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joaoba
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Re: Great Winter Skies new [Re: Sonomajfk]
      #6307741 - 01/12/14 09:49 AM

We've had clouds for a week or so, but yesterday it snowed sideways for about an hour, then cleared beautifully around 9PM. I stayed out to watch Io pass in front of Jupiter, then watched its shadow as long as I could stand the cold. Also caught a few cluster in the big dog, and split a few stars in Orion. It was a great night despite the cold.

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hfjacinto
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Re: Great Winter Skies new [Re: joaoba]
      #6307758 - 01/12/14 10:00 AM

Supposed to be clear tonight and around 30* so I am going to the local community college around 7PM so some lunar and bright objects.

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payner
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Re: Great Winter Skies new [Re: hfjacinto]
      #6308476 - 01/12/14 04:02 PM

Hey, that sounds like a nice evening brewing. I hope you get to enjoy the evening under the stars.

Best,
Randy


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OrdinaryLight
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Re: Great Winter Skies new [Re: payner]
      #6313775 - 01/15/14 07:16 AM

Last night we had rain but this morning I looked out the window at 4:45 and saw it was clear and 32F so I went out to spend about an hour enjoying Mars and Saturn until the sky brightened with the dawn.

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Re: Great Winter Skies new [Re: OrdinaryLight]
      #6313809 - 01/15/14 07:52 AM

Love open clusters in Winter. Many open clusters in Puppis, Monoceros, Auriga, and Canis Major. Some everywhere as M45, M44, M35, etc. M93 is real nice open cluster!

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Re: Great Winter Skies new [Re: Illinois]
      #6313893 - 01/15/14 08:55 AM

Weather report is calling for "Very Good" astronomical viewing this weekend.....So, if you're in the Denver area....oh, and Daytime temps in the high 50s, lows in the high 20s......FINALLY!!!!

and did I mention my wife will be away visiting family? Somebody call weather central, there's been an obvious mistake (although it is full moon time).


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gene 4181
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Re: Great Winter Skies new [Re: hfjacinto]
      #6314389 - 01/15/14 01:15 PM

second half of january always seem to give us some clear night skies. i got to say those photo's are really nice. i don't know that i'd have the patience for it. nice work

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Kraus
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Re: Great Winter Skies new [Re: gene 4181]
      #6314498 - 01/15/14 01:58 PM


Yes, yes, yes I love my winter skies.

Last night, I watched Ganymede peek out from behind Jupiter's shadow.

Messier 42 was lacking. I reckon the near-full moon can destroy even the Great Orion nebula.

Sunday evening I watched Io go behind Jupiter. Hours earlier Herr Joaoba saw her fly across Jupiter. Pretty neat.

My little niece is at the house this evening so no telescope for uncle Tim.


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OrdinaryLight
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Re: Great Winter Skies new [Re: Kraus]
      #6331574 - 01/23/14 10:20 PM

Excellent seeing tonight combined with my first use of a binoviewer to give amazing views of Jupiter and the GRS. The planet was the largest and clearest I've seen it. Due to the binoviewer I'm not sure of the actual mag but based on the size of the planet I'm guessing somewhere between 160-180x. During glimpses of clear seeing the views were close to photographic.

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kcb
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Re: Great Winter Skies new [Re: OrdinaryLight]
      #6331680 - 01/23/14 11:39 PM

hi,
i was out tuesday night and jupiter was a nice pleasant surprise through my 6'' refractor,GRS was a delightful near reddish hue,as for tonight which is thursday i just finished up on some great winter nebulae through my 22'' reflector on frigid georgian bay ontario canada,nebulae ic 410,abell 21 (medusa nebula)it is a huge gaseous planetary at 615'',ngc 2237 (rosette nebula )star cluster surounded by a wreath of delicate detail,ngc 2174 nice round emission nebula with embedded stars, ic 443 super nova remnant was a wisp of star stuff,ngc 2359 emission nebula in canis major is very bright and detailed,more details pop out with extended observations,ngc 2371-2 in gemini was a double lobed planetary with central star easily visible and the transparency for the frigid canadian winter skies was excellent,i am fortunate to live very close to the worlds first dark sky reserve,torrance barrens,wishing clear skies to all,and although the sky was excellent transparency it comes at a price of cold arctic air but for views like tonight thats what dreams are made of,k.c


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OrlandoMatt
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Re: Great Winter Skies new [Re: kcb]
      #6332336 - 01/24/14 11:05 AM

What camera were you shooting those moon shots with, those are beautiful.

