I've been plagued with a thin veil of smoke or something over my skies last week plus in this bortle 3 zone.
May be because of fires . Just my DSO's do not pop and had only half the count of stars in the great square as on ordinary night, and reduced naked eye visibility of the stars around Ursa minor ect. Poor visibility of known naked eye dso's
Early on in session and after some great seeing and watching Europa begin to transit the disk of Jupiter- the planet suddenly appeared smeared as if someone had smeared the EP with something. Bright stars were smeared, Conditions were high 70s dry ,-and lite wind.
Both nights were about the same ,hazy and milky , I packed up early - my observing list was useless, so observed the brighter globs.
The sky kept tricking me into thinking it was going to clear up , but the fine structure and dark clouds in the MW and well as the great rift were poorly defined.
Any of you others had a similar recent New Moon experience here up this way in Northern Ca?
I did try here but doesn't shows clear for those two days / nights https://waqi.info/#/...5/-121.418/8.2z
Even Solar seems a tad hazy...
Edited by Stardust Dave, 03 September 2019 - 01:00 PM.