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Holdios
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Reged: 05/24/11

Loc: Chicago, IL
Apologies to observers in the Midwest new
      #5533801 - 11/22/12 11:35 AM

At the beginning of October, I bought an auto-guider, wide field eyepiece, and a new laptop and battery.

That's why it's been almost two months of straight cloudy nights. So, just wanted to offer my sincerest apologies if anyone was wondering what the hell was going on.


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krp
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Reged: 11/10/10

Loc: Central Illinois
Re: Apologies to observers in the Midwest new [Re: Holdios]
      #5534220 - 11/22/12 05:06 PM

I didn't think the weather this fall has been too bad.

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orion61

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Reged: 10/20/07

Loc: Birthplace James T Kirk
Re: Apologies to observers in the Midwest new [Re: krp]
      #5534382 - 11/22/12 07:59 PM

SOOOO youre the guy responsible for the *BLEEP* weather in Iowa! it has been nearly 2 months, when it's not cloudy its blowing 45mph..

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BigC
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Reged: 09/29/10

Loc: SE Indiana
Re: Apologies to observers in the Midwest new [Re: Holdios]
      #5534395 - 11/22/12 08:12 PM

Actually I had 4 nights of good sky in a row ending yesterday but was too tired to observe except for a half-hour use of the 8" Sunday night.

Previous years I could do some stealth observing with a small tabletop scope from work on quiet nights but managemnt made our building "more secure", and eliminated the south-facing window that actually opened ,and put in thicker,darker tinted , windows that introduce aberrations in the view of 12x binoculars !!!


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evilmedic13
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Reged: 06/23/12

Loc: Chicago,Il
Re: Apologies to observers in the Midwest [Re: BigC]
      #5534733 - 11/23/12 01:43 AM

Which part of Chicago?

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bigstormgirl
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Reged: 01/02/12

Loc: NW Indiana
Re: Apologies to observers in the Midwest new [Re: Holdios]
      #5534948 - 11/23/12 07:27 AM

Aha! I had a feeling it was someone from Chicago doing this to us.

Please, think of others before your order anymore stuff, ok?


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evilmedic13
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Reged: 06/23/12

Loc: Chicago,Il
Re: Apologies to observers in the Midwest *DELETED* new [Re: bigstormgirl]
      #5535983 - 11/23/12 06:15 PM

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csrlice12
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Reged: 05/22/12

Loc: Denver, CO
Re: Apologies to observers in the Midwest new [Re: evilmedic13]
      #5537098 - 11/24/12 11:37 AM

You haven't spent enough yet, we have clouds here in Denver......just saying...

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Holdios
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Reged: 05/24/11

Loc: Chicago, IL
Re: Apologies to observers in the Midwest new [Re: Holdios]
      #5543480 - 11/28/12 09:39 AM

I live in the city of Chicago itself, but do my observing/photography from DeKalb, IL at Afton Forest Preserve.

Three clear days and cloudy nights in a row now. It's progressed from annoyance to sadistic torture


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star drop
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Loc: Snow Plop, WNY
Re: Apologies to observers in the Midwest new [Re: Holdios]
      #5543608 - 11/28/12 10:46 AM

Quote:

I live in the city of Chicago itself, but do my observing/photography from DeKalb, IL at Afton Forest Preserve.

Three clear days and cloudy nights in a row now. It's progressed from annoyance to sadistic torture



We haven't had a clear day or night in more than a week. Whenever the sky tries to clear the contrails cloud over. Could you Chicagoans please close a few airports?


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omahaastro
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Loc: Omaha, NE
Re: Apologies to observers in the Midwest new [Re: star drop]
      #5543615 - 11/28/12 10:52 AM

Here I was thinking the acquisition of my big 30" had accounted for most of the poor conditions out here on the plains. We've had clear nights... but I'm still looking for some really good transparency.

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jsines
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Reged: 09/06/11

Loc: Berkley. Michigan
Re: Apologies to observers in the Midwest new [Re: omahaastro]
      #5544637 - 11/28/12 09:57 PM

I thought it was my fault - I bought an Orion ED80T and a Sirius mount in September, and they arrived on 10/4. We had about 4 clear nights in the next 6 weeks after that.

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herrointment
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Reged: 03/12/11

Loc: North of Hwy. 64
Re: Apologies to observers in the Midwest new [Re: jsines]
      #5548575 - 12/01/12 10:56 AM

Wisconsinites inherently understand that all problems can be traced back to their source in Illinois.

Your "up north" vacation rates have been adjusted accordingly....


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Pauls72
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Reged: 10/28/07

Loc: LaPorte, IN
Re: Apologies to observers in the Midwest new [Re: herrointment]
      #5550829 - 12/02/12 06:49 PM

Well I knew somebody nearby screwed up my weather. Anyway, I returned the favor and bought some eyepieces which I got last week.

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Karl Fabian
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Reged: 11/02/11

Loc: Illinois
Re: Apologies to observers in the Midwest new [Re: Pauls72]
      #5551043 - 12/02/12 09:04 PM

I live in the SW Chicago Suburbs and the Clear Sky Clock said clear all night with good seeing. Set up the scope before sundown and then the clouds and then fog rolled in. I have made the mistake of believing the Clear Sky Clock far too many times. As I sit here at my computer at 8 pm the sky is completely overcast and dripping wet foggy. The Clear Sky Clock is still saying Clear with good seeing. The Clear Sky Clock last update was 7 HOURS AGO. With updates like that it has become worthless as an observing tool with the rapidly changing weather. I have noticed increased poor predictions for the last 2 years and am about to give up using it.
Clear Skies Hopefully,
Karl


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panhardModerator
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Loc: Markham Ontario Canada
Re: Apologies to observers in the Midwest new [Re: Karl Fabian]
      #5551138 - 12/02/12 09:54 PM

Well we had rain all night & cloudy since then.

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herrointment
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Loc: North of Hwy. 64
Re: Apologies to observers in the Midwest new [Re: panhard]
      #5551334 - 12/03/12 12:35 AM

Always check the CSC humidity line.....I believe the forecast omits ground fog in the chart and that is noted in the instructions.

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Karl Fabian
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Reged: 11/02/11

Loc: Illinois
Re: Apologies to observers in the Midwest new [Re: herrointment]
      #5551791 - 12/03/12 10:36 AM

I think the problem with the Clear Sky clock, at least in my area, has been due to changing weather patterns over the last two years or so. The updates are simply not frequent enough to keep up with the rapid changes. Best to consult your local forecast like Accuweather in the US. At least you will get rapid local updates. Perhaps climate change has finally arrived.

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