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Sean Lee

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Weeks of clouds, what to do?
« on: December 28, 2017, 09:24:04 PM »
So since late October my night has been littered with clouds that won't go away. I may have had a minor window on the 11th, but other than that, it's been cloudy for at least 2 weeks. This is making me feel jealous of all those people who get to experience clear nights on a regular(-ish) basis. What do I do then? Is it possible for me travel to a zone with more clear nights? Or do I simply need to wait for the clouds to clear up for me? Any suggestions and ideas are appreciated. I hope the clouds break one day. Clear moonless skies to you.



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Re: Weeks of clouds, what to do?
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2017, 03:36:40 AM »
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Is it possible for me travel to a zone with more clear nights?

Where are you?

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Re: Weeks of clouds, what to do?
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2017, 04:21:12 PM »
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Clear moonless skies to you.

You could spend some time reading up on our nearest neighbor, the elephant in the room, our Moon.  In this day of age it seems to be an acquired taste. In the past, it was something to be observed and studied. If you don't have good optics or don't collimate your telescope, lunar observing will not be an enjoyable experience for you . With sharp optics and an appreciation of whats in the center of the eyepiece, you can take advantage of what the Moon has to offer.  Observing the Moon, you will not only continue to enjoy deep sky, but you can get 50% more observing time and wish us all, "Clear <strike>moonless</strike> skies".

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Re: Weeks of clouds, what to do?
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2017, 07:12:23 AM »
Well let`s see:
1. Re-read "Turn Left at Orion"
2. Search the web to look at pictures of beautiful telescopes and other equipment that you find yourself lusting after.
3. Look up to the sky and go "oh come ON enough with the clouds already!"
4. Read tons of posts here in CN.

Just going by my experience

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Re: Weeks of clouds, what to do?
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2018, 08:58:04 AM »
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So since late October my night has been littered with clouds that won't go away. I may have had a minor window on the 11th, but other than that, it's been cloudy for at least 2 weeks. This is making me feel jealous of all those people who get to experience clear nights on a regular(-ish) basis. What do I do then? Is it possible for me travel to a zone with more clear nights? Or do I simply need to wait for the clouds to clear up for me? Any suggestions and ideas are appreciated. I hope the clouds break one day. Clear moonless skies to you.
That depends where you live. In the Eastern U.S., cloud cover is much the same all the way from the Great Plains to the Atlantic. It's a long, long drive to anywhere clearer.In Washington State, a 2-hour drive gets you from areas with almost constant cloud cover to areas where it's very likely to be clear.

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Re: Weeks of clouds, what to do?
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2018, 11:00:47 PM »
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So since late October my night has been littered with clouds that won't go away. I may have had a minor window on the 11th, but other than that, it's been cloudy for at least 2 weeks. This is making me feel jealous of all those people who get to experience clear nights on a regular(-ish) basis. What do I do then? Is it possible for me travel to a zone with more clear nights? Or do I simply need to wait for the clouds to clear up for me? Any suggestions and ideas are appreciated. I hope the clouds break one day. Clear moonless skies to you.

That depends where you live. In the Eastern U.S., cloud cover is much the same all the way from the Great Plains to the Atlantic. It's a long, long drive to anywhere clearer.
In Washington State, a 2-hour drive gets you from areas with almost constant cloud cover to areas where it's very likely to be clear.
True....but in western Washington, in order to get to the eastern part, you still have to battle the snowy mountains and the nutty drivers who think that they know how to drive in the snow just 'cause they are driving either an SUV or a car with AWD and usually driving too fast and with no traction tires or chains.

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Re: Weeks of clouds, what to do?
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2018, 12:17:51 AM »
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Move to Arizona.

Worked for me.

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Re: Weeks of clouds, what to do?
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2018, 04:12:51 PM »
A blanket of clouds that had lasted a week just lifted from about 12:30 to 2:30 am so I finally got to sneak out.

My advice is to shop for new gear and read CN!

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Re: Weeks of clouds, what to do?
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2018, 10:10:51 PM »
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You could spend some time reading up on our nearest neighbor, the elephant in the room, our Moon.  In this day of age it seems to be an acquired taste. In the past, it was something to be observed and studied. If you don't have good optics or don't collimate your telescope, lunar observing will not be an enjoyable experience for you . With sharp optics and an appreciation of whats in the center of the eyepiece, you can take advantage of what the Moon has to offer.  Observing the Moon, you will not only continue to enjoy deep sky, but you can get 50% more observing time and wish us all, "Clear <strike>moonless</strike> skies".
Guilty as charged. Being a deep-space dob guy, I loathed the presence of our nearest neighbor, as it would wash out the skies for nearly half the month. Plus, I'm thinking who would want to stare at a big, dead, lifeless rock?

But having just purchased a 90mm mak a few weeks ago, I've done a 180 on my feelings toward ol' Luna. And you're 100% correct on doubling my time at the eyepiece. Lots of things to look for, especially as the terminator moves across the face each night.

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Re: Weeks of clouds, what to do?
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2018, 12:10:37 PM »
Here in Ohio we can go all winter without a clear evening. We average about 50 clear nights a year. Ugh.

Imaging can be a big help. I don't mean imaging as in spending hours and hours and hours imaging one target with equipment that costs a kajillion dollars, but using a camera to observe with in near real-time with modest equipment and to grab a decent number of images (32ish) for later processing. When the weather is clear, but not comfortable to be outside, I image/observe from inside my house. When the weather is nice, I'm out at the scope. This way I can take full advantage of every observing opportunity from the comfort of my back yard.We're in a cloudy stretch right now and I've still got a fair backlog of images on my computer to process and some photometric images (variable stars) to go over. If I run out of those I'll start to work organizing my stuff and reading.

If nothing else, there's always Cloudy Nights!

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Re: Weeks of clouds, what to do?
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2018, 05:21:54 PM »
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Plus, I'm thinking who would want to stare at a big, dead, lifeless rock?

But having just purchased a 90mm mak a few weeks ago, I've done a 180 on my feelings toward ol' Luna. And you're 100% correct on doubling my time at the eyepiece. Lots of things to look for, especially as the terminator moves across the face each night.

My plan in terms of dealing with cloudy/rainy/polluted/dusty nights is a bit like that: maximize my opportunities by:
1. Watching the moon and loving it
2. Watching the sun as well, which opens up the day.

This is why I plan on getting a 90mm mak as well eventually (probably that virtuoso motorized mount), which comes with a solar filter. It´s hard to resiste the allure of a 90mm Mak, in particular if one reads CN forums a lot.

In the meantime, there´s always reading about our hobby, never gets boring. Oh, and planning what we´ll do once the skies finally open up.

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Re: Weeks of clouds, what to do?
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2018, 07:01:39 AM »
Patience is a virtue. Just wait--then on the first clear night, pounce.

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Re: Weeks of clouds, what to do?
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2018, 06:10:02 AM »
You got the idea Jene.

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Re: Weeks of clouds, what to do?
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2018, 12:08:11 PM »
Well, you could order me an eyepiece and pay for it and have it shipped to me, thereby avoiding the curse......

......its a social sacrifice I'm willing to make.......and its a win/win....I get a new eyepiece and clouds, you get clear skies for awhile.....

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Re: Weeks of clouds, what to do?
« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2018, 02:18:52 PM »
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Well, you could order me an eyepiece and pay for it and have it shipped to me, thereby avoiding the curse......

......its a social sacrifice I'm willing to make.......and its a win/win....I get a new eyepiece and clouds, you get clear skies for awhile.....


Here ya go... http://i.ebayimg.com...rlUwW0p/$_1.JPG