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David Pee

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Just Realized Humidity Stinks
« on: December 29, 2017, 02:54:29 AM »
Hey All,

Well as you all know i'm pretty knew to this and my learning continues, went out to my "quasi" dark location last night, it was still about 85 degrees out and humid, around 9:30 as i was looking into the sky i realized how lousy the night sky was in regards to eye view on stars and I realized that my night forays from now until October will be severely limited, after 12 years in VA, i know the pattern, 4 to 7 days of high humidity followed by a t-storm then 1.5 - 2 days of dry warmth then back to humidity, rinse and repeat until October. So with the 1.5-2 days of prime viewing every 5-7 days factoring work weeks and late sunsets, i'm basically hosed.. LOL.

Oh well i guess you all had to learn your locations patterns, i just wanted to vent. LOL

Thanks All!



Henry Edward

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Re: Just Realized Humidity Stinks
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2017, 03:13:57 AM »
Yeah, Virginia can be sweaty, but it's got some beautiful scenery!

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Re: Just Realized Humidity Stinks
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2017, 12:03:43 PM »
Here in Texas, I have found that there are no patterns... I just look out side if I have the time available... the flow chart for observing looks like this...

Walk outside at dusk >>> Can I see stars?>>>> Yes >>>> Setup scope or scopes >>>> Enjoy!
                                        No >>>>> Go back inside >>>> Watch TV or read a book >>> End loop.

I wish it looked like this....

Do I have to work tonight? >>>>> No >>>>> Setup scope or scopes >>> Enjoy!
                           Yes >>>>> End loop.

We live with what the sky gods give us...

Best regards and clear DARK skies!

CB

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Re: Just Realized Humidity Stinks
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2017, 06:03:55 PM »
What are these stars you speak of?

I seem to remember my scope getting wet a few years ago....the high desert has its benefits....but the cost is temps that drop like a rock when the big shiney thing turns off....Colorado, where the weather reprt says high of 70 with 6"of snow by morning...and you think nothing of it.

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Re: Just Realized Humidity Stinks
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2018, 09:58:29 AM »
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Walk outside at dusk >>> Can I see stars?>>>> Yes >>>> Setup scope or scopes >>>> Enjoy!
                                        No >>>>> Go back inside >>>> Watch TV or read a book >>> End loop.

That's my routine too. Sometimes I'll take a peek at about 11:30, and if all is clear.....

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Re: Just Realized Humidity Stinks
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2018, 02:11:12 PM »
Astronomy, it ain't convenient ,  ,

John Abreu

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Re: Just Realized Humidity Stinks
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2018, 05:03:57 PM »
Here in RSA (JHB) never had a problem with dew with a reflector but MCT and Maks are the worst and they dont give you a dew shield when you purchase one!

Jerry Gilbert

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Re: Just Realized Humidity Stinks
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2018, 01:07:19 AM »
You can sometimes get amazing views of the planets when it is humid. Diffuse objects suffer the most.

Lamar Davies

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Re: Just Realized Humidity Stinks
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2018, 06:08:34 AM »
Agreed. Its been pretty humid here in Maryland. Humidity stinks, bugs suck your blood, scope dews up and sky looks hazy. This is the time when I pack up my scope and take it out in late August. Spring is the time for me to enjoy the outdoors. Nature's finest dispaly on blossoms, birds and flowers.

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Re: Just Realized Humidity Stinks
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2018, 08:40:44 AM »
Of course, the dry nights line up with the full Moon.......
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Re: Just Realized Humidity Stinks
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2018, 08:53:29 AM »
It gets pretty humid here in AZ during our late summer monsoon. It can also be in the mid to high 90°F range untill midnight or so. Not exactly pleasant observing conditions lol.
Of course, that time of year can frequently have hours and hours of very good seeing after midnight if you get away from all the concrete in the city. Some of my best nights ever have been in august when I have driven out past Madera canyon or Mt. Hopkins (S. of Tucson) to set up, then slept untill 1am and started observing once it cooled down a bit. Nothing quite like waking up under a sky with so many stars that you don't immediately recognize the constellations.
Jeremy

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Re: Just Realized Humidity Stinks
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2018, 08:51:00 AM »
Hey I live 15 min from Richmond Va.just inside the Goochland line and tonight seams to be a little lower on humidity so I was thinking about heading to a darker area Leaks Mill park and taking a shot if the clouds stay away. Ive had my scope Orion Skyquest 8" about 2 weeks and am completely new, the weather was so nice up to the day my new scope came then it rained for a week strait lol.

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Re: Just Realized Humidity Stinks
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2018, 04:10:34 AM »
Heya,

Humidity really is a bear. It's my #2 enemy, second only to cloud cover, here in Florida. Humidity often hits 99% at night, early, and that means ambient temperature becomes the dew point. So easily 65F to 85F is dew point and everything is saturated by 10~11pm. I run heaters full blast on my objectives no matter what, it's the only way not to get shut down by the humidity. The only time I don't have humidity to fool with is during the day when I'm doing solar work, but the seeing is much worse during the day, and the clouds are relentless it seems lately.

Very best,

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Re: Just Realized Humidity Stinks
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2018, 03:53:12 AM »
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Hey I live 15 min from Richmond Va.just inside the Goochland line and tonight seams to be a little lower on humidity so I was thinking about heading to a darker area Leaks Mill park and taking a shot if the clouds stay away. Ive had my scope Orion Skyquest 8" about 2 weeks and am completely new, the weather was so nice up to the day my new scope came then it rained for a week strait lol.

So your to blame for the down turn in the weather, I was wondering who bought a new scope.

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Re: Just Realized Humidity Stinks
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2018, 01:51:29 AM »
<---duck's behind rock!