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#1 adiastra

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 05:44 PM

I live in Fort Collins Colorado. We boast 300 days of sunshine each year. This generally means that we also have clear evenings. At an elevation of 5000 ft you could probably guess that we have a beautiful view of the night sky . My Celestron nexstar 5 SE arrived just yesterday. See attached screenshot.

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#2 M11Mike

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 06:17 PM

You think you have it bad - try upstate NY.  

 

We're lucky if we have 100 clear nights a YEAR!!!

 

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 06:22 PM

Up here you can add 20 more days like that to the forecast and drop the temps by 20 to 30°, so pretty much OK to buy what you want when you want and not worry about it.    I have resisted as of late and still willing to be you'll bet able to get out before I can.  sct.pngfrown.gif  jd


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Posted 24 January 2020 - 06:22 PM

A lot of those partly cloudy nights should clear out after dark. Just keep your eyes open.

 

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#5 Ken Sturrock

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 07:06 PM

New equipment and a new moon is a deadly combination.

 

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 09:22 PM

We haven't had a clear evening here since December 25th. The long-term forecast calls for rain for the next 14 days. But if the weather gets me down, I think of Australia and things are quickly put back into perspective.


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#7 knUk23

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 09:47 PM

I'm in the same boat. I'm just getting into this whole astronomy thing and my new 8" dobsonian arrived about a week ago. Been cloudy or snowy every night since then, 2 week forecast is all more of the same, glad to know it's not just me lol.gif 



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Posted 24 January 2020 - 09:56 PM

I was wondering who's fault these New Moon clouds were.

 

I just sold a scope and somehow thought that had offended the cloud gods. Thank goodness it's still just purchases that trigger the curse. tongue2.gif 



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Posted 25 January 2020 - 02:05 AM

I got a new AR 127 at Haloween, and don't expect a clear night till March.



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Posted 25 January 2020 - 05:38 AM

Have you ever stopped to think that people who are not interested in astronomy never notice if it is cloudy or not.


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Posted 26 January 2020 - 12:08 PM

I'm in the same boat. I'm just getting into this whole astronomy thing and my new 8" dobsonian arrived about a week ago. Been cloudy or snowy every night since then, 2 week forecast is all more of the same, glad to know it's not just me lol.gif

Trying to do observations while on a boat doesn't make it easier jump.gif

 

Sorry, could not resist. Heavy clouds for months over here too.......



#12 jessebear

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 12:16 PM

So it's YOUR fault then! I didn't help by getting two new scopes a few weeks ago, but at least I got a few clear (COLD) nights with them out in GJ before the clouds rolled in. More clouds for the foreseeable future.

I spent an hour in my driveway trying to find Uranus with a new dob. Pretty sure the neighbor thought I was having a laugh when I explained what I was doing. Must remember to pronounce it like the real astronomers do next time.

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 02:55 PM

Ha! Try NE Indiana.
Shooting images on a rare perfect night and then high clouds roll by. You dont even see them until you post process!

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 04:40 PM

Trying to do observations while on a boat doesn't make it easier jump.gif

Now you tell me! foreheadslap.gif



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Posted 26 January 2020 - 07:50 PM

Winter in NE Ohio and I didn't even buy anything.

 

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 08:03 PM

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I live in Fort Collins Colorado. We boast 300 days of sunshine each year. This generally means that we also have clear evenings. At an elevation of 5000 ft you could probably guess that we have a beautiful view of the night sky . My Celestron nexstar 5 SE arrived just yesterday. See attached screenshot.

Now we know who's at fault for the crappy weather we've had since early December.

How could you! lol.gif


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Posted 26 January 2020 - 11:21 PM

Ditto what PNW said.

 

Since Thanksgiving (60 days), we have had one clear night.... Christmas.


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Posted 27 January 2020 - 01:15 AM

You think you have it bad - try upstate NY.  

 

We're lucky if we have 100 clear nights a YEAR!!!

 

M11Mike

100 a year?

 

I reckon in my part of the World it's been about a dozen in the last 12 months. 2019 was awful. So far in 2020 I have been out once and cloud rolled in within an hour. Forecast for the next seven days more cloud/rain.

 

But this coincides with a record few Hurricanes/Tropical Storms NOT making landfall in the USA. The remnants instead sweep up the Atlantic and are dumping their contents on Northern Europe. Climate Change is evidently real and it is manifesting in a myriad of ways.



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Posted 27 January 2020 - 09:04 AM

I was very lucky. My upgraded/cleaned scope was to be returned last Thursday, but showed up a day early. So I got one evening of viewing

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Posted 27 January 2020 - 09:56 AM

One reason for getting into solar is I have more observing opportunities during the weekends in the summer than I have during all the days in winter.



#21 Older Padawan

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Posted 27 January 2020 - 10:03 AM

I'm in Ft. Collins too and after reading the responses to your post I guess I won't complain too much. It has been a strange winter for viewing. Seems that each day we get teased with sunshine until 4 o'clock and then those pesky clouds roll in. Hopefully this pattern breaks soon. Clear Skies everyone



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Posted 27 January 2020 - 11:48 AM

Yes, and it doesn’t seem to matter what you buy! Whether a whole scope, or just an EP or a set of filters, the weather goes south. tongue2.gif



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Posted 27 January 2020 - 12:21 PM

Noah - 100 - I wanted to be on the "optimistic" end of the scale.

 

I only observe from April through October - just do not like observing in cold weather.

 

And I like DSO's.  So in 7 months - we have the moon out half the time.  Now we're down to 3.5 months x 30 ='s 105 and at least half are cloudy - so we have what - maybe 50 nights a year that are good.  And in the summer that's why I go out almost every clear night.

 

My guess is I went out 25 times in 2019.  Makes each night PRECIOUS!!!!   

 

M11Mike

 

PS: Then we still have problems with smoke, fog, mosquitoes, poor transparency due to higher humidity levels, etc.  How many nights a year are perfect???  3-5???  Those nights are MAGICAL!!!!  And worth waiting for.   




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