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hamdul
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Reged: 06/23/09

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Tonight, Tonight
      #6003750 - 08/02/13 06:59 PM

It's 6:56 P.M., the sky is clear as a bell. I hope the weather Gods are in a happy mood and let it stay that way.

Fred


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ben2112
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Reged: 07/12/12

Loc: North Charleston SC
Re: Tonight, Tonight new [Re: hamdul]
      #6003823 - 08/02/13 07:48 PM

May your skies stay clear all night long.

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hamdul
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Loc: Litchfield NH, USA
Re: Tonight, Tonight new [Re: ben2112]
      #6004136 - 08/02/13 11:44 PM

Hope springs eternal and that's all I got tonight, "HOPE" and nothing else. Correction, I also got clouds. They rolled in just as darkness was setting in.

Fred


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Peter9
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Re: Tonight, Tonight new [Re: hamdul]
      #6004346 - 08/03/13 04:59 AM

Sorry the weather Gods did not smile on you Fred. Hope you have better luck soon.

Regards. Peter.


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ben2112
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Reged: 07/12/12

Loc: North Charleston SC
Re: Tonight, Tonight new [Re: Peter9]
      #6004357 - 08/03/13 05:37 AM

Sorry about the clouds. I am sick of clouds myself. You might have to do what I did. I keep an eye on the Weather Channel and see when the skies might be clear and set your alarm clock and do some early morning observing.

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hamdul
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Re: Tonight, Tonight new [Re: ben2112]
      #6005359 - 08/03/13 08:42 PM

Another night is here. It's 8:35 P.M., the sky is clear so lets HOPE.

Fred


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ben2112
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Reged: 07/12/12

Loc: North Charleston SC
Re: Tonight, Tonight new [Re: hamdul]
      #6005364 - 08/03/13 08:45 PM

Well.. Don't be inside on the net, get that scope outside and cooling down.

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CelestronDaddy
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Reged: 08/22/09

Re: Tonight, Tonight new [Re: hamdul]
      #6005429 - 08/03/13 09:31 PM

Hope it stays clear for you It about 8:30 CST and it is 97 deg outside and a few clouds. Doesn't look good for viewing but I'll wait a little longer. Hope you all get some good sky...

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AstroTatDad
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Reged: 04/22/13

Loc: Los Angeles - San Diego
Re: Tonight, Tonight new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #6005474 - 08/03/13 10:02 PM

Hope it stays clear for you, our dark site trip got put off this evening because of clouds. But... here it is 7:00pm here and it's starting to clear. so hope to get sometime in here at home at least.

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CelestronDaddy
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Reged: 08/22/09

Re: Tonight, Tonight new [Re: AstroTatDad]
      #6005480 - 08/03/13 10:06 PM

Just went out and it will be a no go for me. Clouds have increased so moving my stuff back in off porch. Hope you guys fair better...

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hopskipson
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Reged: 06/24/10

Loc: Queens, New Yawk, Light pollut...
Re: Tonight, Tonight new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #6006371 - 08/04/13 06:08 PM

Sometimes you have to be patient, lucky or both. I went to my "dark" site a few weeks back. It started off clear and then the clouds started to roll in. It was after midnight and I was going to pack it in. I went inside and grabbed a cold one and just sat back for around 30 minutes and it cleared in different parts of the sky until it fully cleared around 1 a.m.

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CelestronDaddy
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Reged: 08/22/09

Re: Tonight, Tonight new [Re: hopskipson]
      #6006427 - 08/04/13 06:48 PM

James sounds like it cleared up for you! I did go back out with some binoculars (7X35 from the 60's) and caught a few nice views in Sagittarius and Scorpio. I went back inside after there were less frequent breaks in the clouds. I'm not sure what it will be tonight. I hadn't planned setting up since it's back to work in the morning. Maybe next weekend will be good and we also have the Perseids to consider!

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Greyhaven
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Loc: Greater downtown Maine
Re: Tonight, Tonight new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #6006579 - 08/04/13 08:38 PM

Should be good tonight. Just had some serious thunder showers pass about 2hrs. ago skies are now full of cool dry Canadian air temps 75f RH 44% and dew point 57.5f. I can hardly wait to see what will go wrong. Hope you have a good evening. Time to roll the roof back dim the lights and wait.
Be Well
Grey


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CelestronDaddy
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Re: Tonight, Tonight new [Re: Greyhaven]
      #6006662 - 08/04/13 09:28 PM

Good luck Grey...

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Greyhaven
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Reged: 05/11/04

Loc: Greater downtown Maine
Re: Tonight, Tonight new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #6007745 - 08/05/13 02:39 PM

Yes,things went well. I managed a half dozen image sets. Even managed a couple of new galaxy images although their quality was far from ready for public consumption they were captured,( M 051 and M101) Plus M057,Albireo,and M031 were as good as the 5i can do . Temps dropped to mid 60's and humidity stayed reasonably low. I woke the old 5i up from a 3 day hibernation and alignment was spot on. I hope others had fun last night also.
Be Well
Grey


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nodalpoint
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Reged: 06/03/13

Loc: FEMA camp
Re: Tonight, Tonight [Re: Greyhaven]
      #6007751 - 08/05/13 02:43 PM

Great skies last night with a bright Milky Way! That lasted until about 11:30 when clouds rolled in, so maybe an hour or so of decent dark sky... Spent most of that time on Saturn while I have the chance.

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CelestronDaddy
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Reged: 08/22/09

Re: Tonight, Tonight [Re: nodalpoint]
      #6007923 - 08/05/13 04:26 PM

Glad you all got scope and imaging time!

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Greyhaven
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Reged: 05/11/04

Loc: Greater downtown Maine
Re: Tonight, Tonight [Re: nodalpoint]
      #6008273 - 08/05/13 08:23 PM

Once more into the breach go the photon hunters.
Clear skies 72f 39% RH dew point 39f
I'm trying for m101 and M051 again tonight. Just want to see if my 5i can do it. Still 45 minutes or so until dark enough to check out alignment ect.
Be Well
Grey


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Greyhaven
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Reged: 05/11/04

Loc: Greater downtown Maine
Re: Tonight, Tonight new [Re: Greyhaven]
      #6009793 - 08/06/13 04:04 PM Attachment (4 downloads)

Well I pushed my little Nexstar 5i pretty far last night.
I got M051, M101,M031 and M39 a small cluster in Cygnus. M039 is a single 15 sec@ISO1600.
I know my processing needs a lot of work but I am pleased.
Be Well
Grey
M051


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Greyhaven
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Reged: 05/11/04

Loc: Greater downtown Maine
Re: Tonight, Tonight new [Re: Greyhaven]
      #6009796 - 08/06/13 04:06 PM Attachment (4 downloads)

M101

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