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GeneT
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Re: What Are YOUR Conditions Required for Observing new [Re: JayinUT]
      #5584312 - 12/22/12 04:01 PM

My only criteria for viewing is cloudless skies. If the moon is half or more, I look at it and some brighter stuff like the planets, globulars and double stars. If the moon is close to new, then I look at the dimmer nebula and galaxies.

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Pauls72
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Re: What Are YOUR Conditions Required for Observing new [Re: GeneT]
      #5584766 - 12/22/12 09:55 PM

Clear sky's or at least mostly clear sky's.

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PlanetNamek
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Re: What Are YOUR Conditions Required for Observing new [Re: Carl Kolchak]
      #5606947 - 01/05/13 04:44 PM

If jupiter is bright and visible its game on

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GeneT
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Re: What Are YOUR Conditions Required for Observing new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5607398 - 01/05/13 10:19 PM

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Too cold?




Each has to determine what is too cold for them. During the meteor showers last week; I sat out on the deck, pretty well motionless, for 6 hours, with temps dropping to 10 degrees.




Gueeze. Its 46 right now here in San Antonio. A cold front came through. Too cold for me.


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phillip
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Re: What Are YOUR Conditions Required for Observing new [Re: GeneT]
      #5607837 - 01/06/13 07:33 AM

Guess its what your use to, not much above zero this morning, last phased moon viewing majestic Saturn with the XT8, over 10 MPH breeze tough but worth the view, using over 200 power neighbor missed Saturn, left the Barlow inside wasn't expecting anyone out this early cold morning. So cloudy in Midwest glad I caught the view, well worth it.

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phillip
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Re: What Are YOUR Conditions Required for Observing new [Re: GeneT]
      #5607838 - 01/06/13 07:33 AM

Oops double post, my scope is always thermal ready as keep the XT8 in the trunk of my car as eyepieces. Worth the outing as seeing above average, went back inside after the brief observing, portable chair was catching flashes of the Cassini Division extreme edges., great.

Edited by phillip (01/06/13 07:46 AM)


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Daniel Mounsey
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Re: What Are YOUR Conditions Required for Observing new [Re: JayinUT]
      #5607940 - 01/06/13 09:23 AM

Seeing is the most important part of my observing.

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Atl
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Re: What Are YOUR Conditions Required for Observing new [Re: Carl Kolchak]
      #5608715 - 01/06/13 04:06 PM

If it is partially clear I will be outside. If it's full moon I will look at the moon.

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Raginar
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Re: What Are YOUR Conditions Required for Observing new [Re: Atl]
      #5611218 - 01/08/13 12:09 AM

Clear skies. The observatory plus active repeater cables to my essentially robotic setup has really made it a no-brainer for me. I have one scope that I manually focus at this point and usually use as a guider that I have to focus at the start. Otherwise? I'm inside watching the imaging from an iphone while I hang out .

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csrlice12
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Re: What Are YOUR Conditions Required for Observing new [Re: Raginar]
      #5611547 - 01/08/13 09:04 AM

I've been wondering what I've been collecting all this equipment for....I've been looking AT it and looking AT it...getting pretty good at identifying cloud types however. Who knew you could earn a degree in meteorology waiting for clear skies.......

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FordGalaxy
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Re: What Are YOUR Conditions Required for Observing new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5614023 - 01/09/13 04:24 PM

I think laziness is my primary limitation in the winter, when we typically get clear skies and great seeing. Fortunately my back porch is a pretty good observation spot , though limited to about 35-90deg above the horizon due to trees. If I want to see objects closer to the horizon, I typically have to go to another site 10 minutes away where light pollution is slightly worse but the horizon is clear down to 5deg or so. My threshold for actually driving there and back is considerably higher. In the summer, weather and humidity become my main limitations, rather than laziness.

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