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Arthur Dent
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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5617194 - 01/11/13 12:30 PM

Another submission for "Poet's Corner" (although poetry isn't my strongest suit as you'll see)...

I sit at home and hear the rain

UK weather - such a pain

I work all day and mark at night

loads to do - such a fright

I bought a scope to see the stars

and haven't yet looked at Mars

And when its clear and the work is done

I'm poorly and I can't find a suitable rhyme!!

Art


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hopskipson
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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: Arthur Dent]
      #5617503 - 01/11/13 03:57 PM

C'mon Art! It's so easy

And when it's clear and the work is done

I'll go outside and have some fun!


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Arthur Dent
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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: hopskipson]
      #5617582 - 01/11/13 04:50 PM



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CelestronDaddy
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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: Arthur Dent]
      #5617708 - 01/11/13 06:16 PM

Címon my friends
Letís have a look,
Get out them scopes
and astronomy books.

The clouds are gone
and the wind has quit,
get off my arse and
star hop a bit.

Galaxies and planets
theyíre calling our names,
Come out , come out
for Celestial games.

A binary I see
and I ponder the view,
and I think to myself,
most people havenít a clue.

So for me Iíll continue
to look up above,
at all the cool stars
that Iíve come to loveÖ


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Midnight Dan
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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #5617910 - 01/11/13 08:04 PM

Who knew the Nexstar community was so lyrical!

-Dan


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Smittty692k4
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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5618540 - 01/12/13 07:35 AM

Wow.


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Pete GLA
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Loc: South of Detroit MI
Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: Smittty692k4]
      #5618795 - 01/12/13 10:52 AM

Hey Guys,
Has anyone thought of copyrights to Our material?

Who knows, maybe Metallica or Tom Jones might steal, I mean, use them.


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Pete GLA
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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5618827 - 01/12/13 11:12 AM

Dan,
This may sound too easy on how to get clear skies.

Since this lengthy cloudy spell still lurks
How 'bout we each get rid of one Astro gear
So that we can each have and enjoy more perks
And we'd all be happy and have a great year

Pete


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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5618878 - 01/12/13 11:35 AM

How bout a limerick...

There once was a man from Nantucket
Who wanted to use his light bucket
The clouds were so thick
It made him real sick
So he finally just said....uh, "the heck with it"...


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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: jturie]
      #5618886 - 01/12/13 11:37 AM



-Dan


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CelestronDaddy
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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: Pete GLA]
      #5619243 - 01/12/13 03:08 PM

Quote:

Hey Guys,
Has anyone thought of copyrights to Our material?

Who knows, maybe Metallica or Tom Jones might steal, I mean, use them.






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Midnight Dan
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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #5666567 - 02/07/13 07:20 AM

OK, this is getting ridiculous.

I checked my clear sky clock a couple of days ago and found that last night was supposed to be clear! Checked it again yesterday and looked like the skies would clear up early afternoon and not cloud over again till after midnight! I checked other weather and astro-weather services which all reported the same thing. Low winds, low humidity ... check, check! Seeing and transparency only so-so, but I'll take it!

Looked outside last night, stars were shining! A few clouds hovered on the horizon, but I figured those would be rolling in after midnight as predicted. It was only 7pm so I had plenty of time. Got suited up, put on all my cold weather gear that I got for Christmas including battery heated insoles and heated vest from Gerbing. Put all my gear on the cart and hauled it through the snow to my spot about 150 feet from the house. Grabbed the scope that had been cooling on the porch for the last couple of hours and carried it out.

Got everything set up and looked to the north for Polaris - gone. Clouds over the northern quarter of the sky! Oh well, I can spend time on Jupiter, the Pleiades, Orion, and others in that neck of the woods. Well, I got Jupiter in my sights just in time to see it for about 5 minutes before thin clouds started dimming the view. Rushed over to Orion for my only peek so far this year. Looked up at the sky and it was pretty much covered with clouds with a few stars peeking through here and there, and getting worse by the minute.

