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Midnight Dan
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The weather gods are toying with me!
      #5614336 - 01/09/13 07:23 PM

It has been cloudy every single night since early December here. I was looking out the window today at work and noticed gorgeous clear blue skies! Couldn't wait to get out except when I did, I found that there were 25 mph winds! Aaaaaagh! And they're predicted to continue throughout the night. I just can't win!

-Dan


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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5614355 - 01/09/13 07:33 PM

I haven't had but maybe three nights since December myself MD.

I feel your pain.


The frustrating part is that I didn't even buy anything!


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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5614365 - 01/09/13 07:39 PM

Dan - It just isn't right that those ol' weather gods cause us such consternation Just isn't fair but it sure seems to happen to us a lot! I had two weeks of clouds but was finally able to get my 6SE out on Saturday and spent a few hours observing. Got my refractor out the next night and had good views of Jupiter. Then here came the rain this week Anyway... hang in there and maybe the wind will blow somewhere else and you will be able to get some viewing in! Tony

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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #5614660 - 01/09/13 10:55 PM

Dan it's that Christmas present you bought yourself. I'm telling ya it's the curse...
From my experience here's the cost

New eyepiece = 1 night
New mount = 3 nights
New telescope = 7 nights

New observatory = 1 month if your lucky.
I just feel sorry for the folks that live near you that didn't get anything. They're really the ones getting hosed in the deal...


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Midnight Dan
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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: jhirsch]
      #5614965 - 01/10/13 07:11 AM

But I don't even have the observatory yet! Well, if I can get the curse out of the way early, I suppose that would be ok. My Clear Sky Chart shows nice clear skies all today ... and then clouds rolling in for the evening - of course!

I shouldn't be surprised. This has happened every year since I started observing about 4 years ago. I take a week vacation around Thanksgiving and 2 weeks around Christmas. You'd think that with 3 weeks open and available I'd get some observing time in. But every year, it's been cloudy for at least a couple of months solid, right when I'm taking time off. Never realized how bad the weather was around here till I took up this hobby!

-Dan


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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5614972 - 01/10/13 07:20 AM

Quote:


Never realized how bad the weather was around here till I took up this hobby!

-Dan




Yeah, me too!

It was clouded over all day yesterday and cleared up around 7pm. Was windy with gusts up to 20 mph, but I went out anyway.

James


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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: hopskipson]
      #5615023 - 01/10/13 08:15 AM

I sure have nothing to add...Its been over a month since I was even inside my observatory..let alone actually use the darn thing...

I did do an outreach event last weekend (BUT inside a building due to rain)...

Bob G.


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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: Bob Griffiths]
      #5615104 - 01/10/13 09:17 AM

Its the same here in the U.K. I have managed only one nights obsreving in over two months. As with Dan, on the few nights that were clear, (3 in total) the wind was too strong to even think about observing.
Still, hope springs eternal.

Regards. Peter.


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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: Peter9]
      #5615347 - 01/10/13 11:48 AM

And in similar vein, Dan and Peter,

They say the Sun shines every day,
But all we ever get is grey !

Month on month it gets no better,
Just becoming all the wetter !

Return Jet Stream and mend your way,
And drive these UK clouds away !

But last night with stars so bright,
I ventured out: all seemed so right !

Though setting up, was quite a chore,
(I'd forgotten how to; anymore. (?)

The problem solved; through notes and log,
I then was thwarted by the fog !

(Tennyson or Wordsworth it certainly ain't, but ? )

Best regards,
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Skip
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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: Tel]
      #5615397 - 01/10/13 12:08 PM

That is a good one, Tel!!

Well all of you have seen me complaining that we really, really need the rain. Cancel that for awhile. The past two days we have had about 3-4 inches of the wet stuff. Temps in the 40s & 50s F. That is more rain in two days than we got in the last 3 months of 2012! Sun is trying to come out now and the temp is supposed to go into the 60s and tomorrow into the 70s. Then this weekend more rain and by Sunday temps in the 20s. Ain't winter great?

