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Reged: 02/25/06

Loc: Mobile, Alabama, USA
Re: Pushing the Limits new [Re: LivingNDixie]
      #5714329 - 03/05/13 12:12 PM

Indeed, they often flood more moisture into the area. I've rode out five of them since 1995, from Roaring Katrina and Ivan the Terrible to Troublesome Danny. The heat and dampness that followed could have been cut with a knife. Sometimes after a hurricane passes through, I do get some good stargzing in because power outages are very wide spread when a major hurricane hits anywhere near Mobile. The skies got very dark after Ivan and Katrina lashed Mobile.


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Reged: 06/24/03

Loc: Los Angeles
Re: Pushing the Limits new [Re: Mta472]
      #5714881 - 03/05/13 04:53 PM


You didn't see all of this from the LA area did you???

ole Mike

No, of course not. LA's night sky is orange!
I travel to Mt. Pinos (8350') about 100 miles away, or Desert Center (850') about 200 miles away.
Mt. Pinos' night sky averages 21.3-21.4 mag/sq.arc-sec.
Desert Center's night sky averages 21.5-21.6 mg/sq.arc-sec.
[22.0 is as dark as it gets on Earth]
My backyard averages mag. 17.5-17.8, about like mid twilight in the dark sites.

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Reged: 02/20/13

Loc: San Bernardino County, CA.
Re: Pushing the Limits new [Re: Starman1]
      #5715346 - 03/05/13 08:58 PM

Amazing limits! I've been observing now for ten years. In the past three years I've been going out a lot to Red Cloud Rd and driving about 3.5 miles south of the freeway. Then I set up on the desert pavement, elevation about 1600.' Recently, on a good night, I got averaged SQM readings of 21.7. For this next new moon I am going to locate near Mesquite Springs, maybe in the campground, at Death Valley. For me the drive to the Red Cloud Rd site is just 99 miles. I look at a lot of eye candy, but am beginning to seek out more challenging targets.

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