While doing my mornin' scrollin' (through social media/blogs/etc) I saw a post about NEOWISE being 1 year ago and being this awesome spectacle. It reminded me of trying to spot it past its prime on my old apartment roof, and just barely finding it with my binoculars, not having my MOD3 in hand yet to spot it that way.
It made me think, sheesh, I haven't gotten out to use the NV this summer yet. It's Milky Way season... what am I doing? I really should make at least 1-2 trips to a club dark site to make good use of the expensive but awesome investment I've made.
The problem, as I'm sure you're all aware, is the smoke from the wildfires out west and in Canada. NV is really affected by transparency and I feel like it would be a waste to plan a drive to a dark site when it will likely still be covered by a thin smoke/haze layer.
Has anyone else felt a bit defeated by the smoke?