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hfjacinto
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Re: Great Winter Skies new [Re: OrlandoMatt]
      #6332358 - 01/24/14 11:14 AM

The great winter skies started sucking.

Last time I was out was the 13th. Last night was 3*.

This weather sucks and is going to still suck for another week.


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sickfish
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Re: Great Winter Skies new [Re: hfjacinto]
      #6332381 - 01/24/14 11:28 AM

Was out Wed the 22nd from 8:00 to 10:00 9 degrees slight wind way too cold my hand controller froze up

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vismundcygnus
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Re: Great Winter Skies new [Re: davebuechler]
      #6332492 - 01/24/14 12:19 PM

I bet you get some nice skies over at the gorge! That is one of my all time favorite places. Glad to hear about some other KY observers too. Christmas Eve was a very clear night and so we all went out to take some peeks through my 50mm scope with a 40mm plossl for low mag. I was able to share some stuff with my fiancee's son, and he got a kick out of it all (he's 8).

It seems like most of the clear nights that we have seen lately have been unexpected. The weather will say it will be cloudy and I get home and the sky is clear. But it has also been between 0-15 degrees for those nights, so binos are about my only choice, though I have am still learning some of the constellations so naked eye is nice too. I have spent most of my time checking out M41-45, and scanning the area in and around the big dipper.

Next time I go to the gorge I want to bring my scope. One of the things that got me into astronomy was the fact that I have been camping so many times and seen so many stars but did not know what they were.


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davebuechler
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Re: Great Winter Skies new [Re: vismundcygnus]
      #6333038 - 01/24/14 03:56 PM

Vismundcygnus,

The great winter skies blessed us again last night. While not the best we've had, transparency was above average (7 ish+) and seeing about average. Darn cold though at 0 for the low. I spent an hour or so, off and on, looking at the new SN and seeing a bit more details in M82 than I recalled previously having seen but it was 3 degrees so I didn't stray too far from the wood stove.

There are some great horizons in the gorge and plenty of dark skies but accessibility can be an issue. Pack light and you can find some great spots!

Pm me next time you come this way and I can offer some suggestions.


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Re: Great Winter Skies new [Re: hfjacinto]
      #6333055 - 01/24/14 04:02 PM

Quote:


This weather sucks and is going to still suck for another week.






but its suppose to be nice feb. 9th.


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hfjacinto
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Re: Great Winter Skies new [Re: Pinbout]
      #6333078 - 01/24/14 04:10 PM

Quote:

but its suppose to be nice feb. 9th.




Actually I'm not in NJ part of February, it will be totally clear and 50*


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Re: Great Winter Skies new [Re: hfjacinto]
      #6333273 - 01/24/14 05:30 PM

Well here in NC the skies have been crystal clear all day, but only a high of 28*. Just checked the Clear Sky Chart and I have a 5/5 on transparency and a 3/5 on seeing.

I guess I'll have to take out one of my grab scopes, but too cold to do any serious observing when it get's into the teens.

Wish it was 40* with that kind of transparency....oh well!


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Re: Great Winter Skies new [Re: REC]
      #6343071 - 01/29/14 12:50 PM

OMG

I've got blue bars and in the usa map I'm in the green.

http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/montclair-nj/07042/astronomy-weather/339505



16*


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hfjacinto
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Re: Great Winter Skies new [Re: Pinbout]
      #6344245 - 01/29/14 10:43 PM

I just came in from outside, yep its cold but the sky is beautiful.

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