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Terry Dactile
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Reged: 01/04/13

Loc: Bessemer, AL USA
Scope getting no use
      #5617703 - 01/11/13 06:13 PM

Man, weatherman says cloudy for 7 more days. Chompin at the bit for some clear skies. Especially during the new moon.

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Dwight J
scholastic sledgehammer
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Reged: 05/14/09

Loc: Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Re: Scope getting no use new [Re: Terry Dactile]
      #5617714 - 01/11/13 06:20 PM

Expect pristine skies at full moon.

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herrointment
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Reged: 03/12/11

Loc: North of Hwy. 64
Re: Scope getting no use new [Re: Terry Dactile]
      #5617724 - 01/11/13 06:23 PM

That's a perfect excuse for spending more quality time in your workshop......that list isn't going to get any shorter you know.

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coopman
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Reged: 04/23/06

Loc: South Louisiana
Re: Scope getting no use new [Re: herrointment]
      #5617799 - 01/11/13 07:01 PM

We seem to be having monsoon season here right now, so you're now alone in your suffering.

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JayinUT
I'm not Sleepy
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Reged: 09/19/08

Loc: Utah
Re: Scope getting no use new [Re: coopman]
      #5617912 - 01/11/13 08:06 PM

I haven' been out since November 5th due to clouds and weather.

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Dennis_S253
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Reged: 11/22/11

Loc: West Central Florida
Re: Scope getting no use new [Re: JayinUT]
      #5618311 - 01/12/13 12:43 AM

It was 67* at 9:00 tonight in Fl. where I'm at. From my back yard I could see 4.7 mag stars, But everything seemed dull. I did see 4 stars in the trap in M42. At 10:00 the weather channel said 63* and clear skies. I went to look and it was 100% cloud cover. At 10:50 it had cleared, I went to M81 and 82 and it was there but it was "washed out" , called it a night. Have to get up early tomorrow.

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Brent Campbell
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Reged: 02/09/10

Loc: Olympia, WA
Re: Scope getting no use new [Re: Dennis_S253]
      #5618528 - 01/12/13 07:17 AM

Usually when this time happens some heated discussion gets going on the merits of one type of telescope over another.

Life in the Pacific Northwest has been rainy this year - much worse than normal so I feel your pain. Still I have had a couple of good nights where I dragged my Ultima 8 out! I have no one to blame except myself- I bought a new wide field scope a couple months ago. It still hasn't seen first light!


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Widespread
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Reged: 05/11/11

Loc: Bowling Green, Kentucky
Re: Scope getting no use new [Re: Dennis_S253]
      #5618535 - 01/12/13 07:27 AM

I managed to take it vantage of a good sucker hole and get in some decent viewing. I couldn't believe how warm it was for January, so I figured I had to take a shot.

With my ST 80 and binos, my wife and I checked out Jupiter, Pleiades, M31, M42, M36-38, Melotte 20 and Stock 2. The seeing wasn't great, but I was surprised by the transparency. With my 8.8 mm ES, The trapezium glittered prettily, and a lot of nebular structure was discernible.

I also barely managed to make out M33. But for me the highlight of the evening was Stumbling across NGC 1528 with binos while trying to find Melotte 20.

If it makes you feel better, We are expecting days of rain.

Best, David


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csrlice12
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Reged: 05/22/12

Loc: Denver, CO
Re: Scope getting no use new [Re: Widespread]
      #5619200 - 01/12/13 02:43 PM

Snowing yesterday, it's after noon now and we just broke into double digits for the high. Clear now, but more snow tonight and cold and cloudy again tomorrow. Broke down a bought a few orthos to try out on my Omni 102XLT. Picked up a 7mm and 9mm UO HD and one 12mm UO-OPS. I know UO is known for their Orthos, and from what I saw, basically quit mfg on 12/31/2012 on their basic volcano tops. These came from a very small Japanese firm, and are very finely made eyepieces for the price. From what I read, the guy just couldn't compete with the Chinese anymore. I believe UO Orthos will remain in many peoples stables though.