But really grateful for the rain! We are still in a drought situation, but hopefully as the year wears on we will get enough rain to get rid of the drought.

Here's hoping that those of you living in "duck" weather will get some sunshine and stars soon. But no drought! I wouldn't wish that on anyone - not fun watching your yards and gardens croak!


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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: Tel]
      #5615439 - 01/10/13 12:34 PM

Quote:

And in similar vein, Dan and Peter,

They say the Sun shines every day,
But all we ever get is grey !

Month on month it gets no better, t
Just becoming all the wetter !

Return Jet Stream and mend your way,
And drive these UK clouds away !

But last night with stars so bright,
I ventured out: all seemed so right !

Though setting up, was quite a chore,
(I'd forgotten how to; anymore. (?)

The problem solved; through notes and log,
I then was thwarted by the fog !

(Tennyson or Wordsworth it certainly ain't, but ? )

Best regards,
Tel





Thank you Tel, for your little ditty.

It's full of fun and very witty.

Sad to say, it's words ring true.

Our clear nights are now so few.

But we'll press on, emotions steady.

Standing firm, equipment ready.

So when at last the stars appear.

All round the world, they'll hear the cheer.

(Tennyson or Wordsworth, I don't know Tel, we'd run them close)

Regards. Peter.


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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: Peter9]
      #5615524 - 01/10/13 01:19 PM

dear Dan

same situation north of the border.

i thougth it was because of my new refractor and change to pentax EPs.

now i know it is because of your new observatory. we should prepare for a couple of months of bad weather

during the holidays i had to clean snow from a 60 mm storm followed a couple of days later by a second one of 47mm.

i spend more time shovelling snow than observing the stars.

i tried with clouds yesterday my repaired 8se and it worked well with excellent go tos.

strangely enough the go tos were erratic without Ron's rail (i sold my powerswitch so did not need it for clearance) and were perfect when i put it back on. As long as it works!!


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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: coutleef]
      #5615752 - 01/10/13 03:42 PM

I think that "Postmaster" needs changing to "Poet Laureate" Tel

The kind of poetry I like - it rhymes!

Art

EDIT:

Sorry Peter - didn't realise that you'd penned a different poem.

Hope you'll forgive me.

Art

Edited by Arthur Dent (01/11/13 12:28 PM)


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Skip
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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: Peter9]
      #5615770 - 01/10/13 03:51 PM

Good addition to the poem, Peter!

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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: Tel]
      #5615878 - 01/10/13 04:52 PM

What a bunch of talented folks! How funny... Good job, I say, well done.... Tony

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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #5615999 - 01/10/13 06:21 PM

I hear you; since opening the 'scope on Christmas, Ohio's been pretty miserable as well. We've had 1 good night (meaning, 1 clear night...the stars were still twinkling like crazy), 1 night where I got in a quick shot of Jupiter just before the clouds rolled in (that was my first light), and one night that taunted me when I had a ton of schoolwork I had to do before the next day, so no 'scope that night. Yesterday evening looked like I might get some in, but then the clouds rolled in as the Sun went down

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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: butsam]
      #5616084 - 01/10/13 07:14 PM

Sorry to hear of your weather woes

Sometimes my friends that's how it goes.

Had a decent sky last night

Star were seen far and bright

Didn't let the wind blow me over

But the cold made me run for cover!

Sorry no Dickerson or Nash

James


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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: butsam]
      #5616088 - 01/10/13 07:18 PM

Wow! The poetry floweth! Nice job guys! Much better than I could do!

And, as predicted, clear skies today but clouds rolling in on my way home from work. Must be the Christmas season. With all the new scopes, accessories, and yes, even observatories , Zeus (god of clouds, storms, etc.) is having a field day!

-Dan


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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5616662 - 01/11/13 04:06 AM

I have gotten sort of used to this now since I started last year. Had two bouts of 4+ months of clouds.

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Re: The weather gods are toying with me! new [Re: Maverick199]
      #5616748 - 01/11/13 07:10 AM

After a while, you start to forget which end points towards the sky.

-Dan


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



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

Wow.


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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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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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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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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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