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#1 matt_astro_tx

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Posted 20 March 2023 - 07:08 AM

After an absolutely abysmal winter in Texas I am hopeful (but not believing it) that spring will be better.

 

They say misery loves company.

 

Discuss.


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Posted 20 March 2023 - 07:11 AM

Sorry, I bought some stuff in November πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
In Europe we had less than 10% clear skies, so hopefully spring and summer will excellent.
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Posted 20 March 2023 - 07:43 AM

Well, I am back in Zambia and there was no rainfall for the three weeks prior to our return.  But obviously arriving home with an EAF and a couple of filters changed that and we have had rains and clouds every night for over a week now as the entire ITCZ moved South due to these few astro items.  I managed to do 25mins on Carina and confirm the EAF worked (like a dream).  Super simple to fit and just worked right out of the box.  Rain season should be over sometime next month....    I hope so.  Apart from that 25mins on Carina I haven't imaged since November. 


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Posted 20 March 2023 - 08:21 AM

Matt, I am hopeful that spring will be better than winter was. It’s hard to imagine it being worse.


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Posted 20 March 2023 - 11:48 AM

Based on the WX forecast I am planning to go out to my SRO site this weekend. We will see if the forecast holds.  8^P

 

I was out there for a few days around the full moon to do some mowing and weed whacking and the sky was cloudy to partly cloudy the whole time I was there.  )^8

 

I need some quality dark sky time !!!!!


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Posted 20 March 2023 - 12:22 PM

Here in NJ it was crystal clear last night. Forecast for tonight is even better, so I left everything hooked up for a change!

Hope you guys get some of this niceness out there soon!
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#7 matt_astro_tx

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Posted 20 March 2023 - 01:05 PM

Matt, I am hopeful that spring will be better than winter was. It’s hard to imagine it being worse.

Yeah, it can't get any worse than zero clear nights.  That's what it felt like anyway.  I swear I've only setup my equipment three times since November 1st.


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Posted 20 March 2023 - 01:08 PM

After an absolutely abysmal winter in Texas I am hopeful (but not believing it) that spring will be better.

 

They say misery loves company.

 

Discuss.

Sorry...  but have plans to order some filters for the ASI533MC Pro and another drawer for the ZWO filter drawer setup.  So, that should be about a month ruined.  smile.gif


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Posted 20 March 2023 - 01:43 PM

Yeah, it can't get any worse than zero clear nights.  That's what it felt like anyway.  I swear I've only setup my equipment three times since November 1st.

I just checked.  I have 10 nights of data since Nov 1, and at least one of those nights was a complete waste.  



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Posted 20 March 2023 - 01:44 PM

Based on the WX forecast I am planning to go out to my SRO site this weekend. We will see if the forecast holds.  8^P

 

I was out there for a few days around the full moon to do some mowing and weed whacking and the sky was cloudy to partly cloudy the whole time I was there.  )^8

 

I need some quality dark sky time !!!!!

Let's hope the seeing is good this weekend!



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Posted 20 March 2023 - 10:28 PM

Snagged ~2.5 hours of very questionable data of the Leo Triplet last night before the clouds completely rolled in. This was my first time using the advanced sequencer and filter offsets. I like how you can loop through the LRGB unlike the simple sequencer (especially when you don't know when the clouds will come). 

 

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Posted 21 March 2023 - 12:25 AM

Did last night. 30 sec x 30min total.  Want do more hours. Too tired,went to bed. Brrr it was very cold 27* midnight.

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Posted 21 March 2023 - 11:31 AM

Snagged ~2.5 hours of very questionable data of the Leo Triplet last night before the clouds completely rolled in. This was my first time using the advanced sequencer and filter offsets. I like how you can loop through the LRGB unlike the simple sequencer (especially when you don't know when the clouds will come). 

 

Filter offsets are da bomb for mono camera.  Like you said, shoot whatever filters you want and keep looping through that without losing time refocusing for every filter.


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Posted 22 March 2023 - 11:53 PM

Used purchases of new gear don't count right? #fingerscrossed


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Posted 23 March 2023 - 06:14 AM

Used purchases of new gear don't count right? #fingerscrossed

Nah.  I don't think so.  We shall find out Friday!


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Posted 24 March 2023 - 06:27 AM

I haven't seen a clear sky in months. According to the forecast the next clear sky is gonna be December 31st 2112.
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Posted 24 March 2023 - 08:37 AM

So far, I’m seeing perfectly clear skies forecasted for tonight.

Now if I remember how to work the scope is a different story.
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Posted 24 March 2023 - 09:40 AM

I haven't seen a clear sky in months. According to the forecast the next clear sky is gonna be December 31st 2112.
lolol

Sorry for your plight Eric.  You know you're in good company though.  However, we too are forecasted to have clear skies tonight and tomorrow, albeit with poor seeing.  Alas its the whole cake and eat it too thing.



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Posted 24 March 2023 - 11:00 AM

albeit with poor seeing


Time to bust out the wide-field rig!
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Posted 24 March 2023 - 11:28 AM

What are y'all shooting tonight? I haven't decided yet.



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Posted 24 March 2023 - 12:45 PM

Time to bust out the wide-field rig!

That's all I have lol


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Posted 24 March 2023 - 12:46 PM

What are y'all shooting tonight? I haven't decided yet.

M101.  It's the largest galaxy in the sky and I'm only shooting at 287mm.  Galaxy season sucks for me.


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Posted 24 March 2023 - 01:23 PM



M101.  It's the largest galaxy in the sky and I'm only shooting at 287mm.  Galaxy season sucks for me.

That's why we have galaxy clusters

 

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Posted 24 March 2023 - 01:40 PM

After an absolutely abysmal winter in Texas I am hopeful (but not believing it) that spring will be better.

 

They say misery loves company.

 

Discuss.

Abysmal is the exact same word I use to describe this last year.  8^P


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Posted 24 March 2023 - 04:47 PM

That's why we have galaxy clusters

 

Yeah I'm not a fan.  Maybe that will change this year...




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