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  • #12392
    Jeff Newland
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      Josef,  that picture of the parking lot looks a lot better than Keller did Thursday at about 4:30pm.  At least there are open spots without ice.  Been 2 days of 40 degrees and sun since then, so hopefully Keller will be better now.  Luka did find a place to set up at Keller, so should be doable.  If I knew Keller looked like your picture, I probably would have got out there last night.  🙂

      Jeff

      #12393
      Josef Ch
      Participant

        Hmm,maybe I will go to the Soccer fields then. I shoveled spot for few scoped in December as you may see at http://rochesterskies.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/IMG_20181216_151946316.jpg and now is perfectly clean and safe

        #12394
        Jeff Newland
        Participant

          You could take a trip past Keller and see.  It has been a couple of days, so may have opened up a bit.

          #12395
          Q
          Participant

            I'm thinking of doing some driveway observing tonight.  It's about as dark as Keller. 

            #12396
            Luka B
            Participant

              Having my scope in the car, I went to Keller Friday night. It was still icy, but better, and I brought my snow cleats. The sound of rubber and metal on ice is, on the one hand re-assuring, and on the other, unpleasant.  The cleats did their job perfectly, and I never slipped or even came close.  The weather was clear, dark and warm. I brought my 8" dob, and several binoculars. I forgot how big the orion nebula was from a dark location. Also how many stars, clusters and even areas of the milky way you can see with the naked eye. I found M1, but it took some star-hopping. I saw a couple Taurus open clusters that I had never really paid attention to before. I forgot my finderscope, and only had the Rigel quickfinder, which made this harder.  Same for m81 and M82. I did find another 15 or so messier objects, and gave some a quick peak, and lingered on others. I tried Mars but was very low in roiling atmosphere, and didn't see much.  I did see a couple small quandrantids.

              Another glorious night for astronomy.

              #12397
              Josef Ch
              Participant

                Tonight 1/9, coming back to Rochester from Cities, I went again to junction of 100 St NW and 18 Ave NW southeast of Orinoco and I was able to see comet Wirtanen 46P by binocular 10×50 close to star Muscida in UMa, but looking at map, comet itself was in Lynx. Conditions slightly worse than Saturday, but still good, Moon was under horizon.

                Saturday 1/5 I went to Soccer fields, it was clean, no snow or ice. I saw Mars, and several Messiers, but I was not too impressed. There is light pollution, and there was a little bit haze and that combination did not help. After a while, I decided to go out of Rochester by 18 Ave NW past junction with 100St NW. Sky was dark and beautiful. I was able to see comet 46P immediately by binocular 10×50, not far from M37,36,38 in Auriga and more. Later I went to west side of HWY52, close to Douglas trail and I would say there is more light pollution. Still nice dark sky, took few pictures of 46P.

                On Sunday afternoon I went to check Keller. That parking was one big hilly ice ring. I am not sure if day before I would be able to observe. I continued to Root River Park, just to see it, and I think it could be promising observing place.

                #12398
                fealeybob14
                Participant

                  ? Keller on Saturday night.  So far weather looks good and moon will not be a problem.  I'll check the parking lot today to see if any significant snow remains.
                  Bob

                  #12399
                  Jeff Newland
                  Participant

                    Bob,  did you get a chance to go out and look at Keller?  What was it like?  Looking at other places, would hope it wouldn't be too bad. 
                    Or..  is Eagle Bluff a possibility this weekend?
                    Jeff

                    #12400
                    darkskyjim
                    Participant

                      i'm game for either one!
                      jim

                      #12401
                      fealeybob14
                      Participant

                        The Keller parking area is clear and the skies were dark last night.  Would think tonight or Saturday night between 8-11 pm would be good (although Saturday night might be a bit cooler and windy.)
                        Bob

                        #12402
                        admin
                        Keymaster

                          Where is Keller? I think that I am working until 8 or 9 tonight though, but still curious about where Keller is.
                          thanks!

                          #12403
                          fealeybob14
                          Participant

                            Hi John
                            Keller is in SW Rochester-Olmsted Co.  Take Salem road (25) and go west past the road to Mayowood and past CR 104 until you see the sign for CR 15.  Turn left and stay on 15 (you'll cross Salem creek and then the S fork of the Zumbro);  soon after the Zumbro crossing you'll go uphill and at the top of hill on the left will be the Keller Wildlife management area entry point (there's a reflective warning banner that marks the entry).  Check Google maps as Keller is shown reasonably well.
                            Bob 

                            #12404
                            Mike C:
                            Keymaster

                              So what are folks thinking? Conditions good enough for some observing?

                              #12405
                              fealeybob14
                              Participant

                                Possibly Mike. The northeast and NW might be reasonably good tonight.  Might be cloudy to the South.

                                #12406
                                fealeybob14
                                Participant

                                  I am going to wait until 8:30 pm tonight.  If its clearing I'll go to Keller with binoculars and my Starblast.
                                  Bob

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