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#1 grif 678

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Posted 18 April 2021 - 11:23 AM

Now it is about time for thunderstorms to start up for the summer. I like it when the large thunderheads boil up high into the sky, just before it gets dark, with the puffy white glow to them. Then when it gets dark, my wide angle binoculars really deliver when looking at the lightning up close. Really, you do not need binoculars at all, it is a splendor with the naked eye. And the thunderstorm can be 100 or miles away, and you can still enjoy the flashes. Sometimes when we have what they call the "electrical storms", when lightning seems to never stop flashing, that is really a treat to watch after dark.


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Posted 18 April 2021 - 12:56 PM

I really want to see if I can spot a naked eye red sprite this year!

 

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Posted 18 April 2021 - 01:05 PM

I am glad for thunderstorm time... I can't wait to watch some roll in.


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Posted 18 April 2021 - 04:07 PM

We certainly get them around here. Have not tried observing them at night, but I might in the future. Thanks.



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Posted 18 April 2021 - 08:15 PM

This is not, repeat not, my picture, but I was in the vicinity when fellow member Alan Davis took it... Go to  https://www.astroash.../Light-Show.jpg You're unlikely to be disappointed.  It's looking more or less east from our club's mountaintop observatory one night a few years back.  I think that's my 9.25 Evolution in the foreground.

 

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Posted 18 April 2021 - 08:43 PM

Hoping to have some thunderstorm activity here in the desert this summer. Our so-called desert monsoon is usually pretty reliable for a light show, at least. (Now and then, it actually rains.) Last summer the storm season never really developed. It was depressing.



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Posted 19 April 2021 - 04:06 PM

This is not, repeat not, my picture, but I was in the vicinity when fellow member Alan Davis took it... Go to  https://www.astroash.../Light-Show.jpg You're unlikely to be disappointed.  It's looking more or less east from our club's mountaintop observatory one night a few years back.  I think that's my 9.25 Evolution in the foreground.

 

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   That's a nice photograph. Photography used to be a hobby of mine, so I had quite a few lightning photos until a scorned ex live-in ladyfriend burned them along with all my other stuff. A neighbor said "she must have loved you to do all that". I shook my head "doesn't look like love to me". 


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#8 jcj380

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Posted 20 April 2021 - 05:17 PM

The best one I've seen had "sheets" of lightning moving from cloud to cloud under the clouds.  Almost like looking at a river flowing but upside down.  That was pretty spectacular.


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Posted 21 April 2021 - 03:38 PM

Like these on a warm nite at my camp on the Ottawa River ! Looking NW from my dock !

 

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#10 LDW47

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Posted 21 April 2021 - 04:00 PM

One more !

 

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Posted 21 April 2021 - 10:18 PM

I love going over to the Florida Atlantic coast in the summer. Swaying in a hammock after a good dinner, watching the lightning clouds build up offshore, with a soft, salty breeze crossing by as I listen to the waves....
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Posted 22 April 2021 - 08:31 AM

This is not, repeat not, my picture, but I was in the vicinity when fellow member Alan Davis took it... Go to  https://www.astroash.../Light-Show.jpg You're unlikely to be disappointed.  It's looking more or less east from our club's mountaintop observatory one night a few years back.  I think that's my 9.25 Evolution in the foreground.

 

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A beautiful photo ! I have seen times when the lightening is all contained in one large cloud as it moves rather slowly along.



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Posted 22 April 2021 - 01:02 PM

I like when the lightning makes the clouds look purple!  I made some gifs from a video of our first thunderstorm about 10 days ago.  The flashing light in the window is due to the high frame rate I used when recording the video, 240fps I think it was.
 

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 01:06 PM

I like when the lightning makes the clouds look purple!  I made some gifs from a video of our first thunderstorm about 10 days ago.  The flashing light in the window is due to the high frame rate I used when recording the video, 240fps I think it was.
 

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Beautiful or maybe awesome !


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