hovers between -30F and -65F during the winter.
Quote:So, just why did you move to Hawaii?Alex
Quote:Quote:* COLD...* Anchorage has about 30 or so clear, starry nights a year.* Fairbanks hovers between -30F and -65F during the winter.OUCH! That is one place I do NOT plan to visit in the winter
Quote:Quote:Quote:* COLD...* Anchorage has about 30 or so clear, starry nights a year.* Fairbanks hovers between -30F and -65F during the winter.OUCH! That is one place I do NOT plan to visit in the winter Actually, observing the Northern Lights while comfortably-dressed for arctic weather on a cold Alaskan night is an awesome experience that you will never forget. It should be on everyone's bucket list!
Quote:On that map, I assume dark is clear skies and white is lots of cloud cover. I make that assumption form the white blob on the WI/IL border SW WI. I recall about 2 clear nights last month. I work from 9PM to 6AM so the timing for clear nights and me not at work don't line up much. Cool map though.Lewis
APM 105/650 Travelling Visual Observer
Quote:Clark,I think if you can find anywhere in the southern US you are on the way. I used to live in LA for a while, and anywhere south of that is pretty good seeing and fairly clear skies. Don't chase perfect - just look for somewhere to set up!Of course, if you can get Hawaii or Australia go for it!Your rig is mobile. Get started anywhere you can in SOCAL/Arizona/NM and go from there. Don't forget the seeing! Keep to the coast if you can.Good Luck!Hermie