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Damon Brigham

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2018, 03:42:34 AM »
I went through all of the sites from which I've actually tried to do routine, serious observing and I was about to say, of course, my house where I grew up in Houston with Mag 3 skies....

....but then I remembered that in college, I routinely tried to do binocular observing just south of the Jester dorm at the University of Texas at Austin. It was, well, well-lit. That was a challenge, but I did end up getting my AL Lunar certificate from that location.

(I only observed from there during nights in which someone else had beat me to reserving the 9" refractor atop Painter Hall for the night, which was only a few minutes walk away from my dorm.)

Jason Meyer

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2018, 04:25:19 AM »
"my back yard" etc is not a valid response! It is missing a geographic location!

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2018, 06:02:04 AM »
Talledega Raceway. Club was invited to a Boy Scout Jamboree being held there. They kept the infield lights on to keep the kids off the track... like asking the wind not to blow. We set up tarps on the fence to make some shade and were able to see a surprisingly large number of objects.

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2018, 08:08:19 AM »
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"my back yard" etc is not a valid response! It is missing a geographic location!


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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2018, 04:34:05 PM »
Still wonder if Lima can be beaten

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #20 on: January 21, 2018, 12:42:27 AM »
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"my back yard" etc is not a valid response! It is missing a geographic location!

Says the guy who doesn't share his own location.

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #21 on: January 21, 2018, 02:56:03 AM »
My worst observing site was the front yard at my house in Holland. All the houses around me were 3 stories tall, lots of tall trees and there was a bright streetlight right in front of my house to the south. My neighbor was a paranoid cop who turned on EVERY light in his yard at night. Then, I had to deal with cloudy rainy weather most of the year. One time it started raining and snails were crawling on my eyepiece case. In the summer, there were less than 5 hours of darkness. I managed to get some OK views from the sheltered back yard sometimes, but the front yard was horrible for anything dimmer than Magnitude 4.

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #22 on: January 21, 2018, 03:56:34 AM »
It's not really "my" observing site, but we toured Iceland last September. After two weeks of very low clouds and rainy weather, it occurred to me that climate and latitude make Iceland possibly the worst observing location on the planet. The same southern current that moderates temperatures contributes year-round to cloudiness. For four months out of the year, it doesn't get dark enough to observe. When it's dark and clear, Northern Lights often brighten the sky considerably. Even in the rare instance that everything comes together, the southern horizon is at -25 degrees declination, so the Milky Way effectively ends before it reaches Sagittarius.

Best travel experience imaginable, but there's no concern that the island will sink into the ocean under the weight of observatories anytime soon.

Tom

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #23 on: January 25, 2018, 02:53:52 PM »
A couple.

NorthwestIndiana was one when I lived there.

The other is my back yard in Las Vegas, where I live now. A red, almost white zone.

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #24 on: January 25, 2018, 11:41:13 PM »
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My worst observing site was the front yard at my house in Holland. All the houses around me were 3 stories tall, lots of tall trees and there was a bright streetlight right in front of my house to the south. My neighbor was a paranoid cop who turned on EVERY light in his yard at night. Then, I had to deal with cloudy rainy weather most of the year. One time it started raining and snails were crawling on my eyepiece case. In the summer, there were less than 5 hours of darkness. I managed to get some OK views from the sheltered back yard sometimes, but the front yard was horrible for anything dimmer than Magnitude 4.


I.... I honestly can no longer complain about observing from my front yard anymore.

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #25 on: January 31, 2018, 01:34:47 AM »
I would be happy if I could observe from Iceland or Vegas.... they are perfect sites compared to Lima.

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #26 on: January 31, 2018, 03:16:54 AM »
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I would be happy if I could observe from Iceland or Vegas.... they are perfect sites compared to Lima.

You are in the Southern Hemisphere. There is more to see from there than from Vegas and especially from Iceland. Just pick a better spot nearby.

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #27 on: February 02, 2018, 07:11:12 PM »
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I would be happy if I could observe from Iceland or Vegas.... they are perfect sites compared to Lima.

You are in the Southern Hemisphere. There is more to see from there than from Vegas and especially from Iceland. Just pick a better spot nearby.
all "nearby" (up to 1000km) spots here have about 340 cloudy days.

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #28 on: February 08, 2018, 07:52:32 PM »
Of my regular observing sites, theyre all good. My San Diego backyard has plenty of light pollution (18.7 MPSAS overhead is a great night) but the seeing is quite good, often under 1 arc second.. And it's clear a good portion of the time.

The sight in the high desert is pretty dark (21.5 MPSAS over head on a good night) and it's clear most of the time.

Jon

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #29 on: February 08, 2018, 09:02:19 PM »
Aside from the center of any large city, that would be my driveway. My neighbor has an annoying flood light that I built a screen to block out, but I can't do much about the streetlight across from my house. Often the weather is too cloudy when I can observe to bother, and clear when I have to get up for work the next day.

Taras