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#1 Pragmatist

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 06:48 AM

We have to be looking at at least 3 weeks now of continuous cloudy nights with 1 clear night. I might just take the Questar out of its case as I’ve forgotten what it looks like 😩😩😩



#2 Mike E.

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 07:14 AM

Know the feeling, same here in South Wales.


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#3 happylimpet

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 07:26 AM

We got a clear one last night in Southampton, and tonight will have a few hours too. But yeah, been bad last couple of weeks.


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Posted 09 January 2019 - 08:25 AM

No Better across the pond. Same thing here in Indiana..

 

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 08:40 AM

Same situation here in Norway. Not a single clear night since November. Blue sky during daytime, then the clouds or fog rolls in.

 

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 08:46 AM

Last night was clear here in South Buckinghamshire for the first time in about four weeks, so I went star cluster hopping like a mad man. Must've seen about 30 targets. I think the frictional heat from the setting circles kept the scope from dewing up!


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Posted 09 January 2019 - 11:09 AM

Similar situation here, with the occasional 10 minute clearing. Every now and then we're lucky to get an hour of clear skies. Looking forward to a great, clear night soon!

 

Talking about the power of grab-n-go instruments ready to observe at a moments notice ...


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Posted 09 January 2019 - 11:44 AM

Freezing cold and cloudy forever until May up here.


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#9 Dixie

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 01:42 PM

I feel your pain. Had nothing of note here in S Yorks since November. Hardly bother looking at the forecast anymore.
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#10 Pragmatist

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 04:37 PM

Selfishly glad it’s not just me suffering


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#11 happylimpet

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 04:51 PM

Its clear now!



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Posted 09 January 2019 - 05:46 PM

Wahoooo

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 06:12 PM

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Probably the  single longest stretch of inclement weather that I have ever experienced this time of year. Had one good night a week ago, and indeed it was exquisite. Spent three hours in the Virgo Cluster.

 

 Hopefully you’ll have some good nights coming up waytogo.gif


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Posted 10 January 2019 - 04:41 AM

Last night worked out pretty good in southampton. Not clear in Ipswich?

 

I grew up in Ipswich, and it still has darker skies than southampton.


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Posted 10 January 2019 - 10:03 AM

Suffering under an El Nino here in the states.  Muy malo for amateur astronomers who need clear skies.  Seeing is very poor also due to overhead jet stream.  Go away Nino.


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Posted 10 January 2019 - 02:28 PM

We have to be looking at at least 3 weeks now of continuous cloudy nights with 1 clear night. I might just take the Questar out of its case as I’ve forgotten what it looks like

 

From what I know about the weather in the UK it is amazing that great astronomical discoveries have come out of that region in the past. Well the weather was probably similar in centuries past, but there was less light pollution!


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Posted 10 January 2019 - 08:23 PM

Tom3,

 

You are absolutely spot-on.  If you ever get the chance, visit Birr Castle in Ireland, home of Lord Parson's Leviathan telescope.  This was the world's largest telescope from 1849 until 1917 (when the Hooker came on-line).  And it was built under Irish skies and accompanying "lovely" Irish weather.  Lady Parson often had to entertain visiting astronomers for weeks before they could get an observation...including JLE Dryer. I would attach a picture from a trip I took there, but can't figure out how to paste it to this message.

 

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 10:05 AM

When I had my 1981 BB coated Questar standard I spent many hours just studying the detail in George Washingtons face on a dollar bill or the perfect airy disk and diffraction ring on a Chrismas tree bulb filiment or ornament when the weather was not cooperative outdoors. crazy.gif  


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 03:44 PM

Low of 22*F - but looking to be clear tonight - finally !



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Posted 12 January 2019 - 06:16 PM

 

Tom3,

 

You are absolutely spot-on.  If you ever get the chance, visit Birr Castle in Ireland, home of Lord Parson's Leviathan telescope.  This was the world's largest telescope from 1849 until 1917 (when the Hooker came on-line).  And it was built under Irish skies and accompanying "lovely" Irish weather.  Lady Parson often had to entertain visiting astronomers for weeks before they could get an observation...including JLE Dryer. I would attach a picture from a trip I took there, but can't figure out how to paste it to this message.

 

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#21 Pragmatist

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 02:10 AM

Last night worked out pretty good in southampton. Not clear in Ipswich?

 

I grew up in Ipswich, and it still has darker skies than Southampton.The

The town is ok but you head out Stowmarket way ie Stonham Parva or Stonham Aspall and you can easily see the milky way. That's good enough for me.


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Posted 13 January 2019 - 01:46 PM

We have to be looking at at least 3 weeks now of continuous cloudy nights with 1 clear night. I might just take the Questar out of its case as I’ve forgotten what it looks like

Worst cloud weather in the N.E. U.S./Canada since 1986 and Halley's comet.  Back then, 3 solid months of clouds and not ONE clear day.  It's not quite that bad now, but it's bad.



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Posted 13 January 2019 - 02:40 PM

Geez, I'm getting depressed- reading this!!!!!!!!!!!cloudy.gif



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Posted 13 January 2019 - 08:47 PM

Tom3,

 

You are absolutely spot-on.  If you ever get the chance, visit Birr Castle in Ireland, home of Lord Parson's Leviathan telescope.  This was the world's largest telescope from 1849 until 1917 (when the Hooker came on-line).  And it was built under Irish skies and accompanying "lovely" Irish weather.  Lady Parson often had to entertain visiting astronomers for weeks before they could get an observation...including JLE Dryer. I would attach a picture from a trip I took there, but can't figure out how to paste it to this message.

 

Toxo

 

Am I the only one in this group that thinks that the Leviathan should be rebuilt with a purple tube with a star map on it? I know just the people who have undertaken this kind of thing before!

 

Loren


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