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#1 sabersix

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Posted 07 May 2021 - 06:40 PM

I made it to the Plano TX area this weekend.  I brought my telescope along, is there anyplace I can go and set up nearby?  Maybe an hour or twos drive?



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Posted 07 May 2021 - 10:17 PM

I’ve never been, but try Meridian State Park. Night sky photos show it as a fairly dark location. I’ll make a rough estimate as Bortle Class 4, if transparency is decent.

Of course, if you’re willing to set up along the side of a random dirt road and don’t need facilities, you can find skies equally dark with less drive. Look for the “county roads” on maps and just don’t cross any private property or “No Trespassing” lines
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Posted 07 May 2021 - 11:16 PM

good skies around here (currently closed):

https://www.3rf.org/

 

copper breaks park was reasonably dark

https://tpwd.texas.g...s/copper-breaks

 

not sure if this is past your mileage limit...

 

heading north on preston, past gunter, can get dark

 

good luck!


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Posted 08 May 2021 - 12:28 PM

Totally non astronomy related, but if you want to see something different, go to Bicycle Evolution in Plano.  They are the only North American dealer in velomobiles--streamlined, reclined bicycles that look like a torpedo.  They are significantly faster and much more comfortable than regular bicycles, and an absolute hoot to ride if you like to ride fast.  Notice my user name.

 

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Posted 08 May 2021 - 12:50 PM

Any tips on nearby locations heading West? I'm thinking spots a little past Texas motor speedway.

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Posted 08 May 2021 - 02:06 PM

@sabersix your choice for tonight may depend more on the weather: it looks hit and miss. Do you know how to get to websites that show you detailed visible satellite loops, as well as forecasts from the various weather models (not just one)?

 

If not let me know and I can post some here but I’m at work so it may be a while


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Posted 08 May 2021 - 02:25 PM

@sabersix your choice for tonight may depend more on the weather: it looks hit and miss. Do you know how to get to websites that show you detailed visible satellite loops, as well as forecasts from the various weather models (not just one)?

 

If not let me know and I can post some here but I’m at work so it may be a while

Please feel free to post, I'm always looking for more sources as well.

 

Currently I'm using https://www.cleardar.../Dallaskey.html and https://weather.cod....orbar=undefined



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Posted 08 May 2021 - 04:34 PM

Satellite loop: https://www.star.nes...OCOLOR&length=2

For forecasts I use https://weather.us

Click on the 3 lines, then forecast then HRRR

That takes you to the HRRR computer model

To find “cloud cover” go to “Parameters”

To change the computer model go to “change model”

Good luck

By the way I think clear sky clock uses the GFS model but I’m not sure

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Posted 08 May 2021 - 05:05 PM

Wow.  I love you guys.  I ended up not going out due to winds and cloud cover.  I just didnt want to go to the trouble of driving, unloading setting up to have it be waste of time.  Call me lazy.  I am.

 

Next weekend I will be in Missouri and know a few more spots I can visit, hopefully I will have clear skies.....

 

Sean



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Posted 08 May 2021 - 08:18 PM

hi cucubits - is this was for me, i'm not too familiar with that area. looking at the map, heading towards bridgeport or decatur should be decent

might check the map here:

https://darksitefind...maps/world.html

 

Any tips on nearby locations heading West? I'm thinking spots a little past Texas motor speedway.


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Posted 10 May 2021 - 07:21 AM

Wow.  I love you guys.  I ended up not going out due to winds and cloud cover.  I just didnt want to go to the trouble of driving, unloading setting up to have it be waste of time.  Call me lazy.  I am.

 

 

Yeah, even if it is clear I won't bother setting up somewhere if it is too windy. 


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Posted 10 May 2021 - 02:54 PM

Wow.  I love you guys.  I ended up not going out due to winds and cloud cover.  I just didnt want to go to the trouble of driving, unloading setting up to have it be waste of time.  Call me lazy.  I am.

 

Next weekend I will be in Missouri and know a few more spots I can visit, hopefully I will have clear skies.....

 

Sean

Sorry it didn't work out for you.

I remember driving up just past Plano fr. Dallas to watch a meteor shower when I was in grad school down there. Wasn't really into astronomy much back then, just a sucker for news hype about event.


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