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Night and day rigs fill-up the astro-vacation

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#1 gnowellsct

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Posted 13 June 2021 - 10:35 PM

Most of us start with one scope.  We use it at night.  Sometimes after work, and sometimes extended observing sessions can occur on the weekends.   The views start an hour or two after sundown.  Earlier if the planets are favorably positioned.  Later, if not. 

 

If you have the luxury of a week off where you can stay at a dark site, the possibility opens up of night 'n' day viewing.

 

How does that work out?

 

On my last trip, 

 

Three nights out of seven were clear, two were very good, one was extraordinary.  Two five hour sessions and one six hour session.  16 hours total.  (It is June after all, nights are short, and my latitude is fairly high compared to much of the U.S.)

 

Solar observing:  We did about three hours on three separate days.  So nine hours total.   The sun was mind blowing the entire time.  Some people might get tired of it, but I don't.

 

Thus 25 hours both types of observing, 36% solar and 64% nocturnal.   As with my astro-vacation last year, solar viewing significantly filled out the available viewing time.

 

With increasing cloudcover (in the NE) and increasingly frequent huge smoke zones (I see Clear Sky Clock added a smoke bar) both contributing to decreased transparency solar h-alpha (and the other, more exotic filters)  diminishes the sense of futility that comes with a rained out or smoked out astro-vacation.  

 

At the same time, many solar rigs can be the basis of a solar configuration or a night configuration.  If the mount is all set up and polar aligned, it's an easier set up going from one rig to the other.  One is more likely to put on the night time scope to take advantage of a short predicted viewing window.  

 

Greg N

 

  

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted 14 June 2021 - 07:37 AM

Moving to Astro Clubs, Star Parties, Shows & Conferences.

 

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