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  • #6376
    Luka
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    I'm interested in this as well.  Given how cold it is, I'd pick Root River first.

    #6377
    darkskyjim
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    i could do Sat night…looks pretty good so far.

    #6378
    Jeff Newland
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    I think Friday is looking like a sure thing.  Maybe more partly cloudy Saturday..  So I'm pretty sure I will be heading out tonight.  Sounds like probably Root River tonight, Friday?

    #6379
    Luka
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    I hope to be there when it gets dark, but it might be a bit later. I want to hit up some Caldwell objects.

    #6380
    titanicrivers
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    Thinking tonight would be best as well Jeff.
    EDIT: Guess I will not be able to join you all.  Sorry.  Have a great night.  And I'll be unable tomorrow night as well.  Bummer!
    Bob

    #6381
    Jeff Newland
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    Hey Jim,  if you decide to head out somewhere on Saturday, post here and let us know.  I suppose I could perhaps do 2 days in a row.  :)

    #6382
    darkskyjim
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    will do Jeff.

    #6383
    Luka
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    Friday night was a great night for astronomy overall! There was no wind when I got there at 6:30. I set up my 16″ scope. This time I brought my RACI finder which was great, until it partly frosted over. I did manage to find some good targets. I found NGC 253(Silver Dollar galaxy) again. It lost quite a bit of detail between Eagle bluff and Root River Park. I looked nearby for a few more objects, but couldn't see them, despite being in the area. NGC 246 and NGC 247. It shows that aperture is no match for light pollution or skyglow.  I did observe some open clusters. NGC 663 in Cassiopeia was new to me. It has 8 pairs of stars that are prominently equal in magnitude and stick out. M35 and M37 were great. NGC 457 is always interesting. I definitely saw “Number 5 Johnny”  this time, as the “arms” matched it best.  I saw about a half dozen meteors, with one being a fast 1/2 second and first magnitude, a good 25? long and white.  Once it got up into the sky, I had to look at M42, and it was fantastic! I brought some binoculars and did see the Pleiades and NGC 253 in them as well as M31 and M33. Despite the light pollution, M31 showed more extension in binoculars than my big scope. There was frost to contend with, and the high humidity made the skyglow for Rochester a noticeable problem. I think some dew heaters will have to make the Christmas list.

    Overall another glorious night for astronomy.

    #6384
    Jeff Newland
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    So will it be clear on Friday or Saturday?  Might be a chance for observing this weekend.
    Is Eagle Bluff available? 

    #6385
    Jeff Newland
    Participant

    Right now, looks like Saturday may be the better of the two days.

    #6386
    Luka
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    I hope to go observing tomorrow(Sat), but I will be going to Root River TONIGHT, FRIDAY park for an hour or two, leaving at 8ish.

    #6387
    Jeff Newland
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    Luka, did you make it out last night? 
    This morning, I took a trip out to Root River and Keller to see what things look like.  Root River is plowed, but looked to be a little icy.  Keller isn't plowed, but everything is packed down, so it looks pretty good.  Keller is less slippery looking that Root River.

    #6388
    dh_meyer
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    What is the plan for Sat 12/21 ?

    #6389
    Luka
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    I was out for a while. It was plowed, and didn't seem too slippery to me. No ice cleats necessary.  I observed some old favorites, and enjoyed some binocular views.
    I would love to go out tonight(Saturday) to either Root River, Keller, or even Eagle Bluff, but it seems too cloudy still.

    #6390
    ellenvega
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    I know this is the wrong place to put this but was there ever a holiday party?

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