Sigh. Dragged everything back in.

-Dan


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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5666608 - 02/07/13 08:11 AM

A funny thing happened to me last night, that's if you call it funny.

T'was due to be clear round 21.00 but the skies cleared around 18.00 and I mean wall to wall clear. I could have gone out then, and as it happened, I would have had a couple of hours observing if I had done. But no, I was in the middle of something indoors so decided to open the dome, finish off indoors, and go out about 19.30.

Around 19.30 I was upstairs getting togged up for the outdoors when Yvonne, having been outside to empty a bin, call up to me that it was cloudy. And so it was, horizon to horizon. Plenty of time thought I, it will clear again at 21.00 as predicted. Did it, did it h..l.

So like you Dan, had to close the dome (22.30) and wait for the next time. Funny you mention not seeing Orion, Tel and I were saying to each other a few days ago that we had not seen M42 yet this winter. Happy days.

Here's wishing you better luck next time Dan.

Regards. Peter.


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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5667658 - 02/07/13 06:53 PM

Quote:

OK, this is getting ridiculous.

I checked my clear sky clock a couple of days ago and found that last night was supposed to be clear! Checked it again yesterday and looked like the skies would clear up early afternoon and not cloud over again till after midnight! I checked other weather and astro-weather services which all reported the same thing. Low winds, low humidity ... check, check! Seeing and transparency only so-so, but I'll take it!

Looked outside last night, stars were shining! A few clouds hovered on the horizon, but I figured those would be rolling in after midnight as predicted. It was only 7pm so I had plenty of time. Got suited up, put on all my cold weather gear that I got for Christmas including battery heated insoles and heated vest from Gerbing. Put all my gear on the cart and hauled it through the snow to my spot about 150 feet from the house. Grabbed the scope that had been cooling on the porch for the last couple of hours and carried it out.

Got everything set up and looked to the north for Polaris - gone. Clouds over the northern quarter of the sky! Oh well, I can spend time on Jupiter, the Pleiades, Orion, and others in that neck of the woods. Well, I got Jupiter in my sights just in time to see it for about 5 minutes before thin clouds started dimming the view. Rushed over to Orion for my only peek so far this year. Looked up at the sky and it was pretty much covered with clouds with a few stars peeking through here and there, and getting worse by the minute.

Sigh. Dragged everything back in.

-Dan




Dan this was exactly word for word my experience last nigth. so frustrating.

i almost took the decision of driving to my dark site at the end of the day. clar sky clock was very promising but i hesitated because there were thin clouds on the weather map.

i have yet to look at orion this year. looked at castor and that was it. it is so cloudy, it feels like living in england!


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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: coutleef]
      #5667829 - 02/07/13 08:43 PM

Last weekend I drove to my buddy's ranch 100 miles north (500 acres on the Henry's Fork, 8 miles from the nearest small town) because the weather was supposed to clear up. I managed two hours of clear skies around 10 AM on Sunday morning - so at least I got some EP time with the Lunt. The rest of the weekend was freezing fog and snow.

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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5667837 - 02/07/13 08:48 PM

Dan - I know what you mean! We've had it pretty cloudy in my area for sometime now. My clear sky chart show average right now. I went out with a cup of freshly brewed java and looked around. A few clouds here and there so I'm not sure I'll get a scope out tonight. I had a so so night a few days ago and got my refractor out for a bit. Looked at some doubles in Orion and enjoyed it until a band of clouds came through. I hope it clears for you so you can get out some. I'll be getting out this weekend if it is clear

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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #5668405 - 02/08/13 07:22 AM

Up here in the Northeast, we haven't had an observable night in 2 to 3 months depending on your location. There have been exactly 2 clear nights since the first of December, but both of them had high winds!

-Dan


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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5669207 - 02/08/13 02:43 PM

Dan, tomorrow is supposed to be clear here, but with a foot or more of snow on the ground and temps around 12*F . At least the grond hog has predicted an early spring !

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