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Kyle Johnson

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What is your worst observing site?
« on: December 26, 2017, 09:16:10 AM »
A counterpart Subject to "your Favorite site" Subject

My worst site:

Lima, Peru.  About 340 days with clouds within the year.  Very dusty air (lot of dust and pollution from desert surrounding town).  Intense light pollution, making it nearly impossible to shoot any images even on these few days with no clouds.

Conclusion: ideal site for anti-astronomers.

You have a worse one?



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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2017, 08:13:39 PM »
My back yard during the the two or three weeks after I buy a fancy new piece of equipment!

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2017, 09:49:59 PM »
That's a variation of Murphy's Law. The amount of days before you get to use a new toy is proportional to the cost.
In my case almost any area within 50 miles of Wash.DC. Reason I now live in WV.

Stephen Artman

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2017, 10:10:34 PM »
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My back yard during the the two or three weeks after I buy a fancy new piece of equipment!

My back yard here in MI. Don't need to buy any equipment, it's been terrible for about 3 months. (or there's been a lot of guys buying stuff here in the last 3 months.)

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2017, 08:58:57 AM »
I once set up north of the Arctic Circle on a summer solstice. Never again!

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2017, 04:15:02 AM »
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(or there's been a lot of guys buying stuff here in the last 3 months.)
Somebody in the next town over got a full set of Ethoses for Christmas!

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2018, 08:53:35 AM »
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A counterpart topic to "your favourite site" topic

My worst site:

Lima, Peru. about 340 days with clouds over the year. Very dusty air (lot of pollution and dust from desert surrounding the city). Extreme light pollution, making it nearly impossible to take any pictures even on these few days without clouds.

Conclusion: perfect site for anti-astronomers.

You have a worse one?

An apartment complex where virtually every possible square inch of ground was bathed in unshielded sodium vapor light. Still managed to do some astronomy there. The next place was much better.

Warren Tucker

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2018, 05:10:29 PM »
My house in general. Fifty foot trees all along the south edge, fifteen bright house and street lights in the front, and in a red Bortle zone to boot. Even with all that it is better now than in the past. The city decided to take down two large ash trees in front because the Emerald Ash Borer is in town. At least now I can see the light grey sky in front with a few stars.

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2018, 07:19:45 AM »
My front and backyard. Most neighbors have their porchlight and floodlights on. Driving down the street reminds you of Halloween night.

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2018, 11:29:58 AM »
First one for me is my back yard. The guys next to me have a glass bottle and aluminum can recycling operation going during the night, with three flood lights a blazing. I tried reasoning w/ them a few years back, but I guess they thought their recycling stuff was more important. Second runner up, is my club was doing a school star party and we saw sprinkler heads and we all got really suspicious, but we were reassured that they were turned off. And guess what? About an hour after dark they all came on! Talk about panic, everyone picking their scopes up, or somehow covering them up, and scrambling for shelter.
David

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2018, 12:04:58 AM »
Here at home. Small yard with big oak trees. White zone. Floodlit church parking lot across the alley from the driveway observing location. SQM-L readings around 17.4. Under flight paths for 3 major airports. No saving grace, just a bad spot to observe. At least it's a pleasant place to live.

A few weeks ago I invited a Dallas police officer who was patrolling the alley to take a look in the eyepiece. She asked how I resisted taking out the floodlight on a pole 40' from my setup. I told her the Oklahoma dark site was the only antidote.

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2018, 06:43:11 AM »
I have two homes. Worst place is city home where SQM is 20.0 and it has cloudy, coastal weather often. Best place is country home where SQM is 21.8 to 22.0 and I get mostly year round dry, clear skies.

Jon Beckner

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2018, 06:10:17 PM »
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I'm pretty sure the universal answer to this question is going to be "my home" or some version of "my most convenient location"
Otherwise, why would anyone ever travel anywhere (for astronomical reasons) if it wasn't to reach better (by some objective or subjective measure) observing conditions?
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I decided to change "is" to "was" in order to make the question more interesting. My front yard observing site is worse than my backyard observing site, but not by much.

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2018, 11:08:56 AM »
Other than home it's one of my club's observing sites. I know some club members will read this who enjoy the site, and I'm not berating them, just the observing site. It is a state recreation area that we have a permit that lets us stay overnight. In the 90's it was pretty good, but urban sprawl has ruined it, at least for me, as it's a 45 minutes to an hour and 15 minutes drive to get there depending on traffic and the only thing better than my yard are the horizons.

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Re: What is your worst observing site?
« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2018, 01:52:38 AM »
Like most posting here, I would have to say my front yard, which falls under the dominion of a very bright and perfectly functional street light, along with my neighbor's (all of them) well placed and completely annoying flood lights... followed by my back yard with my southern exposure dominated by my neighbor's 2 story heat sink that starts giving up the thermals beginning at twilight and finally cooling just around sunrise... at least he doesn't have a flood in his back yard pointed in my direction...

But... it's all I got right now... it'll have to do...

Clear DARK skies guys!

CB