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NeilMac
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 09/25/10

Loc: MedHat, AB, Canada
Re: Scope getting no use new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5621135 - 01/13/13 04:14 PM

We've had almost 2 feet of snow in the last couple days.
http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh501/zauriawizard/P1130513Snowpath-1000_...
http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh501/zauriawizard/P1130514_Benches-1000_...


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csrlice12
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Reged: 05/22/12

Loc: Denver, CO
Re: Scope getting no use new [Re: NeilMac]
      #5621402 - 01/13/13 06:35 PM

Quote:

We've had almost 2 feet of snow in the last couple days.
http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh501/zauriawizard/P1130513Snowpath-1000_...
http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh501/zauriawizard/P1130514_Benches-1000_...




just think how much easier that pedistal base for your tripod will be to dig now!!!! No more bending over laying on the ground to reach the eyepiece!!!!!!


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tigerroach
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Reged: 08/13/08

Loc: Houston, TX USA
Re: Scope getting no use new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5622825 - 01/14/13 02:55 PM

I can report cloudy, miserable weather for this part of the world as well.

Looks like it might be clearing up later in the week though, hopefully I can at least get some planetary work in from the back yard.


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orion61

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Reged: 10/20/07

Loc: Birthplace James T Kirk
Re: Scope getting no use new [Re: Dennis_S253]
      #5622932 - 01/14/13 03:53 PM

Quote:

It was 67* at 9:00 tonight in Fl. where I'm at. From my back yard I could see 4.7 mag stars, But everything seemed dull. I did see 4 stars in the trap in M42. At 10:00 the weather channel said 63* and clear skies. I went to look and it was 100% cloud cover. At 10:50 it had cleared, I went to M81 and 82 and it was there but it was "washed out" , called it a night. Have to get up early tomorrow.



I hope an Alligator bites your tripod leg!
sent from below zero Iowa.


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csrlice12
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Reged: 05/22/12

Loc: Denver, CO
Re: Scope getting no use new [Re: orion61]
      #5622986 - 01/14/13 04:19 PM

Gotta watch out for those snow snakes............they love cold weather.......

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jfaust75
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Reged: 10/04/11

Loc: Central Florida
Re: Scope getting no use new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5623082 - 01/14/13 05:10 PM

82* here just before sunset.......nothin but clouds(again)

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ensign
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 12/16/08

Loc: Southwestern Ontario
Re: Scope getting no use new [Re: jfaust75]
      #5624072 - 01/15/13 09:42 AM

I have mostly given up on stargazing in the winter. Here, smack dab in the middle of the Great Lakes, it's cloud, cloud, cloud all winter.

Of course, as I type this, the sky is clear. But the weather, clearly controlled by some imp with an evil bent, will cloud up by this evening.

Grrrrr.


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NeilMac
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 09/25/10

Loc: MedHat, AB, Canada
Re: Scope getting no use new [Re: ensign]
      #5624148 - 01/15/13 10:36 AM

I always looked forward to winter because of the clear skies. This has been the worst Winter yet for clear skies.

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fvandrog
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Reged: 09/07/12

Re: Scope getting no use new [Re: Brent Campbell]
      #5625719 - 01/16/13 07:28 AM

Quote:

Usually when this time happens some heated discussion gets going on the merits of one type of telescope over another.




I have to admit, my refractor is useless when there are clouds or when it's foggy.


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newtoskies
Pooh-Bah


Reged: 07/15/12

Loc: SE Ma.
Re: Scope getting no use new [Re: fvandrog]
      #5625781 - 01/16/13 08:48 AM

Snow and sleet here last night and this morning...rest of the day as well.

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azure1961p
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Reged: 01/17/09

Loc: USA
Re: Scope getting no use new [Re: JayinUT]
      #5625796 - 01/16/13 08:57 AM

Quote:

I haven' been out since November 5th due to clouds and weather.




This all reminds me of that November that Halleys Comet was on its way in and now visible telescopicaly. I swear, EVERY night of that month was clouded over. I had a new scope that month too so between the comet and the scope the cloud Gods were having their fun.

Every stinking night lol.

Pete
(Wasn't laughing then)


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