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EJN
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Reged: 11/01/05

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Winter observing highlights new
      #5675125 - 02/12/13 01:20 AM

This list contains a variety of object types.


What follows is a list of the most common winter objects and their telescopic appearance.


Stratocumulus clouds: gray & featureless.

Altostratus clouds: gray & featureless.

Altocumulus clouds: gray & featureless.

Nimbostratus clouds: gray & featureless.

Cumulonimbus clouds: gray & featureless.

Cumulus clouds: gray & featureless.

Cirrostratus clouds: gray & featureless.

Cirrus clouds: gray & featureless.



So, as you can see there is a great variety of objects which all look the same.



Happy observing! Clear skies! (WTH is that?)


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droid
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Re: Winter observing highlights new [Re: EJN]
      #5675328 - 02/12/13 06:50 AM

I like the cirrus clouds, if one can call them clouds, on crisp winter evenings, as the sun is setting, they can do some remarkable things to the light.

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drbyyz
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Re: Winter observing highlights new [Re: droid]
      #5676149 - 02/12/13 03:59 PM

I've been getting a lot of work in on the Nimbostratus lately. I concur with your observation. Gray and featureless, with a hint of wetness.

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csrlice12
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Loc: Denver, CO
Re: Winter observing highlights new [Re: drbyyz]
      #5676227 - 02/12/13 04:36 PM

Our clouds have sky dandruff....lots of sky dandruff....

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JimMo
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Reged: 01/08/07

Loc: Under the SE Michigan lightdom...
Re: Winter observing highlights new [Re: EJN]
      #5676343 - 02/12/13 05:37 PM

Around these parts we call it the Michigan Nebula. It's very large, visible most of the year, and it is gray and featureless.

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wky46
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Re: Winter observing highlights new [Re: EJN]
      #5676382 - 02/12/13 06:11 PM

That's pretty funny EJN ! I finally had a beautifuly clear and steady night here last night but I had to put together bunkbeds. Tonight? Clouds, of course !....Phil

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hbanich
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Re: Winter observing highlights new [Re: JimMo]
      #5676531 - 02/12/13 08:25 PM

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Around these parts we call it the Michigan Nebula. It's very large, visible most of the year, and it is gray and featureless.




I think the Michigan Nebula is related to the nearly permanent Oregon Nebula which can only be dissipated - temporarily - by the full Moon. I lived in Grand Rapids for 3 years and the resemblance between these two nebulae is striking.


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Doc Willie
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Re: Winter observing highlights new [Re: hbanich]
      #5677209 - 02/13/13 08:38 AM

We frequently get to observe the amazing phenomenon of the Total Eclipse of Everything.

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blb
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Reged: 11/25/05

Loc: Piedmont NC
Re: Winter observing highlights new [Re: EJN]
      #5678061 - 02/13/13 05:39 PM

Quote:

This list contains a variety of object types.

What follows is a list of the most common winter objects and their telescopic appearance.

Stratocumulus clouds: gray & featureless.
Altostratus clouds: gray & featureless.
Altocumulus clouds: gray & featureless.
Nimbostratus clouds: gray & featureless.
Cumulonimbus clouds: gray & featureless.
Cumulus clouds: gray & featureless.
Cirrostratus clouds: gray & featureless.
Cirrus clouds: gray & featureless.

So, as you can see there is a great variety of objects which all look the same.

Happy observing! Clear skies! (WTH is that?)




It seems that we are observing the same sky. I have seen all of these and little else this winter.
We are thinking of changing our club's name to the Amateur Cloud Observing Society.


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CollinofAlabama
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Reged: 11/24/03

Loc: Lubbock, Texas, USA
Re: Winter observing highlights new [Re: blb]
      #5678498 - 02/13/13 10:31 PM

This week not so much, but last week we had SPECTACULAR nights on a Tuesday and another one, good but not quite as great, on Thursday. I work full time and have two sub-4 yr old daughters to help out with. Observing on a "school night" just doesn't work for me. Of course this weekend we had clouds on Friday and clear skies but bitter strong, cold north winds on Saturday. No doubt things will be great for this First Quarter and next Full Moon weekends. The weekend after that I'm out of town to Houston for a wedding. Sure hope the New Moon weekend of March is nice.

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csrlice12
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Re: Winter observing highlights [Re: CollinofAlabama]
      #5679074 - 02/14/13 10:01 AM

It's also the only known nebula viewable from anywhere in both the Northern AND Southern hemispheres........

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blb
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Reged: 11/25/05

Loc: Piedmont NC
Re: Winter observing highlights new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5680410 - 02/14/13 11:24 PM

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Sure hope the New Moon weekend of March is nice.



I would settle for any nights from about three days after full moon on till about a four day old moon. That's about a two week window for a good clear sky. I wish, oh how I wish.


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