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Jwemes
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Loc: Wickenburg, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: hm insulators]
      #4491780 - 04/02/11 04:04 PM

As of 1 PM, we're at 40% cloud cover, Temp 87, wind calm. Still, a tossup, check NOAA Phoenix and Clear Sky Charts.

We'll be there, maybe we'll see you too.


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rboeAdministrator

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Reged: 03/16/02

Loc: Phx, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: Jwemes]
      #4491856 - 04/02/11 04:46 PM

From NOAA:

This Afternoon: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Breezy, with a southwest wind around 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Breezy, with a southwest wind between 7 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

We are seeing that in Northern Phoenix already with the wind.

Scott and I will talk about 2:30 but it looks pretty iffy for us now. For me the drive is fairly trivial but I'm loath to do all that packing and unpacking.


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ArizonaScott
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Reged: 04/29/04

Loc: Scottsdale, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: rboe]
      #4491858 - 04/02/11 04:49 PM

David's itching for a road trip so at this time I'm going to pack camping and fishing gear, we're going to head for Lynx Lake. I will however check back here around 2:45 just in case. We can always change our plans at the last minute.

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Jwemes
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Reged: 02/26/10

Loc: Wickenburg, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: ArizonaScott]
      #4491925 - 04/02/11 05:41 PM

Conditions are the same..... it's a cr**shoot. If you guys don't show, you may be the smart ones. If the wind does pick up, seeing will take a dump for sure.

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ArizonaScott
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: Jwemes]
      #4491934 - 04/02/11 05:44 PM

Yep, we're hanging out the "Gone Fishing" sign It's looking pretty socked in out there so we'll do a camping trip instead.

Hope to see you guys in May. One last observing session before the heat cranks up? Enjoy the evening.


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hm insulators
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: Jwemes]
      #4491941 - 04/02/11 05:48 PM

No wind at all where I live (near 7th Street and Maryland Avenue), and I just looked out my bedroom window. The sky currently looks to be 30 to 35% cloud-covered.

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rboeAdministrator

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Loc: Phx, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: hm insulators]
      #4491985 - 04/02/11 06:20 PM

Wind finally died down here; but so did any interest in chancing it at Wickenburg (I've been spelling it berg all week!!) so maybe next weekend. Moon should still be tame.

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hm insulators
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: hm insulators]
      #4491994 - 04/02/11 06:25 PM

I just looked at both the Weather Channel and NOAA's websites. NOAA's water vapor image showed a lot of high-cloud cover immediately to the northwest of the greater Phoenix area, plus they were forecasting quite a bit of wind. (If it's windy here in Phoenix, it might be windier in Wickenburg, especially at the star-party sight.)

I think I'm going to can it for this month. Too bad, because I was hoping to see Ron and Scott and John again.

Hopefully, next month for one more session before it starts getting crazy-hot. (We could also next month or in June try for that Cherry Road site.)


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hm insulators
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: rboe]
      #4491997 - 04/02/11 06:26 PM

Quote:

Wind finally died down here; but so did any interest in chancing it at Wickenburg (I've been spelling it berg all week!!) so maybe next weekend. Moon should still be tame.




Or, that might be one possibility--maybe we can shoot for next week? If we're all available then?


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rboeAdministrator

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Loc: Phx, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: hm insulators]
      #4492051 - 04/02/11 07:11 PM

I think we should consider it. Starry Night shows about an 1/8th moon near Orion and setting around 11:30 (usually after I pack it in ).

Should not be bad viewing at all with good views of the moon to boot.


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Jwemes
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Reged: 02/26/10

Loc: Wickenburg, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: rboe]
      #4492134 - 04/02/11 07:48 PM

If you guys are interested in Sophie's Flat for next weekend, we're good to go. However, NOAA longterm is talking about a weather front coming thru. You're always welcome to come up and use the site, as it is BLM-not private.
Let's see how the forecast develops, and I'll give you Friday/Saturday updates if it's marginal.

Oh... And I'll show up too!

The next scheduled public star party is May 7, but April 30 is also great, with a 6.1% moon, rising at 3:49 AM.

Clear, Dark, and Steady...

Edited by Jwemes (04/02/11 07:49 PM)


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hm insulators
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: Jwemes]
      #4492198 - 04/02/11 08:33 PM

As it turns out, even if the weather had cooperated, I wouldn't have made it. A while back, I was trying to go to the store to buy some salad greens, and lo and behold, the car has a flat tire! I found a small nail in the tread, so it's off to the mechanic Monday morning; a very short drive.

You'd think with today's technology and all the steel belts and all that nonsense, they would come up with a tire that's impervious to nails!


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rboeAdministrator

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: hm insulators]
      #4492207 - 04/02/11 08:35 PM

Most tubeless suffer nails rather well. Still need to patch but they usually hold air for a long time.

Plan B is the nineth then. Plan C is the 30th.


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ArizonaScott
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: rboe]
      #4493856 - 04/03/11 04:24 PM

I'm working next Sat. so my next attempt will be May 7th.

Let us know how the skies were Sat. night. When David and I were sitting around the campfire at Hilltop, Lynx Lake, we noted it was rather clear although the winds were blowing!


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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: ArizonaScott]
      #4493966 - 04/03/11 05:20 PM

Windy and cloudy in Phoenix.

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Jwemes
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Reged: 02/26/10

Loc: Wickenburg, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: rboe]
      #4494076 - 04/03/11 06:17 PM

At nightfall, Sophie's Flat was at ~98% cloud cover. The wind had been gusting to ~15 Mph. No members of the public showed (there are some smart folks out there!). Skies stayed cloudy for the most part until 5AM Sunday.

But the cloudy sunset was pretty!

Let's keep an eye on the forecast for next Saturday.


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rboeAdministrator

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Loc: Phx, AZ
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: Jwemes]
      #4496764 - 04/04/11 09:25 PM

Well poo, weather looks darn iffy for this coming Saturday too.

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skyward_eyes
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Loc: California
Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: Jwemes]
      #4496820 - 04/04/11 10:00 PM

We had the same at the AAMM on Saturday night, I ended up leaving around 8:30pm actually as it showed no signs of breaking up. From the sounds of it I feel I made the right choice

Friday night was AWESOME though, perfect all night. Picked off several tiny NGCs up in Leo Minor, caught 3C 273 up in Virgo (Brightest Quasar). Called it quits around midnight but woke up about 4:30am to bagged Palomar 8 and 9 as well as Pluto! It was a fun time, I hope to make it out to Wickenburg next month.


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rboeAdministrator

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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party new [Re: skyward_eyes]
      #4506837 - 04/09/11 11:48 AM

With all this rain, even if clears up I don't want to try that road in my car till it dries out a bit. Many parts of it are just fine but some sections look down right nasty if wet.

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skyward_eyes
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Re: Wickenburg, AZ Public Star Party [Re: rboe]
      #4507119 - 04/09/11 01:49 PM

I'm waiting till next month.

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