Many Thanks Folks........
I'm also liking your amber EZ 'belt', and your burgundy NEZ barges. Nice colours!
The sky looked good here this morning too, but caught me napping (!) as the weather had been so wet and windy all weekend....
Regarding the seeing, I have given up looking at the jetstream, and the weather maps, I just tend to get outside and take whatever is there now.
Hi Chris....That amber cast in the EZ bears watching in case it deepens to the rich russet hue of the early 1960s. Over the years I have been hopeful in vain each time it deepened to the current level but never again caught it at that ‘60s level
Trying to get those hues on planets sort of became my main aim (sort of!); pretty much overriding seeking the very finest detail which became ingrained over the years – at the cost-of that even.
Before the ADC I was bracing myself to the prospect of the planets getting very low here and the atmospheric dispersion working against getting ‘colour-accuracy’ – a minefield at best.........As I said after trialing it “I’m a happy bunny”.
I’m similar-minded to you about forecasts and such: my continuing referring to jetstream forecasts etc. is now more in the vein of evaluating predicted/indicated vs observed. As to those sites giving seeing forecasts......well.......no chance of me bookmarking those.
If I had not the scope on hand practically ready to use at a moment’s notice I expect I would have a grudging reliance on the various predictions before committing to a lengthy journey. But I have to say I’m pretty sure my observing files would be reduced by some 30% or a deal more had I took forecasts at their word and not even bothered to look. In short I take a look and, depending on hunches, linger awhile or just keep checking regardless.
Have to say tho’ that the weather forecasts have been surprisingly near the mark so far this year – maybe they’re using a better batch of seaweed...... .